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Study Conference 2016



(lectures will be held at the Seminary)

3 - 5 May 2016

Tuesday 3 May 2016

9:00 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. John Bowen: Session 1

Being the Church in the 21st Century

11:00 a.m. Coffee

11:20 a.m. Discussion

12:00 p.m. Lunch on your own

2:00 p.m. Text Study for Easter VII with Rev. Dr. John Gram

John 17:20-26 - A Johannine Anthology

About John: An ordained pastor in the ELCA and ELCIC since 1984, John Gram has continued to nurture his love for biblical studies (especially New Testament textual criticism) that he developed during his years as a seminarian at Luther-Northwestern Theogical Seminary (now Luther Seminary) in St. Paul, MN.

In 1999 John became a contributor to the International Greek New Testament Project as work on a critical edition of the Gospel of John was in progress. During this time John has collated over 150 medieval manuscripts of the Gospel of John. The work on the Gospel of John is now reaching its conclusion and the next critical edition will be one for Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

John has been an occasional lecturer at Vancouver School of Theology where he has offered lectures on New Testament textual criticism and the development of the New Testament canon. John was invited in 2013 to be a sessional lecturer at Lutheran Theological Seminary teaching the exegetical course in Romans. He was invited back to teach the same course in January of 2015.

3:30 p.m. Coffee

4:00 p.m. Free time and supper on your own

7:00 p.m. John Bowen: Session 2

Helping existing congregations find new forms of outreach

8:00 p.m. Discussion

8:30 p.m. Compline

Wednesday, 4 May

9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer & Coffee

10:00 a.m. John Bowen: Session 3

New Forms - "Fresh Expressions" of Christianity

11:00 a.m. Coffee

11:20 a.m. Discussion

12:00 p.m. Lunch on your own

2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion (moderated by Rev. Paul Sartison; panellists Rev. Victoria Mwamasika, Farrukh Syeer from the Saskatoon Open Door Society, Rev. Ali Tote)

“All are refugees”: The Church’s Role in Immigration

About Farrukh Syeer: A SODS Cultural Bridging Facilitator, Syeer holds master’s degrees in English literature and in Social Development & Sustainable Livelihoods.

Being a community development professional for over eight years now, he has worked in the capacity building domain of different community development scenarios in Canada and overseas. The training workshops coordinated and facilitated by him were centred on a variety of community development related topics including child protection, rural development, effective communication, communication for social change and cross cultural communication. His passion for contributing to socio cultural change draws from his commitment to help forging a world that inspires understanding, justice, fair play and compassion.

"What has always interested me most about history is trying to understand how people see their own world. If you can understand how someone sees the world differently from you, then you learn something about your world, too."

4:00 p.m. Evening Prayer

4:45 p.m. President's Hospitality Hour

Thursday, 5 May

9:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Michael Nel

A Quest for Relational Theology

10:00 a.m. Discussion

10:30 a.m. Coffee

11:00 a.m. Closing eucharist TBA, Preaching; TBA Presiding