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Commemorating 500 Years of Reformation
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In 2017, the world will mark the five-hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, an event that tradition tells us began on October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
How does the Reformation continue to inform the Lutheran Church’s interactions with other denominations and faiths, with the poor and underprivileged, with the social issues of our time? What directions might our Reformation heritage lead the church in the future? Luther College will sponsor this two-day conference to address the Reformation’s continuing impact on the church as it interacts with the wider world.
03-31-17 - 04-01-17
Luther College 700 College Dr. Decorah, IA 52101 UNITED STATES
Liberating Grace Conference Liberating Grace:
The Power of the Reformation in the World Today
"Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that one would stake one's life on it a thousand times." – Martin Luther
We have divided the weekend’s events into four parts, each requiring its own ticket. You are welcome to attend all four or mix and match according to your interests.
Part 1: The conference will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31, with the popular and thought-provoking Nadia Bolz-Weber. Bolz-Weber, a best-selling author and pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, will present the 2017 Farwell Distinguished Lecture, unpacking her vision of the role of the church in broader society as that vision connects to its Reformation roots.
Part 2: On Saturday, April 1, at 8:45, Ralston Deffenbaugh, will provide the Liberating Grace Conference’s plenary address, Welcoming the Stranger: Refugees at the Core of the Lutheran World Federation. A human rights lawyer, Deffenbaugh coordinates the Lutheran World Federation’s international affairs and human rights advocacy and policy development, advises the General Secretary, and serves as the LWF’s main representative to the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
Later Saturday morning, our two keynote speakers will also offer two seminars: Ralston Deffenbaugh’s seminar is titled The Global Challenge of Refugee Protection in an Age of Fear. Nadia Bolz-Weber's seminar will address the topic of preaching and a week in the life of a preacher.
After lunch, a variety of Luther College faculty and alumni will lead breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics related to the Reformation and the life of the church, among them Sustainability and the Greening of the Church, The Reformation and Church Music, and Luther College’s History of Identity and Mission.
Part 3: Saturday evening beginning at 5:30 PM, join us for a special pre-concert dinner in Peace Dining Room. The exceptional menu includes: baked apple and baby kale salad, rye bread and brötchen rolls, roasted thyme-scented chicken breast over honey braised root vegetables or roasted vegetable stuffed charred red bell pepper (vegan), and caramel almond cake with red wine poached pear and fresh thyme-infused whipped cream. Wine and beer will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m.
Part 4: At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Luther College Nordic Choir and Symphony Orchestra will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B-minor in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. Bach's monumental work, a prominent example of the Lutheran musical tradition, serves as a reminder of the cultural impact of the Reformation.
The weekend will conclude with a festival worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 2, in the Center for Faith and Life.