Eight Swiss cities are among sites of the European Reformation Roadmap 2016-2017

Geneva, Basel, Bern, Chur, Lausanne, Neuenburg, Obertoggenburg and Zurich will be way stations along the “European Reformation Roadmap,” which will connect more than 60 towns and cities all over Europe from November 2016 to May 2017. The Reformation Roadmap starts in Geneva, the city of Reformer John Calvin and headquarters of the World Council of Churches, and ends in Wittenberg, Martin Luther’s domain.

Every stop along the way will last for 36 hours: The local church invites regional and ecumenical partners, as well as the general population, to join in the celebrations with numerous events that illustrate the local connections to the history of the Reformation. The Swiss cities will present a colorful and fascinating panorama of the Reformation between Lake Constance and Lake Geneva. Afterwards, some elements of the eight Swiss sites will travel on to the “World Reformation Exhibition” in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, which will go on until September 2017.

A milestone of historical proportions

The European Reformation Roadmap is a Reformation Jubilee Project of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE) and the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC). At the EKD press conference, FSPC representative Charlotte Kuffer, the former President of the Eglise protestante of Geneva, declared herself to be “particularly delighted about the fact that after 500 years, the Reformation Jubilee – for the first time – brings together all branches of Protestantism; this is a significant milestone in the history of our churches.”

The way stations in Switzerland

The European Reformation Roadmap Truck will take the following route through Switzerland:

Geneva: November 3-4, 2016
Lausanne: November 6, 2016
Neuenburg: November 9, 2016
Basel: November 12, 2016
Obertoggenburg (Wildhaus): December 22, 2016
Bern: January 4, 2017
Zurich: January 6-7, 2017
Chur: January 14, 2017

The Swiss Cities of the Reformation can also be discovered in digital form: with an app for iOS and Android. The free app guides users through the eight cities on multimedia trails. The Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches will present the free app in cooperation with the churches and cities of the Swiss Cities of the Reformation in the summer of 2016.