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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:

Nov 11 The Nicaraguan Lutheran Church of Faith and Hope
Nov 21 Ev. Congregation Martini-Luther in Erfurt, Germany
Nov 25 Mexican Lutheran Church
Nov 25 Lutheran Church of Peru
Nov 25 Manitoba Northwestern Ontario Synod, Canada
Nov 25 Southern Diocese, Ev. Lutheran Church in Hungary
Nov 25 The Northern Great Lakes Synod, ELCA, USA