Pre-Symposium Reformation Publication and Exhibit
Reformation and Resilience - Lutheran Higher Education for Planetary Citizenship
dr. ernest SIMMONs and ms. erin hemme froslie, editors
Five hundred years ago the Protestant Reformation became a major turning point in Western History. As Concordia College observes this anniversary, it is appropriate to ask what is in need of reform today and what resilience remains within the tradition to help effect such reform? Born in a university setting, the dialectical interaction of faith and learning has been a hallmark of Lutheran Higher Education from the beginning. At its core, the liberal arts are emphasized as preparation for coalition in service to neighbor. Today, the understanding of “neighbor” must be expanded to include all faith traditions and the natural world. The thesis of this book is that Lutheran Liberal Arts Education must move beyond an anthropocentric to an ecocentric understanding of vocation in order to foster planetary citizenship and sustainability leadership. Following the structure of the college’s strategic plan, this text addresses questions of reform in the areas of Whole Self, Whole Life, Whole World and Whole College and encourages the interaction of faith with contemporary life and thought.
Available from Lutheran University Press, P. O. Box 390759, Minneapolis MN 55439 or online at www.lutheranUpress.org.
Martin Luther: The Man Behind the Door
sunday, Aug. 27-friday, oct. 20 | cyrus running gallery
As part of Concordia's annual Faith, Reason and World Affairs Symposium, the Cyrus M. Running Gallery will present a historical exhibition about Martin Luther and the spread of Lutheranism. This exhibition is curated by heritage and museum studies major Katelyn Mitchell.
Symposium Week Activities
Chapel During Symposium Week
The three chapel services during Symposium Week will focus on the symposium theme.
Welt Café Brauhaus
9 p.m. tuesday, sept. 19 | centrum, knutson campus center
Join us in the Centrum following the opening plenary session to enjoy a “Brauhaus” experience. There will be opportunities for informal interaction with our symposium speakers while you enjoy German music, pretzels, kuchen and apple spritzer. Hosted by the Concordia German Club.
1-5 p.m. wednesday, sept. 20 | atrium, KNUTSON CAMPUS CENTER
Explore study abroad opportunities in Germany, buy a German Marktplatz craft including an olivewood carving of Martin Luther, support the German Concordia Language Village and learn about local and regional service projects that might help you transform the world. Hosted by the 2017 Symposium Student Planning Committee.
Ecumenical Worship Service: "Commemorating 500 Years of Reform"
7 p.m. wednesday, Sept. 20 | memorial auditorium
An ecumenical worship service celebrating the reformation, transformation, serving neighbors and journeying together. The service will feature texts and prayers from ecumenical partners and students, along with a mass choir. Liturgical artist Paul Oman will capture the event on canvas as a lasting memory of the college’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the reformation. This service is open to the public.
The Rose Ensemble and Piffaro presenting "The Musical Legacy of the Reformation"
7:30 p.m. monday, oct. 30 | centrum, knutson campus center
Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther set in motion a spiritual movement that would transform church music for his followers. In this exciting collaboration with one of the world’s finest consort of Renaissance wind instruments, we present works by first-generation Reformation composers Johann Walther, Leonhard Lechner, and Michael Praetorius, as well as our groundbreaking reconstruction of a 1616 royal baptismal mass. Don’t miss this historic concert featuring the strength of twenty musicians on stage and the opportunity to join in singing the iconic hymn Ein feste burg ("A Mighty Fortress").
For tickets visit www.ConcordiaCollege.edu/culturalevents
Concordia Theatre Productions
The first three productions of the 2017-18 season are related to the symposium theme with a focus on religious questions.
wittenberg by david davalos
8 p.m. sept. 27-29 and 2 p.m. sept. 30-oct. 1 | francEs frazier comstock theatre
In this quasi-historical comedy, set at Wittenberg University in 1517, archrival professors Martin Luther (yes, that Dr. Luther) and John Faustus (yes, that Dr. Faustus) are engaged in a battle of wits, faith, and lute playing. At stake is the Reformation of the Church and the soul of their prized but confused student, Hamlet (yes, that Hamlet).
fiddler on the roof with music by jerry bock, lyrics by sheldon harnick and book by joseph stein
8 p.m. Nov. 9-11 AND 16-18, 2 p.m. Nov. 19 | FRANCeS FRAZIER COMSTOCK THEATre
Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical, Fiddler on the Roof centers on a poor milkman named Tevye and his five daughters living in the village of Anatevka, Russia, in 1905. As Tevye attempts to maintain his Jewish cultural and religious traditions, outside influences encroach upon his village. Due to its humor, poignant themes, and widespread popularity, it is no wonder why Fiddler on the Roof is one of the longest running musicals on Broadway!
tartuffe by moliére
8 p.m. feb. 15-17 and 2 p.m. feb. 18 | FRANCES FRAZIER COMSTOCK THEATre
The father believes Tartuffe is a holy man; the family sees a charlatan. But the more the family strives to convince the father that Tartuffe is false, the more power the hypocrite accrues. What will it take to change the father’s mind? In this sparkling classic comedy the most gullible father, the purest wife, the craftiest scammer, the cleverest maid, the fieriest young hothead, and the most ridiculous young couple all come together in a delightful and thought-provoking contest of faith and reason.
Illuminating the Word: The Saint John's Bible Exhibit
oct. 1 to dec. 31 | hjemkomst center, moorhead
The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is thrilled to announce the opening of the largest exhibition in its history, featuring 68 original folios of the first illuminated and handwritten Bible to be commissioned by a Benedictine monastery in 500 years, The Saint John’s Bible. The exhibition will bring those original folios from all seven volumes of The Saint John’s Bible, along with tools, sketches, materials, and rare books, to the Fargo-Moorhead community. Here they will tell the inspiring story of this monumental creation, a gift of art, history, and faith to the new millennium and a new call for our commitments to community, hospitality, justice, and transformation. For additional information on the exhibit, venue, hours and tickets please visit www.hcscconline.org/sjb/
The Illuminated Soul
7:30 p.m. nov. 18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19 | fargo-moorhead symphony orchestra
A collaboration with The St. John's Bible project featuring cellist Inbal Segev. Performance repertoire includes Ave Maria – Max Bruch, Schelomo (Solomon) – Ernest Bloch, Death and Transfiguration – Richard Strauss and Rainbow Body – Christopher Theofanidis.
For more information and to order tickets visit www.fmsymphony.org.