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Plenary at Mid-Winter Convocation

Mid-Winter Convocation

Mid-Winter Convocation 2019

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread:
Food, land, and sustainability

January 30-31,  2019
Luther Seminary

“The heavens tell of the glory of God,” but so many of us have lost the motivation and capacity to see God’s glory in all of creation. Ecological challenges infest every corner of society, and questions of how to care for creation—how to tend and steward all that God has created—often provoke sharp disagreements. Join us as we consider what it means to ask for our “daily bread” from the land and those who tend it. Along the way, we’ll explore food, sustainability, and how to engage each other across deep differences for the sake of all people and all places.

2019 presenters

  • Melanie Harris, Founder and Director, African American and Africana Studies and Professor of Religion and Ethics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Kathryn Schifferdecker, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Chair of the Bible Division at Luther Seminary
  • Norman Wirzba, Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology; Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University; Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Duke University Divinity School

Registration opens Nov. 1, 2018

Watch 2018 presentations on demand

(click on presenter name below to watch presentation)

  • Andrew Root, Associate Professor and Carrie Olson Baalson Chair of Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary
    Taking Einstein to Youth Ministry: Faith, Science, and the Faith Formation of Young People"
  • Lea Schweitz, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology/Religion and Science, Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
    "Creation Catechesis and Reading the Book of Nature"
  • Grace Wolf-Chase, Associate, The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, The University of Chicago
    "The Interactive Universe: It’s All About Relationships"
    'Interactive Cosmos' PowerPoint
  • Ron Choong, Ph.D., Academy for Christian Thought
    "Religious Encounters Along Chinese and Silk Roads -- Reflections on the Spiritual and Inter-Religious Issues in Christian Missions" (2018 Andrew S. Burgess Lecture in Global Mission)
  • Alan Padgett, Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary
    "Is Religion Dangerous or Just Plain Stupid? On Atheism Dressed-up as Science"
    'Is Religion Dangerous or Just Plain Stupid' PowerPoint
    [In his talk, Dr. Padgett referenced a book by Katherine Dell titled, "Who Needs the Old Testament?: Its Enduring Appeal and Why the New Atheists Don't Get It."]

Registration fees

(received by Dec. 14)

$150 per person

$100 per person for retired participants

$135 for a group of three or more when registration is received at the same time

(received after Dec. 14)

$170 per person

$120 per person for retired participants

$155 for a group of three or more when registration is received at the same time

The cost of paid registrations includes a non-refundable fee of $50 (per person).

Download a printable registration form