Luther, the Reformation, and the Question of Christian Unity


Shawn Colberg, Ph.D.

October 31, 2017 marks the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther publishing his Ninety-Five Theses and the beginnings of the Lutheran Reformation.  Please join us for an introduction to Luther, the development of the Protestant Reformation, and early Roman Catholic responses.  Our session will then turn to the contemporary question of Christian unity raised by Vatican Council II and pursued in ecumenical dialogues between Lutherans and Catholics over the last 50 years.  Our time will culminate in exploring what the imperative of Christian unity means 500 years after Luther's ground-breaking work.

Shawn Colberg is Associate Professor of Theology for Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and the undergraduate Department of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. He received his doctorate in the History of Christianity from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in medieval and Reformation thought with particular focus on the theology of Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Bonaventure. He has several publications including recent articles in Nova et Vetera, Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte, and Archa Verbi.

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Dates & Locations

Thursday, September 21, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 North 17th Street Minneapolis, MN 55403

Friday, September 29, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall 31802 County Road 159 Collegeville, MN 56321

Friday, October 6, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Emmaus Hall 31802 County Road 159 Collegeville, MN 56321
(SOT/Sem Alumni, make a great start with this event Homecoming weekend!)

Thursday, October 26, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Church of Saint Mary, 421 Hawthorne Street, Alexandria, MN 56308

**Sunday, March 4, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Saint John Vianney Parish 5801 Oak Hills Drive Omaha, NE 68137

** Pope Francis, the Reformation, and the Spiritual Works of Ecumenism - a special presentation

October 31, 2017 marked the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  Since that time, Catholics have often viewed the idea of "reform" with a certain suspicion and reluctance.  At the same time, the season of Lent calls Christians to introspection, penance, and new life.  Please join us for an exploration of the early Protestant Reformation and the ways that Pope Francis and Vatican Council II call us to a life of "spiritual ecumenism" which seeks personal and institutional reformation so that all Christians may "be known by their love."

Theology Days are a chance for people in our communities who are seeking a deeper understanding of their faith and its place in their everyday lives to learn from and interact with the theologians of Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary. It offers a chance for these scholars to gain insights and grow in their faith, as well.

There is no fee for Theology Day, but registration is required. Free-will offerings and gifts to support the mission of the School of Theology and Seminary are gratefully accepted.

For more information, contact our Development Office at 320-363-3560 or [email protected].

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