Luther’s art of spiritual comfort – theology and practice for pastoral care today
2 Mar - 16 Mar 2024
26th LWF International Theological Seminar for Pastors
For many Lutheran pastors and theologians worldwide, a visit to the city of the Reformation is a heartfelt wish. Also, meeting colleagues from different countries and continents – living, studying, and praying together – provides fresh theological perspectives and promotes spiritual renewal and encouragement.
During their stay at the LWF Center Wittenberg, participants study texts by Martin Luther and their current relevance in various contexts under the skilled academic leadership of international teachers. Exchange with participants from the seven regions of the LWF on their experiences complements the study of texts.
The academic team for this seminar is Prof. Dr. Stephen Pietsch (Australia/USA) and Prof. Dr. Elieshi Mungure (Tanzania).
Excursions to sites of the Reformation or other places related to the conference theme add to the program. Also, meeting congregations in the surrounding area allows mutual insights into the church situation of the visitors and the hosts. The local congregations and their guests from across the world come together for joint prayers and Sunday services.
Each day begins with a devotion led by one of the seminar participants. An inspiring exchange between different liturgical and cultural traditions and forms of worship comes to life here. During the seminar, participants present their churches, describing their current strengths and challenges.
An invitation to each seminar is sent to the church leadership of the member churches of the LWF. They then approach qualified applicants in their church.
Also, pastors interested in attending a seminar may contact their church leaders, who can then nominate them.
The LWF Center Wittenberg selects the participants in consultation with the LWF Communion Office in Geneva from the applications received. Criteria such as regional affiliation, a balanced ratio of men and women, age distribution, etc., play an essential role. Nominees who are not selected for a seminar can reapply for the next seminar.
Good proficiency in English is required for participation in the seminar.