Pierre Viret honored with FSPC delegates in attendance

On Sunday, June 19, a celebratory worship service was held with 300 people in attendance at Lausanne’s St. François Church to mark the Assembly of Delegates of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC). This followed the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the work of Pierre Viret, Lausanne’s first pastor.

Around 300 people came together on Sunday, June 19 to witness the unveiling of a plaque in memory of the Protestant reformer Pierre Viret, Lausanne’s first pastor, who was born 500 years ago. The plaque now hands at the entrance to the city’s St. François Church.

At the unveiling of the plaque, Esther Gaillard, president of the Synodal Council recalled how “Pierre Viret was most prominently a man of communications” and that it is thanks to him that the Evangelical Reformed Church of the Canton of Vaud (ERCV) still seeks to stay connected to “all people and all groups that form a part of today’s multireligious and multiethnic society, communicating with everyone, not just to convert them, but to approach them and understand them.”

Lausanne City President Daniel Brélaz, pointed out that Viret represented a “foundational part of the history of the canton and the city.”

City Councilor Philippe Leube asked the question: “What would the Canton of Vaud, its character and identity be without the struggle led by Pierre Viret?” He added that: “This great man made a decisive contribution to the development and formation of the identity of this country.”

Following the unveiling, the celebration continued inside St. François Church. Numerous political and church leaders, all of the FSPC’s delegates, and a great many Vaud Christians took part in the worship service held by Rev. Ira Jaillet.