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 mid July 2017, 410 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:

July 16 St. John´s Lutheran Church in Red Bud, Illinois, USA
July 17 Ev. Church Congregation Calau, Germany
July 18 Southeastern Synod, ELCA, and Church District Augsburg and Schwaben, Germany
July 19 Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto, California, USA
July 29 Church Congregations in Eversbach and Reinersdorf, Germany
Aug 2 Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee and Greater Milwaukee Synod, USA
Aug 13 Catholic Diocese Erfurt, Germany
Aug 17 Northern Texas - Northern Louisiana Synod, USA
Aug 26 Ev.-Luth. Philippus Congregation Dresden, Germayn and partner churches
Aug 27 International Ecumenical Fellowship
Sept 1 Church Congregation Vaxhom, Sweden
Sept 4 Spepherd of the Hills Luth. Church in Fountain Hills, Arizona, USA
Sept 4 Protestant Christian Church of Nias, Indonesia
Sept 8 Diocese Tampere, Finland
Sept 10 Ev.-Luth. Congregation Desden-Loschwitz, Germany
Sept 16 Catholic Fellowship Chemin Neuf, France
Sept 22 Ev.-Luth. Church Congregation Bonifatius, Celle - Klein Hehlen, Germany
Sept 28 Diocese of Linköping, Sweden
Sept 28 Luth. Church of the Palms, Palm Harbor, Florida, USA