Our Latest Photos

Dreams Bliss Heather Mill Extra Virgin Calanque Old Desert Gull Mediterranean Forest of Masts Little Bird Wind Blown

View Our Entire Photostream

You Are Here: About

About

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.

…Us

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.

Be Socia­ble, Share!

17 Responses to About

    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.
    Blessings!

    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!
    Nancy

    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:

    Hi:

    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

      Andrew Wilson says:

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

    Pingback: Celebrating Martin Luther » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Follow Us!

Facebook Twitter RSS Feed Email

Facebook Fans...

Tweets...

    Tags

    One Mediator Saints and Mary Mary Gutenberg Staupitz ecumenical concepts Rhine university anti-Semitism Erfurt relics liturgy spirituality prayer Scripture word Confessions Robert Louis Stevenson Orthodox Switzerland spiritual ecumenism God Coburg righteousness Friar Methodist predestination unity faith Finland Alps marble sanctification gift Siena Austria grace Volker Leppin Neresheim hiking truth and love John Wesley justification miracle Biel Lombardy differentiated consensus Cardinal Kasper Vierzehnheiligen Australia Franciscan Roanoke Anabaptist Tuscany Advent Baptism Eucharist and Ministry Augustinian Vorarlberg church nature of God Large Catechism St. Paul Leuenberg Agreement 8th commandment consensus cities promise St. Augustine language Pentecostal Florence Lutheran World Federation charismatic Germany Bamberg Kilian McDonnell Via Francigena Henri de Lubac Ambrose pilgrimage St. Peter Eisfeld Augsburg Confession Freedom of a Christian patience walk theology of the cross Bregenz penance worship Vaduz Augsburg College mysticism love post-pilgrimage Vatican 2 Mortalium Animos St. James Ulm Babylonian Captivity Strasbourg Bernard of Clairvaux Dante Baroque amen Reformed Jews St. Augustine House Nördlingen baptism canal translation Apennines Rick Steves Bach Benedictine law and gospel Ten Commandments Luther mystics communion Johannes Tauler saints Santiago de Compostela good works Allgäu Lutheran monks Calvin Mediterranean sacraments World Council of Churches Christ Bavaria Renaissance eucharist marriage Unitatis Redintegratio Apology to the Augsburg Confession Thomas Aquinas Nuremberg Edinburgh Missionary Conference anti-Judaism Oettingen change church-dividing Augustine honesty ecumenism Mennonite Milan Liguria Holy Spirit Protestant Small Catechism German Martin Luther Witness to Jesus Christ Week of Prayer for Christian Unity misunderstanding spiritual disciplines specialization memmingen martyr Kempten monasticism Liechtenstein Creeds fasting Catholic conversion Lent mediator dialogue Melanchthon forgiveness Chiavenna Heidelberg Disputation convergence Commentary on the Magnificat Bible Reformation Institute for Ecumenical Research Geneva freedom rain Zapfendorf Sweden Lazio Joint Declaration reception mission Dominican Rome Otto Hermann Pesch monk vernacular Emilia-Romagna Lutheran Italy 95 theses different traditions Wittenberg

    Brought to you by...

    ...you!