Painting depicting Luther nailing 95 Theses to door

Cedarville University hosts Reformation 500 celebration

by Michaela Carpenter, Public Relations Writer


Cedarville University is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation through a fun and festive Reformation Celebration, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 7-9 p.m. in the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies.

The event will feature Reformation and German art, music, dance and historical vignettes from the life of Martin Luther. As part of a photo booth, attendees will also get to re-enact Luther’s nailing the “95 Theses” to the Wittenberg Castle Church door, the Oct. 31, 1517, event that kicked off the Protestant Reformation. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in Renaissance period attire.

Prior to the celebration, popular Columbus German restaurant Schmidt’s will have a food truck set up in front of the Dixon Ministry Center from 6-8 p.m.

A time of Q&A with faculty members will conclude the unique event, which hopes to provide opportunities both for learning about the Reformation and for fun and fellowship.

"Our hope for the event is that we as a community would be able to commemorate this incredibly important moment in our Christian heritage and to cultivate interest in the Reformation among our students, faculty, and staff for the sake of teaching us how to contend faithfully and effectively for ‘the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ’ both in our present time and in future generations," said Dr. Billy Marsh, assistant professor of theology.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.