Center for Global Theologies (CGT)

The Center for Global Theologies strengthens the ongoing dedication of the seminary to the global and local mission of the church through multi-dimensional activities.


The Center for Global Theologies serves to:

  1. Focus the commitments of Wartburg Theological Seminary to the global mission of the church;
  2. Infuse those commitments into the programs and policies of the institution through scholarly research, church linkages, academic, and programmatic initiatives;
  3. Facilitate the encounter with “difference” in order to enhance self-understanding;
  4. Enrich those involved in such encounters by recognizing the connections between local and global contexts.

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CGT-Sponsored MDiv Theses

Beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year, the board that oversees the Center for Global Theologies began encouraging research using our rich archived resources for both Namibia and Papua New Guinea. This has resulted in a series of Master of Divinity theses on various topics, which are available below for reading:

Theological Anthropology in Pope Francis

These three lectures were featured at an ecumenical colloquium focusing on Pope Francis’ encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home.” The seminar entitled “Theological Anthropology in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si,” was held on November 6, 2015 at Wartburg Theological Seminary. The event was sponsored by Wartburg Theological Seminary’s Center for Global Theologies.

Dr. Kent Anderson, Professor of Philosophy, Clarke University

Dr. Sam Giere, Associate Professor of Homiletics & Biblical Interpretation, Wartburg Theological Seminary

Dr. Jacob Kohlhaas, Assistant Professor of Moral Theology, Loras College