Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA 500 (Washington, D.C.)

Event Date: Tue, October 31, 2017 - Tue, October 31, 2017
Event Time: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Washington, D.C. (View on Map)
Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Please plan to join ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on Tuesday, Oct. 31, as she co-hosts a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

The event, which will include speakers and a service, will be at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Bishop Eaton will be joined by co-hosts Indiana-Kentucky Synod Bishop Bill Gafkjen, ELCA Vice President Bill Horne and Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod Bishop Richard Graham.

The event, which will meet under the theme “Looking Back and Called Forward,” will be available online via livestream for all to watch. The livestream link is:

Please note this date on your calendar. More details will be available in the near future.

Click HERE to register for attending this event in-person. (Please note: a maximum of 350 seats can be reserved. Once capacity is reached, you will be taken to a page to provide your name for a waiting list.)


Event update: Friday, September 22, 2017. For the detailed of the day’s events, please click here.

Event update: program and worship materials

In preparation for the ELCA’s October 31 commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we are pleased to offer downloadable resources for use in your congregation and community.

October 31 commemoration event program

October 31 worship program

Program agenda: Looking Back & Called Forward: ELCA 500, October 31, 2017

9:45 AM           Prelude

10:00 AM         Welcome & The Significance of the 500th Anniversary

10:15 AM          Program Part I:

Ministries of Reconciliation: 500 Years of Division & 50 Years of Dialogue:

10:45 a.m.         Partners in reconciliation storytelling

11:45 AM           Luncheon/Intermission

12:45 PM          Program Part II:

Hear the stories of the ELCA through the lenses of Congregational Vitality and Leadership and how these two important priorities wil play a significant role in shaping the future of this church.

2:00 PM           Looking Back & Called Forward Together in Christ Discussion

3:30 PM            Eucharistic Worship Service Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

5:00 PM            Reception