The Call to Reform Series
Five hundred years after Martin Luther’s call to reform in 1517, Christian life remains significantly influenced by him and his contemporaries of 500 years ago.
This series of talks will treat of calls to reform and spiritual renewal within the Roman Catholic Church itself and also among groups which were considered heretical prior to Martin Luther – groups such as The Lollards; the Waldensians and the Hussites. It will then concentrate on the life, spirituality and theology of Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther, in particular. Some mention will be made of John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli. Finally, we will look to see how historically accurate it is to judge Saints Ignatius Loyola and Pierre Favre as Counter-Reformation figures.
Asking what faith, prayer and dialogue meant to figures such as Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Ávila, Erasmus and Luther can inspire us as we face similar questions in our time and help us in living reflective and conscientious Christian lives.