The Association of Teaching Theologians (ATT) holds its annual convocation, “Global Lutheranism: Vitality and Challenges,” at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) starting today and continuing until Wednesday afternoon.
As the world observes 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. Teaching theologians in the North American context attending the convocation seek to understand these shifts and how they call forth faithful theological responses.
“Global Lutheranism” will feature a number of LSTC faculty, alumni and students, including Klaus-Peter Adam, Vítor Westhelle, John Nunes, Andrea Ng’weshimi, Carl-Eric Gentes, Francisco Herrera and Iren Raye. These and other scholars will reflect on the sociological, theological, ethical, and pastoral dimensions to the global vitality of Lutheranism in the 21st century. Topics 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. The convocation strives to provide as broad a representation of global voices in the convocation as possible.
About the Association of Teaching Theologians
The Association of Teaching Theologians is committed to communal theological reflection in service of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), and the church catholic for the sake of the Church’s witness to the Gospel in the world.
Its partners include the Asian Lutheran International Conference; the ELCA Conference of Bishops; the Conference of International Black Lutherans (CIBL); Latino scholars; the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology; Lutheran ethicists, and Lutheran Women in Theological and Religious Studies.
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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.