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 August 2017, 419 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:

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 12 Ev. Congregation Königstein, Ev. and Catholic Congregations in Ötigheim, Germany
Sept 16 Catholic Fellowship Chemin Neuf, France
Sept 16 Church District Westliche Seineschleife, France
Sept 16 Ev. Luth. Congregation in Königstein-Papstdorf, Germany
Sept 17 Ev. Congregation in Weinsberg, Germany
Sept 22 Ev.-Luth. Church Congregation Bonifatius, Celle - Klein Hehlen, Germany
Sept 23 Ev. Luth. Congregation in Schirnding and Hohenberg, Germany
Sept 28 Diocese of Linköping, Sweden
Sept 28 Luth. Church of the Palms, Palm Harbor, Florida, USA
Oct 22 Ev. Studient Community Halle/Saale, Germany
Oct 22 Living Faith Church, Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA
Oct 26 Rocky Mountains Synod, ELCA, USA
Oct. 26 St. Paul Reformation Church, Minnesota, USA
Nov. 01 South Carolina Synod, ELCA, USA
Nov. 01 Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, USA