WELS National Conference on Worship, Music & the Arts — Gustavus Adolphus College
|WELS Worship Conference Book
(Over 200 Pages Long)
Yesterday, a group of LCMS representatives arrived at Saint Peter, Minnesota, on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College for the Wisconsin Synod’s National Conference on Worship. The Wisconsin Synod has been holding worship conferences since 1996, and this is their sixth conference. As of the end of June 2011, nearly 900 people registered for this worship conference. The plenary speaker stated that the WELS Conference on Worship is the largest worship conference in the Western Hemisphere. A significant percentage of WELS church workers (pastors and church musicians) attend the conference. This is remarkable considering the size of WELS (around 400,000 members) in comparison to the ELCA and the LCMS, not to mention other Protestant groups in North America. This shows in part WELS commitment to Lutheran Worship.
|Plenary Session “Passing the Torch”|
|Faith, Sharpsburg, GA (A WELS Congregation)|
|Phillip Magness, Secretary of the LCMS Board for International Mission
Presents on the Psalms as the Hymn Book of the Bible
The Conference Book is literally a book of over 200 pages. The conference is rather impressive and well done. Below are some photos of the Gustavus Adolphus Campus. Tomorrow, we have the opportunity to visit the Wisconsin Synod’s Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota.
|Gustavus Adolphus College|
Gustavus Adolphus College is affiliated with the ELCA and is rooted in a Swedish and Lutheran heritage. The college is 150 years old. The campus is rather impressive.
King of Sweden (1611-1632)
Gustavus Adolphus was the King of Sweden from 1611 to 1632. He fought for the Protestant cause during the 30 years war, and made Sweden the third largest nation in Europe after Russia and Spain. He was known as the “Father of Modern Warfare.” He restored a number of territories to the Lutheran faith, but his early death resulted in the loss of several territories to the Roman Catholic forces. He is honored as a hero in many Lutheran lands for his efforts during the 30 years war.
|Alfred Nobel Building|
Gustavus Adolphus College hosts the Nobel Conference each year since 1963, where top scientists, philosophers, and Nobel Prize winners lecture on a variety of topics. The Nobel Conference for 2011 is the 47th and is on the topic of The Brain and Being Human.
|Nobel Conference 47 Poster|
The jewel and figurative if not the literal center of the campus is Christ Chapel.
|Crucifix Outside of Chapel|
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