Gustavus to Host Association of Congregations Convention

Posted on April 1st, 2009 by

Dr. Terence Fretheim will deliver the keynote address at this year’s convention.

Dr. Terence Fretheim will deliver the keynote address at this year’s convention.

The 22nd annual convention of the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations will be held Saturday, April 25. Gustavus will host pastors and delegates from the 539 Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregations from the state and across the country that are current member congregations of the association.

Dr. Terence E. Fretheim, the Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, will deliver the keynote address, titled “Implications of a God in Relationship,” at 11 a.m. in Christ Chapel.

Fretheim earned his undergraduate degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa in 1956. He later went on to earn his M.Div. degree from Lutheran Seminary in 1960 and his Th.D. degree from Princeton Seminary in 1967. Fretheim is the author of numerous books, including The Suffering of God: an Old Testament Perspective, Fretheim Explores Genesis, and About the Bible: Short Answers to Big Questions.

The morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. in Christ Chapel will feature the Rev. Terry Morehouse as homilist and will include music by the Choir of Christ Chapel and the Christ Chapel Bells.

At a noon luncheon, the Rev. Gary F. Anderson will receive the Association’s Covenant Award, given annually to an individual who has made distinctive contributions toward strengthening the partnership between Gustavus and member congregations.

Afternoon workshops will be led by Fretheim, Dr. Mark Throntveit, and Dr. Mary Sue D. Dreier. Throntveit is a professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary and Dreier is associate professor of congregational mission and leadership at Luther Seminary.

The entire schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. / Registration and coffee / C. Charles Jackson Campus Center (lower level)
  • 9:30 a.m. / Morning Worship / Christ Chapel
  • 10:10 a.m. / Welcome and GACAC Business Meeting / Christ Chapel
  • 11 a.m. / Keynote Address by Dr. Terence E. Fretheim / Christ Chapel
  • 12 p.m. / Luncheon / Alumni Hall, O.J. Johnson Student Union
  • 1:10 p.m. / Workshops / Campus Center Banquet Rooms
  • 3 p.m. / Closing Reception / O.J. Johnson Student Union foyer

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