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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 will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (Jubilee) that had its beginnings in Lutherstadt Wittenberg.

As a means of giving expression to commemoration, the Luthergarten (Luthergarden) has been established in Wittenberg on the grounds of the former town fortifications. In connection with this project, 500 trees will be 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 are being 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.

Through this cooperative project, the Luthergarten will stimulate interaction and set a communication process in motion. Positive impulses will emerge and spread out into town, the region, the country and, finally, into the world. In this way, the far-reaching significance of the Reformation will become tangible.

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.


Zentrum Luthergarten

Next plantings:

June  8 Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, IL, USA
June 14 Mission 21, Basel, Switzerland
June 14 Evangelical Lutheran Congregation St. Thomas, Leipig, Germany
June 17 Ev. Luth. Congregation Divino Salvador, Puerto Rico and St. Luke in Middleton, WI, USA
June 26 Ev. Mission in Solidarity, EMS, Germany
June 26 Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manchester, Missouri, USA
June 26 Ev. Luth. Congregations St. Bartholomäus, Germany, and St. Paul, Newark, Ohio
June 26 Grace Lutheran Church in Norfolk, Nebraska, USA
June 30 Ev. Baptist Congregation Rivoli, Italy, and Ev. Town Church Congregation Ravensburg, Germany
July  11 Rummelsberg Diaconia
July  17 Ev. Church Congregation Calau, Germany
Donations

Luthergarten Schlosskirche

Each euro allows the Luthergarten to grow!

It is not possible for all churches to raise the entire amount for the tree planting. But we do not want to exclude any church, particularly in this worldwide and ecumenical project. With your donation, you can help these churches to participate in the unique project Luthergarten.

Bank details:
Account holder: VELKD/LWB-Zentrum Wittenberg
IBAN: DE75 8006 3598 0000 4556 87
BIC: GENODEF1WB1 
Bank:   Volksbank Wittenberg eG
            Collegienstraße 12
            06886 Lutherstadt
                       Wittenberg
Purpose: tree planting WB + your name and address