Luther and the Catholic Church
The Luther Colloquy occurs on the Gettysburg campus
on Wednesday, November 1
As we mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, the 2017 Luther Colloquy brings together a group of top scholars and church leaders to explore the relationship of Luther and Lutherans to the Roman Catholic Church. Presentations will investigate historical interactions and understandings, and discuss possibilities for future cooperation and work toward unity. There will be an ecumenical worship service.
Dr. Christopher M. Bellitto is Professor of History at Kean University in New Jersey, where he teaches courses in ancient and medieval history. A specialist in church history and reform, he is the author of ten books, including the companion volumes Renewing Christianity and The General Councils. His articles have appeared in academic journals in the United States and Europe; he has won grants from the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Bellitto also serves as Academic Editor at Large of Paulist Press and series Editor in Chief of Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition. A public speaker and media commentator on church history and contemporary Catholicism, he appears frequently in print, on radio, and television.
Rev. Dr. Derek Nelson is Professor of Religion, Stephen S. Bowen Professor of Liberal Arts, and Chair of the Religion Department at Wabash College, where he teaches courses in theology and the history of Christianity. He is the author or editor of ten books, including the landmark Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther (2017), Luther Refracted: The Reformer’s Ecumenical Legacy (2015), and Resilient Reformer: The Life and Thought of Martin Luther (2015), which he co-wrote with his mentor Timothy Lull. He has also written around 50 articles, essays, and book reviews. He is an ordained minister in the ELCA, and he served on the task force that produced the ELCA’s social statement, The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries. He directs the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program, which serves an ecumenical group of Indiana pastors who are developing as civic leaders.
Dr. Wanda Deifelt is Professor of Religion at Luther College. She focuses on the topics of Luther and Lutheranism, Creation, Christology, Christian Theology and God and Gender. Her Ph.D. and M.T.S. are from the Joint Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University Doctoral Program. Her B.A. is from Faculdade de Teologia, Escola Superior de Teologica, (Sao Leopoldo, Brazil). Her Th.D. Honoris Causa is from the University of Olso (Olso, Norway).
8:30 a.m. Registration (Chapel)
9:00 a.m. Worship (Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Welcome to Luther Colloquy
10:45 a.m. The George and Janet Harkins Lecture I
“Luther and the Catholic Church” – Wanda Diefelt
11:45 a.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. The George and Janet Harkins Lecture II
“Luther and Church Reform: A Catholic Perspective” — Christopher Bellitto
2:15 p.m. The Carl Rasmussen Lecture
“”Portraits of Luther by Friendly and Not-so-friendly Roman Catholic Authors” — Derek Nelson
3:30 p.m. Library exhibit & Wine & Cheese Reception.
Carla Pavlick: 717-339-1322