The North American Luther Forum will be held at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis on April 25-27, 2014. This forum focuses on the study of Martin Luther and the impact of his life and work, historical and theological. It remains an opportunity for Luther scholars in the United States and Canada to gather to discuss mutual interests and to exchange research results and projects. Attendance at this forum is by invitation only, extended to scholars who are known for their interest and work in Luther studies.
The Forum was called into existence by Professors James Kittelson of Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Robert Rosin, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, and was modeled after the Nordic Luther Forum at the advice of Carl Axel Aurelius of Sweden. The group met first at Luther Seminary in 1999 and then again at Concordia Seminary in 2001. Its third meeting took place in 2006, at Luther Seminary under the sponsorship of that institution with forty-six participants. Since then the forum continues to grow, meeting every three or four years to complement the International Luther Congress.
In addition to workgroups that share ongoing research, the forum will feature two plenary speakers: Prof. Timothy Wengert and Prof. Gordon Jensen. Dr. Wengert is well-known for his work in the history of exegesis and Melanchthon studies as well as his many contributions to the study of the Reformation and the Lutheran Confessions. Dr. Jenson is Dean of Studies and William Hordern Professor of Theology Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon. He has numerous presentations and publications on Luther’s theology and Reformation history. His present work is focused on a fresh appraisal and analysis of the Wittenberg Concord of 1536.