500 Trees for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Host a tree planting!

Across the country, Lutherans are working together to plant 500 trees in their synods as part of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Join this effort and get started NOW in your synod.


Tree Planting Liturgy for the 500th Anniversary, from Central States Synod

Visit the Arbor Day website for ideas and information, consult with the city arborist or other local expert, and learn more about the beauty of trees and the value of trees and forests for the support of life on our planet. Get 10 free trees at www.arborday.org. There is a brief tree-planting ceremony on our companion site,  www.letallcreationpraise.org.

Planting Trees - options for planting trees by your congregation; a tree planting service; Bible verses, poems, and quotes about trees; and more

See Eco-Reformation for additional materials for worship, lectionary and resources and adult forum ideas relating to commemorating the 500th Anniversary.

A Lutheran Bishop is Leading a Campaign to Plant Trees to Save the Glaciers of Kilimanjaro 

"When we care for creation I would say then we care for life." -- Bishop Frederick Shoo

"Religion & Ethics Newsweekly" featured Evangelical Lutheran Church Bishop Frederick Shoo, the "Tree Bishop" of Tanzania, and his project to help save the snows of Kilimanjaro from climate change by planting millions of trees. 

Learn more about this project and how you can help.

Plans and Reports on Synod Tree Planting

LAMPa, the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania hosted a tree planting on April 17, 2016  as part of their "Stirring the Waters" event.

The Central States Synod aims to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by planting and dedicating 500 new trees throughout Kansas and Missouri. It is our prayer that these trees will serve as witnesses to our hope in Christ in the spirit of the quotation (questionably) attributed to Martin Luther: “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.”  Read More

The Greater Milwaukee Synod is planting 500 trees to mark the 500 years since the Reformation. A website is being created with ideas about how and where to plant trees, and two arborists are on hand to provide tree-planting advice. Cluster churches will be encouraged to collaborate on planting projects, and congregations will be encouraged to invite their Roman Catholic neighbors to join in tree events  As part of its commemoration of the 500th anniversary, the Synod will join the archdiocese of Milwaukee in holding joint events focusing on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ as well as the ecumenical work of the last 50 years that has brought Lutherans and Catholics closer together, and there will be a care of creation worship service in the fall of 2017. Read more about the project and find tree planting ideas and resources.

Peter Bakken,
Apr 5, 2016, 2:59 PM