``Naked and Unashamed: Sex, Shame and Faith``

Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Ninth Annual Lutheran Studies Conference

This year’s Lutheran Studies Conference will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Scandinavian Center of Anderson University Center. It concludes with a keynote lecture in the evening at 7 p.m. in Lagerquist Concert Hall.

This conference focuses on faith, sexuality, gender, justice and shame in politics and faith traditions. Keynote lecturer, Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber will be speaking on her 2019 book Shameless: A Sexual Reformation. The conference itself provides tools and national experts on religion, churches and current political landscapes that influence our discussions of sexuality and identity. A session will review one church tradition, the ELCA, for its social statements on abortion, sexuality and gender justice. We will also explore ways spirituality and religion may heal or hinder a healthy sense of sexuality. The conference features an incredible line up of leading theologians and we encourage you and your congregations or colleagues to read their works prior to the conference.

Speakers include Lutheran pastor and New York Times bestselling author, Nadia Bolz-Weber; Dr. Seth Dowland (Pacific Lutheran University), author of Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right; Dr. Mary Lowe (Augsburg University), queer Lutheran theologian; and Dr. Mary Streufert, ELCA Director of Justice for Women, Office of the Presiding Bishop.


Contact Dr. Marit Trelstad at marit.trelstad@plu.edu or Cynthia Givens, Administrative Assistant to the Humanities Division at cynthia.givens@plu.edu.

The conference is free and open to the public and is made possible by the generosity of the anonymous donors who endowed the University Chair in Lutheran Studies.


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