Opening of Luther Exhibition Enthusiastically Received “Here I Stand, I Can Do No Other”…

Opening of the Luther Exhibition Enlarge image Ambassador Schlaga with Bishop Brand at the opening of the exhibition (© German Embassy Windhoek)

…This statement is not only true for Martin Luther 500 years ago but also for the approx. 150 guests that were present at the opening of the Martin Luther exhibition “Here I Stand” on 26th April 2017 at the Namibia Scientific Society. The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s publication of the 95 theses against the sales of indulgences. This event is regarded as the starting point of the Reformation.

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On the occasion of the commemoration of the Reformation, the German Embassy in cooperation with the Namibia Scientific Society is showing the exhibition “Here I Stand” until 5th  May 2017. Yesterday evening, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Christian Schlaga and the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (GELC) Burgert Brand opened the exhibition. Ambassador Schlaga emphasized the world-wide impact of the Reformation while Bishop Brand focused on the way Martin Luther stood by his conviction to never look for easy answers to complex questions.

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The exhibition at the Namibia Scientific Society consists of nine posters touching on different themes of Luther’s life as well as the social and world order of the 16th century. In addition, selected miniature 3D replicas of exhibition pieces from German museums are being displayed. 

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The Reformation is a significant event of history that affected countries all over the world. As the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting his 95 theses takes place this year, the German Government supports various cultural projects worldwide which commemorate this important part of history. The posters and miniatures of the project are funded by the German Federal Foreign Office which also finances the exhibition “Here I Stand” in other parts of the world.

The Reformation has influenced the historical and social development of many countries, including Namibia. The focus of public attention this year will be on Namibia as it will host the General Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation, and Germany as the country of origin of Luther and other reformers, which will host the General Council of the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

Opening of the Luther Exhibition Enlarge image Ambassador Schlaga and Bishop Brand at the opening of the Luther Exhibition (© German Embassy)