First Presbyterian Church of Urbana, a Member Church of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. and More Light Presbyterians

Seminar Series: “Reformation Roots”

Sundays, February 4, 18, 25, March 11, 18 and 25, at 11:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.

Beginning today (February 4), Warren Hapke and Pastor David will be leading a 6-session DVD-based series called “Reformation Roots.” We live in the post-Reformation era when denominations are trying to discover common ground rather than points of disagreements. Many of those earlier areas of disagreement have been resolved through dialogue and statements of agreement. The aim of this series is to help explain the existing landscape of western Christianity and to suggest that some of the unresolved Reformation themes are still in play today.

February 4 – “From Night to Dawn.” The Reformation did not happen in a vacuum. Many forces of historical events paved the way. There were Reformers who preceded Luther and Calvin. (Series continues on February 18)

February 18 – “From Bondage to Freedom.” This session will introduce to Martin Luther and his early struggles.

February 25 – “From Scholar to Provocateur.” We explore how Luther attacked the penitential system of the Roman Catholic Church, and how the impact of his work was enhanced by the new technology of the printing press. (Series continues on March 11)

March 11 – “From Heretic to Hero.” The Pope responds. Luther is excommunicated. During this time Luther writes his seminal works.

March 18 – “The Swiss Reformation.” In this session, we explore the ministry of Ulrich Zwingli in Zurich, John Calvin in Geneva, and the influence Desiderius Erasmus, who was sympathetic to the concerns of the reformers, but who chose to remain within the Roman Catholic Church.

March 25 – “The English Reformation.” In this final session, we explore Henry the VIII’s role in creating the Anglican Church, and how the English Reformation was rooted more in politics than theology.

In this midst of this series there will be two other seminars.