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The mission of LutheranArts is to promote and enrich theological thinking through the arts. The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 1517 publication of 95 Theses protesting the church’s abuses, the precipitating event of the Reformation movement. As part of our commemoration of that event, LutheranArts invited selected poets to submit poems which encourage us to think about the Reformation in new ways. 

Each month, beginning in February 2017, we will publish a new poem in this series, with the whole collection continuing to be available on the website. The result will be a delightful and thoughtful collection of lyrics that use the poet’s personal experience as a filter to allude to, embody, interpret, or in some way respond to, something about the Reformation—theological ideas, church practice, historical events or lives. 

Since the Reformation was actually several “Reformations” in different regions of Europe, including a Catholic Reformation, we have made this project ecumenical, including poets from non-Lutheran Protestant traditions as well as Catholic poets. The Reformation Poem Project builds upon decades of ecumenical dialogue of some Lutheran traditions, including the Lutheran Church-ELCA with the Reformed Churches (Formula of Agreement, 2000) and with the Episcopal Church (Called to Common Mission, 2001). And decades of international dialogue between Lutheran and Roman Catholic leaders have brought agreements about various issues of theology and practice and, most recently, led to a joint “Declaration on the Way” to full unity (2015). 

We hope that you will find enjoyment as well as provocative thought in these poems. Please tell others about this collection and feel free to share them with others.* May these poems re-form us to see things anew!

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LutheranArts received many applications for the Martin Luther Hymn Prizes.  Entries came from across the United States.  In August, a panel of distinguished professionals met to determine who would receive these prizes.  Susan Palo Cherwien, Aaron David Miller, and Paul Westermeyer have chosen these artists:

The Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana ELCA Synod Prize 
Celebrating the Visionary-Missional Leadership of Bishop Kevin S. Kanouse  2000-2016

“Proclaim the Love That Breaks Down Walls”
Christine Kallman, Text Writer
Dan Kallman, Composer

The Diane and Paul Jacobson Prize

“Christ of our Past, Our Present, Our Future”
Jayne Southwick Cool, Text Writer
Deanna Witkowski, Composer

The Baker Family Prize

“Wherever Christ is Present”
Reverend Don Holmstrom, Text Writer
David Evan Thomas, Composer

Each prize is $6,000. The writer receives $2,000 and is commissioned to create a single text. The composer receives $4,000 and will use that text in creating both a hymn for the congregation and an anthem for the choir.  March 1, 2017 is the deadline to receive these new hymns and anthems. LutheranArts will publish the music on this website for broad distribution in 2017 as part of our honoring the historic 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.