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Scherer Lecturer reflects on duality of Lutheran mission presence in East Asia after World War II

Posted Feb 5, 2013

In the Scherer Lecture on Tuesday, February 26, the Rev. Delbert Anderson, program director for East Asia from 1970-1997 for the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), reflects on the church’s involvement in that region since the end of World War II. In “Mission Duality – Both Giving and Receiving,” Anderson will look at how the mission agency responded in terms of policy, personnel and money to the closing of China. The free lecture begins at 4 p.m. in the LSTC Common Room, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. A reception immediately follows the post-lecture question and answer session.

Anderson focuses on the giving and receiving of mission. From the beginning, mission agencies of the LCA and ELCA sought out indigenous leadership and tried to make the mission financially self-supporting as quickly as possible. He celebrates, with gratitude, all the ways that we are recipients of inspiration as these “young churches” demonstrate enthusiastic commitment to mission outreach of wholistic forms, both within their local areas and well beyond; and inspiration from the musical and artistic gifts we have received from a wide variety of cultural settings.

About the speaker

The Rev. Delbert Anderson is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College (1953), Augustana Theological Seminary (1958), and received his S.T.M. from Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary (Maywood, 1966). He was an LCA Missionary with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hong Kong 1959-69, and Program Director for East Asia 1970-1997 for LCA/ELCA Global Mission. Rev. Anderson, and his wife Elizabeth (Betty), have four children and seven grandchildren.

The Scherer Lecture

The annual Scherer Lecture addresses aspects of the church’s worldwide mission, missiology, or the life of the world Christian community. It is made possible through the Eleanor and Arnold Scherer Endowment Fund.



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Associate Professor of Modern Church History

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Director of Communications

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