In 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church house door. The Protestant Reformation followed, along with the development of secularism, the rise of modern nation-states and the development of the idea of religious toleration.

The Ethics Center will examine “Ethics, Theology, and The Reformation at 500”  from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, in North Gym 118. A diverse panel will discuss this 500-year legacy. The panel will include:

This event will be followed by a second panel from 7 to 9  p.m. at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center (1572 E. Barstow Ave.), featuring clergy from diverse denominations.

These forums are sponsored by The Ethics Center at Fresno State with support from the Leon S. Peters Foundation. Co-sponsors include the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Social Science, Department of History, Saint Paul Catholic Newman Center and the Catholic Diocese of Fresno.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Andrew Fiala at

Also at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, there will be a Reformation-inspired Festival of Music at Hope Lutheran Church (364 E. Barstow Ave.) sponsored by Hope Lutheran and the Fresno Community Chorus. There is no charge for the concert. A freewill offering will be taken during the concert, benefitting Community Food Bank.