LENT ADDRESSES “Reformation 500, 1517 – 2017″

Martin Luther - Reformation 500

It was in 1517 that Luther launched his great Reform movement, and in this 500th anniversary year it is good to reflect on how this great shift in consciousness affected Europe and our own world and imaginations.

A series of free Sunday afternoon addresses with acclaimed speakers will begin at the Cathedral on 5 March, and then on each Sunday for five weeks, to commemorate this great landmark for our culture and for the Christian Church.

Click here to listen to an interview with the Dean of Wells and the Dean of Bristol recorded prior to the first session.


Sunday 5 March Lent 1: Dr David Hoyle, Dean of Bristol

Dr David Hoyle, the Dean of Bristol, will preach on the pre-Reformation imagination – what was it like to worship, believe and pray before the Reformation? Then after Evensong and a cup of tea, David will deliver an address on Luther’s achievement as a great reformer.  David is a Reformation scholar, and one of the best speakers in the Church of England:

3pm Evensong with Address ‘The Pre Reformation Imagination’

4.15pm Public Lecture ‘Luther’s achievement’

Sunday 12 March Lent 2: Prof. David Thomas, Birmingham University *

3 pm Evensong with Address ‘The Reformers and other faiths’

4.15pm Seminar ‘Christians and other faiths today’

Sunday 19 March Lent 3: Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Derby Cathedral *

3pm Evensong with Address  ‘Religion in the Vernacular’


Sunday 26 March Lent 4: The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern

3pm Evensong with Address ‘The Birth of Anglicanism’


Sunday 2 April Lent 5: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Member of Parliament

3pm Evensong with Address ‘The Counter Reformation’

*Both David and Elizabeth were sponsored for ordination from Wells Cathedral

Copies of the addresses given can all be found on our website here.  All visitors, including from across the diocese and county, will be very welcome. No booking required.

Reformation Tours:

To support the Reformation series of addresses over Lent we are also delighted to be offering two special Reformation Tours on Saturday 18 March and Saturday 25 March. Led by Cathedral Librarian, Kevin Spears, and Archivist Anne Crawford, they will give a unique insight into this landmark event in our history. Visitors on the Reformation library tours will see relevant books and  documents from the cathedral’s collections displayed in the Chained Library and Muniment Room, spaces not open to general public access.

Click here for more information, including how to book.

To download our poster with details of all dates and speakers please click here or on the image of the poster below:

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