GACAC Faith Conference Scheduled for Saturday

Posted on April 18th, 2013 by

The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations (GACAC) 2012 Faith Conference, titled “Road to Reformation: Deepening Our Theological Roots” will take place Saturday, April 20 at the College.

The conference will feature two keynote speakers including Dr. Martin E. Marty and Rev. Dr. Kenneth Mtata. Dr. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Chicago Divinity School and will speak on the topic “What Do Lutherans Have to Offer the 21st Century?” Marty is a leading Lutheran theologian and author of more than 60 books. He taught for more than 35 years at the University of Chicago, specializing in religious history in the context of “Atlantic Culture,” and over the past 20 years has enlarged his focus to global interreligious concerns.

Rev. Dr. Mtata, Study Secretary for the Department of Theology and Public Witness in the Lutheran World Federation, will speak on “Lutheranism in the 21st Century–African Perspectives.” Mtata is a Zimbabwean theologian who has been involved in anthropological interpretations of the New Testament and has taught in the area of contextual theologies.

At the conclusion of Rev. Dr. Mtat’s presentation, there will be dialogue by both Marty and Mtata from their two perspectives, facilitated by Marcia Bunge, Drell and Adeline Bernhardson Distinguished Professor of Lutheran Studies at Gustavus. This will be followed by a brief question and answer period.

The day will open with joyful worship and praise in Christ Chapel with the Rev. Corinne Chilstrom providing a message. College musicians will be featured and College Chaplains will preside.

There is no cost to attend the Faith Conference and all are welcome. There is a $10 charge for a box lunch and beverage. Please pre-order lunch by contacting the Gustavus office of Church Relations in the Center for Servant Leadership at 507-922-7001 or

The entire schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 10:45 a.m. / Worship / Christ Chapel
  • 11:30 a.m. / Morning keynote address by Dr. Martin E. Marty / Christ Chapel
  • 12:45 p.m. / Lunch, bag lunches in Banquet Rooms / C. Charles Jackson Campus Center
  • 1:45 p.m. / Afternoon keynote address by Rev. Dr. Kenneth Mtata / Alumni Hall, O.J. Johnson Student Union
  • 2:45 p.m. / Dialogue, discussion, Q & A / Alumni Hall
  • 3:15 p.m. / Sending reception


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