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A Concise History of the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter Reformation

In 1517, Martin Luther protested abuses in the Catholic Church by writing Ninety-five Theses, or propositions for debate, which concerned the question of indulgences and other matters within the Church. History tells us that Luther 'possibly' posted these Theses written in Latin on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This event came to be considered the beginning of the world-changing Protestant Reformation. In 1545, with the Council of Trent, the Catholic Church began a Counter-Reformation or Catholic Revival, which attempted to clear out abuses, corruption, and worldliness within the Church, and to restate and settle questions of doctrine. The presenters, Pastor Alex Zuber, and Anna Rose Geary, will offer information on both historic events. Pastor Alex Zuber is Associate Pastor of Muhlenberg Lutheran Church in Harrisonburg. Ordained in 2017. He has also served Lutheran congregations in Luray and Lexington. In addition, Pastor Alex works with students in college campus ministry. Anna Rose Geary has been a member of LLI for 13 years. She is a retired middle school/high school reading specialist and history teacher from Staunton City Schools. She has a Certificate in Christian Formation from the Avila Institute and is a lifetime member of Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church in Harrisonburg.

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