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Second Quarter 2005

2005 Fall Events

David W. Preus Award Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m. Chapel of the Incarnation, Olson Campus Center This year's David W. Preus Award honors Jimmie L. Coulthard, CEO and president of the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV). For more than 13 years, Coulthard has helped veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless find transitional and permanent housing. He is an Army veteran who served in Korea and Vietnam. MACV is the only Minnesota non-profit that exclusively supports the needs of homeless veterans. Under Coulthard's leadership, MACV has assisted more than 3,000 men and women by providing employment, education and housing opportunities. Established in 1988, the Preus Award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary servant leadership in community and religious life. Andrew S. Burgess Lecture on Global Mission "Pluralism, Proselytism and Christian Mission" Monday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. Chapel of the Incarnation, Olson Campus Center Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar is the guest presenter at this year's Andrew S. Burgess Lecture in Global Mission. He is dean, chair of the faculty and the Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Rajashekar's interest in religious pluralism has directed much of his research—exploring authentic forms of Christian witness/mission in a multi-religious world. His work also explores Christian ecumenism, crosscultural dialogue, social and political ethics and congregational ministry. The Andrew S. Burgess Lectures in Global Mission bring leading scholars in global mission to Luther Seminary. Through these lectures, the task of global mission today is interpreted in the light of the Christian tradition, the historical experience of the church and the contemporary situation in the world. Ventures in Vocation Oct. 9–10 Olson Campus Center This annual event for post-college professionals allows participants to * reflect on their gifts for ministry and mission, * discuss the roles of lay and ordained ministers, * examine effective church leadership in today's world, * learn about the programs offered at Luther Seminary. The conference includes class visits, campus tours and discussions with faculty and students. The cost is $40 per person. Advance registration by Sept. 30 is required. For more information, to request a brochure or to register, visit, call (651) 641-3521, toll-free (800) 588-4373 or e-mail "Tough Issues Christians Face Today" Lectures by Tony Campolo Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. Chapel of the Incarnation, Olson Campus Center Nationally known speaker and activist Tony Campolo will lead, challenge and inspire you and your congregation and community as together we look to the future as people of faith. This presentation is one of three events at which he will speak. He will also present "Celebration of Urban Ministry: Does Love Live Here?," during a JUMP hip-hop worship service, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, St. Paul, Minn.; and, "What Does It Mean to Be a Christian in Today’s World?" Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. at Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. For more information: Reformation Celebration Features Dinner and Singing the Faith Service Sunday, Oct. 30 5:30 p.m. Festival Dinner 7:30 p.m. Singing the Faith Service Olson Campus Center This musical evening will celebrate Norway's 100th anniversary of independence and the 975th anniversary of the country's exposure to Christianity. The service will feature Tim Strand and the University Lutheran Church of Hope adult choir of Minneapolis. A free will offering will be collected during the service. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Luther Seminary FRIENDS Endowed Scholarship Fund for seminary students. The festival buffet dinner will feature festive Norwegian foods. Tickets are $14 per person. Advance registrations for the dinner are required by Oct. 26. Call (651)641-3419 for ticket information. The Luther Seminary FRIENDS is a group of 200 women and men from Twin Cities congregations who are committed to supporting the seminary through prayer, financial gifts and as volunteers. Installation Service for Richard H. Bliese Sunday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis A reception will follow the service. Word & World Lectures: "Biblical Authority Today" Monday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. Chapel of the Incarnation, Olson Campus Center Guest presenter: Gail R. O'Day, Associate Dean of Faculty & Academic Affairs and the A. H. Shatford Professor of Preaching and New Testament Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta. Her current research focuses on the Gospel of John, the relationship between the Old and New Testaments and the Bible and preaching. These lectures are sponsored by Word & World, Luther Seminary's quarterly theological journal on Christian ministry within and to the world.

Get Ready for Mid-Winter Convocation 2006!

"Living Out Our Callings in the Community" Jan. 4–6, 2006 A three-day conference that explores how congregations and individuals are responding to God's love by serving their communities. * Discover how to help people in your congregation connect their personal faith with living in their communities; * Learn what others are doing to tackle the needs of their own communities; * Gain ideas, strategies and resources that will help your congregation serve its community in new and effective ways. This is the third in a four-part series that focuses on the Christian's calling at home (January 2004), work (January 2005), community (January 2006) and in the congregation (January 2007). The guest speakers are: Diane Kaufmann, deaconess and rostered associate in ministry and companion synod for the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin; Raymond J. Bakke, president of the International Urban Associates, Seattle; and, Gary Simpson, professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary. Registration will open and materials will be mailed in September. For more information about this event, visit