Multiethnic Symposium at Concordia Seminary

Multiethnic Symposium

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2017 Multiethnic Symposium. We look forward to seeing you in 2018. The next Multiethnic Symposium will be held May 1-2, 2018. Check back later for more details. For more information, please call 314-505-7286 or email

The Seminary’s annual Multiethnic Symposium brings together Lutherans and mission leaders of various ethnicities from across the country for workshops, discussions and worship. The symposium explores how the church should engage in ethnic ministry and what it means — and what it will take — to become a truly multiethnic church.

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the 2017 Multiethnic Symposium will examine the various ways in which the Reformation message has spanned time and place. Participants will examine ways to turn socio-linguistic, institutional and theological barriers into stepping stones to bring the pure Gospel to people across the world.


Dr. Enoch Wan, research professor of intercultural studies and director of the Intercultural Studies Program at Western Seminary in Portland, Ore.

Wan will lead participants in a historical review of the paradigm shift of Martin Luther that occurred 500 years ago and offer a proposal for the Lutheran church bodies in North America in the 21st century based on the global trends.

Plenary and sectional speakers from throughout The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod will share mission perspectives on how the wide-ranging effect of the Reformation impacted their respective fields of ministry.

The symposium will include the 12th annual Hispanic lecture, “Luther and Calvin on the Cosmopolitan Church (Lutero y Calvino sobre la Iglesia Cosmopolita),” presented by Dr. Rubén Rosario Rodriguez, associate professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Werner Auditorium. Dr. Victor Belton, pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Decatur, Ga., will give the response.

The lecture, sponsored by the Center for Hispanic Studies, is free and open to the public.

Dates and Times

Jan. 24-25, 2017


Registration fee: $50

Included in the registration are Tuesday lunch and dinner, and Wednesday breakfast and lunch, the Hmong Symposium Jan. 21-23, Islam Forum Jan. 23 and the Hispanic Theological Consultation 25-26.

The second annual Hmong Symposium will meet under the theme “Reaching the Second Generation.”

This symposium brings together Hmong pastors, lay leaders and congregational members from LCMS congregations nationwide for a special time of learning, fellowship and connection to the larger church. The event will conclude the yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of LCMS Hmong ministry, which was officially recognized at the 2016 LCMS national convention.


Rev. Todd Jones, assistant professor of practical theology, and Rev. Jeff Thormodson, assistant director of vicarage and deaconess internships and director of the MissionShift Institute.


Jan. 21-23, 2017>


Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
9907 Sappington Road
St. Louis, MO 63128


  • Saturday, Jan. 21: Worship and featured presentations
  • Sunday, Jan. 22: Morning worship at Resurrection; Afternoon presentations from the field
  • Monday, Jan. 23: Morning tour LCMS historical sites in Perry County, Mo.; Afternoon tour of St. Louis-area attractions

Participants must register for the Seminary’s Multiethnic Symposium to attend the Hmong Symposium.

For more information, contact Rev. Doua Xiong at 314-203-6582 or

The Hispanic Theological Consultation, with the theme “500 Years: Reformation Reflections for Ministry Among Hispanics,” will offer five sessions (each in Spanish and English) with insights from Hispanic-Latino ministries. Topics will include:

How is Lutheranism contextualized within Hispanic-Latino ministries?

What lessons from 500 years of Lutheran Reformation can serve to encourage and motivate the multiplication and strengthening of ministry among Hispanic-Latinos?


Jan. 25-26, 2017, with a special chapel service Friday, Jan. 27.

This event is co-sponsored by the Seminary’s Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) and the VI Hispanic Convention.


For information regarding the Hispanic Theological Consultation and the CHS Annual Hispanic Lecture Series, please contact Mark Kempff at 314-505-7271 or

The Islam Forum, “Christ and the Quran: Christian — Muslim Relations Past and Present,” with Dr. Joshua Hollmann is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Werner Auditorium at Concordia Seminary. Hollmann is the chairman of the Theology Department, assistant professor of theology and campus chaplain at Concordia College — New York, Bronxville, N.Y.

The presentation will focus on ways to promote a mutual understanding between Christian and Muslims and Gospel-centered faith sharing. It will survey the complex history of Christian and Muslim relations. It also will explore critically and constructively past Christian attempts of proclaiming Christ to Muslims and what this means for witnessing Christ to Muslims in the pluralistic and secular society in which we live.

The Lutheran Society for Missiology (LSFM), the Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies (ALMA) and the North American Mission Endeavor (NAME) are sponsoring events during the same week as the Multiethnic Symposium. Separate registrations are required for each event.

The Annual Banquet for LSFM will be held Wednesday, Jan. 25. Learn more at

The 2017 ALMA Conference with the theme, “ReforMission 2017: On His Mission!” will be held Jan. 26-27 at the Hilton St. Louis Airport. Learn more and register here:

The NAME conference will be held Monday, Jan. 23. For more information, please contact Dr. Paul Mueller at 503-493-6550 or

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