The Germans are clearly out ahead of everyone on thinking about the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. The German National Committee of the Lutheran World Federation and the Möhler Institute (the ecumenical institute of the German Bishops Conference) has an internet project “2017 gemeinsam unterwegs” (2017 together on the way) which can be found here. Most interestingly, it includes responses each week to a new question e.,g., how much difference can the Church bear? The question is answered by a Catholic and by a Lutheran. The responses are not always from professors or clergy, but from business, political, and media leaders. This weeks question is: When will the Catholic Church recognize the Evangelical Church as Church, with responses from Martin Junge, the General Secretary of the LWF, and Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (the Vatican’s ecumenical office.
Unfortunately, the site is only in German. I will try to post summaries here.