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The Protestant Reformation at 500

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Five hundred years ago this month, the German monk Martin Luther challenged the practices of the Roman Catholic church, sparking the Protestant Reformation and shaping how Christians think and worship.

Bishop Denis Madden, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore, and Rev. Mark Hanson, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, describe the dialogue aimed at reuniting their denominations.

And we speak to Yu Na Han, who curated an exhibit at the Walters Art Museum about Luther’s life as father, friend, and husband.

On October 29th, the Sunday before the actual anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, several hundred Lutherans are expected to gather at a “Reformation Celebration” at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on Ingleside Avenue in Catonsville. The worship service at 4 p.m. will include several choirs and original music and will be followed by a multi-ethnic dinner reflecting the cuisines of Pakistani, Liberian, Ethiopian and Hispanic Lutherans.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.
Maureen Harvie is senior producer for On the Record. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and joined WYPR in 2014 as an intern for the newsroom. Whether coordinating live election night coverage, capturing the sounds of a roller derby scrimmage, interviewing veterans, or booking local authors, she is always on the lookout for the next story.