Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Sunday, Octobre 22, 2017, 3:00 PM, First Lutheran Church, 181 Western Avenue, Albany, New York.
Bishop John Macholz of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Bishop Edward Scharenberger of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany will preside. First Lutheran Church in Albany is the oldest Lutheran congregation in North America, founded in 1649.
In 1517, Martin Luther defied authoirty by nailing 95 theses regarding church doctrine to doors of the Cathedral of Wittenberg in Germany. His action launched the Reformation, leading the way tothe creation of Protestant religions that we are familiar with today. One hundred and thirty two years later, in 1649, a Lutheran congregation was founded in Albany, with a church near the intersection of what is now South Pearl and State Streets. That congregation continues today, serving the spiritual and life needs of all of Albany's residents. First Lutheran Church of Albany now has the distinction of being the oldest Lutheran congregation in existence in North America.