Michael Root—March 13-15, 2006

Dr. Michael Root is the Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina.

Dr. Root holds M.S., M. Phil, and Ph. D. in Religious Studies (Theology) from Yale University. His A.B. degree was awarded summa cum laude from Dartmouth College.

For ten years, Michael Root was the director of the Ecumenical Research Institute in Strasbourg, France, and was Luther College's first contact with that place in 1998. He taught Theology at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, after returning to the United States, and in 2003, accepted an appointment to Southern Seminary.

Along with 2003 Vocation Visitor Theodor Dieter, Michael Root was a key player in the negotiation and signing of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification between Lutherans and Roman Catholics in 1999. Root was also a principle voice in the recent agreement Called to Common Mission forged between the ELCA and the Episcopal Church (full communion and pulpit-sharing). Dr. Michael Root is an internationally respected ecumenist and prominent ELCA lay church leader. In 2002 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio.


Monday, March 13, 2006
10:30 a.m.: CFL Main Hall Speak in Daily Chapel, reception following in Qualley Lounge
6:00 p.m.: Pizza with DIAKONOS students, Nansen in the Union
9:00 p.m.: Fireside chat with sophomores, Brunsdale Lounge in Miller Hall

Tuesday, March 14, 2006
8:00 p.m.: CFL Recital Hall Annual Ecumenical Lecture, "Does Lutheranism have an Ecumenical Future?" Reception following in Qualley Lounge

Classroom visits.