Reformation 500

Reformation 500



The Reformation 500 Lecture Series is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be collected. We invite you to join us for dinner before the lecture, beginning at 6:00 p.m


April 26, 2017; 7:00pm: Woman and the Reformation: Mothers of Faith by Rev. Dr. Kirsi Stjerna 

We have much to learn about and from the mothers of faith in the reformation traditions. We are beginning to k


now the names and life stories of women who embraced the teachings of Martin Luther, Jean Calvin, and other reformers, and who in their own vocations sought to exercise the new spirituality. Some were satisfied in the newly revered calling of mothers, whereas others took leadership in the public realm and expressed their theology in writing. Regardless of the limitations set on their gender –as women were supposed to be listeners, not speakers – women have always been in the middle of action and in key roles in nurturing the Lutheran faith in new generations. Today we will encounter some of these brave and creative women as we seek to connect with out faith ancestors and re–evaluate, with them, what our priorities are.

Kirsi Stjerna

, a native of Finland, is the First Lutheran Los Angeles, Southwest Synod Professor of Lutheran History and Theology at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University. She also teaches as the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union and at Helsinki University. Her special areas of interest include women and the reformations, Luther and the Jews, and Lutheran spirituality. She is the author of “Women and the Reformation” (2009) and one of the general editors for The Annotated Luther (6 volumes, Fortress Press, 2015-2017).


May 17, 2017; 7:00pm: Luther & Copernicus: From Reformation to Revolution by Rev. Dr. Ted Peters

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 

95 Theses; 

we recall the hammer and nails of 1517 that sparked the Protestant Reformation. In 1543 Nicolaus Copernicus published his theory that the Earth orbits the Sun; and this sparked the Copernican Revolution.  Are they connected? This is a historical mystery. Lutherans today love natural science. Could Copernicus be the reason?

Ted Peters is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is now Distinguishtedpetersed Research Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and co-editor with Robert John Russell of the journal, Theology and Science, at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences. For the 2017 commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, he has just published Sin Boldly! Justifying Faith for Fragile and Broken Souls (Fortress 2015). He is also author of the forthcoming book: God in Cosmic History: Where Science and History Meet Religion 

(Anselm 2017). Visit his website for more resources:

June 21, 2017 at 7:00pm: Portrayals of Luther presented by Derek Nelson.

reformation 500Lectures in the series:
  • Women and the Reformation: Mothers of Faith by Kirsi Stjerna;
    Wed. April 26, 7:00 p.m.
  • Luther & Copernicus: From Reformation to Revolution by Ted Peters;
    Wed. May 17, 7:00 p.m.
  • Portrayals of Luther by Derek Nelson;
    Wed. June 21, 7:00 p.m.
All in the series are presented at:
Faith Lutheran Church of Castro Valley
20080 Redwood Rd * Castro Valley, CA 94546