“Lutheran Spirituality Today” – International Conference in Riga

13. Sep, 2019

The Association of Lutheran Women Theologians in Latvia (ALWTL) in cooperation with the Faculty of Theology of the University of Latvia invites you to the International Conference:

“Lutheran Spirituality Today”


We will be pleased to celebrate together with you

30th Ordination Anniversary of Revd. Sarmīte Fišere

The Ordination of Prison Chaplain Rudīte Losane to pastorship

In Riga and Cirava, Latvia from 26-27 October 2019

Programme of the events (download programme in .pdf):

Saturday October 26 Conference: “Lutheran spirituality today”. Venue: University of Latvia, Raina bulvāris 19, Riga.

9:30-10:00 Registration and coffee

10:00 -10:30 Opening of the Conference, Moderator by Revd Jana Jeruma – Grinberga and Alesja Lavrinovica

Most Revd. Lauma Zušēvica, Archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad

Rudite Losane, President of the Association of Lutheran Women Theologians in Latvia

Revd Professor Dace Balode, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Latvia

10:30- 10:50 “Luther’s understanding of spirituality and what is Lutheran spirituality today? 

Rvd Astrid Kleist, vice chairperson of the Lutheran World Federation, Germany

10:50- 11:00 Questions, comments

11:00 – 11:20 “Understanding of Lutheran spirituality in contemporary Sweden”.

Revd Jenny Sjogreen, Cathedral of Strängnäs, Sweden

11:20-11:40 Questions, comments

11:40 –12:00 “Women’s ministry in the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church – a research project”, Revd Prof Dace Balode, University of Latvia, Faculty of Theology

12:00 – 12:20 “Presentation of documentary research “The darkest is the moment before dawn!” Kristīne Briede, Director (short bio)

12:20-12:40 Questions, comments

12:40 – 13:30 Lunch at University of Latvia, Faculty of Theology

13:00 –13:30 “Icelandic spirituality”, Revd Dr. Steinunn Arnþrúður Björnsdóttir, Iceland

13:30 – 13:40 Questions, comments

13:40 – 14:00 “Lutheran spirituality in Great Britain”.

Revd Jana Jeruma – Grinberga, first bishop of Lutheran Church in Great Britain

14:00 – 14:10 Questions, comments

14:10 – 14:40 Coffee break

14:40 – 15:00 “Ways of Lutheran spirituality in nowadays USA”, Most Revd Lauma Zušēvica, Archbishop of the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad

15:00 – 15:10 Questions, comments

15:20 – 16.00 “Different ways of Lutheran spirituality today”

Debates / Discussions with the participation of lecturers and others, moderated by Revd Jana Jeruma – Grinberga, Alesja Lavrinovica and Revd Professor Dace Balode

Lutheran spirituality then and now; Spirit and spirituality; the language of secularisation – do rituals matter? Different ways of spirituality. What’s happening with Lutheran spirituality today – how it is linked to women ordination? Next year’s conference before next Latvian Lutheran Church Synod where issue about double membership in International Lutheran Council and WLF will be raised.

16:00 – 16:30 Conclusion of the conference

17:30 -19:30 Informal Continuation – Celebration of 30th Ordination Anniversary of Revd. Sarmīte Fišere – Light Dinner, discussions, friendship! Venue: Faculty of Theology, Raiņa Bulvāris 19.

Sunday October 27  Ordination service in Cīrava parish

9:30 AM departure from Riga Old Town (11. novembra krastmala, in front of St Saviour’s Church , near the river Daugava ) to Cīrava (190 km)

About Cirava Church: https://www.reinisfischer.com/cirava-evangelic-lutheran-church

12:00 free time in Cirava

13:00 – 15:00 Ordination Service, Ordination as Pastor of Prison Chaplain Rudīte Losane in Cirava Lutheran church, led by Archbishop Lauma Zusevica , Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church Abroad

15:30 – 18:00 Joint Celebration Lunch Event (Cirava Cultural Centre)

18:20 journey back to Riga

20:20 stop in Riga International Airport (upon request)

20:40 arrival in Riga.

      Register for the Conference online (via this link)!  

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