Five hundred years ago a monk in an obscure German town set into motion a cataclysmic change in the Western church and society. Martin Luther’s protest against the church of his day helped to establish a new order in European religion and power structures. The results of this movement are far reaching and are still relevant today. However, for Luther, the question was primarily a spiritual one: “How do I come to know a gracious and loving God?”
His answer to that question and how it changed the face of Europe and the Western world will be discussed on October 26 during a presentation at UW-Barron County led by educator Paul Chase and Rev. Tim Schmidt. Their talk, entitled “Reformation 500: Martin Luther’s Shaping of Modern Religion and Society,” will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234). It is part of the university’s Thursdays @ the U Performance and Lecture Series.
Chase, a former dean and campus executive officer at UW-Barron County, is a historian of modern Europe with a focus on Germany. He has taught numerous courses in European history at UW-BC and Stony Brook University and currently is teaching a class on the Holocaust.
Schmidt has served as pastor of First Lutheran church in Cumberland, Wis., for 12 years. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and Luther Seminary. He has studied history, language and theology in Freiburg and Tuebingen, Germany.
The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call the campus at 715-234-8176.