YOUR PURPOSEFUL JOURNEY
September 17 - 28, 2019
When a friend invites you to enjoy a cup of coffee, your friend, on some level, invites you into conversation. Inspired by the invitation of a friend to “grab a cup of coffee,” please consider this your invitation to join us on a journey to Germany where you are sure to enjoy rich conversation stimulated by your encounters with history, religious ideas, culture, and cuisine.
We believe that a meticulously planned itinerary with an appropriate level of built-in flexibility can provide the nuance that distinguishes a trip from a journey. For many fellow travelers, accepting our invitation to conversation in Germany becomes a spiritual and religious journey through church history. For other travelers, the journey tends to be an intellectual exploration of past human events and actions that nurtures a personal examination of who we are today. For still others, the journey becomes most vivid through rich conversation in a delectable context of German culture and cuisine.
Whatever you may anticipate you will find most stimulating in your own experience of history, religious ideas, culture and cuisine in Germany, an invitation to conversation over 500 years ago provides the fascinating background for what we hope will become your purposeful, personal and memorable journey with us.
Depart Chicago O'Hare, or other major airport hub, and fly overnight to Germany.
Arrival in Germany and Welcome Dinner
There will be time to unpack, relax, and explore a bit, if you desire, before we gather to experience a wonderful welcome dinner.
We will assemble mid-afternoon for a keynote presentation before departing for a brewery tour, a Lutheran tea (or two) and an authentic treat of locally produced German "BBQ".
We will visit the monastery situated in a thriving city at the crossroads of the medieval world where Martin Luther lived, prayed, and worked as a monk. This city still thrives hundreds of years later. You are sure to be delighted by what you discover here.
Wittenberg-Reformation Churches and Sites
We will visit several sites in this town made famous by an indelible association with the Reformation.
The confrontation by this well presented German testimony and commitment to "never forget" promises to leave a profound impression on you.
Luther translated the New Testament into German while living in this famous castle. We will also visit the Bach House as we are inspired by incredible contributions to culture on this day.
This extraordinary castle is sure to broaden and deepen your perspective on this fascinating age of European reformations.
Eisleben-Birth House and Death House
The Geburtshaus and Stebehaus that commemorate the birth and death places of Martin Luther will no doubt stimulate conversation on a range of topics past and present.
We will endeavor to depart our hotel early enough to explore Munich the afternoon.
We will attend Oktoterfest earlier in the day. Although most of us will return to the hotel, you will be welcome to stay or revisit Oktoberfest. Prost!
Depart for Airport and Wing Our Way Home
We will depart our hotel in Berlin for a short drive to the airport. We will board our plane home in the hope our conversation continues.
Map and General Information
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