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Theo Con 2017

“Reformation 500 – What is it?”

Monday, October 30, 12 p.m. –Wednesday, November 1, 12 p.m.

The Lincoln Cornhusker Marriott Hotel-  333 S. 13th St., Lincoln, NE 68508

What is the significance of the 500th year of the Reformation? Theo-Con 2017 explores this question through an honest assessment of our theological tradition at 500 years. While looking critically at the issues and consequences of the Reformation, Theo-Con 2017 will ask how our theology continues to affect our relationships with our neighbors today. Anchored by keynote speakers addressing a Lutheran understanding of vocation and the Lutheran Catholic dialogue, and offering workshops exploring the best and worst of our heritage, Theo-Con 2017 promises to deeply explore the Reformation of 1517 while keeping an eye on the possibilities and challenges of 2017. Register Here.

Keynote Speakers

Theo-Con 2017 keynote speakers are funded in partnership with the Lutheran Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln through a Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Christian Vocation (CMTEV) grant awarded by the Lilly Endowment Inc. Due to this partnership, the keynote addresses at Theo-Con 2017 are open to students from all area colleges and Universities.

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson Presiding Bishop Emeritus of the ELCA, Executive Director of the Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN. He is a former president of the Lutheran World Federation, and an articulate advocate for the strengthening of ecumenical and inter-religious relationships. He leads national and international initiatives to advance interfaith dialogue, inspire peacemaking, and support Augsburg’s commitment to vocational discernment.

The Rev. H. Ashley Hall, Ph.D. (Fordham University) Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Chaplain, Lutheran Campus Ministry at Creighton; and Associate Pastor for Adult Faith Formation at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, Omaha. Ashley is a delegate for the ELCA in Round XII of the national Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue. 

Eileen Burke-Sullivan, M.M., M.A. S.T.L. and S.T.D. (Weston Jesuit School of Theology, now Boston College) Vice-Provost for Mission and Ministry at Creighton University; Barbara Reardon Heaney endowed Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology; Associate Professor of Theology, Director of both Master of Arts in Ministry program, and Master of Christian Spirituality at Creighton University, Omaha, NE.  She has been deeply involved in Jewish/Christian dialogue projects and Ecumenical dialogue in Dallas, Boston and Omaha. 

Guest Preacher for Closing Worship

Rev. Mary Newbern-Williams (Princeton Theological Seminary) Executive Presbyter & Presbyter for Congregational Vitality at the Presbytery of Missouri River Valley, Greater Omaha Area, PCUSA.

Workshops & Schedule

 

Theo-Con ’17 Workshops

One hour to an hour and 15 min.

Register for workshops here.

 

Monday, 3:45pm

*Dr. Amy Nelson Burnett, Ph.D.- Luther and the Sacraments
Dr. Amy Nelson Burnett is the Paula and D.B. Varner University Professor of History. A specialist in early modern European history, her research focuses on the early modern Protestant clergy and the early Reformed tradition more generally. She is the author of Karlstadt and the Origins of the Eucharistic Controversy: A Study in the Circulation of Ideas (2011), as well as translator and editor of The Eucharistic Pamphlets of Andreas Bodenstein von Karlstadt (2011). 

 

*John Olson, M.Div. - Miroslav Volf: Humility and Joy: A Variation on Luther’s Theology of Humility 
This workshop will feature a facilitated discussion on Miroslav Volf's new, unpublished essay, Humility and Joy: A Variation on Luther’s Theology of Humility, provided to us for this year's TheoCon. John Olson, a recent graduate of Yale Divinity and a former student of Dr. Volf will facilitate the discussion. Participants in this workshop are expected to read the essay prior to the workshop. An electronic copy of the essay will be sent to all participants when they register. 

 

*Rev. Dr. Chris Alexander, D.Min.- Tri-Faith Initiative: Spiritual Practices and Decision Making

Why would a congregation with no debt, a great location, and an already thriving ministry, make the risky decision to sell everything, raise funds to build a multi-million-dollar facility, just six minutes down the very same street? Follow the journey of Countryside Community Church in Omaha as they followed the call of the Spirit to become the primary Christian partner of the Tri-Faith Initiative. Discover how the expansion of spiritual practices to include things like conversation, community, and media, besides prayer and worship, helps congregations create an environment for intentionally listening to where we are being called to participate with God in the world. 

 

 

*Bp. Em. Mark Hanson and Rev. Dr. Ashley Hall - Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue: Looking Forward

Bp. Emeritus Hanson and Dr. Hall will reflect on their experiences in Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, and offer some reflection on the future possibilities and challenges to greater visible unity with Roman Catholics. Participants will also have a chance to engage in a dialogue with the speakers, perhaps reflecting local concerns and questions. In addition to his service as Presiding Bishop of the ELCA and former President of the Lutheran World Federation, Bp. Hanson also served as co-chair of the ecumenical committee that drafted The Declaration on the Way and was a participant at the Common Prayer service in Lund, Sweden with Pope Francis. Dr. Hall currently serves on the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue team, which is working on the theme "Faithful Teaching." 

 

*Rex Rogers, Nebraska Synod Candidacy Coordinator, and Rev. Ellen Stelzle, Candidacy Committee Chairperson - Answering the Call:  Candidacy and Current Paths to Rostered Ministry

The processes of candidacy and theological education have undergone significant change in the last 8 years.  There is no longer a uniform path to rostered ministry. Rex and Ellen will describe the current process of candidacy and answer questions about what it means for those contemplating a call to rostered ministry. We will talk about ways we all can help identify, encourage and support new leaders for the future of the church.

 

Tuesday, 1:00pm

*Dr. Stephen Burnett, Ph.D. - Luther at His Worst

Dr. Stephen Burnett is a professor of Classics and Religious studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Burnett is a Jewish historian specializing in the study of Hebrew by biblical scholars, theologians, and Latin schoolteachers who sought new information and ideas to meet Christian cultural and religious needs during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. His most recent project is a study of Martin Luther’s attitude toward Jews as reflected in his three anti-Jewish polemical works of 1543.

 

*Bp. Em. Mark Hanson and Rev. Dr. Ashley Hall - Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue: Looking Forward

Bp. Emeritus Hanson and Dr. Hall will reflect on their experiences in Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, and offer some reflection on the future possibilities and challenges to greater visible unity with Roman Catholics. Participants will also have a chance to engage in a dialogue with the speakers, perhaps reflecting local concerns and questions. In addition to his service as Presiding Bishop of the ELCA and former President of the Lutheran World Federation, Bp. Hanson also served as co-chair of the ecumenical committee that drafted The Declaration on the Way and was a participant at the Common Prayer service in Lund, Sweden with Pope Francis. Dr. Hall currently serves on the U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue team, which is working on the theme "Faithful Teaching." 

 

*Dr. Neal Anthony, Ph.D. - Exploring Unbelief as The Starting Point of Faith Through Luther's Writings

Rev. Dr. Neal Anthony is the Lead Pastor at United Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Rev. Anthony received his M.Div. from Luther Seminary (’99), and his Th.M. (2006) and Ph.D. (2008) in systematic theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is the author of Cross Narratives: Martin Luther’s Christology and the Location of Redemption (Pickwick, 2010), in addition to many book reviews/articles.

 

*Rev. Paula Lawhead, M.Div. - Luther and Pastoral Care

Martin Luther was a world-changing theologian, writer, and teacher. But his work was not just academics. At the core of all his work was his call as pastor. How did Luther approach his ministry of care? What can we learn from him in our own practice of pastoral care? This workshop will explore Luther’s care for his flock and discuss if his approach is applicable for pastoral care today.

 

*Bp. Brian Maas and Deacon Karen Melang -  The Long and The Short of It:  A Discussion on the Entrance Rite for Ministers of Word and Service.

Ministers of word and service are a positive force within the life of this church. This new unified roster has the potential to be a catalyst both for congregational vitality, a major emphasis adopted by the ELCA, and for thinking about leadership in new and creative ways. You are being invited into the conversation about this roster, its entrance rite, and how those called to this ministry might more fully serve within this church. Links to papers submitted by leaders from across the church and Entrance Rite FAQs will be e-mailed to those registering for this discussion.

 

 

Schedule

Monday 10/30

Noon = Opening Entrance Rite

12:20 = Welcome Announcements

12:30 = Keynote – Bishop Emeritus of the ELCA, Rev. Mark Hanson

2:00 = Break

2:30 = Bishop’s Time with Bishop Brian Maas of the Nebraska Synod

3:45 = Workshops

4:45 = Reception

5:30 = Banquet Buffet

6:30 = Travel to Southwood Lutheran via shuttles and personal vehicles

7:30 = Lincoln Area 500th Anniversary Reformation Worship, “All Things New”, at Southwood Lutheran Church, 4301 Wilderness Hills Blvd., Lincoln. Preacher: Bishop Maas.

 

Tuesday 10/31

8:30 am = Morning Prayer

9:00 am = Keynote – Rev. Dr. Ashley Hall, Creighton University

10:30 am = Break

11:00 am = Table Talk 

Noon = Lunch

1:00 pm = Workshops

2:30 pm = Free time 

9:00 pm = Beer & Hymns at local brew pub

 

Wednesday 11/1

9:00 am = Keynote – Rev. Dr. Ashley Hall & Eileen Burke-Sullivan, Creighton University 

10:30 am = Break

11:00 am = Closing Communion Worship – Preacher: Rev. Mary Newbern-Williams, the Executive Presbyter (Presbyter for Congregational Vitality) of the Missouri River Valley Presbytery

Registration

Hotel Accommodations

Rooms are available at the Cornhusker Hotel for those attending Theo Con.

Room rate is $109 per night.  This rate includes:

-  Complimentary self-parking with 1 parking card per guest room

-  Complimentary continental breakfast each morning of the conference

-  Complimentary shuttle to and from the Lincoln Airport plus around downtown Lincoln and the Haymarket area.

Click the link below for more information.

Block pricing at the Cornhusker for TheoCon ends 10/9/17.

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lnkfs-the-lincoln-marriott-cornhusker-hotel/

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