Lutheranism is a major branch of Western Christianity that identifies with the theology of Martin Luther (1483 11 10 – 1546 02 18), a German reformer. Luther's efforts to reform the theology and practice of the Roman Catholic Church launched the Protestant Reformation. Beginning with the 95 Theses, Luther's writings were disseminated internationally, spreading the ideas of the Reformation beyond the ability of governmental and churchly authorities to control it.
The swan is a popular symbol of Martin Luther and is frequently found in Lutheran art. The history (or perhaps legend) behind the references to Luther as a swan is quite interesting. Read a brief summary of the history behind the swan references in the Lutheran Press.
As building type
A building designed for public worship by members of the Lutheran community.