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Haigazian Students Join in Reformation Anniversary

On the occasion of 500 years Protestant Reformation, a group of thirteen Haigazian students and two members of the faculty travelled to Germany. On Sunday 28 May 2017 they joined an estimated eighty thousand Protestants from around the world in a festive service in the German town of Wittenberg, where Martin Luther launched the Reformation in 1517. The preacher in this service was Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town in South Africa. Makgoba called Martin Luther one of the true fathers of democratic freedom and the Reformation an inspirational global positioning system for today. He invited young people to help transform the world through love. Prior to the event in Wittenberg, the Haigazian group was hosted by a local Protestant community in the State of Thuringia. The students were introduced to the life of the church, the Christian school and the charitable work of this community among refugees. One of the group members, Hagop Jack Karamian, observed: “The German Protestant churches are doing all they can to involve the youth.”The group visited several sites from the life of Luther, including the city of Erfurt where Luther studied and Wartburg Castle where he translated the Bible into German. Asadour Manjrian, one of the participants, commented: “I benefited from seeing the tangible remains of the Protestant past. It helped me to understand what happened there and then. I got closer to the Reformation history.”In the city of Halle the students met with students and professors of the Martin Luther University. They were received at the Institute of Oriental Studies, by Professor Armenuhi Drost-Abgarjan, who focuses on Christianity in the Middle East and Professor Björn Bentlage, whose field of expertise is Islam in the Middle East. At the Franckesche Stiftungen in Halle, the students viewed an exhibition of ancient Bibles, which featured a 350 year-old Armenian Bible, one of the first of its kind to be printed. In the city of Halle, the group also found a khachkar erected in 2015, in memory of the Armenian Genocide.
The Haigazian group was in Germany upon the invitation of the Evangelical Church in Central Germany.


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