Center of Global Theology Events Commemorating
the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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500th Anniversary of Reformation visit

2015  |  2016  |  2017  |  2018


Feb 13-14

Lutheran-Roman Catholic Perspectives on the Reformation: Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Signing of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the Close of the Second Vatican Council, and an Observance of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, co-sponsored by CGT, the Archdiocese of Dubuque, and Loras College, with additional funding from a grant from Humanities Iowa.

Speakers: Fr. Thomas O’Meara, O.S.B., University of Notre Dame; Dr. Janine M. Idziak, Loras College; and Dr. Winston D. Persaud, Wartburg Theological Seminary.

Proceedings available online courtesy of Loras Press — webpagepdf.



Feb 18-19
The Significance of the Reformation for the 21st Global Context: Radicalizing Reformation
Speakers: Dr. Karen Bloomquist, Berkeley, California; Dr. Christine Helmer, Professor of Religious Studies and German, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; Dr. Craig Nessan, Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa; and Dr. Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.


Feb 23-24
Reformation in Ecumenical Perspective among Lutheran – Reformed – Methodist
Speakers: Dr. Elmer Colyer,  Professor of Historical Theology/Stanley Professor of Wesley Studies, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary; Dr. Gary Hansen, Associate Professor of Church History, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary; and Dr. Ann Fritschel, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Wartburg Theological Seminary. This event is organized in collaboration with the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
Feb 22-23
Reformation Perspectives on Suffering
Speakers will address the significance of Luther’s theology of the cross and the 500th anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputation for addressing acute forms of suffering in the world today.Speakers: Dr. S.D. Giere, Associate Professor of Homiletics and Biblical Interpretation, Wartburg Theological Seminary; Dr. Martin Lohrmann, Assistant Professor of Lutheran Confessions and Heritage, Wartburg Theological Seminary; and Dr. Gwen Sayler, Professor of Bible at Wartburg Theological Seminary.


Dr. S.D. Giere
Director pro tem, Center for Global Theologies