Fall Theological Conference

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The Way of Jesus and the Reign of God.

New Eyes to see what is central to the Christian Faith.

A Bonhoeffer Moment  


Jesus’ first sermon was “repent and believe in the good news for the reign of God has come near.”  Repenting is about turning around, changing the direction of one’s life. What direction were those first hearers of Jesus’ going that they needed to “repent”?  They were Galilean peasants living under the oppressive rule of Rome, under the reality that Rome defined their existence.


Jesus’ call was to turn around and see that this was God’s reign, not Rome’s. Jesus' call was to live in that reality. That reality of God’s reign, how radically different it is from the “status quo” or “the way things just are” was described in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount – the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes were the way of Jesus which called people to live in the reign of God.   


These past several months of dealing with a pandemic have uprooted the “status quo” of our lives, exposing the deep fractures and fissions in our society. The blinders have been removed,  giving us new eyes to see what our faith means, what is central to traveling the way of Jesus and participating in God’s reign.   Our Fall Theological Conference will be an opportunity (in this Bonhoeffer Moment) to come together and explore the meaning of faith as we participate in God’s mission of radical love and justice.


Fall Theological Conference:

October 12-14, 2021

Lodge of the Four Seasons

315 Four Seasons Sr., Lake Ozark, MO

The Way of Jesus and the Reign of God.

Lodge of Four Seasons

315 Four Seasons Drive
Lake Ozark, MO 65049


Dr. Raj Nadella

Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor of New Testament,

Columbia Theological Seminary

Raj Nadella is the Samuel A. Cartledge Associate Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. His research and teaching interests include postcolonial biblical interpretation, migration, and New Testament perspectives on economic justice and their ethical implications for the Church and society. He is the author of Dialogue Not Dogma: Many Voices in the Gospel of Luke (T&T Clark, 2011) and an area editor for Oxford Bibliographies Online: Biblical Studies. He is the co-author of Postcolonialism and the Bible and co-editor of Christianity and the Law of Migration, both forthcoming in 2021. He has written for publications such as the Huffington Post, Christian Century, and Working Preacher.

Nadella is actively involved in the academy and the Church on issues such as race, economic justice, and immigration. He serves on the National Council of Churches USA’s Faith and Order Commission and chairs the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)’s Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession (CUREMP).

Rev. Amy Reumann

Director of Advocacy,

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Rev. Amy Reumann is Director of Advocacy for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where she leads domestic, international, environmental, and corporate social responsibility portfolios in Washington D.C, New York, and 14 state capitols. Reumann formerly served as director of the Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania, director for Urban Coalition ministry in the Greater Milwaukee Synod, and as parish pastor. She serves on the Center for Responsible Lending’s Faith & Credit steering committee, and that of the Circle of Protection. Reumann holds degrees from Muhlenberg College in religion and international affairs, a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a Master of Sacred Theology from General Theological Seminary.

Tentative Schedule:

October 12, 1:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

October 13, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 pm.

                     1:30 p.m. free time

                     6:00 p.m. dinner and fellowship time

October 14, 9:00 a.m. - Noon