Twin Cities Area Luncheon and Speaker Series

Open to all alumni, parents and friends of the college, the Lunch Connection is a monthly luncheon and speaker event hosted by the college. It is a great chance to network and socialize with others in the Twin Cities area and learn from interesting and dynamic speakers.

Friday, March 27, 2015

11:30 a.m. Buffet Luncheon Begins
12:00 p.m. Presentation
1:00 p.m. Event Ends

Speaker: Rev. Mark Hanson, Former Presiding Bishop of the ELCA

"Turning Walls of Religious Separation into Tables of Reconciliation and Commitment" As we live in contexts of religious pluralism and growing numbers who claim no religious identification can we move beyond both extremism and tolerance? To what truth claims and narratives do you hold and what must we relinquish for the sake of peace? What do we publicly renounce? Where are signs of hope?  

From 2001 until 2013, Mark S. Hanson served as bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. While working as bishop, he was also the president of the Lutheran World Federation from 2003 until 2010, serving the global communion of Lutheran churches. In this role, Hanson was able to travel around the world, sharing God’s promises and serving the Christian community and mission. Prior to these accomplishments, he also served as bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod and as pastor of three Lutheran churches in the Twin Cities area.

Born in Minneapolis on December 2, 1946, Hanson graduated from Augsburg College with a B.A. in sociology. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York, and received a Master of Divinity degree there in 1972. He also attended Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in 1979.

Hanson is widely known as a leader who embraces Christian tradition, community, and the world with evangelical passion and imagination, while offering generous goodwill and thoughtful insight. He has been an advocate for strengthening inter-religious relationships, the renewal of the church’s public voice, and the reconciliation of justice and society, especially to those who live in poverty and discrimination.

$15.00 per person, please register online by noon pn Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Center for Changing Lives
2400 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 879-5200

The Lunch Connection dates for Spring 2015 are:
Friday, February 27, 2015 - Dr. Terry Fretheim '56, Elva B. Lovell Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Luther Seminary
Friday, March 27, 2015 - Rev. Mark Hanson, Former Presiding Bishop, ELCA
Friday, April 24, 2015 - Dr. Mark Engebretson '68, Professor of Physics, Augsburg College

Planning Committee:
Carol Tomer `79, Scott Searl `94, Dave Seidelmann `94, Pete Newburg `97, Joel Sommers `03, Marcia Metzger, and Dan Waarvik `68 

Twin Cities Lunch Connection
Rev. Mark Hanson