Plenary at Mid-Winter Convocation

Mid-Winter Convocation


Nancy Ammerman

Professor of Sociology of Religion, Boston University’s School of Theology

Nancy AmmermanNancy Ammerman’s most recent book, “Sacred Stories, Spiritual Tribes: Finding Religion in Everyday Life” (Oxford University Press, 2013) builds on innovative methods of narrative analysis to explore the many ways religion and spirituality are part of the everyday world of work, home, health and public life. Her previous work focused on American religious organizations, especially congregations and denominations. Her 2005 book, “Pillars of Faith: American Congregations and their Partners” (University of California Press) describes the common organizational patterns that shape the work of America’s diverse communities of faith. It was honored with the distinguished book award by the religion section of the American Sociological Association. That work followed her groundbreaking study of local religious change, “Congregation and Community.” Ammerman has also written extensively on conservative religious movements, including “Bible Believers: Fundamentalists in the Modern World” (Rutgers University Press, 1987) and “Baptist Battles: Social Change and Religious Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention”(Rutgers University Press, 1990).

Lois Malcolm

Author, "Holy Spirit: Creative Power in Our Lives," Luther Seminary

Lois MalcomBefore coming to Luther, Lois Malcolm taught at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, was a research assistant for William Schweiker, taught in the linguistics department at Bethel College, the Toronto Institute of Linguistics, the English Program for International Students at the University of Minnesota and was a teacher supervisor with the International Catholic Migration Commission in the Philippines. She has published articles in theology and linguistics journals and presented papers at regional and national levels in the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics. She is currently working two book projects: "Curse for Us": The Wisdom and Power of the Cross and Holy Love and Holy Power: Revisiting Paul Tillich's Theology of Spirit. She has also revised her dissertation for submission for publication as a book entitled Divine Mystery and Human Freedom: A Study of Karl Barth and Karl Rahner. In addition, she is the editor for the volume on Modern Theology for the Westminster Collection of Sources in Christian Theology (Westminster Press). She is also working on a book project (co-authored with Janet Ramsey) on teaching forgiveness and healing.

Nadia Bolz-Weber

Founding Pastor, House for All Sinners and Saints, Denver

Nadia Bolz-WeberNadia Bolz-Weber is the author of “Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television”(Seabury 2008) and the New York Times bestselling theological memoir, “Pastrix: The Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint” (Jericho 2013). She blogs at and Jim Wallis' Her writings can be found in the Christian Century, The Lutheran magazine and Nadia has been featured in the Washington Post, NPR’s Morning Edition, the Daily Beast and on CNN.