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REFORMATION ROOTS By Cindy Uken For the entirety of their 42-year marriage, Lou and


Jackie Davit have gone their separate ways for Sunday morning church services. He worships at a Roman Catholic church; she attends an ELCA congregation. This year the Shorewood, Wis., couple’s unique way


of worshiping served as a symbol to their community of how the Reformation transformed religion and continues to affect families. It started with a challenge from Jeff Barrow, bishop


of the Greater Milwaukee Synod, to plant 500 trees in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Jackie Davit and Margaret Schoewe, members of


Kingo Lutheran Church in Shorewood, immediately approached their pastor, Carolyn Sellers, about Barrow’s challenge. Their goal was to have Kingo raise money to buy apple trees that would be planted in the All People’s Church orchard in inner-city Milwaukee. All People’s is one of Kingo’s partner congregations. Kingo raised more than $575 for the trees with a


special Lenten offering. “But then this challenge grew in a way that embraced


the Reformation more fully,” Sellers said. Jackie Davit mentioned that her husband’s


28 OCTOBER 2017


Quinesha Edwards (left), Walt Chossek and Sarah Garner, members of All People’s Church, Kingo Lutheran and St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, respectively, participated in a tree-planting service in Milwaukee to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The event was part of a “500 Trees for 500 Years” challenge issued by the Greater Milwaukee Synod.


Photos: Courtesy of Kingo Lutheran Church


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