Martin Luther and the Reformation

Reformation 500

USC Upstate and area religious leaders are partnering to commemorate the 500th anniversary of The Reformation. Legend has it that on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. His defiance served as a catalyst for the world’s largest religious split.  

Upstate educators and religious leaders will discuss theological differences that sparked a political, cultural and intellectual upheaval. Events are free and open to the public.

For information about this series of events, contact Dr. Rob McCormick

Reformation 500 Schedule

Sept. 7: Reception and Kick-off Lecture

  • “Piety, Politics, and Print: The Early Protestant Reformation”
  • Dr. Timothy Fehler, Professor of History, Furman University
  • USC Upstate, Campus Life Center Ballroom. Reception: 6 p.m.; Lecture: 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 10: “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: Background to the Reformation

  • Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History, USC Upstate
  • William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 410 E. Kennedy St., 5 p.m.

Sept. 17 “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: Luther as a Young Man

  • Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History, USC Upstate
  • William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 410 E. Kennedy St., 5 p.m.

Sept. 24 “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: The Big Event

  • Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History, USC Upstate
  • William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 410 E. Kennedy St., 5 p.m.

Oct. 1: Sermon: “Sola Scriptura”

  • First Presbyterian Church, 8:45 a.m., 11 a.m.

Oct. 1: “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: the Reformation Deepens and Spreads

  • Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History USC Upstate
  • William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 410 E. Kennedy St., 5 p.m.

Oct. 2: Constitution Day Lecture: “The Protestant Origins of America’s Unwritten Constitution: A Guide for Civic Engagement”

  • Jane Calvert, Associate Professor of History, Director/Editor, The John Dickinson Writings Project
  • USC Upstate, Campus Life Center Ballroom. Noon

Oct. 2: Screening of Rick Steves’ “Martin Luther and the Reformation” followed by discussion led by “Martin Luther” and “Katherina von Bora”

  • St. John’s Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Book group: Lyndal Roper’s Martin Luther: Renegade & Prophet

  • First Presbyterian Church, 10:30 a.m. or 7 p.m.

Oct. 8: Sermon: “Sola Fide”

  • First Presbyterian Church, 8:45 a.m., 11 a.m.

Oct. 8: “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: The Second Generation of Reformers

  • Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History USC Upstate
  • William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 410 E. Kennedy St., 5 p.m.

Oct. 15: Sermon: “Sola Gratia”

  • First Presbyterian Church, 8:45 a.m., 11 a.m.

Oct. 15: “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: Luther’s Legacy

  • Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History USC Upstate
  • William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 410 E. Kennedy St., 5 p.m.

Oct. 16: Reformation and Counter-Reformation in the Catholic Church

  • Fr. Jay Scott Newman (St. Mary’s Catholic Church)
  • St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 22: Sermon “Sola Christus”

  • First Presbyterian Church, 8:45 a.m., 11 a.m.

Oct. 22: Combined choir concert: “Bach’s Reformation Cantata”

  • First Presbyterian Church, 6 p.m.

Oct. 23: “Luther and the Question of Women”

  • Dr. Carol Loar, Professor of History, USC Upstate
  • St. John’s Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 27 “Martin Luther, Judaism, and the Holocaust”

  • Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History, USC Upstate
  • Temple B’nai Israel, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 28-29: Reformation weekend – multiple churches

Oct. 29 Sermon: “Soli Deo Gloria”

  • First Presbyterian Church, 8:45 a.m., 11 a.m.

Oct. 29: American Guild of Organists: Reformation Recital

  • St. John’s Lutheran, 4 p.m.

Oct. 30: “The Radical Reformation: Coexistence, Persecution, and Martyrdom”

  • Dr. Timothy Fehler, Professor of History, Furman University
  • USC Upstate, CLC Ballroom, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 6:  “The Great Awakening and the American Revolution in the South”

  • Michael Scoggins, Research Director, Southern Revolutionary War Institute, York, SC
  • USC Upstate, 7 p.m. (in partnership with the Revolutionary War Roundtable of the Backcountry)

Nov. 14: “What’s next for the Reformation?

  • Panel discussion: Bishop Herman Yoos, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Rev. Gordan Raynal, Senior Presbyter, Foothills Presbytery; Bishop Andrew Waldo, Episcopal Diocese of Upper SC; Fr. Jay Scott Newman, St. Mary’s Catholic Church
  • St. John’s Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 20: A Reformation Concert

  • Spartanburg Festival Chorus; Converse Symphony Orchestra
  • Converse College, Twichell Auditorium 7:30 p.m.