Symposium 2022

Today, September 19, our annual Symposium began on campus. This year’s Symposium focuses on the topic of compassion ministry. We live in a cultural setting where many are wrestling with how the church can become increasingly active in demonstrating and implementing concrete displays of compassion while also keeping the ministry of the Gospel at the forefront. Our symposium seeks to provide an opportunity for reflection and growth as we wrestle with past, present, and future realities of compassion ministry in the Christian context.

Dr. Keith Wessel, professor at Martin Luther College, presents an essay on the biblical basis for Christian compassion. Dr. Glen Thompson, professor emeritus at Asia Lutheran Seminary, presents a historical overview of Christian compassion through the centuries. Rev. Ryan Kolander, a parish pastor serving at Palabra de Vida Lutheran Church, Detroit, MI, will present an essay on creating a balanced culture of compassion in today’s current contexts of ministry.

The 2022 Symposium will conclude tomorrow, Tuesday, September 20, no later than 12:30pm. In addition to the three essays, the symposium agenda also includes a worship service with Rev. Dan Sims, director of WELS Christian Aid and Relief serving as the preacher. As in past years, there will also be ample opportunity for fellowship on Monday evening.