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:

Past lectures: April 25, 2017, by Ellen F. Davis, Interim Dean and Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School, followed by a conversation with Krista Tippett, host of "On Being"
Ellen F. Davis lecture and conversation with Krista Tippett

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"


Past lectures: 
Oct. 3, 2016, by Lost and Found, (musical duo Michael Bridges and George Baum).

Watch: 2016 Aus Memorial 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.

Watch: 2015 Aus Memorial Lecture

Past lectures: Feb. 2, 2017, by Kenneth Mtata, General Secretary, Council of Churches in Zimbabwe.
Watch 2017 Burgess Lecture

Feb. 2, 2016, by Elieshi Ayo Mungure, Area Secretary for Africa, Department for Mission and Development, Lutheran World Federation, Geneva.
Watch 2016 Burgess Lecture

Past lectures: April 19-20, 2016, by Dennis Olson, Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J.
Watch: "My God, Why? The Variety of Biblical Responses to Suffering"

Watch: Sermon, Apr. 20, 2016

Sept. 22, 2014, by Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary
Watch: "Preaching the Old Testament"

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"