A Palestinian Christian of renown and a pastor from a Lutheran university in Brazil will cap off the 2017-18 Wangerin Preaching Series for the Spring semester.
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 Chapel of the Resurrection will welcome Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, the Founder and President of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, to preach on Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m. The most widely published Palestinian theologian to date, Dr. Raheb is the author of 16 books including: Das Reformatorische Erbe unter den Palaestinensern, I am a Palestinian Christian; Bethlehem Besieged, Faith in the Face of Empire: The Bible through Palestinian Eyes. His books and numerous articles have been translated so far into eleven languages. A social entrepreneur, Rev. Raheb has founded several NGOs including Dar annadwa Cultural and Conference Center, Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, in addition to several other civic initiatives on national, regional, and international levels.
On Sunday, April 29, Pastor Heitor Stahnke of the Universidade Luterana do Brasil (ULBRA), will serve as guest preacher. The Lutheran University of Brazil was founded by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Canoas (Comunidade Evangélica Luterana São Paulo – CELSP), and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil. Pastor Stahnke will be spending a month at Valparaiso University in April, where he’ll be learning about university life, the Chapel of the Resurrection, and how Valpo expresses its Lutheran identity. Pastor Stahnke holds a degree in Theology from the Lutheran University of Brazil (2006), specialization in Theology from Concordia Seminary – Faculty of Theology (2009 – Free Course) and specialization in School Management from Universidade Positivo (2015). He is currently chaplain and professor of Religious Education at Ulbra Palmas College.
The 2017-18 Walter Wangerin Jr. Celebration of Excellence in Preaching Series began 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 marked 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. was 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 preaching series is Core approved.