Am 23.5.2012 wurde ein Apfelbaum auf dem Gelände der Wittenberg Universität in Springfield Ohio, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika, gepflanzt. Als Sprössling wuchs dieser Baum in der Fasten- und Osterzeit in der Universitätskirche heran, nun steht er in einer Parkanlage nicht weit vom Kirchturm und einer Statue von Martin Luther. Nach einem deutschen Gottesdienst leitete der Universitätspfarrer Andy Tune die Liturgie zur Pflanzung.
Es ist der Partnerbaum der Wittenberg Universität, Springfield, Ohio zum Baum Nummer 17 im Luthergarten in Wittenberg.
Wittenberg Dedicates Tree As Part Of Worldwide Celebration Of Martin Luther’s Posting Of The 95 Theses
May 25, 2012
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Director of Church Relations Bob White, President Emeritus Bill Kinnison, Associate Professor of Languages Tim Bennett and University President Mark Erickson participate in tree planting ceremony on Wednesday, May 23.
Springfield, Ohio – Wittenberg University celebrated its Lutheran heritage with a campus tree-planting ceremony on Wednesday, May 23.
An apple tree was planted on the hill between Weaver Chapel and the Benham-Pence Student Center as part of a larger “Luther Garden” project in Wittenberg, Germany. A total of 500 trees are being planted as part of a celebration of the 500-year anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517.
One of the trees in Wittenberg, Germany, was planted with Wittenberg Associate Professor of Languages Tim Bennett and 12 university students in attendance earlier this month. The plaque placed next to the new tree at Wittenberg says it was planted “in witness to the communion within the Lutheran World Federation as a sign of the fellowship and reconciled diversity among the Christian Churches.”
Bennett said trees are being planted because the global legacy of the Reformation that resulted from the 95 Theses is a “continual search for truth, guided by tradition.”
“It is not a monument of stone, but rather a living monument,” he added.
Matevia Endowed University Pastor Andy Tune led a brief liturgy during the ceremony that he patterned after a German service. He said that the tree, which blossomed during the Lenten season in Weaver Chapel, represents hope and the anticipation of positive outcomes.
In addition to planting the tree on its Springfield, Ohio, campus, Wittenberg has provided financial support for the planting of two trees in Germany.
Written By: Ryan Maurer