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After All These Years: Roman Catholic and Reformed Perspectives on the Reformations of the 16th Century


November 17-18, 2017
National Presbyterian Church 
Stone Hall
4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW
Washintgon, DC 20016

The 16th Century was a turning point in the history of Christianity. It was a time of profound religious ferment in Europe driven by desires for reform that not only splintered the church in ways that still endure but gave rise to multiple re-formations of Christian belief and practice as well. The purpose of this conference, held on the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, is to take a fresh look at the events of that era in the light of subsequent developments in a manner that reflects the current thinking of both Reformed Protestants and Roman Catholics.

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BruceGordonDr. F. Bruce Gordon is professor of ecclesiastical history at Yale. He did his doctoral
work at St. Andrews University in Scotland, where he was a member of the faculty until
coming to Yale. The author of a number of influential scholarly works, he is best known
for Calvin (Yale) a biography of the French reformer he published in 2009. His most
recent book is John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion–a Biography 
(Princeton 2016). 

Dr. Brad S. Greggregoryphotofinalory is a professor of early modern European history at the University
of Notre Dame.  Educated at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and Princeton
(Ph.D.), among other institutions, he is the author of several important scholarly books. 
But he is best known for The Unintended Reformation–How a Religious Revolution
Secularized Society 
(Belknap/Harvard 2012). His latest book, Rebel in the Ranks: Martin
Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World
(Harper One 2017), is scheduled to appear in October.


Friday, November 17

9:00 a.m.    Check-in, Coffee and Refreshments

9:30 a.m.    Opening

9:45 a.m.    The Protestant Reformation: A Retrospective 500 Years Later
                       Dr. Bruce Gordon, Yale Divinity School

11:00 a.m.   Discussion

12:15 p.m.   Lunch Provided

1:15 p.m.    The Catholic Reformation: A Retrospective 500 Years Later
                        Dr. Brad Gregory, University of Notre Dame

2:30 p.m.    Discussion

3:45 p.m.    Breakout Groups – Choose One

  • Christian Mysticism in the Era of the Reformations
  • Fire and Ink: Translation and Dissemination of the Bible
  • No Shrinking Violets: Women in the Protestant Reformation
  • Protestant Reformation 101
  • The English Reformation: A King, a Pope and a Mistress
  • The Impact of the 16th Century Reformations on Christian Missions
  • What Happened at the Council of Trent
  • Who Were the Anabaptists?

6:00 p.m.    Dinner Provided

6:45 p.m.     In Joyful Praise: Music Inspired by the Reformation*
                         6:45 p.m.   Pre-program lecture in Chapel
                         7:30 p.m.   Musical program in Sanctuary
                         Concludes by 8:30 p.m. – Open to the public at no extra charge

*To commemorate the Reformations of the 16th Century, there will be an evening program of music and singing for gathered choirs and congregation on Friday evening, November 17. The public is cordially invited. There will be a pre-program lecture at 6:45 p.m. with Dr. Emily Brink (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship) in the Chapel at National Presbyterian Church with the program to follow in the Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 18

9:00 a.m.     Check-in, Coffee and Refreshments

9:30 a.m.      Our Situation Today in Light of the Reformations of the 16th Century
                         Dr. Gordon and Dr. Gregory

12:00 p.m.     Conclusion





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