Columbia Seminary Explores Reformations Then and Now

Columbia Seminary Explores Reformations Then and Now

October 16, 2017—The Center for Lifelong Learning at Columbia Theological Seminary is hosting a conference in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation that started it all. Reformations Then and Now takes place January 22-25, 2018 on the seminary campus.

Lutheran theologians Kirsi Stjerna, First Lutheran, Los Angeles/Southwest Synod Professor of Lutheran History and Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University and faculty at the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley and Helsinki University, Finland, and Brooks Schramm, Kraft Professor of Biblical Studies (OT/Hebrew Bible) at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania will offer keynote presentations and workshops.

Haruko Nawata Ward, Professor of Church History at the seminary calls Stjerna “one of the rising scholars studying Reformations history, particularly the history of women.” Scharmm, an expert on the Hebrew Bible, has done considerable work exploring the place of Judaism in Luther’s life and work. Stjerna and Schramm served as editors of Encounters with Luther: New Directions for Critical Studies (Westminster John Knox, 2016) and authored Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People (Fortress Press, 2012).

Workshops will be held on a variety of topics, including education, theology and justice, worship and preaching, Psalms and more, led by pastor/scholars from Reformed, Lutheran, Baptist and Roman Catholic traditions. Wednesday afternoon will feature a panel of leaders reflecting on contemporary expressions of reformations at play in congregational ministries.  Opening worship will be feature liturgy and music of the 16th century; daily prayer will include historical and contemporary expressions of Reformed, and reforming, worship. Closing worship will include global, contemporary hymnody, liturgy and confessions.

Registration, which includes two lunches and refreshments, is $270 prior to January 5 and $320 after January 5.  Click HERE to read the most current list of workshops and schedule.

Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. The Center for Lifelong Learning offers courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people. For a list of classes offered by the Center for Lifelong Learning, visit .

Contact information:
Sarah Erickson
Center for Lifelong Learning

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