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April 9 – 11, Study Weekend!!!

Our study weekend – with renowned speaker and journalist Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto – is now open to all! Whether you’re a student or not, approved laity or clergy – you are welcome to attend.  The cost has also been reduced – only $5 for the whole weekend (including meals and all sessions), remedy or just $1 per lecture. See full details below. If you would like a full-color flyer publicizing this event, approved please let me know.

Study Weekend 2010 – “Vocation:  God makes Good Use of YOU!” –  9 – 11 April 2010

Please register ASAP by emailing Pastor Andrae. Cost is only $5; $1 per single session.  If expense is a problem, please let me know as there are grants available!


Our featured speaker will be Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto, former religious affairs editor of United Press International (UPI) in Washington, D.C.  Siemon-Netto is director of the Center for Lutheran Theology and Public Life (CLTPL)  and President of the League of Faithful Masks based in Irvine, California. He is also a regular contributor to leading English and German-language publications, notably The Atlantic Times and Rheinischer Merkur. Dr. Siemon-Netto, a native of Leipzig, has been an international journalist for 52 years, covering the construction of the Berlin Wall for The Associated Press, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War (five years), and the Six-Day War in the Middle East. Siemon-Netto taught at German journalism schools. In mid-career, Uwe Siemon-Netto turned to theology, earning his M.A. degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and his Ph.D. degree in theology and sociology of religion from Boston University. He spent a postdoctoral year as a resident scholar at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J. In 2004, Concordia Seminary awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.). His published words include The Acquittal of God, A Theology for Vietnam Veterans, on Bonhoeffer; The Fabricated Luther, a refutation of the cliché that Luther was Hitler’s progenitor; and One Incarnate Truth, The Christian Answer to Postmodern Confusion.

His topics for us will include “Priests in the Voting Booths,” a look at Christians’ vocations as voters and elected officials, and “The Media: God’s Masks – or the Devil’s?,” a critique of journalism’s divine calling.

Siemon-Netto will also speak at Pitt’s Veritas Forum on Monday, April 12 at noon.

If you are coming from out of town and need lodging, please contact me.

Study Weekend Schedule (subject to minor changes):

Friday, April 9 –

6:15 p.m.  Prayer: Vespers
6:45 Dinner
7:45 Session I:  “God Sanctifies what He Creates (including You!),” Rev. Eric. R. Andrae

8:45 Prayer:  Compline
9:15 Social/free time

Saturday, April 10 –
9:30 a.m. Prayer:  Lauds
9:45 Continental Breakfast
10:00 Session II: “‘Allow Me to Introduce You to Yourself:’  Your Varied Callings,” Andrae
11:00 Break
11:15 Session III:  “Priests in the Voting Booths,” Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto 12:15 p.m. Prayer: Sext;  Lunch
1:30 Session IV: “God Contradicts Himself?! – God’s Rule through Two Different Realms,” Andrae
2:30 Break
2:45 Session V:  “The Media: God’s Masks – or the Devil’s?,” Siemon-Netto
3:45 Break
4:00 Session VI:  Summary, Andrae and Siemon-Netto
4:30 Prayer:  Vespers 5:00 Social/free time [dinner on your own]

Sunday, April 11 –

Breakfast is on your own

8:30 a.m. Prayer: Matins
9:00 Private Confession & Absolution available with Pastor Andræ
9:45 Session VII:  “Asking the Ultimate Question – Covering Religion Well,” Siemon-Netto

11:00 Divine Service: Pastor Andræ preaching

12:30 p.m. Lunch

Veritas Forum at the University of Pittsburgh

12 April 2010, MondayNoon – 1:30 p.m. Benedum G31

Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto, “Natural Law vs. the Me”