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500 years of reformation - 500 trees for Wittenberg

"Even if I knew that the world were to collapse tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree today" (ascribed to Martin Luther).

In 2017, Lutheran churches commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Jubilee) that had its beginnings in Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

As a means of giving expression to commemoration, the Luthergarten (Luther Garden) has been established in Wittenberg on the grounds of the former town fortifications. In connection with this project, 500 trees have been planted at different places in the city region, giving a concrete sign of the optimism so clearly expressed in Luther's apple tree quote.

Churches from all over the world and from all confessions were invited to sponsor one of the 500 trees to be planted in Wittenberg, and at the same time to plant a corresponding tree in a place that is significant for their own church.

Since 2008, the project has been initiated by the Lutheran World Federation in Geneva, with support from the German National Committee of the LWF and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany (VELKD) and by cooperation with Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The design is created by Dr. Andreas Kipar, Mailand and Duisburg.


Zentrum Luthergarten

Next plantings:

Sept 28 Ev. german speaking Congregation in Peking, China
Sept 29 Ev. Luth. Congregation Hirschfeld, Germany
Sept 29 Ev. Luth. Congregation Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sept 29  Ev. german speaking Congregation Emmaus, Belgium and Cath. Congregation St. Paulus in Brussels
Sept 29 British ecumenical St. Peter´s Church, Barker Barracks, Paderborn, Germany
Sept 30 Ev. Luth Congregationen Bethanienkirche in Leipzig-Schleußig, Germany
Sept 30 St. Andrews Ev. Luth. Chruch, Colombia, MO, USA
Oct  1  Pentecostal Charismatic Churches in North America, USA
Oct  1 Assemblies of God, Switzerland
Oct 10 Evangelical Church District Großbeeren, Germany
Oct 29 Ecumenical Council Berlin Brandenburg, Germany
  Further tree plantings are possible from the end of August 2018 onwards. There are only a few trees available. Please register your interest now.