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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