Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Public Lectures

Bring scholarship to daily life

Each year, Luther Seminary hosts lectures by renowned scholars who explore theology, Bible, faith and other topics from academic perspectives for the benefit of the seminary community.

All lectures are free and open to the public, and, unless otherwise noted, are held in the Chapel of the Incarnation in the Olson Campus Center. View a campus map. 

Latest lectures:

Next lectures: Feb. 2 by Elieshi Ayo Mungure, Area Secretary for Africa, Department for Mission and Development, Lutheran World Federation, Geneva.

The 2017 Burgess Lecture will be delivered Feb. 1, 2017, by Kenneth Mtata, Study Secretary for Lutheran Theology and Practice, Department for Theology and Public Witness, Lutheran World Federation, Geneva.

Next lecture: April 19-20, 2016, by Dennis Olson, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J.

Past lecture: Sept. 22, 2014, by Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary

Lecture: "Preaching the Old Testament"

Next lecture: April 2017, by Ellen F. Davis, Interim Dean and Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School.

Past lecture: April 21-22, 2015, by Larry Rasmussen, Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics, Union Seminary, NYC

Conversation: "Integrating Green in Congregations"

Lecture: "Creation, Sin, and Sacrament in the Anthropocene"


Next lectures: October 3-4, 2016, by Lost and Found, (musical duo Michael Bridges and George Baum).

Past lecture: Oct. 5, 2015, by Teresa Fry Brown, Professor of Homiletics, Candler School of Theology and Director of Black Church Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.

2015 Aus Memorial Lecture

Next lecture: to be determined

Past lecture: Sept. 17, 2014, by John Swinton, Professor, Centre for Spirituality, Health, and Disability, University of Aberdeen, U.K.

"Time, Hospitality, and Belonging: Towards a Practical Theology of Mental Health"