Proclamation on the Plains Conference

by Aaron Pederson on 9 December 2010

Here is a resource from Luther House of Studies for your consideration. Visit their information page for registration and other details for this event with Dr. Stephen Paulson.

Both lay people and ministry professionals are encouraged to attend this event Jan. 2-4, 2011, for insightful, relevant theological conversation.

The Proclamation on the Plains Conference on Jan. 2-4, 2011, features Dr. Steven Paulson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary (St. Paul, Minn.), speaking on the topic “‘Who Do You Say I Am?’ Christology in the Middle of Life.” The conference will take place at Sioux Falls Seminary in Room 204B.

The mission of the Proclamation on the Plains Conference is to embolden Lutheran ministries with insightful, relevant theological conversation.

Sunday, Jan. 2 — 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 3-4 — 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Registration:
Conference attendance is limited to 35 participants. Cost is $100 per person.
To reserve a place at the conference, send an email with your name, address, and phone number to Congregational Outreach & Liturgical Arts.

Make checks payable to Luther House of Study. Send checks postmarked by Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, to:

Proclamation on the Plains Conference
Augustana College
2001 S Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Housing:
Conference housing is available at the Jerstad Center, Good Samaritan Society, 4800 W 57th Street, Sioux Falls, SD. The cost is $75 for three nights’ lodging and continental breakfast each morning. Contact the Jerstad Center directly to make your reservation.

Dr. Steven Paulson
Professor of Systematic Theology
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

In addition to the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary, Paulson earned both the master of theology and the doctor of theology degrees from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. A former parish pastor, he also spent seven years as assistant professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, before joining the Luther faculty in 1998.

According to Paulson, the goal of systematic theology is proclamation. “It’s about understanding what the word of God is doing. The word of God is not just a text that we interpret or manipulate for our own purposes and ends. It’s alive, it’s operating, it works on us and in us,” he says.

He describes systematic theologians as “having our toes in two ponds. We try to understand how Christian proclamation has worked in the past by studying dogma, doctrine and preaching. But we also try to recognize how God is at work today in those who stand before us so we can bring them words that they need to hear — the promises secured in Jesus Christ.”

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