Symposia Update and International Dignitaries
|Snow Covered Kramer Chapel|
Although the 27th annual Exegetical Symposium and the 35th annual Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions (17 – 20 January 2012) began with unusually mild weather on Monday, by Thursday, winter arrived in full force with blustery winds and snow coating the ground.
|Kantorei in Kramer Chapel Balcony|
One of the highlights of the Symposia Series at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne is the chapel services, in particular the celebration of the commemoration of the faithfully departed. This year the commemoration of the faithfully departed was held on the Confession of Saint Peter, 18 January 2012. Rev. Jon Vieker, Senior Assistant to the LCMS President preached.
|Rev. Jon Vieker, Preaching at Commemoration of the Faithfully Departed|
Rev. Vieker preached on the LSB Hymn 395, “O Morning Star How Fair and Bright,” Stanza 5 and Revelation 21:1 – 7. The service closed with LSB Hymn 676, “Behold A Host Arrayed in White,” (Listen to it below).
Another highlight of the Symposia is the opportunity to meet with church leaders from around the world. This year Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne invited 25 International dignitaries to attend the Symposia. Dignitaries from Russia, Latvia, Germany, Finland, Norway, Tanzania, Nigeria, Haiti, and Indonesia attended.
|President Lawrence Rast of Concordia Theological Seminary Welcomes
International Dignitaries and Introduces President Harrison to them.
The International Guests reported that they found the theological lectures and the fellowship at the Symposia Series very encouraging.
|Rev. Emmanuel Makala (Tanzania) and Dr. Timothy Quill|
Rev. Emmanuel Makala is the assistant to Bishop Andrew Gulle of the East Lake Diocese in Tanzania. He is a new doctorate student at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.
|Bishop Vsevolod Lytkin and Adrian Dorr|
Adrian Dorr interviews Bishop Vsevolod Lytkin from the Siberian Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELC).
|Rev. Charles Wokoma, Archbishop Christian Ekong, Rev. Dr. Albert Collver|
This was Archbishop Christian Ekong from the Lutheran Church of Nigeria’s (LCN) first visit to Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. The Lutheran Church of Nigeria has been a partner of the LCMS for 75 years, one of the LCMS’ oldest partners. Archbishop Ekong stated that the number one way that the LCMS could help the Lutheran Church of Nigeria was through theological education. Archbishop Ekong stated that Nigeria is the third largest English speaking nation in the world.
|Adrian Dorr with International Deaconesses|
|CTS Campus in Winter|
A view from the new CTS Library.
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