Monday, October 25, 2010

Martin Luther--Fashionista?

A recent poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that many Christians don't know much about religion, including our own Christian history. As a pastor I think it is important to take this as a wake-up call, and so I am determined to put more energy into Reformation Sunday every year (in past years our congregation has sung "A Mighty Fortress is Our God" and gone about our business as usual...)

Interestingly, this year Reformation Sunday falls on Halloween, so in keeping with the current American way of celebrating this holiday, this Reformation Sunday at Riverton Church we will be trying on some of the interesting hats worn by some famous Reformers. Yes, I know that such an activity would cause our Puritan ancestors great consternation, but they should have thought of that before actually wearing the hats out in public themselves. (Please note that I will not be attempting to re-create their hairstyles and/or facial hair. That would be taking things a bit too far.)
If you haven't taken the Pew Survey you can find it here. You can preview some of the hats at the Wikipedia entry on the Protestant Reformation. You can learn more about Connecticut's own great theologian Jonathan Edwards here.

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