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Christian leaders to join in unprecedented theological conversation at Concordia-Chicago


In recognition of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary in 2017, Concordia University Chicago will host “The Reformation at 500: An Interdenominational Conversation” on Monday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel of Our Lord. Panelists at this free public event will be Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago; Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod; and Rev. Dr. Philip Ryken, president of Wheaton College (IL). Manya Brachear Pashman, religion correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, will serve as moderator.

The event brings together three leading Christian figures to discuss “the historic and theological divisions emerging from the Reformation controversies, as well as points of shared concern and common cause among Christian churches,” said Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Leininger, university pastor at Concordia-Chicago. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions during and after the program.

“The Reformation as a historical event has had a profound effect on society—not only from a religious standpoint, but from a cultural and political standpoint,” said Eric Matanyi, assistant vice president for communications and marketing at CUC. “We want to look at it not just from a Lutheran perspective, but across the board culturally and globally.”

Concordia-Chicago’s campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.

Registration for the event is required at The panel discussion will also be livestreamed on the Concordia University Chicago website at