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2015: Religious but Not Spiritual?

Jan. 28-30, 2015
Luther Seminary
Saint Paul, Minn.

The 2015 Mid-Winter Convocation was framed by lively exchanges between a social scientist, a theologian and a pastor as they reclaimed the vibrancy and authenticity of the distinctly spiritual and religious way of Jesus.

Plenary Sessions:

See Visual Notes from all three presentations by conference participant Steve Thomason.

2014: God's Mission and Worship

Jan. 29-31, 2014
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, Minn.

Keynote speakers

Four theologians, each working in tandem with a missional pastor, presented on one movement of the liturgy: Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending.

Click on the name of each presenter (below) to listen to audio.

Missional Gathering: Invitation to Life in Christ
Paul Hoffman, Retired Pastor, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle, Washington Listen
Jessicah Krey Duckworth, Program Director for Religion, The Lilly Endowment Listen

(Note: Q&A for both Paul Hoffman and Jessicah Krey Duckworth are found at the end of the second audio track.)

Missional Word: Preaching in a Secular Age
Al Tizon, Ronald Sider Associate Professor of Holistic Ministry, Palmer Theological Listen
Ed Searcy, Pastor, University Hill Church, Vancouver, British Columbia Listen
Missional Meal
Emily Scott and Christian Scharen. Emily Scott is Pastor, St. Lydia’s Church, Brooklyn, New York; Christian Scharen is Director of Contextual Learning and Assistant Professor of Worship, Luther Seminary Listen
Missional Sending: Worship and the World God Loves
Cláudio Carvalhaes, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgy, Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia Listen
Paul Hoffman, Retired Pastor, Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, Seattle, Washington Listen
2013: Worship in a Time of Change

Feb. 5-7, 2013
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, Minn.

Keynote speakers:

Dirk Lange, Associate Professor of Worship, Luther Seminary

  • "Reorienting Life: The Gospel Preached and Distributed"
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  • "Prayer and Resistance: Living our Baptismal Vocation"
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Chris Trimble, Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration and Executive Director of the Center for Global Leadership, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth

  • "How to Grow Church Membership through Innovation (in Worship and More)"
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  • Perspectives on Change
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2012: By Paths Untrodden - Faith and Leadership in a Time of Change

Feb. 1-3, 2012
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, Minn.

Keynote speakers:

Diana Butler Bass, author, speaker and educator

  • "The Great Religious Recession"
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  • "A Great Spiritual Awakening"
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Andrew Root, Associate Professor of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary

  • "Answering: Who Am I? The Melting of Identity and Why the Church Can't Help"
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  • "The Church and the Loss of Meaning: Hyper-Reality and All Those Flickering Screens"
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2011: Engaging Scripture as Communities of Moral Deliberation

Feb. 2-4, 2011
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, Minn.

Keynote speakers:

Will Willimon

  • "Engaged by Scripture: the Challenge of Being a Biblical Preacher"
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Matthew Skinner

  • "Creating a Community Capable of Discussing Difficult Issues without Destroying Itself, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Potluck"
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Thursday, February 3

Martha Stortz

  • "Reading Luther Reading Paul -- and the Reformer's Insights for Today"
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Friday, February 4

Will Willimon

  • "Preaching as Moral Deliberation: Jesus Style"
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2010: Engaging Scripture in a Community of Faith with Heart, Mind and Spirit

Jan. 13-15, 2010
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, Minn.

Keynote speakers

Mark Allan Powell

  • "The Promise and Peril of Polyvalence"

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Mike Housholder

  • "Watering the World: Biblical Fluency and Hundredfold Returns"
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Mary Hinkle Shore

  • "Worship as Welcome into Scripture's Story"
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Mark Allan Powell

  • "Word of God as Transforming Power: The Potential for Scripture to Shape Communities and Change Lives"
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Panel discussion: Mark Allan Powell, Mike Housholder and Mary Hinkle Shore, moderated by David Lose
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2009: Engaging Scripture for the Sake of the World with Heart, Mind and Spirit

Jan. 14-16, 2009
Luther Seminary
St. Paul, Minn.

Keynote and chapel speakers

Karoline Lewis, preaching
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Terrence Fretheim
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Walter Brueggemann
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Greg Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea
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Rolf Jacobson, preaching
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Terrence Fretheim

  • "Job's Suffering, Natural Disasters and the Will of God"
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Walter Brueggemann

  • "Holiness as Ground for Knowing Mercy"
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Panel discussion: Terrence Fretheim and Walter Brueggemann

  • "What does God have to do with me?"
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Kathryn Schifferdecker, preaching
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