I'm a fan of the Clash. You know, the famous British punk rock band? As you might have figured out already, I am also a huge religion-nerd, traveler, Lutheran pastor, and Ph.D. candidate in religious studies.
Those different threads of my life are all coming together in my upcoming trip as the official LutherCountry “Tester.” From 23 October - 1 November my job will be to “test” the full LutherCountry experience and report back and share the story of the Reformation and its legacy based on first-hand experience in the lands, places, castles, monasteries, churches, and city-streets where it took place.
I also want to share my stories and experiences on my blog and via my e-mail newsletter.
I know a lot of you are going to love getting e-mails from me throughout my journey in LutherCountry. Some of you, however, might not…
…so I am inviting you to sign-up for a special short-term e-mail list and subscription to my blog.
If you do, I promise you are going to get insider information, inspiring stories, and my in-depth reflections on the places and people that made the Reformation what it was.
Now, if you’ve been wondering how The Clash song fits in with all of this, let me tell you and give you a little taste of what my blogs and updates will be like in the weeks to come:
While I knew some things about the Reformation that class opened my eyes to the revolutionary power of the Reformation and the stunning stories of the people who were involved in it.
In particular, my professor impressed upon me — based on his extensive experience traveling in the land of the Reformation and studying in Germany's archives — how vital it was to see not only the big names and famous moments, but to take in the seemingly simple stories of individuals who can sometimes be considered tangential to the grand narrative. There we can see just how vital the Reformation was for individual lives and liberty.
That is how I came to write "Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? The Choices Females Faced as Nuns During the Reformation." The Clash song-inspired title spoke to the struggle that women faced with new-found freedoms (including Katharina von Bora) and showed me just how meaningful the Reformation was, and is, for so many people across the world — Lutheran and non-Lutheran, great and small, known and unknown.
As a Lutheran, a religious educator, and a writer I continue to be inspired by my Reformational heritage to learn more about the world, the people in it, and how through exploration and education we can continue to inspire, enlighten, and liberate one another with our stories and experiences.
Just as Lutheran ideas started in places like Erfurt and Eisleben and spread across the globe, it would be my humble honor to walk in the reformers' footsteps in Germany and go on to share my experience and inspiration with the world in photos, writing, and video. It would allow me to share my passion for the Reformation, its history, and its principles with a wide audience. And that, after all, is one of the things the Reformation is about — having your own experience with a source of knowledge, sharing your story, and inspiring others to step out into the world and do the same.
I hope you’ll join me as I Test #LutherCountry next month!