Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne will host the International Löhe Society Theological Conference III meeting July 26-30, 2011. Founded in 2005, the International Löhe Society seeks to promote the study of Wilhelm Löhe (1808-1872), a Bavarian pastor and churchman who was influential in the confessional revival in Germany and instrumental in the establishment of the Fort Wayne seminary.
Confirmed speakers include:
Dr. Lawrence Rast: “Löhe, Wyneken, and the Fort Wayne Seminary”
Dr. Dietrich Blaufuß: “Löhe and the Enlightenment”
Dr. John Stephenson: “Löhe as an Ecumenical Lutheran”
Dr. Klaus Detlev Schulz: “Löhe’s Missiological Perspective”
Rev. Martin Lohrmann: “Löhe and the Ministerium of Pennsylvania: Löhe’s Reception Among his Contemporaries in the Eastern United States”
Dr. Paul Chung: “Confession as Mission-Retrieving Wilhelm Löhe”
Dr. Thomas Kothmann: “Löhe as Religious Educator”
Dr. Craig Nessan: “Wilhelm Löhe in Deindoerfer’s History of the Iowa Synod”
Mr. Jacob Corzine: “Wilhelm Löhe and Chiliasm in the Context of 19th Century Eschatology”
Deaconess Cheryl Naumann: “Lutheran Deaconesses in 19th Century North America: An Assessment of Löhe’s Influence ”
Dr. Thomas Schattauer: “Löhe’s 1844 Agenda”
Dr. Wolfhart Schlichting: “Löhe’s Correspondence with Wedemann 1849-1850 on Theory and Practice in Church and Ministry.”
Rev. Mark Loest: “Löhe‘s Colonies: Then and Now”
Mr. Matthias Honold: “Archival Research on the Immigrants to Michigan”
The registration fee for the conference is $130. Registration material, information on housing, and a full schedule for the conference will be available on the Concordia Theological Seminary website (www.ctsfw.edu). Registrations may be made through the seminary’s community services office.
The final day and a half of the conference will take place in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Activities in Frankenmuth include time to visit the museum and tour the town, an outdoor dinner hosted by Saint Lorenz Lutheran Church, a Löhe hymnfest led by Rev. Steven Starke and Dr. Scott Hyslop. Saturday will conclude the conference with presentations by Pastor Mark Loest: “Löhe’s Michigan Colonies-Then and Now” and Mr. Matthias Honold, Archivist in at the Diakonie in Neuendettelsau on “Archival Research on the Immigrants to Michigan.” Accommodations for the evening of Friday, July 29th are available with the Bavarian Inn Lodge & Conference Center in Frankenmuth (www..bavarianinn.com) at the reduced rate of $89 plus tax for conference participants. Reservations for this portion of the conference may be made directly with the Bavarian Inn by telephone (989-652-8747, Extension 3559). When calling please identify yourself by the group number (11D3S5) to obtain the reduced rate.
The International Löhe Society Theological Conference begins with registration on Tuesday, July 26 at 2:00 pm in Fort Wayne and concludes at noon on Saturday, July 30 in Frankenmuth.
Prof. John T. Pless of the Fort Wayne faculty is English language co-president of the International Löhe Society. The International Löhe Society meets triennially alternating between Neuendettelsau and a location in North America.