Dispatch from Lausanne: September 29, 2019
UPDATE: Some pics from Christ Church, Lausanne.
We have been almost a week in Europe; a couple of days in Zurich and then down to Lausanne on Lake Geneva (Lac Lemon). Here are a few notes on churches we’ve seen and will attend.
As a Christian who practices in the Lutheran tradition, we look to 1517 as the key year in Reformation history, when Martin Luther challenged the theological community of his day to discuss his 95 Theses. But in Switzerland, the important date for the broader Reformation is 1523. That was the year Huldrych Zwingli published his 67 Artikel, which set forth reforms in Zurich.
We visited Grossmünster Church in Zurich, where Zwingli served as preaching pastor and advanced his own Reformation agenda throughout Switzerland. It is a primary landmark in the city of Zurich, its two majestic towers dominating the old city skyline.
We also walked across the bridge to Fraumünster Church, another Reformed Church. I was most keen to visit here, because this church has a remarkable set of stained glass windows by one of my favorite artists, Marc Chagall. No photography was allowed inside the building, so I can’t show you what we saw, but in days to come I plan to do a series on Sundays using these windows and the messages they convey, so we will look at them then. Here is a view of the Fraumünster Church, though.
More pictures and reports to come.
Update: Here is Christ Church in Lausanne, exterior and interior.