Concordia Experience

The Reformation at 500: An Interdenominational Conversation

October 30, 2017
7:30 p.m.
CUC Campus - Chapel of Our Lord

Contemporary Christian leaders discuss denominational divergence and convergence at this historic mile marker and engage in a principled conversation about the historic and theological divisions emerging from the reformation controversies, as well as points of shared concern and common cause among Christian churches. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the speakers afterwards.


Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison

REV. DR. MATTHEW HARRISON | President, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison is the 13th man to serve as president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). As the church’s chief ecclesiastical officer, his duties include overseeing all officers, executives and agencies of the church. He earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Sacred Theology from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and has received two honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Laws from Concordia University Ann Arbor and a Doctor of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. MORE

Most Reverend J. Blase Cupich

CARDINAL BLASE J. CUPICH | Archdiocese of Chicago

Cardinal Cupich was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Chicago in 2014, and in 2016 was appointed by Pope Francis to the Congregation for Bishops and was elevated to the College of Cardinals. He attended seminary at the North American College and Gregorian University in Rome, and earned a Doctor of Sacred Theology from the Catholic University of America. He has served as chair of both the USCCB Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People and the National Catholic Educational Association Board. MORE

Rev. Dr. Phillip Ryken

REV. DR. PHILIP RYKEN | President, Wheaton College

Rev. Dr. Philip Ryken is the eighth president of Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He earned a Master of Divinity from Westminster Theological Seminary and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford. He joined the pastoral staff at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in 1995, preaching there until his appointment at Wheaton in 2010. Ryken has published more than 40 books, as well as expository commentaries on Exodus, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah, Luke and other books of the Bible. MORE

Manya Brachear Pashman

MANYA BRACHEAR PASHMAN | Religion Correspondent for the Chicago Tribune

Manya Brachear Pashman is the religion correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, which she joined in 2003. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and master’s degrees in journalism and religious studies from Columbia University. She has also written for Time magazine, the Dallas Morning News, and the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. MORE

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