Pulpit Speeches

The Reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) preached at the Town Church Wittenberg.  Martin Luther held his famous Invokavit-sermons here, which had an important influence in the progress of the Reformation in Wittenberg and in the world. The diverse history of the Protestant sermon, which centers in the word of the Bible (sola scriptura) and which tries to reach the hearts and consciences of the people (sola fide), started in the Town Church of Wittenberg.

The pulpit speeches in Wittenberg are part of the tradition in the Town Church of being a special place to preach. For many years, well-known personalities from church, society, art, culture, science and politics are invited to speak and express their thoughts that invite us to think outside the box and change. The pulpit speeches in Martin Luther’s preaching church want to inspire and excite.

After the pulpit speeches, there is an opportunity to have a conversation with the current pulpit speaker. In a relaxed atmosphere thought provoking questions can be asked and discussed.

Organizers of the pulpit speeches in Wittenberg are:

• The Protestant Town Church congregation
• The Cranach Foundation Wittenberg
• The Protestant Academy of Saxony-Anhalt
• The Center for Preaching Culture of the Protestant Church in Germany

Pulpit Speakers in Wittenberg

2003 The Ten Commandments
Friedrich Schorlemmer / Albrecht Steinwachs
Eugen Drewermann
Margot Käßmann
Heino Falcke
Rüdiger Lux
Gertraud Knoll
Eike Christian Hirsch
Jürgen Rennert
Rita Süßmuth
Gerhard Begrich

2004 The Beatitudes
Franz Alt
Bärbel Wartenberg-Potter
Hans Koschnick
Jürgen Fliege
Robert Leicht
Rosemarie Wilcken
Jan-Hendrik Olbertz
Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger

2005 The Lord’s Prayer
Christoph Demke
Christine Bergmann
Barbara Rinke
Ulrich Parzany
Richard Schröder
Helge Klassohn
Walther Stützle
Susanne Breit-Keßler

2006 Example stories from the Gospel according to Luke
Friedrich Schorlemmer
Gottfried Kiesow
Reinhard Höppner
Siegfried T. Kasparick
Friederike von Kirchbach
Andreas Montag
Fulbert Steffensky
Jürgen Ebach

2007 Paul-Gerhardt-Songs
Anna-Maria aus der Wiesche
Hanna Kasparick
Elke Axmacher
Wolfgang Kupke
Carl-Gustav Naumann
Britta Martini
Johann-Hinrich Claussen
Karl-Heinrich Bieritz

2008 Psalms
Manfred Stolpe
Peter Hahne
Hans-Peter von Kirchbach
Elisabeth Raiser
Elisabeth von Thadden
Meinold Krauss
Marianne Birthler
Christoph Dieckmann

2009 Creation
Petra Bahr
Elfriede Begrich
Christoph Meckel
Karin Göring-Eckhard
Wolfgang Böhmer
Stephan Schaede
Karl Lehmann
Eberhard Jüngel

2010 Texts of Paul
Dietrich Sagert
Olaf Zimmermann
Arnd Brummer
Wim Wenders
Christine Lieberknecht
Georg Christoph Biller
Udo Schnelle
Sebastian Kleinschmidt

2011 Reformation and Freedom
Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Athenagoras Ziliaskopoulos
Konrad Raiser
Eckhart Nagel
Jacqueline Boysen
Wolf von Lojewski
Bernd Kauffmann
Ulrich Blum

2012 Reformation and Music
Almut Rössler
Ludwig Güttler
Britta Martini
Christfried Brödel

2013 Reformation and Tolerance
Minister President of Saxony-Anhalt Dr. Reiner Haseloff
Erik Bettermann, Director of Radio Deutsche Welle
Ulrike Poppe, Commissioner of the State of Brandenburg to work up the consequences of the communist dictatorship
Rev. Dr. Christina-Maria Bammel, Berlin

2014 "Unless the Lord builds the house..." Site Reformation
Thomas Begrich
Johann Hinrich Clausen
Petra Kahlfeldt
Gunther Emmerlich

2015 Reformation and image: Lucas Cranach d.J.
Gerhard Begrich
Uwe Steimle
Holk Freytag
Josef Walch

2016 Reformation and the One World
Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider
Dr. Wolfgang Kessler
Federal President a. D. Christian Wulff
Claudia Roth, Vice-President of the German Bundestag
Bishop Michael Bünker

2017 Anniversary of the Reformation
23. April: S. E. Andreas B. D. Guibeb, Berlin, Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia
18th of June: Prof. Dr. Lyndal Roper, Reformation historian, Oriel College Oxford
20th of August: Prof. Dr. Margot Käßmann, Berlin, Ambassador of the Council of the Evangelical Churches in Germany for the Reformation Jubilee 2017
October 1: Rev. Dr. Martin Junge, Genf, Secretary General of the Lutheran World Federation