On October 21, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) welcomed Rick Steves, America’s most respected authority on European travel and host of the popular public television series “Rick Steves’ Europe,” for the Chicago premiere of his new documentary, “Rick Steves’ Luther and the Reformation.” The 60-minute film will air on public television stations in 2017.
Steves, an active member of an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation, created the documentary in anticipation of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The film shows the significance and world-changing effects of Martin Luther’s questioning of church doctrine and practices. Steves and his crew filmed on location at Luther sites in Germany, Austria, and Rome. It makes heavy use of artwork from the period to illustrate how both Luther and the Roman Catholic Church used the media of their time to promote their ideas.
This is the first documentary that Steves has produced, although in 2006, he hosted “Opening the Door to Luther with Rick Steves,” a Mosaic video produced by the ELCA. The screening was one of a series of LSTC events celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
About Rick Steves
After traveling to Europe several times with his father, Steves began traveling on his own at 18, funding his travels by teaching piano lessons. In 1976 he started his business, Rick Steves’ Europe, which has grown from a one-man operation to a company a staff of 100. They have produced more than 50 guidebooks on European travel, America’s most popular travel series on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, a weekly syndicated column, and free travel information on www.ricksteves.com.
Steves is outspoken on the need for Americans to fit better into our planet by broadening our perspectives through travel. He is committed to his own community, Edmonds, Wash. He is a generous supporter of Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice that urges our nation’s leaders to end hunger at home and abroad.
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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.