Laura M. Fabrycky is an American poet and essayist, and the spouse of a U.S. Foreign Service officer, currently residing in Berlin, Germany, with her family. Her writing has appeared in Books & Culture, Foreign Service Journal, Good Housekeeping Middle East, Topology, and elsewhere. Her first published collection of poetry is Give Me the Word.
Whether or not you’re an adherent to the Christian faith, today’s big anniversary marks an event whose effects have been so far-reaching that they helped create the cultural milieu you were born into. Laura Fabrycky’s current abode in Germany—the country in which Martin Luther made his 95 theses public 500 years ago today, on October 31, 1517—has given her a front row view of Germany’s public commemorations of the anniversary of the Reformation. This 16th century religious movement was ultimately marked by the rejection or modification of some Roman Catholic doctrine and practice and by the establishment of the Protestant churches. Laura reflects on how Luther’s work might inspire our own.