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. 16: A Reformation Concert

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