500 years of Reformation - 500 trees in Wittenberg

In 2017, Lutheran churches will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation that had its beginnings in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. Churches from all over the world and from all confessions are being invited to sponsor one of the 500 trees to be planted in Wittenberg, and at the same time to plant a corresponding tree in a place that is significant for their own church.

The foundation stone for this project was laid in September 2008. It was designed by the landscape architect Dr. Andreas Kipar from Milan.

On November 1st 2009, representatives of Christian World Communions and local churches planted the first trees. New trees will be added annually up to 2017 in order to complete the project.

Detailed information and the state of the planting so far can be found on the website of the Luther garden


Tree planting in the Luthergarten

Until End of October 2017, 445 trees were adopted. The international seminars or visits in Wittenberg are always a good chance to involve churches that didn't take part so far in this project.

The next plantings will be:

Nov 01 South Carolina Synod, ELCA, USA
Nov 01 Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA
Nov 01 The United Theological College in Bengaluru, India
Nov 12 India Evangelical Lutheran Church
Nov 12 Ascension Lutheran Church in Ogden, Utah, USA