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Reformation 500 Commemorative Symposium

October 1, 2017 - October 3, 2017

Reformation 500 Commemorative Symposium

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
Mequon, Wisconsin
October 1-3, 2017

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary is looking forward to hosting A Symposium on Reformation 500 on October 1-3, 2017. This year’s symposium is a special version of the event held on our campus every fall and includes several unique features. The hymn festival and essays will be available via livestreaming.

The registration fee for WELS and ELS pastors is $80 ($40 for retired pastors). If online registration is impossible, e-mail or call Diane Heisler at Diane.Heisler@wls.wels.net or (262) 242-8141.

The WLS Alumni meeting will take place in the seminary chapel at 10:30 am on Monday.  All WLS graduates are already considered a part of WLS Alumni.  There is no formal application for membership and there are no annual membership dues.  However, alumni are certainly encouraged to consider a tax-deductible contribution to the student scholarships WLS Alumni awards each year or to any of the efforts of WLS Alumni to support the work of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.


Sunday, October 1

7:30 p.m.—A Festival of the Hymns of Martin Luther

Featuring many of the hymns Dr. Luther wrote, composed, and edited, the hymn festival is open to all. Participating will be the Seminary Chorus, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Choir, and the Lutheran Chorale of Milwaukee, as well as a host of instrumental musicians. Aaron C. Christie will be the organist.

Monday, October 2

1:00 p.m.—Welcome and Prayer

1:15 p.m.—Luther and the Standards

Dr. Kenneth Cherney, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
This essay will review the central core of Luther’s confession of divine revelation. It is a review that includes both exegesis and systematic theology. The study lays the foundation for the central teaching of Scripture, the gospel and the justifying act of God, and then summarizes the impact of this teaching on faith and life.

2:30 p.m.—Reaction

Pastor Nathaniel Biebert, Austin, TX

2:45 p.m.—Discussion

3:15 p.m—Recess

3:45 p.m.—Luther and the Scriptures

President Paul Wendland, Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
This essay will review Luther’s ministry as interpreter of the Bible. Topics include: Luther, the university lecturer and cultivator of pastors; Luther the law/gospel preacher; Luther the translator of Scripture; and Luther’s personal and devotional use of Scripture.

5:00 p.m.—Reaction

Pastor Justin Cloute, Missoula, MT

5:15 p.m.—Discussion

5:45 p.m.—Adjourn

6:00 p.m.—Symposium Banquet

The Watermark, Thiensville
The symposium banquet will be served to 400 symposium participants at The Watermark in Thiensville. Reservations for the banquet may be made along with registration for the symposium itself, but will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Tuesday, October 3

8:00 a.m.—Luther and the Saints

President Mark Zarling, Martin Luther College
This essay will review Luther’s teaching about the universal priesthood of all believers and its relationship to the public ministry. The study naturally leads to a review of Luther’s thought on the family and the nobility of vocation and his efforts to arm and encourage the laity through worship, hymns and catechism.

9:15 a.m.—Reaction

Pastor Jon Zabell, Green Bay, WI

9:30 a.m.—Discussion

10:00 a.m.—Recess

10:30 a.m.—Luther and the State

Dr. Mark Braun, Wisconsin Lutheran College
This essay will demonstrate how Luther’s attitude toward the means of grace made Lutheranism unique for its time in its struggle to keep church and state separate: Since only the gospel can create faith and preserve orthodoxy, the use of the sword, as exemplified in both the Roman sacral state and the Calvinist theocracy, was inherently foreign to Lutheran thought.

11:45 a.m.—Reaction

Pastor Paul Naumann, Benton Harbor, MI

12:00 p.m.—Discussion

12:30 p.m.—Adjourn



October 1, 2017
October 3, 2017
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