In 2022-23, the Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work will explore the question, “How do we build a more trustworthy world?” through keynote events, a podcast (“Builders”), and a hybrid book club. To receive email updates on all of these opportunities, click the “Connect” button.

October Conversation

“Becoming Hotspots of Belonging in an Age of Loneliness”

Speaker: Cat Moore, Director of Belonging at the University of Southern California

Belonging is our deepest human need, first human right, and greatest predictor of our health and happiness across the lifespan. Yet loneliness is at a historic high and, for the first time, its highest among young adults. How can we find our way home to each other, ourselves, and our common purposes in this new social landscape? Our personal, social, and civic lives depend on our creative, embodied responses.

Noon-1 p.m. CDT | Thursday, Oct. 20 
Virtual and in-person (limited seating) event in Barry Auditorium, Grant Center, Concordia College. We invite you to bring your own lunch to this event.

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“Our Friendship Stories
7 p.m. CDT | Thursday, Oct. 20 

Join Cat for fireside conversations at the campus firepit. This is a FREE event for students and there is no registration requirement. The rain location is the Wall Lounge, Knutson Campus Center.

Lorentzsen Center Mission

The Lorentzsen Center for Faith and Work was reimagined in 2012, built on the foundation of the Center for Ethical Leadership under the direction of Dr. Jim Legler, professor emeritus of management and leadership.

Built on the legacy of critical thinking on ethical and values-based leadership on campus and in the Fargo-Moorhead community, the Lorentzsen Luncheons offer the opportunity to hear from a diverse array of speakers.

The center honors the life and work of the late Norman M. Lorentzsen, esteemed philanthropist, former CEO of Burlington Northern, alumnus of Concordia College, and former member and chair of its Board of Regents.

Executive Director for Faith and Learning

Dr. Michael J. Chan joined the Concordia College community in June 2022. Prior to that, he was associate Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He joined Luther Seminary after completing his Ph.D. at Emory University and a year of research and teaching at the University of Helsinki. He is a graduate of Luther Seminary (M.A. in biblical theology) and Pacific Lutheran University (B.A. in elementary education).


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