Noted Swedish ecumenist to offer first lecture by the Augustana Institute at LTSP March 22

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The Augustana Institute at LTSPThe Augustana Institute at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) announces its first-ever lectureship set for 2:00 pm Saturday, March 22,2014 on the seminary campus, and featuring remarks by noted ecumenist Bishop Jonas Jonson, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Strangnas of the Church of Sweden.

Bishop Jonas JonsonBishop Jonson, known for speaking out on issues of world peace and the importance of ecumenism, has served on the staff of the Lutheran World Federation, was a scholar of Religious Development in Twentieth Century China at Uppsala University in Sweden, and also served on the staff of the World Council of Churches. His remarks will be entitled: “Archbishop Nathan Soderblom: Ambassador for World Peace and Christian Unity.”

Bishop Jonson has authored a book that addresses his 40-year involvement in the ecumenical movement, entitled Wounded Visions: Unity, Justice and Peace in the World Church after 1968. It offers an inside perspective on ever-changing global Christianity. Next year, he will publish a book on the life of Soderblom, former Archbishop of the Church of Sweden and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1930. Soderblom was instrumental in the establishment of full communion between the Church of Sweden and the Church of England.

Following Bishop Jonson’s lecture, a panel discussion will take place. The Rev. Dr. Norman Hjelm, retired noted editor of Fortress Press, will moderate. Panelists will be the Rev. Dr. Maria Erling, professor of the History of Christianity in North America and Global Mission at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg; the Rev. Dr. William Rusch, former director of the Commission on Ecumenical Relations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. Dr. Daniell Hamby, rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Yardley, Pennsylvania, and currently on the ecumenical commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.

A buffet supper in Benbow Hall at the seminary will follow the panel discussion.

Those desiring to do so on their own may attend the 10:00 am worship Sunday, March 22 at the Episcopal Cathedral, 38th and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, where Bishop Jonson will preach.

Registration for the lecture, panel discussion, and buffet costs $50 if reserved by February 19 — $60 if later.

Schedule for the day, online registration, hotel and more information can be found on the lecture page - click here.

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