Theologian and leader in the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), Dr. Margot Kässmann, now serving as Special Envoy for the Reformation Anniversary Celebration 2017, is making the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) one of just a few stops during her trip to the U.S. in June. On Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m., she will present “Challenges of the Reformation Jubilee 2017.” This free lecture will mark the beginning of LSTC’s celebrations of the Reformation Jubilee and highlight the seminary’s relationship with global Lutheranism. The Rev. Dr. Anna Case-Winter Winters, professor of theology at McCormick Theological Seminary and co-chair of the International Committee on Lutheran-Reformed Relations; the Rev. Dr. Vítor Westhelle, professor of systematic theology at LSTC; and Bishop Wayne Miller of the ELCA’s Metropolitan Chicago Synod will respond to Dr. Kässmann’s lecture. Visitors will have the opportunity to view LSTC’s Rare Book Collection, especially the works of Luther and other 16th Century Reformers. LSTC is at 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago.
“It is a delight to welcome to our community a Lutheran leader of Dr. Kässmann’s experience and renown,” said President James Nieman. “Like her, LSTC has a strong public voice to offer within and beyond global Lutheranism. The Reformation quincentennial in 2017 offers a fine opportunity to reflect on our historic witness to the gospel and renew that commitment for today. Dr. Kässmann’s visit will be an important catalyst for that larger process.”
Influential leader in ecumenical movement
Dr. Kässmann served as Chairperson of the EKD (leading Germany’s 24 million Protestants) from 2009 – 2010 and as the first female bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover – the largest Lutheran church in the world -- from 1999 until 2010.
A sought-after speaker, Dr. Kässmann is an influential leader in the international ecumenical movement. Throughout her ministry she has broken age and gender barriers. In 1983 she became one of the youngest members of the board of directors of the World Council of Churches. She is the author of more than 40 books on spirituality, the quest for Christian unity, Christian social engagement, and Bible study.
Dr. Kässmann studied theology at Tuebingen, Edinburgh, Goettingen, and Marburg Universities. She was ordained in 1985 and finished her doctoral studies in 1989 at Ruhr-University in Bochum. She was a Visiting Distinguished Theologian-in-Residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and a Distinguished Fellow of The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning.
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