Ecumenism, Art, and Architecture

ReformandaTourBrochure-1-183x300The year 2017 marks an incredible anniversary: the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. In the half millennium that has passed since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door at Wittenberg, the Church universal has evolved from a body painfully divided to one that together seeks true ecumenism through a host of expressions. The Mount Tabor Centre, a new mission of the Community of Jesus, invites you to join in celebration of the unity that continues to grow in the Church through Reformanda 2017: a three-week exploration of ecumenism, art and architecture in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy in May 2017.

The focus of Reformanda 2017 will be a symposium on “The Arts and Ecumenism: Theology and the Risk of Artistic Creation,” to be held over three consecutive weekends in Paris, Strasbourg, and Florence, organized by Monsignor Timothy Verdon, Jérôme Cottin and Denis Villepelet.

Msgr. Verdon is a renowned author, art historian (PhD, Yale University), speaker, and director of the Cathedral Museum in Florence, Italy. Jérôme Cottin is a Professor at the Faculty for Protestant Theology at the University of Strasbourg. Denis Villepelet is Director of the Higher Institute of Theology of the Arts and the Catholic Institute of Paris. Together these passionate experts have coordinated three fascinating weekends dedicated to the evolving visions of contemporary sacred art in the Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions. The tour will also feature round table discussions during the symposium, visits to studios of contemporary artists, private tours of museums and sites connected with the Reformation, and concerts by the world-class choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores.

We invite you to immerse yourself in the exploration of Reformanda 2017 – in the beautiful surroundings of Europe, and in the timely study and exploration of the arts and ecumenism over these past 500 years. Savor the details of the tour here, where you will find a complete tour brochure, including itinerary and registration form. We welcome you to join us for the full experience, or for a two-week portion of the trip. As always, feel free to contact us at or by phone at 508-240-7090 with any questions. If you would like some printed brochures please let me know.

John Ingwersen

Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre


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