USC Upstate and area congregations are partnering to commemorate the 500th anniversary of The Reformation.

Legend has it that on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed a copy of his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. His defiance served as a catalyst for the world’s largest religious split.  

All events are free and open to the public.

Reformation 500 Schedule

Sept. 7 Reception and Kick-off Lecture
“Piety, Politics, and Print:  the Early Protestant Reformation”
Dr. Timothy Fehler, Professor of History, Furman University
USC Upstate, CLC Ballroom.  Reception:  6:00; Lecture:  6:30.


Sept. 10 “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: Background to the Reformation.
Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History, USC Upstate
William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 
410 E. Kennedy St., 5:00 p.m.


Sept. 17 “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: Luther as a Young Man
Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History, USC Upstate
William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 
410 E. Kennedy St., 5:00 p.m.


Sept. 24 “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation:  the Big Event
Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History, USC Upstate
William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 
410 E. Kennedy St., 5:00 p.m.


Oct. 1 Sermon:  “Sola Scriptura”
First Presbyterian Church, 8:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


Oct. 1 “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: the Reformation
Deepens and Spreads

Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History USC Upstate
William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 
410 E. Kennedy St., 5:00 p.m.


Oct. 2 Constitution Day Lecture:  “The Protestant Origins of America’s Unwritten Constitution:  A Guide for Civic Engagement”
Jane Calvert, Associate Professor of History, Director/Editor, The
John Dickinson Writings Project
USC Upstate, CLC Ballroom, 12:00 Noon 


Oct. 2  Screening of Rick Steves’ “Martin Luther and the Reformation”
followed by discussion led by “Martin Luther” and “Katherina von 
Bora”

St. John’s Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.


Oct. 3   BBC: Lyndal Roper’s  Martin Luther:  Renegade & Prophet
William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 10:30 a.m. or 7 p.m. 


Oct. 8 Sermon: “Sola Fide”
First Presbyterian Church, 8:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m. 


Oct. 8 “Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: the Second 
Generation of Reformers

Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History USC Upstate
William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 
410 E. Kennedy St., 5:00 p.m.


Oct. 15 Sermon:  “Sola Gratia”
First Presbyterian Church, 8:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


Oct. 15“Here I Stand”: Martin Luther and the Reformation: Luther’s 
Legacy

Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History USC Upstate
William L. Arthur Center, First Presbyterian Church, 
410 E. Kennedy St., 5:00 p.m.


Oct. 16 Reformation and Counter-Reformation in the Catholic Church
Fr. Jay Scott Newman (St. Mary’s Catholic Church)
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, in the Historic Church at 161 N. Dean St., 6:30 p.m.


Oct. 22 Sermon “Sola Christus”
First Presbyterian Church, 8:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m. 


Oct. 22 Chamber Singers concert: “Bach’s Reformation Cantata”
First Presbyterian, 6 p.m. 


Oct. 23 “Luther and the Question of Women”
Dr. Carol Loar, Professor of History, USC Upstate
St. John’s Lutheran, 6:30 p.m.


Oct. 27 “Martin Luther, Judaism, and the Holocaust”
Dr. Rob McCormick, Professor of History, USC Upstate
Temple B’nai Israel, 7:30 p.m. 


Oct. 28-29 Reformation weekend – multiple churches


Oct. 29 Sermon:  “Soli Deo Gloria”
First Presbyterian Church, 8:45 a.m., 11:00 a.m. 


Oct. 29 American Guild of Organists:  Reformation Recital 
St. John’s Lutheran, 4 p.m.  


Oct. 30 “The Radical Reformation:  Coexistence, Persecution, and Martyrdom”
Dr. Timothy Fehler, Professor of History, Furman University
USC Upstate, CLC Ballroom, 6:30 p.m. 


Nov. 6 “The Great Awakening and the American Revolution in the South”
Michael Scoggins, Research Director, Southern Revolutionary War 
Institute, York, SC
USC Upstate, 7:00 p.m. (in partnership with the Revolutionary War 
Roundtable of the Backcountry)


Nov. 14 “What’s next for the Reformation?
Panel discussion:  Bishop Herman Yoos, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Rev. Gordan Raynal, Senior Presbyter, Foothills Presbytery; Bishop Andrew Waldo, Episcopal Diocese of Upper SC; Fr. Jay Scott Newman, St. Mary’s Catholic Church
St. John’s Lutheran, 6:30 p.m. 


Nov. 16 A Reformation Concert
Spartanburg Festival Chorus; Converse Symphony Orchestra
Converse College, Twichell Auditorium 7:30 p.m.