Saturday, September 9th, 2017
Gorecki Conference Center @ the College of St. Benedict
 
 
 
To Commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, Catholics, Lutherans and other interested people will gather in the Gorecki Center at the College of Saint Benedict to address the challenges that this day's title suggests.  The words "Here I stand" are often attributed to Martin Luther, as he strongly affirmed his belief in the saving power of God's mercy.  For us today, "here we stand" can both affirm Catholic and Lutheran traditions, beliefs and practices, and pose a series of questions:
 
  • Where do Catholics and Lutherans now stand in relation to each other?
  • Can we stand in unity in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
  • Can we work together for justice, nonviolence, mercy and hospitality, in a world hungry for these Gospel values?
 
In other words, to what new reformation do our churches and our world call us?
 
 
We'll address some of these questions guided by Dr. Kathryn Johnson, Director for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Her keynote address, "What Difference Does This Anniversary Make?" and the response of Abbot John Klassen, OSB, of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, MN, will bring to light the gifts of the Spirit to both religious traditions, throughout their history and at this moment - gifts we can offer to each other and to the world through concrete, united action. 
Dr. Kathryn Johnson
Director for Ecumenical
and Inter-Religious Relations 
for the ELCA
Bishop Donal Keller of the Diocese of St. Cloud and Bishop Jon Anderson of the Southwest Minnesota Synod of the ELCA will open and close the day with prayer.  There will be time throughout the day for conversation and questions for the speakers.  We'll continue our dialogue at lunch as we break bread together.  The day will end with prayer, ritual and song.
 
Click here to register online!  There is no charge for this event.  Contributions towards the cost of lunch are very welcome.  Registration for this event is limited.  REGISTER SOON!
 
Questions?  Please contact Sister Eunice Anothy @ (320) 363-8927 or eantony@csbsju.edu.
 
This event is co-sponsored by Saint Benedict's Monastery, Collegville Institute, Diocese of Saint Cloud, Saint John's Abbey, Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in cooperation with Southwestern MN Synod of the ELCA.