Reformation service

The Reformation movement which shook Europe and laid foundations for modern society began in 1517 – 500 years ago this autumn when Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses.

This key moment in history will be marked on Tuesday 31 October by Westminster Abbey, in partnership with the Council of Lutheran Churches, with a special service in the Abbey and a symposium: ‘Liberated by God’s Grace’ in St Margaret’s Church. All are welcome to both events.

Westminster Abbey – Tuesday 31 October, Noon
The service will be led by the Dean of Westminster, the Reverend Dr John Hall and The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby will give the Address. A new anthem, commissioned for the occasion by Danish composer, Bent Sørensen will be performed by the Westminster Abbey Special Choir. Among those attending will be representatives of Lutheran churches in the United Kingdom.
All are welcome – tickets essential (obtainable from Westminster Abbey’s website (


St Margaret’s Church – Tuesday 31st October, 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm
A symposium: ‘Liberated by God’s Grace’ will bring together leading academics to analyse the ongoing impact of the Reformation.  What has been its effect on subsequent generations, not only for our churches but also for our wider self-understanding and social order?
Chair: The Right Reverend Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington
All are welcome – tickets essential (obtainable from Westminster Abbey’s website (

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