The Estonian Evengelical Lutheran Church
For Freedom Christ Has Set Us Free – Sermon of Archbishop Urmas Viilma at the EELC Jubilee Congress on 27 May 2017 in Tartu

I begin my sermon with a quote from a newspaper, which is dated 3 June 1917 and is from the “Päewaleht” and it describes the church congress that gathered here in Tartu 100 years ago. In the newspaper it is written: “This is a unique event, that this very year, when our Evangelical Lutheran Church celebrating the laying of its foundation, the reformation movement’s 400th anniversary, that also the hour of its rebirth has arrived. This renewal is the very best and most influential gift for this anniversary year. Read more »

Past and Present of the People’s Church – Presentation of Archbishop Urmas Viilma at the EELC Jubilee Congress on 27 May 2017 in Tartu

We are celebrating a century of ‘our own church’. The notion ‘our own’ needs further elaboration and context. We can say that transforming the Lutheran nobility church into ‘our own church’ was one of the main goals in 1917 after the church had been present in this land for more than 700 years and had also been recast by the events of the Reformation. Read more »

Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church 100 – Statement of the EELC Jubilee Congress on 27 May 2017 in Tartu

The members, voluntary helpers, workers and clergy of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church have assembled in Tartu for the Jubilee Congress on 26 and 27 May 2017. We have dedicated the years 2017 and 2018 to the topic “Landmarks of Freedom” to remember and celebrate the anniversaries of momentous events that have influenced Estonian people and the 800 years of Christianity in this land: 500 years from the Lutheran Reformation and 100 years from the birth of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Republic of Estonia. Read more »

Landmarks of Freedom 2017-2018

REFORMATION 500 – ESTONIAN EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 100 – REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA 100
More than eight centuries have passed since Estonia and Livonia were dedicated to St Mary. In 2017 and 2018 we celebrate anniversaries of major events, which have had a profound impact on Estonian people and church: 500 years from the Lutheran Reformation and 100 years from the birth of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Republic of Estonia.
Free people
The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is celebrated all over the world. The Estonian people celebrate it as a religious festival, focusing on the gospel message of human liberation and consolation, encouragement and rejoicing. In a theological interpretation, the Reformation is primarily a commitment of the church to Jesus Christ. As such, the significance of the Reformation is not limited to the events of the 16th century nor even only to evangelical churches. As commitment to Christ, the Reformation has ecumenical significance, which is relevant for all Christians. It is the revival and renewal of the church, springing from the foundation and centre of the church. Read more »

Faith and hope in an apple tree – explanation of the logo of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The bright-coloured logo of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – a green apple tree bearing beautiful fruits – was inspired by a desire to celebrate the coming anniversary not only as an important event for the Lutheran church but in an ecumenical manner, with our sisters and brothers from other churches.
The apple tree represents our intention to think and talk about the Reformation not only as a past event but as something that touches every one of us now and in the future as well. In other words, the emphasis of the jubilee year should be on the aspects that unify us as Christians, that we can rejoice in together, for which we can be grateful together and that we would like to share with everyone – the living faith and hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Read more »