Story Magazine - First Quarter, 2009

Convocation 2009 Engages Scripture for the Sake of the World

by Laura Kaslow, Communication Specialist

How might the biblical word give shape to Christian life? Pastors and lay leaders came to Mid-Winter Convocation, Jan. 14-16, to learn how to help their congregations read the Bible for the sake of the world.

Convocation participants heard from preeminent Old Testament scholars Walter Brueggemann, professor emeritus of Columbia Theological Seminary, and Terence E. Fretheim, Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary. Video of each of the keynote presentations and chapels are available at www.luthersem.edu/convo

In addition to the keynote presentations, the more than 600 Convocation attendees heard from Greg Mortenson, author of the New York Times bestseller, "Three Cups of Tea." Video of Mortenson's moving presentation about the work he has done to build schools for children in remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan is available at www.luthersem.edu/threecupsoftea Copies of "Three Cups of Tea" are available at the Luther Seminary bookstore at a 25 percent discount. Copies can also be ordered at the
Web address above.

Convocation participants were encouraged to take part in the Convocation Challenge prior to and during the event. During Convocation 2008, participants were challenged to engage Scripture in new ways in their congregations' daily lives. Ideas were shared Friday morning during the Book of Faith breakfast. To find new ideas and share ways you've engaged Scripture in your congregation, go to www.luthersem.edu/convochallenge

Luther was pleased to have faculty members as leaders in all workshops at Convocation. Highlights and tips from each of the workshops for use in your congregation are available at www.luthersem.edu/convo


Mark your calendar now for Mid-Winter Convocation 2010, which will take place Jan. 13-15 under the theme "Engaging Scripture in a Community of Faith."