LOST AND FOUND PRESENTS:
The Luther500 Festival is a seven-day cultural-immersion experience that brings the Reformation
to life as you serve, learn, and celebrate in the places where Martin Luther did the same 500 years ago.
This pilgrimage to Germany will help revitalize schools, congregations, and personal faith journies as participants
come face to face with the breadth and importance of the Reformation, make new friends, connect with their heritage,
and experience first hand how Church history can be a whole lot of fun.
How Will You Celebrate the Reformation Jubilee?
In 2017, you have the choice of three different weeks to accommodate your group's schedule. All three festival weeks, May, June and October have the same content -- full of insight and discovery, new friends, and plenty of fun.
You all! There have been Luther500 Festivals already in 2011 and 2013, plus an orientation trip for group leaders in 2015. We can surely say: it's the people who do the Festival.
Besides of that, the Luther500 Festival is presented by LOST AND FOUND. LOST AND FOUND is Michael Bridges and George Baum, two musicians who have been traveling throughout the world for 29 years performing their own brand of original folk music and serving the Church in the process. In addition to being full-time working musicians, and regular fixtures at Lutheran events, they are both Seminary graduates with parish and teaching experience.
But when we say the Festival is presented by LOST AND FOUND, we do not mean to suggest they are working alone:
The Festival is organized in Germany by LOST AND FOUND friends from Terra Lu Travel. They specialize in land tours and accommodations in “Terra Lutherana," the Land of Luther. Every year many tour operators, churches, universities, and choirs use the services of Terra Lu for hand-crafted group travels. Terra Lu Travel turns this event into a reality in Wittenberg and will provide all the necessary arrangements. Terra Lu Travel is founded and owned by Rev. Christian Utpatel, who before he started the company, was the National Youth Pastor of the independent Lutheran Church in Germany for 11 years and has been involved in youth ministry since he was a confirmand.
The Festival happens with the help of many Volunteers. We are thankful to get the expertise of many friends from Lutheran congregations in Germany who have long-term experience with church gatherings, retreats, and camps! LOST AND FOUND and Terra Lu's strong relationships with local congregations permits a level of cultural exchange, engagement and interaction that is generally not a part of traditional travel experiences in Europe.
The Luther500 Festival is an independent venture and is in no way indentured to any church, political party, governmental organisation, or foundation. The Luther500 Festival is an official event of the LutherDecade and recognized by the Refo500 foundation. The Term "Luther500" is a registered trademark and, until further notice, may be used only in connection with the Festival.
Terra Lu Travel who is the legal operator of the Festival in Germany, is a member of the U.S. National Tour Association (NTA), the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), the international Faith Travel Association (FTA), the Federal Association of German Incoming Companies, and the regional "TouristRegion Anhalt-Dessau-Wittenberg" association.