Most of us are familiar with the great figures of the Protestant Reformation. Names like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli are a few that come to mind. Yet, the story of the Reformation cannot be told without including the accounts of countless women who, alongside their male counterparts, played a vital role in the early formation of the Protestant Church.
In the spirit of the Reformation, these women defied human tradition to lay hold of eternal life. For most, a stand for the Gospel would cost them all they had. It meant enduring evil and hurtful slander from the religious establishment. Many were suddenly catapulted into a world of isolation and treated harshly by those who thought they were doing God a service. Some were called to lay down their lives and make the ultimate sacrifice. Yet, all of these women inherited something better and they stand with the throng of witnesses described in Hebrews 12 as an encouragement for us today.
On October 31st, 2011, Heavenly Springs commenced a series in which several Reformed women passionate about, what Martin Luther called, “the true treasure of the church” — that is, the Gospel, presented brief character sketches of lesser known yet prominent women of the Reformation.
In this presentation we met women like Katie Von Bora, Martin Luther’s wife and ex-nun who pioneered the wilderness of women’s ministry in church and in the home; Lady Jane Grey, one of the most educated women of her day, who was executed for her faith in Christ; Idelette de Bure, wife of John Calvin; Anne Bradstreet, whose poetic gifts continue to strengthen and encourage the Church, and many more.
Join us as we enter into the crossroads of history and meet, and hear the stories of Reformation women who, just like the men, were called for their time and their place.
“The home, cities, economic life, and government would virtually disappear. Men can’t do without women. Even if it were possible for men to beget children and bear children, they still couldn’t do without women.” – Martin Luther
Click on the links below to read the series in it’s entirety: