One way to celebrate the ELCA’s 25th anniversary next year is to take a tour to Germany. Here are a few of the offerings congregation members may want to consider.
Lutherland and Eastern Europe 2013
Led by Kathryn “Kit” Kleinhans, professor of religion at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa; April 29-May 21, 2013.
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ELCA by visiting the land of Luther.
Join Kit Kleinhans for a three-week Wartburg College travel seminar April 29-May 21, 2013. Stand where Luther said “Here I stand” in Worms. Visit the places where Martin Luther lived and worked, including his birthplace in Eisleben, the Augustinian monastery in Erfurt, the Wartburg Castle and Wittenberg. Guided by the theme “Reformation Then and Now,” the seminar will move from the Luther sites in Germany to Prague, in the Czech Republic, where Jan Hus was an active reformer 100 years before Luther, and then on to Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, where we will meet with Lutherans who continue the work of reformation in the aftermath of communism.
The seminar also engages the 2013 Luther Decade theme, “Reformation and Tolerance.” Hear the personal reflections of a Leipzig pastor about the Peaceful Revolution of 1989. Visit two concentration camps, Flossenbürg, where Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed, and Buchenwald, with its striking memorial to the common humanity of all people. Visit Halle and Neuendettelsau, where Lutheran pastors combined world mission with social service. Meet with members of the Lutheran deaconess community and the Bohemian Brotherhood to talk about their life and work in community.
The cost is $3,700 per person (not including airfare), double (or triple) occupancy, based on 20 people; $3,400 per person based on 25 people. Single room supplement is $620.
Please contact Kit at email@example.com for details, including possibilities for continuing education and/or graduate credit.
Reformation Then and Now
Led by Christian Eggert Tours and Pastor Martin Lohrmann; June 4-15, 2013.
Visit Reformation and other historical sites in Berlin, Wittenberg, Torgau, Eisleben, Halle, Leipzig, Erfurt, Eisenach, Weimar, Buchenwald, Dresden and Prague, including the annual festival of Luther’s wedding.
The cost is about $1,600 per person for a group of 30, not including airfare.
For more information, contact the Martin Lohrmann, pastor at Christ Ascension Lutheran Church in Philadelphia: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 215-247-4233.
Luther’s Germany: the Living Heart of the Reformation
Led by Pastor Karen Bockelman and Crossing Borders; Oct, 28-Nov. 7, 2013.
This travel experience is designed to anticipate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation (in 2017) by visiting the people and places that have marked our Lutheran heritage. Learn more about Martin and Katie Luther and their fellow reformers, J.S. Bach and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Visit the Luther heritage sites of Wittenberg, Torgau, Erfurt and the Wartburg in Eisenach. Remember the sobering days of World War II at the Buchenwald concentration camp and Dresden and the story of German reunification in Leipzig and Berlin. Hear about the church’s role in the Peaceful Revolution that brought an end to the communist government of East Germany. Throughout the tour, experience the close connection between people, culture and historical events. Come to know the Reformation as an ongoing influence through this journey into its living heart.
The cost is expected to be around $3,500-$,3,700, not including airline taxes and gratuities. Contact Karen for more information at 218-349-5863 or email@example.com.