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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,


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