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Nordic Spirit Symposium

All Power is of God: Reform in Sweden and Finland

Nordic Spirit Symposium

In this year of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation in Germany, the 18th annual Nordic Spirit Symposium continues its two-part series on Power, Politics and Belief in Reformation Scandinavia, with an emphasis on the history and music of Sweden and Finland. Presentations also examine the legacy of the Reformation in Sweden, Finland and America.

Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.  |  Scandinavian Center, 26 Faculty St. 


Admission is $10. Reservations requested. Parking is available in the lots at Mountclef Boulevard and Olsen Road. Street parking is by permit only until 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.  |  Samuelson Chapel

Bible, Sword and Mitre: Power, Politics and the Lutheran Reformation
The Rev. R. Guy Erwin, Ph.D., Bishop, Southwest California Synod, ELCA

Reformation in Sweden: Conflicts, Negotiation and State Building
Martin Berntson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Admission for Friday evening lectures is $20. Free for students and Cal Lutheran faculty and staff.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m.  |  Samuelson Chapel

Reformation in Finland: Commitments to Education, Welfare, and Culture
The Rev. Kirsi Stjerna, Ph.D., First Lutheran Los Angeles/Southwest Synod ELCA Professor of Lutheran History and Theology Endowed Chair, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of Cal Lutheran; Docent, Theological Faculty, University of Helsinki

Reforming Music: Sweden, Finland, and the Pipe Organ
Melody Steed, D.M.A., Assistant Academic Dean, Associate Professor of Music, College Organist, Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas

Saturday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m.  |  Samuelson Chapel

The Church of Sweden – from Obligation to Liberation: a Legacy of the Reformation
The Rev. Pernilla Parenmalm, Swedish Church of Torshälla, Sweden

“Chorale-ing” the Reformation For a Trip North – On Wings of Song
James Koenig, M.M., advanced studies in the U.S. and Europe, Singer and Conductor

Legacy of the Reformation in Finnish-American Churches and Culture Today – A Dialogue
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Th.D., Professor of Systematic Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California; Docent, Ecumenics, University of Helsinki
The Rev. Jarmo Tarkki, Ph.D., Th.M., Finnish Minister of California and Texas Finns, ELCA, Solvang, California

Panel Discussion
The Rev. R. Guy Erwin, moderator

Admission for Saturday lectures is $40. Free for students and Cal Lutheran faculty and staff.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m.  |  Lundring Events Center


Reservations required. Admission is $35.

This Nordic Spirit Symposium is sponsored by the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation, California Lutheran University and the Southwest California Synod, ELCA, and is made possible by generous grants from the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the Norway House Foundation in San Francisco. For information and early registration fees, contact Howard Rockstad.

Sponsored By
Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation


Howard Rockstad