2014 Exporing Luther's Reformation and Jewish-Christian Relations

Gustavus Study Tour in Germany and Poland
October 4–16, 2014



Journey on an educational tour focused on Luther’s Reformation and Jewish-Christian relations with prominent Lutheran scholar, Gustavus professor emeritus of Religion Rev. Dr. Darrell Jodock.   

We will visit sites associated with Luther’s life, examine Luther’s ideas and their ongoing significance, and gain a deeper understanding of the widespread desire for reform along with the skillful communication style and insightful teaching of Martin Luther that changed the world.

In addition to the focus on Luther, we will visit sites in near-by beautiful Poland and end our journey in historic Berlin.  In these cities we will visit sites connected with the Nazi holocaust and with Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, one of the opponents.

If you have thought about this sort of trip in the past, now is the time to journey to “Lutherland” as we approach the 500th anniversary of the 95 Theses in the 2017. 

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The trip is open to Gustavus alumni, parents, friends, and non-Gusties. 

JodockProgram Leader

For over 40 years Dr. Darrell Jodock has taught at ELCA institutions—Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN), Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA), Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, MN), and St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN).  At Gustavus he served from 1999 to December of 2012 as the first Bernhardson Chair in Lutheran Studies.  Currently (2013) he has a short-term appointment as the Martin Marty Regents Chair in Religion and the Academy at St. Olaf.  Luther, Lutheran history, and Lutheran theology have been part of my teaching from the beginning.  In 1983 he began to offer a course specifically on Luther and his Legacy and continued to teach it until 2011.  

From 1978 to the present, he has been deeply involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue.  In 1979 he began 33 years of teaching a course on the Holocaust and Its Impact.  For the first 20 years he co-taught with a Jewish Rabbi.  In 1989 he founded an Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and currently is chair the ELCA Consultative Panel on Lutheran-Jewish Relations.

Activity Level

Moderately active. This tour will require a lot of walking, often over uneven ground. Elevators are not always available so there will be stairs to climb. Sometimes stairs and pathways will not have handrails. You should be ready to keep pace with an active group of traveling companions.

Trip Itinerary

For more information, view a more detailed trip itinerary.

Cost and Inclusions

Cost of the tour is $4,769 per person, based on double occupancy. For more information, go to costs and inclusions. Pricing may vary depending on final travel numbers.

For more information

For more information, contact Laurie DeVillers from Trans World Travel at Laurie@transworldtravel.com or by calling the President's Office at 507-933-7538.


Trip arrangement provided by Trans World Travel.