Annual Word & World Lectures

Previous Word & World Lecture

Twenty-First Annual Word & World Lecture

“Time, Hospitality, and Belonging: Towards a Practical Theology of Mental Health and Illness”

John Swinton, professor at the Centre for Spirituality, Health, and Disability,
University of Aberdeen, UK

Full text is included in the Spring 2015 issue of Word & World.


JungeTwentieth Annual Word & World Lecture

“Reformation and Inculturation: Towards the 500th Anniversary of the
Lutheran Reformation”

Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation

Full text is included in the Spring 2014 issue of Word & World.


Nineteenth Annual Word & World Lecture

"For the Nations, through the Nathans: When Word Speaks to World"

Fred Gaiser, Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary, Editor of Word & World

Full text is included in the Summer 2013 issue of Word & World. 


Eighteenth Annual Word & World Lecture

"Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce"

Elizabeth Marquardt, Director, Center for Marriage and Families, Institute for American Values

Full Text is included in the Spring 2011 issue of Word & World with the theme "Slavery and Race."

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Seventeenth Annual Word & World Lecture

"Paul as Theologian: His Vocation and Its Significance for His Theology"

Arland J. Hultgren, Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary.

Full Text is included in the Fall 2010 issue of Word & World with the theme "Paul."

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Sixteenth Annual Word & World Lecture 

"A Theology of the Land"

Ellen F. Davis,  Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School.

Full Text included with the title "Learning our Place: The Agrarian Perspective of the Bible,"  in the Spring 2009 issue of Word & World with the theme "Jesus."

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Fifteenth Annual Word & World Lecture

"The New Green Christianity: Why the Church is Vital to Saving the Earth" 

Mark I. Wallace, Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania.

Full Text is included in the Winter 2008 issue of Word & World with the theme "The Enemy."
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Fourteenth Annual Word & World Lecture 

"What is a Christian? Answers from the Global South"

Amy Plantinga Pauw, Henry P. Mobley Professor of Doctrinal Theology, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Full Text included in the Summer 2007 Issue of Word & World with the theme "What is a Christian?"


Thirteenth Annual Word & World Lecture

"'Today this Word is Fulfilled in Your Hearing': A Scriptural Hermeneutic of Biblical Authority”

Gail R. O'Day, Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and A. H. Shatford Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Full Text included in the Fall 2006 Issue of Word & World with the theme of "Biblical Authority Today."


Twelfth Annual Word & World Lectures

“The Cost of Discipleship: The Witness of the African Church”  

Andrew Walls, Emeritus Professor of Mission, University of Edinburgh

The Cost of Discipleship: The Story of Gudina Tumsa
Tasgara Hirpo, former President of the Western Synod of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church, Mekane Yesus

 Full Text included in the Fall 2005 Issue.


Eleventh Annual Word & World Lecture

"Restoring the Dignity of the Human Spirit" 

Douglas A. Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Victims of Torture, Minneapolis, MN.

Full Text included in the Winter 2004 issue of the journal, which is devoted to the theme "Violence."



Tenth Annual Word & World Lecture

“The Lively Work of the Spirit in the Reformation”  

Jane Dempsey Douglass, Emerita Professor of Historical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary

Full text included in the Spring 2003 issue of the journal, "The Holy Spirit"