Loyola University Chicago

Department of Theology


Marking 500 Years of Martin Luther's 95 Theses

Marking 500 Years of Martin Luther

On October 18th, the Theology Department and the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses with a day-long symposium that looks at ecumenical dialogue through the years and the legacy of the Reformation. 

Christian thinkers and leaders will discuss historic divisions emerging from Reformation controversies as well as points of shared theological, cultural, and pastoral concerns among Christian churches.

Among the many scholars and religious leaders speaking and presenting are Martin Marty, Jon Sweeney, Susan Ross, Robin Lovin, Aana Vigen, Jon Nilson, John Armstrong, Craig Mueller, Ellen Wondra, John Paul Salay, and more. 


8:15: Hospitality

9:00: Welcome

9:10-10:15: Keynote: Martin Marty, October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World
Interviewed by Jon Sweeney


10:30-11:45: Susan Ross and Robin Lovin, In Conversation: Martin Luther’s On Christian Liberty
Moderator: Hille Haker

11:45-12:45: Lunch on your own. A list of recommended restaurants can be found here.

12:45-1:30: Aana Marie Vigen, “A Lutheran Love Letter to Pope Francis”

1:45-3:00: Craig Mueller, John Paul Salay, and Fr. Thomas Hickey, “Eccumenical Chicago: Lutheran-Catholic Pastoral Dynamics"
Moderator: Lauren Schwer


3:30-4:45: Jon Nilson, Ellen Wondra, and John Armstrong, “Longing for Unity: Three Stories”
Moderator: Shane Gormley

5:00-5:30: Vespers (located at Madonna Della Strada Chapel, one building south of the Information Commons)

Golf Cart Shuttle Rides Available
8:00am-9:00am: Shuttle from Parking Garage to Information Commons
12:00pm-1:00pm: Shuttle Available
5:00pm-6:00pm: Shuttle from Information Commons to Parking Garage