Stanley L. Olsen
Stanley L. Olsen

Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD

Stanley L. Olsen
Chair of Moral Values

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Mary Solberg

Spring Lecturer: Mary Solberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion, Gustavus Adolphus College

All Bets Are Off:
Theological Reflections on Living in the Real World

Dr. Solberg will give a public address on April 1, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in Kresge Recital Hall. She will also be available for time in classes and discussion with students and faculty.

    Especially in troubled times, Christian theologians must take their vocation, or calling, seriously. Doing so entails three crucial tasks:

    (1) discerning the "signs of the times," that is, seeing what is really going on;

    (2) searching "the tradition"--a living inheritance handed down from faithful past generations to those of us living in these times--for what that tradition can tell us about who we are to be and what we are to do here and now; and,finally,

    (3) articulating a "good word"--one based on seeing clearly what is going on and bringing the light of our tradition of faith to bear on it--that may help us keep our eyes, our hearts, and our minds set on what God wants of us in times like these.

    In taking up these tasks, we may see things we'd rather not; find that our tradition may challenge us at least as much as it comforts us; and discover that, in troubled times, faith may both require and enable us to make choices we would otherwise never have made.

Mary Solberg resume

Papers for discussion:

    Mary M. Solberg, "Working on the Church: A Contribution to Lutheran Ecclesiology," Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 2, no. 1, p. 60-77 (August 1994).

    Mary M. Solberg, “Cross Talk: A Feminist Appreciation of Luther’s Theology,” Bangalore (India) Theological Forum XXXIV, no. 1, p. 43-57 (June 2002).

Mary Solberg with Paul Rohde and Arlen Viste

Mary Solberg with Pastor Paul Rohde and Arlen Viste
April 2, 2003


Dr. Klaas Zwanepol, a Luther scholar from the Netherlands, will be here on Monday May 5, 2003. There are three opportunities to hear and/or meet with him:

10:00 a.m. Chapel: "The Finger of God", based on Luke 11:14-18

Noon, Dining Room/Commons table hosted by Dr. Ann Pederson. Anyone invited for further conversation.

7:00 p.m. Lecture in 3-1 room, Augustana Morrison Commons
Title: "A Human God: The Meaning of Jesus Christ for Luther"

Dr. Zwanepol is currently professor of theology at the University of utrecht.


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