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First Quarter 2008

Never Miss a Lecture

by Allison K. Schmitt, '07 M.A.

Rev. Dr. Wanda Deifelt delivers a Burgess Lecture in October.

In October, Rev. Dr.Wanda Deifelt delivered "The Quotidian and the Mission of the Church: Saving Souls, Feeding Bodies, Healing Lives." Her lecture was part of the annual Andrew S. Burgess Lectures in Global Mission series. Deifelt, a native of Brazil, is associate professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Her lecture is available at

In November, Dr. Mark I.Wallace told the audience that the church is not only responsible for caring for the earth, but that care is the world's only hope.

"Science can analyze the record climate change since the industrial revolution," Wallace said. "But science itself cannot provide the necessary moral foundation to answer the existential question, 'What difference does it make whether our children or our grandchildren survive the killer weather that carbon dumping is destined to cause?'"

Wallace presented "The New Green Christianity: Why the Church is Vital to Saving the Earth" at the annual Word & World lecture in November. Wallace is professor of religion and member of the Interpretation Theory Committee and the Environmental Studies Committee at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania.

The lecture is available at

The Word & World lectures focus on topics important to Christian ministry in today's world. The lectures are sponsored by Word & World, a scholarly theological journal published by Luther Seminary.

Watch upcoming lectures online at:
March 11-12
Aus Lectures
"Is the Great Commission Still Valid for Lutherans? Is Luther's Way of Thinking Missional?"
Dr. Robert A. Kolb
Mission Professor of Systematic Theology; Director of the Institute for Mission Studies, Concordia Seminary--St. Louis

April 16
Hein-Fry Lectures
"Living Together in the 21st Century: Lutherans and World Christianities"
Dr. Lamin Sanneh
D.Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity & Professor of History, Yale Divinity School

Mark Wallace speaks on "The New Green Christianity."

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