Reformation program to be presented at Potomac State

The Right Reverend Matthew Lynn Riegel, who currently serves as bishop of the West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will return to the area to present a program about the 400th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation which occurred in 1917.  The presentation will be held at the Mary F. Shipper Library at West Virginia University (WVU) Potomac State College (PSC) on Thursday, October 19, at 7 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

Riegel will highlight how the American entry into The Great War and the accompanying rise of German phobia dashed Lutheran plans for a great celebration.  Arson, arrest, war bonds, and bandages mark a watershed moment in American history as one immigrant denomination moved from political quietism to active civic engagement, with consequences as diverse as refugee resettlement, disaster response, and lobbying efforts to influence federal law and policy a century later.

Prior to being elected as bishop, Riegel served pastor for Trinity Lutheran Church in Keyser, W.Va. and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Westernport, Md.  He was also chaplain of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU, served as an adjunct instructor at PSC, chaired one of WVU’s Institutional Review Boards, and served as a guest lecturer in various disciplines.

For more information on this event, please contact Reverend Sally Bartling at 304-813-0889 or at slbartling@yahoo.com.  Refreshments will follow the presentation and are provided by Trinity Lutheran Church.