Story Magazine

Second Quarter, 2006

Endowment Seeks to Preserve Legacy of Gerhard Forde


Scholar and Luther Seminary systematic theology professor Gerhard Forde left a mark on the Lutheran church in his almost 40 years of teaching and writing.

Now a group of Forde's classmates, colleagues and friends are working to preserve his legacy by creating the Forde Endowment. The endowment will support the work of Lutheran Quarterly and its initiatives. Forde was active in editing and contributing to the Lutheran Quarterly for almost 20 years.

In addition to supporting the theological journal, the endowment will fund research programs and other forthcoming books.

The endowment committee will host a day of lectures and remembrance on Aug. 9, the anniversary of Forde's death. It will be held at Indherred Church in Starbuck, Minn, Forde's home church. The day's activities will include addresses by retired bishop and Luther Seminary professor emeritus David Preus, '50, and Luther Seminary professor of systematic theology Steven Paulson, '84, a discussion of Forde's theological legacy and a time of sharing stories. Anyone interested in participating or remembering Forde's life and ministry is welcome to attend.

For more information on the day's events, or to contribute to the Forde Endowment, contact Steve Paulson at spaulson@luthersem.edu, or 651-641-3461. Contributions also may be sent to Prof. Virgil F. Thompson, 703 W. 7th Ave, Suite L50, Spokane,Wash. 99204.