St. John’s will be sending representatives of its theatre ministry to participate in an international gathering hosted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation. In the shadow of the church doors on which Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses in 1517 that sparked the Protestant Reformation, the Lutheran Church in Germany is inviting groups from around the world to gather and express how the legacy of this world changing movement is expressed in their context. Each group will spend a week in residency in this historic town.
Coming from New York City, one of the major theatre capitals of the world and home to Broadway, the group from St. John’s will present a series of original short plays that seek to express the tenants of faith that were foundational to the new understanding with which Luther and other reformers were challenging the medieval church and teaching the people. The short hand of this new understanding is known as the Solas (Latin for alone.) They express the teaching that: We are saved by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone according to Scripture Alone for the Glory of God Alone. The plays were written by St. John’s pastor, the Rev. Mark Erson
This is a bit of homecoming for St. John’s, for it was founded 162 years ago by German immigrants coming to New York City. Through the years it became bilingual and then a fully English speaking congregation. St. John’s of today represents a very diverse population.
While in residency in Wittenberg, the group from St. John’s will be joined by groups from Cairo, Egypt and Bangalore, India. The three will be together from August 15-22.