2017 Convocation of Teaching Theologians

Working Theme / Description:

"Global Lutheranism in 2017: Vitality and Challenges"


As we observe the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Lutheranism finds itself in a very different place than in past centuries. Broadly speaking, the demographic vitality of Lutheranism as a global movement has shifted from Europe and North America towards Africa, Asia, Latin America, and elsewhere. It is crucial for teaching theologians in the North American context to understand as much as we can about these shifts and how they call forth faithful theological responses. This convocation will feature experts reflecting on sociological, theological, ethical, and pastoral dimensions to the global vitality of Lutheranism in the 21st century. Topics will include inculturation of signature Lutheran themes, interfaith matters, biblical hermeneutics, "culture war" hotspots around the globe, authority issues at work in defining Lutheran identity, and ecclesiology. We will strive to provide as broad a representation of global voices in the convocation as possible.


Members are encouraged to offer suggestions regarding the topic and possible plenary speakers.  Send thoughts to Rob Saler, Chair of the ATT Steering Committee.


The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

31 July - 2 August 2017

from Jewish and Christian Leaders on the Occasion of the Celebration of Christmas and Hanukkah
2016 Convocation of Teaching Theologians
Lutheranism and the Famil(ies)

Gustavus Adolphus College

St. Peter, Minnesota

1 - 3 August 2016


Hosted by Gustavus and the

Congregational and Synodical Mission Unit, ELCA.


Convocation 2016 Program

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