Reformed Institute 500th Anniversary Event

On Saturday, June 10, Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA) and Professor of Theology, will speak on “Does Christian Unity Matter Anymore?” at  Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1125 Savile Lane, McLean, VA  22101, 10:00 am to noon with coffee at 9:30 am.

The Protestant Reformation was accompanied by conflicts that were often bitter and even violent, and it set in motion a process of division which is still unfolding. Not only did the Reformation set Protestants against Roman Catholics, but it often divided Protestants themselves as well. And those divisions remain today, long after the Reformation, despite many dedicated efforts to overcome them.  Some observers even maintain, in fact, that the
Christian world is more divided today than ever.  But others claim that the time has passed when such divisions matter. We are living, these people say, in a “post confessional” age, when believers are less likely than they once were to identify or affiliate with religious institutions and even members themselves are little concerned with denominational or confessional differences.  But is this really true? Or is it just a surface impression which obscures the real state of affairs?  And if it is true, is it a desirable development, as if often implied by the people who are given to characterizing our situation that way? If so, why? And if not, why not? These are surely questions which deserve serious consideration in 2017, when Protestants and Catholics alike are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

To register, go to or contact
Mary Hill, program coordinator, 703-518-5125,

The event is free and open to the public. 

A regular feature from the Reformed Institute is the Company Line, a series of reflections by members of the Refored Institute’s Company of Teachers.

Two members of the Company of Teachers are from Lewinsville: Bruce Douglass and Jon Wood. The Company Line reflections are to relate the theological resources of the Reformed tradition to contemporary events, issues, and concerns.

You are invited to check out all of the “Company Line” reflections HERE>>  The April 2017 reflection is by Jon Wood, entitled, Seeing Things Anew. Check it out!

The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington has been created by a group of Presbyterian churches in the Washington D.C. area to promote understanding and deepen appreciation of the Reformed tradition among the staffs and members of Presbyterian churches.

The Institute’s specific initiatives vary somewhat from year to year, and they are intended to meet the needs of a variety of different kinds of people. Some are targeted for lay leaders (elders, deacons, teachers, etc.); others are for particular sub-cultures within the life of the church (teens professing their faith, young adults, women, etc.), and still others are for all those, regardless of age, gender, etc. who are interested in taking advantage of the opportunities these offerings present.

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