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500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Oct 04, 2017 11:18AM ● By Elena Hutslar

500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Joint Protestant and Roman Catholic Service on October 22


An historic service marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is being organized by the Pleasant Hill Clergy Group and held at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church. The special service brings together leaders from across a spectrum of denominations. 


The Protestant Reformation began in central Europe in 1517 as a religious movement against perceived corruptions in the Roman Catholic Church of the day.  It led to many things we hold dear and even take for granted today: worshipping in our own languages, public education, free access to bibles, and other religious literature. At the same time, the Reformation led to physical and rhetorical violence against those in different denominations and established rifts among churches, which in many cases remain to this day. That is why a Reformation commemoration service held in a Roman Catholic Church is so significant. 


According to Rev. Dr. Fred Weidmann, dean of the Pleasant Hill Clergy Group, “We are entering a new age of common mission and understanding. We remember the Reformation to learn both from its great accomplishments and its great mistakes and to move forward together in ever more faithful testimony to the love of God in the world.”


Scheduled to participate in this historic service are Bishop (retired) John Cummins, Oakland Diocese (Roman Catholic); Bishop Mark Holmerud, Sierra Pacific Synod (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America); Rev. Diane Weible, Conference Minister, Northern California Nevada Conference (United Church of Christ), and members of the Pleasant Hill Ecumenical Clergy Group.


All are welcome at this service of commemoration to celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit in and among the churches, to repent of past (and present) ways that we have separated from and misrepresent each other, and to affirm our work together to witness and spread God’s love in mission together.


Christ the King Catholic Church is located at 199 Brandon Road, in Pleasant Hill. Pre-service music begins at 3:30pm; worship begins at 4pm. A reception will follow.


A free-will offering will be collected for the social service ministries of the participating churches. Clergy are invited to process; the color of the day is red.  


For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Fred Weidmann, Dean, Pleasant Hill Ecumenical Clergy Group, Hillcrest Congregational Church UCC, 404 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, 925-689-8260, [email protected].


The Pleasant Hill Ecumenical Clergy Group fosters cooperation among the churches in our city and works with the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County to serve our city and county.