The ELCA Reformation Anniversary Grant Program, from the Thrivent Financial Foundation Reformation Anniversary Grant, has awarded 19 grants to assist with 500th anniversary observances. Support has gone to those who seek to promote a wider understanding of the Reformation message and its significance for faith and life in the 21st century.

Grant recipients include 11 ELCA congregations and eight ELCA synods. Projects include a variety of musical events, efforts to pursue and build upon ecumenical relations, social media and story-telling initiatives, as well as varying approaches to engaging Luther’s teachings on service and vocation through community engagement, and much more.

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Projects and groups receiving grants include “Faith Proclaimed through Song: 500 Years of Reformation, Renewal, and Reconciliation, a musical and educational event at Grace Lutheran Church in State College Pa.; the launch of a long-term community partnership and engagement using Luther’s writing for 21st century issues at Lutheran Campus Ministries of St. Louis, Mo.; and “Fiesta Luterana: Celebremos los 500 años!,” a project highlighting the gifts of various Hispanic constituencies to celebrate their incorporation into the Lutheran family and documenting contributions to the Hispanic Lutheran confessional heritage. 

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