Luther Colloquy 2018

Introducing three full days of lifelong learning events this fall!

  • UN Sustainability Goals Seminar: Tuesday, October 30th
  • Luther Colloquy: Wednesday, October 31st
  • Preaching Perspectives: Thursday, November 1st

UN Sunstainability Goals Seminar

Date: Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
Location: United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg Campus

The 2015-2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) express the intent of one hundred ninety-three countries to focus on seventeen life changing issues to improve the lives of human communities and the health of the planet. The goals, broken down into almost five hundred targets and indicators of achievement, are the most comprehensive and diverse initiatives ever undertaken by humanity.

Spirituality involves a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves, and a search for meaning and community. It is a universal human experience – moving us beyond ourselves and includes a public, even political, response to communities seeking wholeness.

The SDGs inspire us as a holy calling that is a satisfying and fulfilling spiritual service in behalf of the world’s peoples and their needs!

Luther Colloquy 2018: Theology and Exegesis in African Contexts

Date: Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Location: Chapel, United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg Campus

Christianity is growing faster in Africa than anywhere else in the world; Lutheran churches have participated in that growth alongside a varied array of other denominations and movements. What directions might Lutheran theology, exegesis, and church life take in Africa?  And what will the implications of these directions be for the future of Lutheranism and of Christianity itself?


Rev. Dr. Elieshi Ayo Mungure

“Churches in Transforming Mission: A Story of the Lutheran Communion in Africa”

Rev. Dr. Elieshi Ayo Mungure

Rev. Dr.  Elieshi Ayo Mungure is an ordained theologian from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. She has served in the parish ministry and lectured at Tumaini University Makumira, Tanzania. Since 2011, she has served the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, as area secretary for Africa.  Her main responsibilities include accompanying the LWF member churches in Africa to pursue their ministries through various programs and projects as well as fostering relationships among each other and in the global communion.  Her areas of passion include pastoral care, counselling, gender justice and mission. Elieshi is married with three children. In her extra time, she enjoys gardening and visiting.

Dr. Madipoane Masenya

“Whose reading matters? The Bible and African (South African) Women”

Madipoane Masenya

Madipoane Masenya (Ngwan’a Mphahlele) is Professor of Old Testament Studies in the Department of Biblical and Ancient Studies at the University of South Africa, Pretoria. She has published numerous scientific articles and chapters in specialist books in the area of the Hebrew Bible and gender, especially in African contexts. She served as one of the associate editors of The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora. Her book, How Worthy is the Woman of Worth?  Rereading Proverbs 31:10-31 was published by Peter Lang in 2004. 

Rev. Dr. Andrea Ng’weshemi

Lutheran Churches in Africa: Vitality, Challenges, and Opportunities for the New Face of Lutheranism in the 21st Century

Rev. Dr. Andrea Ng’weshemi

Andrea Ng’weshemi is Jerald C. Brauer Chair for Lutheran Studies and Associate Professor of Religion at Carthage College.  A theologian by training, his current research seeks to reinterpret Lutheran themes and topics using categories of life and concepts from African cultures and worldviews, while also attending to Africa’s socio-economic and political realities. He has published numerous journal articles and the book, Rediscovering the Human: the Quest for a Christo-theological Anthropology in Africa (2002).  Dr. Ng’weshemi earned his Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  

Click here to view his full bio on the Carthage College website.

Rev. Deborah Lyanga

“Narrative Theology, Cultural Practices and the Lost Sheep: The Significance of the Church and Rethinking of the Mission in Tanzania”

Deborah Lyanga has been an ordained Lutheran pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) since 2005.  She served in the Central Diocese as a parish pastor before she was appointed as Diocesan Women Director.   In that capacity, she organized various seminars and workshops; taught against domestic violence, cultural inequality, and female genital mutilation; and worked for the rights, security, and opportunities of children, especially girls.  She has represented the Diocese, ELCT, and Tumaini University in national and international church conferences.  Deborah holds Master’s Degree in Missiology and a Bachelor of Divinity from Tumaini University and a Diploma of Theology from Kiomboi Lutheran Institute.  She is married to Pr. Emmanuel Kaghondi and they are blessed with two sons, Mercy and Abner.

Preaching Perspectives

Date: Thursday, November 1st, 2018
Location: United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg Campus

Preaching Perspectives information coming soon.