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, February 27, 2015

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

Speaker:  Dr. Terence E. Fretheim '56, Elva B. Lovell Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Terence Fretheim was first connected with the Luther Seminary faculty as a teaching fellow in Greek in 1958-60 while he was still a seminary student. He returned as assistant professor in 1968 and became professor of Old Testament in 1978. He was dean of academic affairs (1978-88) and also served as acting chair of the Old Testament department (1977-78) and chair of the curriculum committee (1976-77).

Dr. Fretheim was an instructor in Old Testament at Augsburg College and Seminary, Minneapolis, in 1961-63, and assistant professor of religion at Augsburg College in 1967-68. Ordained in 1968, he served as pastor of Dennison (Minn.) Lutheran Church in 1968-71. He has been visiting professor at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, and both visiting professor and lecturer at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Dr. Fretheim received the Fulbright Scholarship for study in England, the Lutheran Brotherhood Seminary Graduate Scholarship, the Martin Luther Scholarship, the Fredrik A. Schiotz Fellowship Award, and the ATS Scholarship for Theological Research.

Dr. Fretheim graduated from Luther in 1956 and went on to earn the M.Div. degree from Luther Seminary in 1960 and the Th.D. degree from Princeton Seminary in 1967. He has also studied at the University of Durham, England, the University of Minnesota, the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Oxford University in England, and the University of Chicago.  As a Luther College alumnus, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1995 and was given the Distinguished Service Award in 2001.

He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature and is Editor of SBL Old Testament Monographs. He has served on the Buddhist and Muslim Task Forces of the American Lutheran Church, was co-chair of the Theological Consultation for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has been president of the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools, and Old Testament Book Editor for the Journal of Biblical Literature.

Fretheim has published numerous books.  More recent titles include: The Pentateuch (Abingdon, 1996); Proclamation 6 (Fortress, 1997); The Bible as Word of God in a Postmodern Era (Fortress, 1998; with K. Froehlich); First and Second Kings (Westminister, 1999); About the Bible: Short Answers to Big Questions (Augsburg, 1999); In God's Image: A Study of Genesis (Augsburg, 1999); A Theological Introduction to the Old Testament (Abingdon, 1999), with B. Birch, W. Brueggemann, and D. Petersen; and Jeremiah: A Commentary (Smyth & Helwys, 2002). God and World in the Old Testament: A Relational Theology of Creation (Abingdon, 2005); Hope in God in Times of Suffering (with Faith Fretheim) (Augsburg/Fortress, 2006); Abraham: Journeys of Family and Faith (University of South Carolina Press, 2007).

$15.00 per person, please register online by Wednesday, February 25, 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
Dr. Terry Fretheim '56, Elva B. Lovell Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Luther Seminary