The study of the histories of the church not only grounds our current experience in the traditions and stories of the past, but also helps to find new applications for old solutions to issues facing the church today. Participants will hear how the very latest historical research has an impact on ministry in today's church and world, and will have the opportunity to ask the presenters any question they want. Faculty members at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) will address the topic from a number of viewpoints at the convocation "Church History: Giving Public Theology Memory" on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. The convocation is scheduled for 11:30 am in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the seminary campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, and is free and open to the public.
The participating faculty members and their presentations addressing the topic will be:
- The Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian: "Three Reasons Why Cyprian Will Change Your
- The Rev. Dr. Philip D. Krey: "How Augustine Helps Me Interpret the Bible"
- The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert: "Philip Melanchthon's Enormous Ecumenical Error and How We Fixed It"
- Dr. Jon Pahl: "Speaking Truth to (American) Power in Love"
- Dr. Karl Krueger: "Don't Burn the Books of the Bible!"
- The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton: "What Say You of Muhammad?"
The November 16 convocation is the latest on the LTSP theme for the 2010-2011 academic year, Theological Education in the Changed Context of the Church and Society. Future convocations will explore the topics "Teaching Theology in the Seminary Curriculum: A Symposium by Systematicians," "Teaching the Practice of Ministry in the Seminary Curriculum: A Symposium by the Integrative Area," and "Seminary Education: What the Church Expects" with Bishop Roy Riley, New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.