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 April 2017, 377 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:

May 5 St. Mark´s Lutheran Church in Chirala, A. P., India
May 5 St. Mark´s Lutheran Church in Perala, A. P., India
May 7 Christ the King Lutheran Church in Cary, North Carolina, USA
May 8 Lutheran Congregation of Järvenpää, Finland
May 9 Church of Our Lady in Dresden, Germany
May 10 Ev. Luth. Diaconess house Dresden, Germany
May 10 Church Congregation Schmalkalden, Germany
May 14 Church Congregation St. Matteus, Stockholm, Sweden
May 18 Catholic Congregation St. Viktor and Ev. Congregation in Xanten, Germany
May 19 Ev. Luth. Congregation St. John in Witten, Germany
May 22 Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter in Belmont, NC, USA
May 23 Ev. Foundation in Gnadau, Germany
May 24 Ev. Luth Church District München and Ev. Luth. Congregation St. Katharina in Kiew
May 24 Ev. Church District in Mülheim, Germany and Ev. Luth. Curch District Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
May 25 Church Congregations in Ballerup, Malov, Skovlunde and Pederstrup, Denmark
May 29 Ev. Church District Cologne North, Germany
May 29 Allegheny Synod, ELCA, USA
May 29 Lutheran Campus Ministry in Austin, TX, USA