Candler School Of Theology To Host Twenty-first Annual Reformation Day At Emory Events

"America's German Heritage" is the theme of the 21st annual Reformation Day program Tuesday, Oct. 21 sponsored by Emory University's Candler School of Theology.

The program includes a rich array of lectures and music, culminating in a performance of Bach's Magnificat by the Emory University Concert Choir under the direction of Prof. Eric Nelson. The concert will take place in the Cherry Emerson Concert Hall at the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, located at the corner of North Decatur and Clifton roads. This free concert is open to the public.

This Reformation Day program marks the 21st anniversary of the Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection, which was established in 1987 when Richard and Martha Kessler donated their private collection of Reformation imprints and manuscripts to Emory University.

"For 20 years the Reformation Day at Emory program has brought international authorities in music, history, and theology to Atlanta to address the history and ideas of the 16th century and to reflect on contemporary life and what can be learned from our predecessors in the academy and the church," said Dr. M. Patrick Graham, Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and Director of Pitts Theology Library. "One of the most satisfying aspects of the program over the years has been to see the way that various disciplines-music, art history, law, theology, political and ecclesiastical history, and ethics-have come together to stimulating and fruitful effect."

Dr. Steven Ozment, McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University, and John Witte, Jr., Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory, will be the guest lecturers. Each has won international acclaim in his field and has made enormous contributions to the study of the German Reformation, Graham said, noting that, "This year's program represents a new initiative to reflect more broadly on the German heritage that America continues to enjoy."

In his lecture, Ozment will discuss Lucas Cranach, the Elder, one of the greatest European artists of the 16th century, a close friend of Martin Luther, and one of the Reformation's most vigorous advocates. Witte, a specialist in legal history, marriage law, and religious liberty, will identify some of the most important ways that the German Reformation influenced the development of Western law.

The morning worship service will be led by Bishop Dr. Rüdiger R. Minor of the German Methodist Church. Bishop Minor has had a distinguished career in Germany and Russia as a pastor, seminary professor, and church administrator. Bishop Minor comes to Candler School of Theology for a two-year appointment to the Hankey Chair in World Evangelism.

This year's program will also include a presentation of highlights from the Kessler Collection and an illustrated lecture on a 1548 printing of the popular Summary of the Entire Bible, which was brought to the United States by a German immigrant in the 19th century.

The schedule for the 2008 Reformation Day is as follows:

9:00-9:45 a.m. Registration and Reception
Formal Lounge, Cannon Chapel

10:00-10:45 a.m. "Reformation Gems: Exhibit Presentation of Recent Acquisitions, Key Pieces, and their Place the Reformation Collection"
Armin Siedlecki, Catalog Librarian for the Kessler Reformation Collection, and Roy T. Wise, Secretary of the Kessler Reformation Collection
Sanctuary, Cannon Chapel

11:00-11:50 a.m. Chapel Service
Bp. Rüdiger R. Minor, Hankey Professor of World Evangelism
Sanctuary, Cannon Chapel

12:15-1:30 p.m. "An Immigrant's Story: An Illustrated Lecture of the 1548 Summary of the Entire Bible"
M. Patrick Graham, Margaret A. Pitts Professor of Theological Bibliography and Director of Pitts Theology Library
Cox Hall, 3rd Floor Dining Hall
1:45-2:45 p.m. "Germany's First Renaissance Man? Lucas Cranach, the Elder (1472-1553) in Art, History, and Religion"
Steven Ozment, McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History, Harvard University
Sanctuary, Cannon Chapel
2:45-3:15 p.m. Refreshments & Break
Formal Lounge, Cannon Chapel
3:30-4:30 p.m. "Faith in Law: The Enduring Legal Lessons of the Lutheran Reformation"
John Witte, Jr., Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, Emory University
Sanctuary, Cannon Chapel
4:30-8:00 p.m. Invitation to explore Emory Village
8:00-9:00 p.m. Kessler Reformation Concert
Eric Nelson, conductor; Emory University Concert Choir, Soloists, Orchestra
Emerson Concert Hall, Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

For more information, visit or contact Dr. M. Patrick Graham at or 404.727.4166.