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Gudina Tumsa Theological Forum 

March 16-17, 2012, Luther Seminary

Friday, March 16, 2012

1:30 p.m. Sign-in
2:00 p.m. Opening devotions
2:30 p.m. Welcome
2:55 p.m. Session 1
  Lensa Gudina Tumsa; Managing Director, Gudina Tumsa Foundation, Addis Ababa
  "The Importance of Gudina Tumsa To His Family, Church and Society"
3:30 p.m. Tea break
3:45 p.m. Session 2
  Discussion of paper from Session 1
  Rev. Gerd Decke; Former Study Secretary in the Department of Studies of the Lutheran World Federation (1971-1977); Former Secretary for the Horn of Africa of the Berlin Mission and Deputy Director of Mission (1993-2006) 
  "Gudina Tumsa and Dietrich Bonhoeffer"
5:45 p.m. Dinner
7:15 p.m. Mekane Yesus Seminary Alumnae Meeting


Saturday, March 17, 2012

9:00 a.m. Opening devotions
9:30 a.m. Session 3
   Rev. Dr. Gemechu Olana; pastor, Oromo Evangelical Church, Los Angeles and president of The United Oromo Evangelical Churches 
  "An Empowering and Reconciling Presence: A Brief Historical Perspective Review with Some Prospective Remarks on Public Ministry of EECMY"
10:30 a.m. Tea Break
10:45 a.m. Discussion of paper from Session 3
11:30.a.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Session 4
  Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa; professor, Kettering University, Michigan
  "The EECMY Between Indigenization and Globalization. Re-measuring Growth, Re-visioning, Mission, Recasting Leadership."
2:45 p.m. Tea Break
3:00 p.m. Session 5
  Mr. Samuel Yonas Deressa
  "Hermenutics of Discernment & Its Missional Implication: Ethiopian Praxis"
4:15 p.m. Closing remarks


Additional facilitators on Friday and Saturday include Dr. Belay Olam, principal of Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa; Bishop James Arends, La Crosse Area Synod; Ms. Karen Walhof and Rev. Leonard Flachman, Lutheran University Press; Rev. Dr. Debra Samuelson; Mr. Dinku Bato and Mr. Etana Debel, Ph.D. students, Luther Seminary.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

There is no official GTTF programming on Sunday, but we encourage participants to attend worship at a local Ethiopian, Eritrean or multicultural congregation. If you need assistance making these connections, please indicate such to the organizers when you arrive for the forum.

Guest & Local Housing Information


Friday dinner, Saturday lunch and breaks are provided as part of the Gudina Tumsa Theological Forum.

There is no fee to attend the Forum, but a suggested donation of $50 to offset costs is greatly appreciated. You may contribute via credit card in the online registration process, bring a donation with you to the forum or mail a contribution as follows:

Make check/money order out to: Global Mission Institute
Memo Line: Gudina Tumsa Forum

Mail to:
Global Mission Institute
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108 USA

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