Lutheran Studies Conference keynote Dr. Deanna Thompson

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The 11th Annual Lutheran Studies Conference

Living with Mortality: Illness, Trauma, Joy and Hope

This year’s Lutheran Studies Conference will focus on finding love and hope in the wake of the pandemic and will address the various forms of trauma and loss we continue to face. Mortality, anxiety, illness and grief are near and we struggle to piece life together in a new way. A metaphor for this can be found in the ancient Japanese pottery art, Kintsugi. This art form puts broken pottery back together with gold, a symbol of embracing flaws and imperfections and living with brokenness. Beauty is possible even when things fall apart. We will look at how we carry both joy and brokenness as individuals and also what it means for our vocations of caregiving for one another and our community.

As always, registration is free. All events will be available virtually. The keynote lecture will be open to the campus community for in-person, social distanced, limited attendance (subject to change).

This year’s Lutheran Studies Conference offers three opportunities:

  1. An Interactive Online Conference, which includes:
    • 12-12:15pm Guided Meditation: Rev. Jen Rude, PLU Campus Pastor
    • 12:15-12:30pm Opening Remarks: Broken Living in a Pandemic World
    • 12:35-1:45pm At the Beside of Covid: An Interfaith/Intercultural Panel
    • 2:00-3:00pm Embracing Mortality: Resources and Conversations on Approaching Death and Grief with Intentionality
  2. A Keynote Webinar with Dr. Deanna Thompson
  3. An adult forum for congregations and individuals on the book by Dr. Deanna Thompson Glimpsing Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma and Ministry


Contact University Chair of Lutheran Studies, Dr. Marit Trelstad at or Director of Congregational Engagement, Kendall Jeske at

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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.