Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Past Rethinking Events

Looking at church life with fresh eyes

Starting with Rethinking Stewardship in 2010, a new genre of lifelong learning event at Luther Seminary was born—the "Rethinking" event.

Each summer, the seminary invites ten or more leading thinkers and practitioners to spark conversation with 35-minute presentations and followup questions. Participants are fully engaged in dialogue with speakers, each other, and their ministry context.

Browse archived audio and video of presentations from past Rethinking events:

Rethinking Church (2017)

July 26-28, 2017
Luther Seminary
Saint Paul, Minn.

Video recordings

Video of all eight presentations is available for view on Luther Seminary's YouTube playlist.

Rethinking Sunday Morning (2016)

July 27-29, 2016
Luther Seminary
Saint Paul, Minn.

Video recordings

Video of several presentations is available for view on Luther Seminary's YouTube playlist.

Downloadable slides

Download PDFs from the following presentations:

Dawn Alitz

Theresa Cho

Adam Copeland

Rolf Jacobson

Roland Martinson

Rich Melheim

Kathryn Schifferdecker

John Vest

PDFs from Jay Beech and Joy Moore are not available for posting.

Rethinking Confirmation: Signs of Life in Times of Change (2015)

July 29-31, 2015
Luther Seminary
Saint Paul, Minn.

Video recordings

Video of several presentations is available for view on Luther Seminary's YouTube playlist.

Downloadable slides

Download PDFs from the following presentations:

Reggie Blount

Teri Chalker

Steven Delzer

Katie Douglass

Terri Martinson Elton

Lisa Kimball

Hans Wiersma

Ralph Williamson

Rethinking Faith Formation: Christian Identity and Practice (2014)

July 23-25, 2014
Luther Seminary,
Saint Paul, Minn.

Audio/video recordings

Listen to audio from the 2014 event from the following speakers:

Dorothy C. Bass

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Kelly Chatman  Listen
David Lose  Listen
Lois Malcolm  Listen
Rodger Nishioka  Listen
John Roberto  Listen
Amy Thompson Sevimli  Listen
Daniel Taylor  Listen
Deanna A. Thompson  Listen
Laura Truax  Listen

*Links to videos of these presentations will be posted here when they are available.

Downloadable slides

Download PDFs from the following presentations:

Dorothy C. Bass

Kelly Chatman

David Lose

Lois Malcolm

Rodger Nishioka

John Roberto

Amy Thompson Sevimli

Deanna A. Thompson

Laura Truax

*Daniel Taylor did not use PowerPoint to accompany his presentation.

Rethinking Stewardship: Exploring Year-Round Stewardship (2014)

July 28-30, 2014
Luther Seminary,
Saint Paul, Minn.

Video recordings

Video recordings of each presentation are available for view on Luther Seminary's YouTube channel.

Audio recordings

Listen to audio recordings from the following presentations:

Daniel M. Bell Jr. Listen
Michael Binder Listen
Sharron R. Blezard Listen
Tammy L. Devine Listen
Terri Martinson Elton Listen
Mark S. Hanson Listen
David Lose Listen
Catherine Malotky Listen
Efrem Smith Listen
Glenn Taibl Listen
Robert Veninga Listen

Downloadable slides

Download PDFs from the following presentations:

Daniel M. Bell Jr.

Sharron R. Blezard

Terri Martinson Elton

David Lose

Catherine Malotky

Robert Veninga 

Rethinking Evangelism: Faithful Witness in a New Apostolic Era (2013)

Mesfin Ayele, Ph.D. student, Luther Seminary
A Perspective of the Global South: Holistic Evangelism and the Priesthood of All Believers

Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastor, House for All Sinners and Saints, Denver
Evangelism: I Have No Strategy For You ... But I Have Some Pretty Goood Stories to Tell  

Mary Sue Dreier, Associate Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership, Luther Seminary
"You Changed Me!" The Unlikely Evangelism of the Lutheran Pastor

Ruben Duran, Director for New Congregations, ELCA
Good News from Samaria

Sally Peters, Director, Center for Lifelong Learning
A Mother's Story: Listening to the God Questions of a Millennial Son
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Stephanie Spellers, Treasurer, Canon for Missional Vitality, Diocese of Long Island
The Secret of Evangelism is ... Shhh—Listening for the Gospel on Your Margins 

Bryan Stone, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Boston University
Beauty Will Save the World: Toward a Christian Aesthetics of Evangelism  

Deb Stehlin, Director for Evangelical Mission for the Minneapolis Area Synod, ELCA
The Evangelizing Community: Embracing the Boldness and Beauty of God's Vision
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Walter Sundberg, Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary
Toward a Theology of Conversion

Jannie Swart, Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church, Oil City, Penn; Adjunct Instructor, Pittsburgh Thological Seminary and Rochester College; Consultant, Church Innovations
E-A-R-S FOR JESUS—Learning to Find the Other Hospitable

Dwight Zscheile, Assistant Professor of Congregational Mission and Leadership, Luther Seminary
Evangelism after Establishment: Joining God in the Neighborhood
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Rethinking Stewardship (2012)

The First Move: Consumerism and Culture

William Cavanaugh, "Consumerism as the Opposite of Greed"
Presentation notes
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Chris Farrell, "A Frugal Embrace"
Presentation notes
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David Lose, "Money Can't Buy Me Love...Or Can It?"
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The Second Move: Connecting Faith and Finances

Linda Norman, "For Richer or for Poorer"
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Nathan Dungan, "Money Sanity Solutions: Linking Money and Meaning"
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Catherine Malotky, "Choosing Resilience"
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The Third Move: Discipleship and Generosity

Mark Allan Powell, "Good News for Tough Economic Times"
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Andrea White, "Stewardship Turned on its Head"
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The Fourth Move: Learning From Success

Gary Langness, "Pastor, People, Generosity & Joy!"
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Margaret Waters, "Fishing on the Right Side of the Boat"

Presentation notes
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Wayne Meisel, "Success in Stewardship"
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Rethinking Stewardship (2010)

July 19-21, 2010
Luther Seminary,
Saint Paul, Minn.

Rethinking our culture

Michael Emerson

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Gary Moore Listen
Jill Schumann Listen

Rethinking our theology

Fred Gaiser

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Martha Stortz Listen
Eric Barreto Listen

Rethinking our practices

Mark Allan Powell

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Ed Kruse Listen
Mary Sue Dreier Listen

Rethinking our stewardship

David Lose

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Daniel Conway Listen
Janet and Phillip Jamieson Listen

Downloadable slides

Download PDFs from the following presentations:

Michael Emerson

Gary Moore

Jill Schumann

Eric Barreto

Mary Sue Dreier

David Lose

Janet and Phillip Jamieson