PLU 500th anniversary of the Reformation events

October 2017

Tuesday, Oct. 10 – 8 p.m. – Lagerquist Concert Hall

As part of their first concert of the year, PLUSO will perform Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D, known as the “Reformation”, as it was composed in 1830 for the 300th anniversary of the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession. It utilizes the “Dresden Amen” and Martin Luther’s chorale A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (which Bach has previously set in his Cantata No. 80). The program features works based on previously-written vocal music, and also includes Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger, Butterworth’s evocative rhapsody A Shropshire Lad, and the Hebraic Meditation by Bloch–with faculty member Anna Jensen as double-bass soloist.  Huw Edwards conducts, making his debut with PLUSO.

Oct. 15 – 3 p.m. – Lagerquist Concert Hall

On Oct. 15, the Pacific Lutheran University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Edwin Powell will be giving the second performance and West Coast Premiere of James Stephenson’s “this is most certainly true.” This is six minute dramatic tone poem was commissioned by PLU and 25 other Lutheran University bands. Organized by James Ripley at Carthage College, PLU joined this project to bring to life a significant new work as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation celebrations. Carthage will debut the work on Sept. 30 with the collected ELCA Bishops in attendance at the concert.

Sunday, Oct. 22 – 3 p.m. – Lagerquist Concert Hall

The October concert in the Richard D. Moe Organ Series in PLU’s Lagerquist Hall will feature 4-hand (and feet) organ transcriptions played by University of Illinois organist Dana Robinson, and PLU organist Paul Tegels. The concert will include a transcription, written by Paul Tegels, of the last two movements of the Reformation Symphony of Felix Mendelssohn. Come and hear the mighty sounds of the Gottfried and Mary Fuchs organ in this glorious setting of “Ein Feste Burg”.

Sunday, Oct. 29 – 11 a.m. – Trinity Lutheran Church

Come to Trinity Lutheran Church for the Reformation Sunday Service, with PLU’s Choir of the West at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 29. There will be lunch, followed at 2 p.m. by a performance from the Evergreen Brass Quintet of Jerry Kracht’s new composition “Luther: Seven Scenes for Brass Quintent.”

Tuesday, October 31

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther distributed a document to his faculty colleagues at the University of Wittenberg, a document with 95 theses that called into question the spiritual economy of the late medieval church and criticized the pope who sanctioned the sale of spiritual favors of dubious repute. For 500 years, Lutherans and other Protestant Christians have celebrated the beginning of the Reformation on this date.

PLU will mark this significant day in the history of Lutheran education with a variety of events on campus. Stay tuned for updates on this calendar for more information.

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | AUC Foyer

Reformation Activities

  • Reformation Door interactive activity for on-going Reform and photo booth

9:40 a.m. | AUC Foyer

Reenactment of the posting of the 95 Theses (with Professor Michael Halvorson as Martin Luther)

10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | AUC Foyer

Brass Quintet

  • The PLU student brass quintet will perform a selection of jazz standards and light classical pieces.

11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | CK in the AUC

Luther’s theology: Celebrating Reformation Insights Today

Presented by Marit Trelstad, University Chair of Lutheran Studies

A Reformation lecture for participants in the day’s activities. The talk will engage the facts and myths surrounding October 31st, 1517 – the anniversary day we are celebrating! It will also explore on main theological ideas of Luther and the gifts and challenges they bring to our communities and issues of concern today. Dr. Trelstad will also share pictures of Wittenberg, Germany in 2017 and their celebration of the Reformation’s impact on the world today. The anniversary of the Reformation calls us to be open to the ways we are called to service, care, study and reform today.

Free and open to the public

First come first served, limited seating

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Regency Room

Awards for the campus-wide scavenger hunt (Marty’s Reformation Station App), plus Reformation trivia, games and events.

November 2017

Sunday, Nov. 5 – 3 p.m. – Lagerquist Concert Hall

Commemorating 500 years of Lutheran Reformation. Congregations of the ELCA Southwestern Washington Synod and Pacific Lutheran University invite you to worship. Praising God in Word and Sacrament, we give thanks for the heritage we share, the communion of saints and the gifts of the Reformation. This special worship service will include preaching by Bishop Richard Jaech, communion and a mass choir.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 – Lagerquist Concert Hall in Mary Baker Russell

The PLU Religion Department welcomes you to the 12th Annual David and Marilyn Knutson lecture. To honor the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, this year’s lecture will be given by Dr. Ulrich Duchrow, Professor of Theology at the University of Heidelberg and leader of the international Radicalizing Reformation Project. The lecture is free and open to the public.


In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, PLU has created a beer inspired by Katharina von Bora. The beer is available for purchase at 208 Garfield.