Sunday, 1 November 2009

The first 25 trees are now growing in the Luther garden in Wittenberg

Here's a photo of the LWF general secretary Ishmael Noko planting one of the first 25 trees to grow in Wittenberg's Luthergarden in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. You can read more here on
Setri Nyomi general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches also planted one of the trees.

Commenting on the significance of planting trees, Nyomi said that the 16th century Reformers Martin Luther and John Calvin were “bold agents of change such as a tree planted by water. The periods of heat and drought have come and gone, but the ‘trees’ they planted continue to bear fruit.”

“It is fitting that churches should plant trees as a symbol of commitment to God’s creation at this time when world attention turns towards the Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December with its focus on the impact of environmental destruction.”

Churches throughout the world have been invited to sponsor the planting of one of 500 trees in the garden on the Elbe River and to plant a tree in their home communities. The gesture is meant as a symbol of the influence of the Protestant Reformation throughout the world and as a sign of reconciliation and interconnectedness among the many branches of Christianity.

I've written before about this idea when it was launched last year and you can also find out more here. I think it's really great.