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Fifth Multiethnic Symposium – January 26-27, 2016

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multiethnic symposiumRegistration is open for the 2016 Multiethnic Symposium Jan. 26-27, 2016, at Concordia Seminary, St.Louis.

The Multiethnic Symposium, with the theme “Communities of Hope: One Community in Christ,” is held every two years and brings together Lutherans of various ethnicities from across the country for two days of workshops, discussions and worship. The symposium explores how the church should engage in ethnic ministry and what it means — and what it will take — to become a truly multiethnic church.

“Now expanding in scope and urgency, this event continues to be, at its heart, about sharing and embracing our various cultural perspectives while holding true to the Scriptures and our Lutheran Confessions,” said Kaye Dumas Wolff, symposium co-chairwoman. “No matter what your congregation looks like today, let’s hope that it is culturally different tomorrow because of our growing culturally diverse mission field. Lay leaders are encouraged to attend to listen and share experiences to help prepare them for the outreach to come.”

Symposium keynote speakers will include Rev. Laokouxang (Kou) Seying, Lutheran Foundation Professor of Urban and Cross-Cultural Ministry and associate dean for urban and cross-cultural ministry at Concordia Seminary; and Dr. Mason Okubo, senior pastor of Immanuel First Lutheran Church, West Covina, Calif. Both speakers will address the topic of diversity and unity.

Other plenary sessions will address the intersections of culture and theology. Dr. Roosevelt Gray, director of Black Ministry for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS); Dr. Yohannes Mengsteab, a mission and ministry facilitator for the LCMS Texas District; and Rev. Eloy Gonzalez of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Irving, Texas, and other leaders will share personal and institutional perspectives from ministry practice. Sectional presentations will offer a variety of insights from the field.

Concordia Seminary will also host the first HMong Symposium, January 23-25, in conjunction with the Multiethnic Symposium. The symposium provides a first-time opportunity to bring together a significant representation of HMong ministries from across the LCMS.

The symposium will conclude with the 10th Annual Lecture in Hispanic/Latino Theology and Missions presented by the Center for Hispanic Studies at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in Werner Auditorium.

Registration is $75 and includes Tuesday lunch and dinner, and Wednesday breakfast. On-campus housing is available for an additional fee. To register, click here.

For more information, please contact Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or

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