Beginnings & Discernment Process
The vision for Wittenberg 2017 originated in the year 2000. Two laypeople, Amy & Thomas Cogdell, were on a flight from Switzerland back to their home in Texas after celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary. They were reading the history of the Reformation, and realized that the 500thanniversary would be in their lifetime. They conceived of a meeting of followers of Jesus from different traditions who would gather in Wittenberg to grieve the divisions in the body of Christ, and pray with Jesus His prayer in John 17 for the unity of His followers.
The next twelve years were a process of discernment as to whether or not this vision was from God.
Some key moments in this process were:
2011-2012 – Submitting the Vision to German Lutherans
Ottmaring Germany 16-18 October 2012