WE ARE ONE IN THE SPIRIT— Commemoration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
A Joint Protestant and Roman Catholic Service
Sunday October 22, 2017 at 4 p.m. at
Christ the King Roman Catholic Church
199 Brandon Road, Pleasant Hill, CA

All are invited. A free will offering will be collected for the social service ministries of the participating churches. Clergy are invited to process; the color of the day is red.

The Protestant Reformation began in central Europe in 1517 as a religious movement against perceived corruptions in the Roman Catholic Church of the day.  The Reformation led to many things that we hold dear and often take for granted today:  worshipping in our own languages, public education, free access to bibles and other religious literature.  At the same time, the Reformation  led to physical and rhetorical violence against those in different denominations and established rifts among churches which, in many cases, remain to this day.

This historic service, marking the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and organized by the Pleasant Hill Clergy Group, is being held in a Roman Catholic Church. It brings together leaders from across a spectrum of denominations.  According to Rev. Dr. Fred Weidmann, Dean of the Pleasant Hill Clergy Group, “We are entering a new age of common mission and understanding. We remember the Reformation to learn both from its great accomplishments and its great mistakes and to move forward together in ever more faithful testimony to the love of God in the world.”

The Pleasant Hill Ecumenical Clergy Group fosters cooperation among the churches in our city and works with the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County to serve our city and county.

Scheduled to be participating in this historic service are:

  • Bishop (retired) John Cummins, Oakland Diocese (Roman Catholic)
  • Bishop Mark Holmerud, Sierra Pacific Synod (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America)
  • Rev. Diane Weible, Conference Minister, Northern California Nevada Conference (United Church of Christ)
  • Members of the Pleasant Hill Ecumenical Clergy Group
  • Interfaith Council Leadership

Pleasant Hill Event Link



Antioch Commemoration of the 500 years of the Reformation
Sunday, October 29, 4 pm
St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church
3315 Contra Loma Blvd., Antioch
Please join us.
Participating Communities:
St. John’s Lutheran Church, Antioch
The Rev. Linda Vogelgesang, Pastor
East County Shared Ministry:  Community Presbyterian Church of Pittsburg & First Congregation Church of Antioch (PCUSA & UCC)
Rev. Will McGarvey & Rev. Christy Parks-Ramage
St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Church, Antioch
Father Robert Rien, Pastor
The Interfaith Peace Project
Father Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P., Exec. Dir.
In preparation for the Ecumenical Celebration, all are invited to join Father Tom Bonacci on three Tuesday evenings before the celebration at 7:30 pm at St. Ignatius.
• October 10th – Revisiting the Ecumenical Teachings of the Second Vatican Council: That All May be One
• October 17th – The Feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch:  The Core of Reformed Spirituality: Moving Beyond the Divide
• October 24th – Dialogue and the Ecumenical Church: A Vision for the Now and Future Church
Byron 500th Anniversary of the Reformation Commemoration

Sunday, October 29, 4 pm
St. Anne Catholic Church
2800 Camino Diablo, Byron

Featuring Rev. Dr. Randi Walker, professor of Church History at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA.

Also sponsored by Byron UMC, Delta Community Presbyterian Church, and St. Anne’s Parish.  All are welcome.

Byron Event Link


San Francisco Gathering
Oct. 29 at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco

2:15 pm: Bach’s Cantata #80 Ein Feste Burg will be performed by The Pacific Choir and the Coelis Women’s Ensemble with soloists and orchestra.

3:00 pm: A Eucharist Liturgy with Bishop Victoria Cortez of Nicaragua preaching. Interfaith Community invited.