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In 1510, after a two-month jour­ney out from Erfurt, Ger­many, the Augus­tin­ian friar Mar­tin Luther arrived in Rome.

Seven years later, he issued the 95 Theses.

Three years after that, he was excommunicated.

Dur­ing his pil­grim­age, Luther con­nected Erfurt and Rome with his own foot­steps. In the years to come, that con­nec­tion was severed.

What is in the space between Rome and Erfurt? Can the con­nec­tion be made whole again?

To have a future together, the churches have to face the past.

Fol­low us as we fol­low Luther—daily posts with pho­tos & videos from our trek, along with Scrip­ture read­ings and selec­tions from Luther, Catholic the­ol­ogy, ecu­meni­cal doc­u­ments, Ref­or­ma­tion history…

…recon­nect­ing our churches, step by step.


Andrew and Sarah Wil­son live in Stras­bourg, France, where Sarah works at the Insti­tute for Ecu­meni­cal Research, a Lutheran out­fit ded­i­cated to the schol­arly side of ecu­menism on behalf of the mem­ber churches of the Lutheran World Fed­er­a­tion. She serves as a con­sul­tant to dia­logues with the Ortho­dox and Pen­te­costals. Andrew is a post­doc­toral fel­low funded by the Lev­ant Foun­da­tion at the Foun­da­tion for Inter­re­li­gious and Inter­cul­tural Research and Dia­logue, based in Geneva, Switzer­land. They have one son, Zeke, and a great extended fam­ily, all of whom live in the U.S. Two mem­bers of this great fam­ily, Roger and Vir­ginia Wil­son, will be the “road­ies” for the pil­grim­age and get Zeke to school dur­ing the week between reunions along the trail.

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    Jean-Daniel Plüss says:

    Cheers Sarah and Andrew
    I like how you have started the web­site! And I can tes­tify to the fact that a pil­grim­age on foot brings a lot of insight: for your­selves and for oth­ers.

    Nancy Hong says:

    How cool is this?! Great idea!
    Are you two study­ing over there as well?
    Is it just you two?
    bless­ings on your prepa­ra­tions and jour­ney!

    Peter West says:

    God bless you. Best of luck on your jour­ney, both phys­i­cal and spiritual.

    mary Jo Byk says:

    As a cra­dle Catholic in love with my Church, I wel­come the chance to fol­low your trav­els for a few rea­sons. Fore­most, the unity of all Chris­tians is
    ever in our prayers. Many Chris­tians do not know a whole lot about denom­i­na­tions other than their own; many do not know much about their own found­ing fathers.
    Sec­ondly, sev­eral mem­bers of my extended fam­ily are of the Lutheran Faith. It would serve us well to learn about what unites and divides us. Per­son­ally, I feel that we are united at many lev­els.
    I look for­ward to read­ing your blog and I hope that your dis­cov­er­ies will be excit­ing and mean­ing­ful. May God make the wind to blow at your back and pro­vide you with fair weather and wel­com­ing strangers along your way.

    George W Ohlendorf says:

    What a cre­ative way to express your faith! The people-to-people dimen­sion is a unique way to tell the story. I’ve been priv­i­leged to visit many of the Luther sites in Ger­many and look for­ward to fol­low­ing you in your enact­ment of this his­toric pilgrimage.

    Tom Brady says:

    We are send­ing you $100 for your ecu­meni­cal work. Our town is cel­e­brat­ing stu­dent achieve­ment and gath­er­ing the choirs from St Rita Catholic Church and the Sierra Madre Con­gres­sional Church.
    Tom and Julie Brady very well done! Grammy artist Paul Brown, UK smooth jazz star Chris Stan­dring, Michael Ling­ton and the Eric Byak Project are all sup­port­ing our spe­cial fundraiser for kids with cleft palate and our local fine arts pro­grams in Sierra Madre.

    scipio says:

    I am a Ger­man catholic and have read your, Sarah’s, arti­cles on First­Things for years. So it is excit­ing to fol­low your jour­ney through Ger­many to Rome. Good luck — and let’s hope that the weather clears up a bit. GOD bless you.

    Rev John Priest says:

    Some of your friends at Immanuel in Delhi are now watch­ing. God’s bless­ings to you both.

    Alphonsus says:

    I love this! I’m very sure God is happy with this. THE UNITY OF MANKIND!!!

    mark almlie says:

    Lovely! Way to go guys! You can do it! Sarah, I haven’t seen your name since I was at Fuller and you were at Prince­ton and I used to read your “bound­less” arti­cles all the time…I loved them and had a lit­er­ary crush on you :) Con­grats on mar­riage, fam­ily, Stras­bourg! and this won­der­ful walk you’ve taken…I’m not sure Luther would be proud but I’m quite sure Eras­mus would :) –Rev. Mark Almlie

    Sarah Wilson says:

    I don’t know, Mark, I think Luther would have been much more alarmed that I went to sem­i­nary at a Reformed school…

    Russ Tokheim says:


    I’ve been asked by Bob Hul­teen, edi­tor of Metro Lutheran News­pa­per in the Twin Cities of Min­nesota, to write an update on your pil­grim­age. What’s the best way to com­mu­ni­ate some ques­tions and get your responses? I’m work­ing on a rel­a­tively tight dead­line. Thanks for your con­sid­er­a­tion. We’re look­ing for­ward to your apper­ance at Augs­burg College.

    Ralph Keen says:

    I just found your blog and want to thank you for shar­ing your faith and life with oth­ers in this way. Jared Wicks is an old friend and I’m always happy to hear from or about him in any way.
    Best wishes to you on your lit­eral and spir­i­tual jour­ney,
    Ralph Keen

    John Nelson says:

    Andrew – I just heard about your trip through our synod web­site and am jeal­ous and excited for this great adven­ture in faith you and Sarah have had. I would so love to hear your talk at Augs­burg on Nov. 10th but have ser­vices to lead myself. Hope to see it posted on your web­site. Glad to hear Sarah is con­tin­u­ing the work my God Father, Andre Appel, began decades ago. Bless­ings.
    John Nel­son, Geth­se­mane Lutheran, Hop­kins, MN

    Hello Andrew and Sarah!

    I just read about your amaz­ing jour­ney through the PTS e-newsletter. What an adven­ture! Andrew, i’m hop­ing you ran a lit­tle on the way. Did Zeke come with you both? I hope all is well. Rachell, Denali, and our son born post-PTS (Bryce) say hello. Those Sat­ur­day morn­ing runs out­side of CRW are still the high­t­light of my sem­i­nary expe­ri­ence. Take care and God bless,


      Andrew Wilson says:

      Thanks for your note, Andrew. I remem­ber those runs fondly. Bless­ings on your fam­ily and min­istry. Andrew

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