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Tuesday! “From Conflict to Convergence” Convocation

Join LTSP Professor Emeritus the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert for a special convocation, “From Conflict to Convergence,” exploring the continued re-development of the relationship between the Lutheran church and other denominations and the Roman Catholic Church post-Reformation. The convocation is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 2015, a short time after Pope Francis leaves Philadelphia after the World Meeting of Families 2015. The convocation begins at 11:30 am in Benbow Hall of The Brossman Center on the seminary’s campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, and is free and open to the public.

Professor Wengert will be joined by LTSP DMin student Sister Margaret Scott, aic, who will offer brief comments on her encounter with ecumenism and her journey working toward her DMin at LTSP.

“Early in 2015, Pope Francis mentioned that the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 would provide the first opportunity for Lutherans and Roman Catholics to commemorate the event together,” Wengert said. “One remarkable resource for such joint commemoration was produced in 2014 by the International Lutheran/Roman Catholic dialogue, From Conflict to Communion.

Professor Wengert explained that his talk will highlight the most important aspects of that vital document and explore ways in which ecumenical conversations with other Christians fulfill the deepest hopes of the Reformation and can well aid the continuing renewal of our churches.

He encourages participants to download for their enrichment the joint commemoration, From Conflict to Communion, free of charge (pdf).

Prof. Timothy WengertThe Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert is the emeritus Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Reformation History and the Lutheran Confessions at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. A parish pastor for over seven years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he received his doctorate from Duke University in 1984, and was on Philadelphia’s faculty from 1989-2013. He has written many scholarly articles on the Reformation. Besides his published dissertation on Philip Melanchthon’s interpretation of John’s Gospel, Wengert co-edited the 2000 English edition of The Book of Concord. His translation into English of Luther’s Small Catechism is widely used throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. With Gordon Lathrop he wrote a book on Lutheran ecclesiology: Christian Assembly: The Marks of the Church in a Pluralistic Age (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003). In 2006, he published a practical commentary on the Formula of Concord, A Formula for Parish Practice: Using the Formula of Concord in Congregations (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans). In 1997 and 1998, he published three books on Philip Melanchthon. One, Human Freedom, Christian Righteousness (Oxford University Press), investigates Melanchthon’s relation to Erasmus. A second, Law and Gospel (Baker Book House), examines his relation to John Agricola and debates over the meaning of repentance and the law. A third book, coedited with M. Patrick Graham and entitled Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560) and the Commentary (Sheffield Academic Press), focuses on Melanchthon’s influence as an interpreter of ancient texts. In 2007, he edited Centripetal Worship: The Evangelical Heart of Lutheran Worship (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress); in 2008 he published his studies of Priesthood, Pastors, Bishops (Minneapolis: Fortress); and in 2009 his book on Luther’s catechisms appeared. In 2012, Mohr Siebeck of Tübingen published his study of the Osiandrian controversy (a fight among Lutherans over the meaning of justification), Defending Faith, and in 2013 Baker Books published Reading the Bible with Martin Luther. In 1997, he delivered a plenary address at the ninth International Luther Congress meeting in Heidelberg, entitled, “Luther and Melanchthon/Melanchthon and Luther,” and in 2017 will deliver a plenary address on the 95 Theses at the thirteenth Congress. In February 2000, the city of Bretten, Germany, (Melanchthon’s birthplace) honored him as the first American recipient of the Melanchthon Prize, awarded every three years to a scholar who contributes to research on the Wittenberg reformer. In 2010, he received an honorary doctor of divinity from Carthage College, and in 2011 he was visiting guest professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He produced two volumes of essays for the Lutheran Quarterly book series, Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections on Theology, Ethics and the Church and The Pastoral Luther: Essays on Martin Luther’s Practical Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004 & 2009).

Wengert served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a member of the ELCA — United Methodist dialogue team, and as a member of the Task Force for ELCA Studies of Sexuality. He also served on a Lutheran World Federation team in conversation with the Mennonite World Churches. He is now a member of the North American Lutheran/Roman Catholic dialogue, and is on an international team of scholars producing an ecumenical commentary on the 95 Theses of Martin Luther. He is general editor of a Fortress Press project of six volumes of “The Annotated Luther” (for which he has edited vol. 1: Roots of Reform), and serves as general editor of Baker Academic’s Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions. He has recently collaborated with Susan Wood in writing a book on Lutheran/Roman Catholic relations for Paulist Press.

Prof. Wengert is married to the Rev. Ingrid Fath Wengert, and has two children (by his late wife Barbara): Emily Dickan (b. 1979), an interaction designer in Manhattan, and David (b. 1983), a social worker in Philadelphia. On October 11, 2013, he became the grandfather of twin girls, Alexandra and Juliette. Prof. Wengert blogs at Bible Study on Psalms.

Sister Margaret ScottSister Margaret Scott, aic, is a member of an International religious order called Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Members of the order live and minister in 28 countries. Sr. Margaret describes the order a essentially “Contemplatives in Action with a dynamic prayer life and a global outreach above all to the poor. She has just returned to the USA after a 3 year stint as Head of an International School in Japan. I am passionate about social justice and love watching sport. And reading gripping spy thrillers. You can visit her website at srmargaret.com.

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