Terence E. and Faith L. Fretheim Lecture in Biblical Theology

Come join us for the inaugural Fretheim Lecture in Biblical Theology! Walter Brueggemann will be delivering his lecture, "Why the Old Testament Must Not Go Away." This presentation will consider efforts in the church to deny the Old Testament and explore what is at stake in it for the church. Brueggemann will propose that its cruciality is found in the God who inhabits the text, a God who, in contrast, keeps the future open, engages in dialogic freedom, and subverts unbearable presents. The denial (or engagement with) the Old Testament is never a disinterested matter, but is always a matter that concerns material interests as well as well as intellectual probity.

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Looking Back/Looking Forward: An Exhibit Exploring Art and Spirituality in the Work of Mark Roberts and James Quentin Young An Exhibit Exploring Art

Mark Roberts and James Quentin Young are well known Twin Cities-based artists working in a variety of media. Using the central Christian symbol of the cross as a starting point, both artists stretch the viewer's understanding of spirituality as interpreted by their often challenging work.

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Celebration of Biblical Preaching

Come join us for the 2014 Celebration of Biblical Preaching: Preaching as Divine and Human Drama!

Each week preachers have the opportunity to immerse their hearers in the divine drama of God's activity to save the world God loves so much. It is a story of peril and beauty and courage and grace. But do we approach the pulpit seeking to immerse our hearers in its plot line, or do we offer them only religious information instead? Come join us as we seek to reclaim preaching as the means by which to invite our people not just to witness this story but to take up their part in the ongoing drama of God's work to love, save and bless the world.

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President's Inauguration Service

Save the date and join us as President Robin Steinke is inaugurated at Shepherd of the Valley, Lutheran Church.

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Singing the Faith Hymn Festival

Join us for our annual Singing the Faith festival. This festival celebrates the Lutheran Reformation through a service of hymns and readings.

This year's Singing the Faith festival is titled, "Singing the Faith: Readings from Luther's Catechisms on the Lord's Prayer," and will feature the St. Olaf Choir. The St. Olaf Choir is the premier choral ensemble of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. St. Olaf College is a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) with students from across the United States as well as from 30 other countries. St. Olaf College is recognized worldwide for the exceptional breadth and depth of its music program.

Please consider joining us for this exciting event. For more information, please visit

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  • Mid-Winter Convocation 








  • Previews  A time for high school students to explore their gifts for ministry, callings and various ministry opportunities
  • Celebration of Biblical Preaching  A time for pastors and preachers to reflect on their ministry and be creatively inspired in order to return to their work re-energized for the task of proclaiming the Good News
  • Andrew S. Burgess Lecture in Global Mission  The task of the Burgess lectures is to interpret today's global mission in light of the Christian tradition, the historical experience of the church, and the contemporary situation in the world
  • Dokimazo  A time for college students and post-college professionals to share their stories and discern their invitation to Christian public leadership.
  • Singing the Faith Hymn Festival  A service of hymns and readings celebrating the Lutheran Reformation