On September 14th, 2014, Pastor Emeritus Robert Zimmer (center, with his wife) planted a Thuringian ash tree on behalf of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He was accompanied by former members of his congregation, who now live in Germany and came to Wittenberg for the tree planting.
On October 1st, 2017, Pastor Walter Still, Chair of the Reformation 500 Committee of Florida Bahamas Synod of the ELCA (left); Pastor John Mocko, assistant to the synod bishop (center); and Pat O’Neill, ecumenical officer of the Archdiocese of Miami (right), planted the partner tree at the Morningstar Retreat Center for the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The tree grows in a labyrinth, part of the project “Digging Deeper than Theology,” which was created as a combined ecumenical commemoration of the 500-year Reformation Jubilee. A plaque at the foot of the tree commemorates the shared tree planting.