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Center for Faith and Spirituality

Luther 500: “Here I Stand”

Carthage is marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, with events throughout 2017. Our theme for the year is “Here I Stand,” which allows us to reflect on the stand Luther took in 1517 and what we stand for in today’s world.

Luther 500: Here I Stand

Past Events

Dec. 1-3, 2017

The Carthage Christmas Festival: “From Heaven Above to Earth You Come”
Carthage invites the community to celebrate the joy of the holiday season at the annual Carthage Christmas Festival, three performances of readings and music in the A. F. Siebert Chapel. This year’s Christmas Festival will be the culmination of the yearlong Luther 500 celebration. The theme, “From Heaven Above to Earth You Come,” comes from a Christmas carol written by Martin Luther in 1534. Carthage has commissioned composer Jocelyn Hagen and poet Michael Dennis Browne to create a new work incorporating themes of Martin Luther’s carol. Tickets to the Christmas Festival are free, but they must be reserved.

Nov. 13-Dec. 15

Exhibit: The Saint John’s Bible
H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art, Carthage College
In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned world-renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illustrated Bible. The public is invited to see 25 prints from thi magnificent collection, on display at Carthage Nov. 13-Dec. 15. The Saint John’s Bible exhibit has toured the world since April 2005, opening at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. People are encouraged to visit the exhibit during the popular Carthage Christmas Festival.
Learn more about the exhibit

Thursday, Nov. 16

Carthage Philharmonic Concert
7:30 p.m — A. F. Siebert Chapel
The Carthage Philharmonic, under the direction of Professor E. Edward Kawakami, will perform a free concert of Mendelssohn’s Reformation Symphony. Written in 1830 in honor of the 300th anniversary of the presentation of the Augsburg Confessions, the fourth movement of the symphony is based on Martin Luther’s chorale Ein feste burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress is our God). Carthage Philharmonic features a variety of instruments including strings, winds, and percussion. The ensemble performs from standard orchestral canon while providing additional opportunities to perform in smaller chamber ensembles. Prof. Kawakami is an assistant professor of music and director of orchestral activities, an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. Previously, the Carthage Philharmonic performed selections from such composers as Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Haydn, and more. For more information, contact the Fine Arts Office at 262-551-5859.

Wednesday, March 8-15

500th Anniversary of the Reformation College Week
The Center for Faith and Spirituality has planned a full week of events on campus to kick off the College’s commemoration of the 500th anniversary.

Wednesday, March 8

“Here I Stand” Creativity Contest Awards Night
7:30 p.m. — A. F. Siebert Chapel
Based on a quote attributed to Martin Luther, the “Here I Stand” exhibition and creativity contest celebrates the creative ways in which we take a stand and voice our beliefs. Carthage faculty, staff, and students were invited to enter a juried competition in visual art, performing arts, written word, and interdisciplinary arts. Awards will be presented in this special Awards Night in A. F. Siebert Chapel. There will be a $500 grand prize winner, and first- through third-place winners in four different categories. This event is being held during the College’s Arts and Creativity Festival.

Tuesday, March 14

German Food Night in the Caf
The Caf, Todd Wehr Center
The German Language Club and the Center for Faith and Spirituality, along with Sodexo, will host a night of German food in the Caf. There will be a short Luther quiz that students can take to be entered into a drawer for five $25 Starbucks gift cards.

Wednesday, March 15

Keynote Address by Eboo Patel
“Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Faith and Philosophical Diversity in the 21st Century”

7 p.m. — A. F. Siebert Chapel
Eboo PatelMartin Luther dealt with religious diversity in his time. What does it mean for us in 2017 to be about interfaith cooperation? Eboo Patel, a leading national voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation, will give the keynote address for the “Luther 500: Here I Stand” series at 7 p.m. in A. F. Siebert Chapel. The address is free to attend and open to the public.

Mr. Patel is the founder and president of Chicago-based nonprofit Interfaith Youth Core. For more than 15 years, he has worked with governments, social sector organizations, and college and university campuses to realize a future when religion is a bridge of cooperation rather than a barrier of division. He served on the inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships under President Barack Obama and remains a regular contributor to the public conversation surrounding religion in America.

Mr. Patel has written several books: “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, in the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation”; “Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America”; and “Interfaith Leadership: A Primer”. Copies will be available for purchase in the chapel, and Mr. Patel will be available to sign them after the address.

All Week Long: March 8-10, 13-15

Looking for Luther Photo Contest
This little Playmobil Luther will make appearances around campus during the College's commemoration of the Luther 500 anniversary.Adding fun to our 500th Anniversary College Week, we will be hiding Little Luther around campus for the Carthage community to find. Snap a picture of yourself and Little Luther and send it to Each weekday (March 8-10 and 13-15) there will be a drawing for a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card selected from the entries. Also post your picture on Instagram and Twitter and tag it with @GermanyinUSA.

Participate in Carthage's Luther 500 commemoration through social media.

Sunday, Oct. 29

“Singing Our Faith: From Chants to Hymns”
4 p.m. — A. F. Siebert Chapel
This free concert featured Prof. Christopher Berry, Carthage College Organist.