The 2017-18 Walter Wangerin Jr. Celebration of Excellence in Preaching Series will begin this fall on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Chapel of the Resurrection with the Rev. Abdi Mulat, a pastor and professor at the Central Seminary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY), as the preacher. The 10 a.m. service marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Rev. Mulat is a PhD student at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, who was imprisoned five times and tortured for his faith in Christ while living in Ethiopia.
The second preacher in the series on All Saints Sunday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. is Rozella Haydée White, a writer, teacher, preacher and public theologian. Ms. White serves as the Houston City Director for Mission Year, an organization “committed to walking with young adults as they fall in love with Jesus and the city, come alive in their gifts and purpose, build beloved community across dividing lines and become advocates for God’s justice in our neighborhoods and world.” She previously served as the Director for Young Adult Ministry for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
The remaining two special guests for this year’s Wangerin Preaching Series will be announced soon.
The series, launched six years ago to bring notable clergy to preach at Valpo’s Chapel of the Resurrection, is sponsored by the Chapel, the Office of Church Relations, and the Institute for Leadership and Service.
The series is Core Purpose Lab approved.