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LRU's Institute for Faith and Learning welcomes Martha Stortz
LRU's Institute for Faith and Learning welcomes Martha Stortz

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) will continue its 2017-18 Speaker Series with a presentation by Dr. Martha Stortz on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Grace Chapel. Stortz will offer a second presentation on Friday, Oct. 27 at 12:30 p.m. at LRU's Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, S.C. in Stavros Lecture Hall.

With 2017 marking the 500th Anniversary of what became known as the Reformation, Stortz's presentation, titled "Body Language: Re-Membering Luther Today," will commemorate Martin Luther, a German monk who began the Protestant Reformation. Her lecture will include thoughtful insight into the Reformation, which, she says, "was not just a head-trip but a hands-on movement." She will explain how it not only altered the way people thought about God, but also affected the way people lived in their own bodies, organized in the body politic, and gathered as the body of Christ.

Since 2010, Stortz has served as Bernhard M. Christensen Professor of Religion and Vocation at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the Christensen Chair, she holds multiple responsibilities including teaching in the religion department, serving as counsel to the president and Board of Regents, and chairing the advisory council for the Augsburg Center for Faith and Learning.

Previously, Stortz served as a member of the core doctoral faculty at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkley, California, and taught for nearly 30 years at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. She is a distinguished theologian whose scholarship includes work in historical and systematic theology, ethics, and biblical studies. Stortz received her bachelor's degree from Carleton College and both her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago.

Stortz has published many scholarly articles and is also the author of A World According to God: Practices for Putting Faith at the Center of Your Life, Blessed to Follow: The Beatitudes as a Compass for Discipleship, and Called to Follow: Journeys in John's Gospel. She has also co-authored One Hope: Re-Membering the Body of Christ with Julie Aageson, John Borelli, John Klassen, Derek Nelson, and Jessica Wrobleski.

Both events are free and open to public. For more information, visit lr.edu/public-events or contact LRU Professor of Religious Studies, Jonathan Schwiebert at jonathan.schwiebert@lr.edu or by calling 828.328.7184.

LRU's IFL Speaker Series will continue with the following presenters:

  • Dr. Jason Coker, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 – 7 p.m., Grace Chapel, Hickory, N.C.
  • Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Thursday, March 1, 2018 – 7 p.m., Grace Chapel, Hickory, N.C.

The Institute for Faith and Learning Speaker Series invites prominent religious figures and authors to share their work and beliefs with audiences at LRU and LTSS. The IFL at LRU, in conjunction with the Academy for Faith and Leadership (AFL) at LTSS, endeavors to provide programming that contributes to and enriches a culture of the intellect that is theologically based. Its programs are directed to Christians of all traditions.