UNC and Duke Lutheran Campus Ministry in Germany
As you are reading this, I expect to be visiting the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach Germany where Martin Luther translated the Bible into German. Our Germany Group of 48 (39 UNC LCMers) will have worshipped with the congregation that gathers at the Augustinian Monastery in Erfurt where Luther became a monk. I share this not to make you jealous, but to include you in this journey that LCM is taking. It promises to be a time of faith building, learning, and discerning as students will be looking at a number of the Martin Luther sites, but also Buchenwald Concentration Camp, along with Dietrich Bonhoeffer discussions. This is my fourth trip taking students to Germany; and they have all been tremendous experiences for the students as the history comes alive while walking in the very buildings where history was made. Look at the brief itinerary and follow our LCM Germany Facebook site to see “Where in the world is UNC LCM?” Keep us in your thoughts and prayers for safe journeys and great experiences in Christ’s name.
Friday, March 10: Arrive in Berlin. Bus tour of Berlin.
Saturday, March 11: Bus to Erfurt and tour Augustinian Cloister
Sunday, March 12: Worship at Cloister and bus to Eisenach for lunch and tour of Wartburg Castle.
Monday, March 13: Bus to Buchenwald to tour concentration camp. Have lunch in Weimar where Hitler started the Third Reich.
Tuesday, March 14: Bus to Eisleben where Luther was born and died. Tour the churches and town. Bus to Mansfeld where Luther lived as a child. Stay in the Castle Mansfeld above the city. This was converted into a youth retreat center during the cold war days.
Wednesday, March 15: Service work at the Castle for 20 people, and the rest will be working for the City of Eisleben on various service projects.
Thursday, March 16: Bus to Leipzig for a 3-hour stop for lunch; visit the Cold War museum, and tour St. Thomas Church where Johann S. Bach was the Cantor for 35 years. This is also where the movement for reunification of Germany started through the churches. We will continue on the bus to Wittenberg.
Friday, March 17: Tour of Wittenberg including the two churches, Martin Luther’s house, Philip Melanchthon’s house, Lucas Cranach’s studio, and the city square. We will finish with a banquet this night.
Saturday, March 18: Board the bus at 4:00am for drive to airport and return to Chapel Hill.