THe ReFORMATION PRogram 2017-2018

  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that really matter.” 

    – Martin Luther  1483-1546.

    This year, Protestants around the world celebrate the 500th Anniversary of The Reformation: the catalyst for which Martin Luther’s 95 theses were nailed to the door of Wittenberg Castle Church in Germany on October 31, 1517. Luther wrote his theses as a way of establishing a framework for debate and reform within the Catholic Church. The debate resulted in the birth of Protestantism and set in place religious, political, intellectual and cultural beliefs that define our modern era.

    We hope you will join us for an extraordinary series of classes and experiences designed to immerse you in the Reformation. SMCC is fortunate to have access to some of the foremost experts in the field. SIGN UP FOR THE CLASSES and RECEIVE UPDATES by contacting Peggy Flynn at:,

    CHILDCARE AVAILABLE. Please contact Becca Bateman

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  • Dr. Mark Eaton & Dr. Phil Eaton (see below)

    Sunday, September 17

    4:00 - 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall

    The Reformation When It Began, What Happened, How It Changed The World

    What mattered to the great leaders of the Reformation? What were the theological and spiritual issues that drove them relentlessly to take such risks? Join Dr. Mark Eaton, Professor of American Literature, APU, and Dr. Phil Eaton, President Emeritus of Seattle Pacific University, as they focus on the political, social, and cultural context of this extraordinary movement that changed Europe and the world.  

    A Link to a Recording of This Lecture  


  • Dr. Ron White

    SundayS, September 24 & OCTOBER 1

    4:00 - 6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall

    September 24: Martin Luther, From German Monk to Protestant Theologian

    “At last meditating day and night, by the mercy of God, I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that through which the righteous live by a gift of God, namely by faith.” Called the Father of the Reformation, in recent decades Luther has been both lionized and vilified; characterized and caricatured. Join Dr. Ronald C. White, New York Times best-selling author, Huntington fellow and UCLA Visiting Professor, as we listen to Luther’s own story and make our own assessments. 


    October 1: John Calvin “The world is the theatre of God’s glory.” It is important to understand that Calvin did not just start a second Reformation (Peter Marshall’s, The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction), he was a second-generation reformer. If Luther posited two uses of the law; Calvin believed there were three. If Luther looked for Christ’s return in his own lifetime, Calvin presented a Christ who transforms culture. Dr. Ronald C. White, continues to lead this class, as we discuss together why Luther and Calvin are important for 21st century Christians.

  • Dr. Becky Cerling

    Sunday, October 8

    4:00-6:00 pm, Fellowship Hall

    Women, Children & Family of The Reformation

    A sculpture of Martin Luther’s wife, Katharina von Bora, stands in front of Luther’s home in Wittenberg, Germany.The sculpture strides purposefully through a threshold. Clearly, she is moving—but from what, to what? What threshold did the Reformation of the 16th century present for women, children, and families? What effects did Protestant ideas have on them? Katharina von Bora might be considered the first lady of the Reformation, but who were other leading women, and what contributions did they make? Meet these fascinating women and examine these questions with Dr. Rebecca King Cerling, M.Div., Ph.D. in Medieval European History from USC.

  • Dr. Phil Eaton & Dr. Mark Eaton

    Sundays, October 22, November 5 & 12

    4:00 - 6:00 Pm Fellowship Hall

    The Reformation 500 Years Later: What Difference Does It Make? These three sessions will give us a chance to sink in more deeply on the question of why the Reformation matters. How has it changed the church of Jesus Christ? How has it reshaped the way we look personally at what is good and true and beautiful? What do we learn that is important to our own spiritual lives? What difference does it make for our own church, for the broader church in our world? Has the core meaning of the Reformation died out or is it still vital as ever? Led by Dr. Mark Eaton and Dr. Phil Eaton.


  • Reformation Sunday

    October 29

    9:00 & 10:30 Worship Services

    Celebrate Reformation Sunday in a Kirkin-style worship service. The Pasadena Scots bagpipe band will provide traditional Scottish music and lead the processional into worship in each Sunday service and in the courtyard between worship hours will resound to the glory of God.

  • Biergarten, Virginia Manse Garden

    Sunday, October 29

    4:00 - 6:00 pm

    We all know beer was an important beverage during this time in history, so on Reformation Sunday we have arranged an evening Biergarten, in the Virginia manse garden, where participants will enjoy german food, a  beer-tasting experience and learn the historical significance of beer making. Cost: $40 per person, or $75 per couple.  YOUR CHECK IS YOUR RESERVATION. Please bring to class or give to receptionist in the church office. 

    Plus $10 child if attending our “kidgarten” (childcare, fun and food) will be available on the south green. Please contact Rev. Becca Bateman if your child is attending

  • The reformation exhibit at the Huntington Library

    Sunday, January 28

    Time to be announced

    A mid-day guided tour of The Reformation Exhibit at the Huntington Library for SMCC members with Vanessa Wilke, Curator, and William A. Moffett, Curator of Medieval Manuscripts and British History. More details coming soon.


    JANUARY-MAY 2018: Classes continue with guest speakers, focusing on our Presbyterian legacy in America.

    JUNE 2018: Plans are underway for a Guided European Trip. What better way to appreciate our spiritual heritage than to travel together to the sites where the Reformation took place!

HELPFUL RESOURCES About the reformation

The following resources are provided to enable interested learners to deepen their experience of the Reformation. Please note that some of the references are historical fiction and, while based on the history of the period, tell a fictional story. Others are based on historical fact and reflect the expert opinion of the author. We hope that you enjoy them as additional resources intended to provide a greater context and understanding of the time. We appreciate your feedback and/or additional resource recommendations. Please contact with your feedback or additional resources.

Map of the Reformation

Film List

TV List

Book List


Reformation Timeline from Christian History Institute

Reformation Timeline #2

Women of the Reformation

Influential Women of the Reformation

Olympia Morata: Champion of the Reformation

You Wouldn’t Want to Argue with Argula  

Coursera: A Journey through Western Christianity (a free on-line course) 

The Protestant Reformation and Economic Hegemony

The Protestant Reformation and the English Amatory Sonnet Sequence

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