At a critical time in history this symposium seeks to provide lay leaders and pastors with resources for preaching, teaching and advocating for constructive change. While occasioned by the current political climate, this project is built on the foundation of the theological heritage of Martin Luther and his conviction that government is responsible for maintaining peace and good order – and for ensuring that no person is hungry or in want.
When should the church support the state’s agenda? When to resist? What are the options for critical, but constructive cooperation?
Frequently forgotten between the temptation to give uncritical support to the state’s agenda, as in the case of National Socialism, or to withdraw altogether from political engagement, as in the case of some forms of pietism, is Luther’s oft forgotten call to critical engagement.
Following the example of the prophets, and especially the ministry of Jesus Christ, this symposium aims to sharpen the contours of the public ministry of the church without falling into partisan political debates. It is built on the assumption that while there is no direct line from the scriptures to any specific social, economic or political policy or system, there is in the gospel of Jesus Christ an implicit call to be stewards of all creation and agents of justice and reconciliation.
When: Friday, Jan. 19 - 10:00 pm
Saturday, Jan. 20 7:00 pm
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