Science and Christian Life: Conflict, Cooperation, Integration
Spring Academy Week—April 18-24, 2016
Gettysburg Seminary expanded its traditional Spring Convocation into a weeklong feast of lectures, presentations and workshops, with worship, culturally and spiritually enriching activities for students, lay learners, alumni/ae, prospective seminarians and more. Take advantage of this opportunity to be in conversation with scholars, seekers, lifelong learners and seminarians for audit, course credit, and/or personal enrichment. Questions may be directed to tel. 717-338-3000 ext 2198 or Academy@LTSG.EDU.
Monday, April 18 Spring Academy has been scheduled to connect with “Day at the Capitol” of Lutheran Advocacy Ministries in PA. For details, and to register, visit LAMPa.
Telephone: 1-800-MLUTHER x. 2198
or 717-338-3000 x. 2198
Schedule in more detail
Monday, April 18
Luther Advocacy Ministry for Pennsylvania
“Science, Faith and Action”
Join LAMPa for a day of worship, learning and inspiration to ground and deepen your call to faith-based advocacy. The day will highlight the use of the faith informed by the sciences to advocate for creation justice, trauma-informed care for victims of abuse, poverty or violence and addressing addictions and mental health in church and society. Lutheran Day is held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Camp Hill, Pa. Registration opens in early 2016.
Tuesday, April 19
Lutheran Historical Society/Mid-Atlantic
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Opening Worship
9:15 AM Welcome and Announcements
9:30 AM Address by Stephen Herr on Milton Valentine’s attitude toward science and religion
10:25 AM Break
10:40 AM Address by James Burkee on the role of science (particularly evolution and cosmology) on the LCMS in the 20th century
2:00-2:45 “Science for Gettysburg Seminary: Progress Reports/Proposals for the Future” Presentations by Leonard Hummel and Mark Oldenburg
3:00-5:00 Workshops on “Science at Gettysburg Seminary”
The Alumni Banquet
6:00 p.m. in the Refectory
7:35 p.m.: Please move to the Chapel for presentation of the Alumni Awards celebrating leadership and distinguished ministry and service by alumni
The Alumni Awards
7:45 p.m. in the Church of the Abiding Presence
8:45 pm A Reception for 25th, 50th, and all Pioneer classes (51st and above) follows in the Lewars House, home of President Michael Cooper-White.
Wednesday, April 20
9:00: Lea F. Schweitz, Ph.D. “God the Creator and the City: A Theology of Urban Nature:”
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, LSTC/Religion and Science Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science
10:30-11:30 Frederick L. Ware, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Theology, Howard University Divinity School, “Oh So Human, Yet So Divinely Complex: Scientific/Theological Explorations of Human Identity, Community, and Purpose”
From the perspective of a faculty member at a historically black theological school focused on social justice, Dr. Ware will address this the “big” science-related question: What does it mean to be human? In doing so, he also will cover related issues of how we perceive ourselves, our relations to one another, and the value that we assign to human life. Dr. Ware’s address is a fruit of Howard Divinity School’s “Science for Seminaries” Project that explores and then underscores the answers to such inquiry by theological educators, clergy, scientists, and concerned activists that would make for justice, peace, and flourishing.
11:45 am Reunion luncheon at the Dobbin House
*limited shuttle bus transportation available
1:30-2:30 Panel with Fred Ware, Lea Schweitz, Mark Oldenburg, Leonard Hummel and Ann Pederson. Questions solicited ahead of time
2:30-3:30 Dr. Warren Eshbach, D. Min., Professor of Church and Society, Emeritus, “God, Evolution, Intelligent Design and Dover, PA: A Retrospective”
FOLLOWED BY HAPPY HOUR
Thursday, April 21
PREACHING PERSPECTIVES: Preaching & Science in a Time of Creation-Crisis
The Rev. Dr. Gilson A. C. Waldkoenig, Professor of Church in Society in the B.B. Mauer Chair in Town and Country Ministry
The Rev. Leah Schade, Ph. D., Pastor, United in Christ Lutheran Church, Lewisburg, PA;
Friday, April 22
Saturday, April 23
Theological Education for Youth Institute, “Science and the Christian Life”
9:45 Welcome and Worship
10 Plenary with break (could also be presentation and breakouts
12:45 Experiential Learning
4:30 Closing Worship
5:00 On the Road.