Martin Luther topic of St. Peter’s Summer Spirituality Series Aug. 10

August 6, 2017

The St. Peter's Episcopal Church Summer Spirituality Series continues Thursday, Aug. 10, in the Parish Hall, 211 Mulberry St., Lewes, with a look at the spirituality of Martin Luther as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches this October.

Led by St. Peter's priest associate, the Rev. Ray Michener, the topic is Five Hundred Years of Luther: The Reformation, which began in Germany in 1517. Ray will examine the ramifications of nailing things to church doors, indulgences, papal bulls, and finding oneself condemned by none other than England's notorious King Henry VIII. Luther's spirituality, as well as his understanding of doctrinal teachings of the church such as the sacraments, Maryology, and biblical interpretation, and his understanding of worship will also be discussed.

Michener is a retired Lutheran minister and Navy chaplain, licensed by the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware to serve in the Episcopal Church. After nine years in parish ministry, he entered the Navy as a chaplain, serving Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel and their families. He holds a master of divinity degree from Gettysburg Seminary, a ThM from Princeton Seminary, and a master of pastoral counseling from Loyola College. Before retiring and moving to Delaware in 2013, he served six interim pastorates in the Metro Washington, D.C. Synod. He said shared spirituality between Episcopalians and Lutherans is a foundation of the Concordat of Agreement, which has been in effect since 2001 when both churches began full pulpit and altar fellowship. The presentation will be followed by a King's Ice Cream social, giving participants the opportunity to mingle with Michener and one another.