Reformation Reset

07-03-2018

A Collection of Conference Papers, Sermon Excerpts, and Travel Reflections from members of the McCormick Theological Seminary Community

Grace Alone
Faith Alone
Christ Alone
Scripture Alone
To God alone be the glory.

Reformation Reset: A Collection of Conference Papers, Sermon Excerpts, and Travel Reflections from members of the McCormick Theological Seminary Community

This past year, the world commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. While there is much that can be said about this historic period, one takeaway stands out for me – centering our faith in the grace of God and making that grace available to all. We celebrate October 31, 1517 as the day Martin Luther posted his 95 theses; however, the work of the Reformations started long before and continues today. Today the Church is called to address the unfinished business. Our speakers began unpacking what that might look like at McCormick Days 2017 using the theme, “Unfinished Business: Reimagining the Reformation.” Our keynote speaker, whose address is featured in this magazine, was Professor of Theology Rev. Dr. Anna Case-Winters.

This idea of continuing Reformations is alive and well at McCormick. Through pioneering partnerships with organizations across the country, McCormick is expanding its reach and creating new networks that are bringing in students who are hungry for a more just world and are on fire to participate and lead in its transformation. Our faculty and staff are deeply engaged with our church and communities outside our walls and are shaping new programs and new curricula that will equip our students for the work of changing the church and world. Our students, many of whom are already leaders in their congregations and contexts, share their gifts and unique experiences with us and with each other, enriching all of our learning in the classroom and beyond.

We hope you are inspired and energized by this exploration of the unfinished business of the Reformation and by the continuing Reformations of the Church of the twenty-first century. Like the many saints who courageously led reforms centuries ago, McCormick is committed to teaching, training, and serving those who, in the years to come, will continue to lead reforms that bring the good news of God’s grace to all people. Thank you for the important role you play in the life of this seminary on the move.

David H. Crawford
Interim President