2017 Convocation of Teaching Theologians

Working Theme / Description:

"Global Lutheranism in 2017: Vitality and Challenges"

31 July - 2 August 2017


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.


2017 Convocation Program & Speakers


2017 Convocation Program in Detail (added 24 July 2017)



with gratitude to our hosts:

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago



Statement on Racism - 17 August 2017

As the steering committee of the Association of Teaching Theologians of ELCA and ELCIC, we strongly condemn the recent violence and unrest motivated by racism and white supremacy, and we mourn the tragic death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, Virginia. We call all teaching theologians to resist any agenda of violence toward democracy, equity and human dignity. We invite all our colleagues to review the ELCA social statements "Freed in Christ: Race, Ethnicity and Culture", (1993) and "Our Calling in Education" (2007) and use these resources along with our own theological positions in our classrooms, lecture halls and in the publish sphere. We join hands with those protesting this racism and violence.


In making this public statement, we teaching theologians, who are predominantly white, are sensitive to our faculty colleagues of color and our students who are marginalized and experience racial discrimination. We respect, honor, and support our colleagues in their trauma and affirm the fundamental rights of all who dwell with us.  We also recognize the need to educate ourselves and our families through a process of soul searching for our prophetic role in times such as these.


Statement (pdf)

The Association of Teaching Theologians is committed to communal theological reflection in service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and the church catholic for the sake of the Church’s witness to the Gospel in the world.

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