Wittenberg Here We Come! SELK and LCMS Establish Presence in the Birthplace of the Reformation
I’m very excited to report that things are progressing marvelously on the development of a new Luther center in Wittenberg, Germany, as a result of a partnership amongst The LCMS Board for World Missions, LCMS Board for Human Care and Concordia Publishing House, with funding provided by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund and grants and gifts coming in from individuals, congregations and Synodical districts and other agencies.
The photo you see is the sign for the center at its temporary office location on the site of what once was the Wittenberg University. It states simply:
Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
The SELK pastor stationed now in Wittenberg, has his office here until the renovations are complete on the building that has been purchased and which stands prominently, very appropriately so, next to St. Mary Church, the birthplace of the Lutheran Reformation. Within these walls, Luther’s sermons on the Gospel rang out and spread throughout Europe. All visitors to Wittenberg, and it is estimated there are nearly 600,000 English speaking tourists a year making their way to Wittenberg, will see the Luther Center as they enter the St. Mary Church, for it is to the immediate left of the main door into the church. And in that center will be a CPH bookstore!
Here is the building. It was constructed by Elector August I in the early 1560s as a gymnasium (boy’s high school). You might remember that August I was the sponsor of the Book of Concord and virtually saved Lutheranism when finally he realized that Melanchthonian Lutherans whom he had trusted were actually just trying to sneak Calvinism in. Once they were exposed and removed from Wittenberg, things took a definite turn for the better and as a result we have our Book of Concord today! So, a very appropriate building, in a great location, in a very important city indeed.
Go to the Lutheran Witness for the full story and more details.