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This fund promotes research and public lectures by recognized scholars relating to Anabaptist-Mennonite history, thought, life and culture, both past and present.

In 1950, the John P. and Carolina Schrag Kaufman family established the Menno Simons Lectureship Endowment. In 1997, the family of William E. and Meta Goering Juhnke contributed substantially to the endowment. The Kaufman and Juhnke families had their roots in the Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kan.

2017 Featured Speaker

Timothy J. Wengert – Remembering 500 Years of Reformation Together    

500 years ago, Martin Luther wrote and distributed the 95 Theses, which started what we now call the Reformation. Drawing on his recent experience translating and annotating that document and his earlier work for the Lutheran World Federation with the Mennonite World Conference, Prof. Wengert will examine the ways in which Luther’s Theses and theology continue to influence the witness of today’s churches in the world, especially relations between Mennonites and Lutherans.

Timothy J. Wengert is Ministerium of Pennsylvania emeritus professor of church history at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. A parish pastor for seven years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he earned his doctorate from Duke University in 1984 and taught on the LTS Philadelphia faculty from 1989- 2013. Wengert has written extensively on the Reformation, was co-editor of the English-language edition of The Book of Concord and translated Luther’s “Small Catechism,” widely used throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In addition to several books on Philip Melanchthon, Wengert published a study of early Lutheran disputes over justification (Mohr Siebeck, 2012). He is general editor of The Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions (Baker, 2017). He also co-authored (with Susan Wood) a book on Lutheran/ Roman Catholic relations, Shared Spiritual Journey (Paulist, 2016), and edited the first volume of The Annotated Luther, from which his translation of the 95 Theses has also appeared separately (Fortress, 2015)


Sunday, October 8
7 p.m. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses, and the Mennonites Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center
Monday, October 9
11 a.m. What Makes Martin Luther a ’Father of the Faith’?" 
Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center
7 p.m. What Can Christians Do When Their Leaders Err? Krehbiel Auditorium
Luyken Fine Arts Center

Opportunity for discussion will follow each session.

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