Lutheran Historical Conference


2016 Conference

Lutheran Historical Conference Biennial Meeting
October 13-15, 2016
Texas Lutheran University, Sequin, Texas

“Lutherans and American Political Life”

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Tentative List of Papers

Tentative list of papers for 2016 Lutheran Historical Conference

  • Anna C. Amundson: “Love’s Working Arm: The National Lutheran Council and Immigration Policy, 1924-1955.”
  • Richard B. Bauman: “New Sweden: Church and State Unseparated.”
  • Richard Chapman: “Missouri in Guatemala: Robert Gussick, Jacoba Arbenz Guzman and the 1954 Coup.”
  • Mytch Pierre-Noel Dorvillier: “Lutheranism in Haiti.”
  • Mark Granquist: “American Lutherans and the New Deal.”
  • Timothy D. Grundmeier: “Confessionalization-as-Americanization: Becoming Lutheran in the Nineteenth-Century.”
  • Mary Jane Haemig: “Karl Ermisch: Pioneer German Lutheran Pastor in Texas.”
  • Richard O. Johnson: “John M. Nelson, Lutheran Progressive Republican Congressman.”
  • Ray F. Kibler: “E. Theodore Bachmann in occupied Germany: a Lutheran witness to the U.S. Government.”
  • Mark Koschmann: “‘This is where we belong’: Taking a Stand with Martin Luther King, the Chicago Freedom Movement, and Local Neighborhoods.”
  • Martin Lohrmann: ““Lutherans and the 19th Amendment: American Lutheran Views of Women’s Suffrage.”
  • Joel Pless: “God’s Servant in Two Kingdoms: The Mark Neumann Story”
  • Christopher Richmann: “Lutheran Contributions to American Youth Ministry, ca. 1950-1980.”
  • Russell Vardell: “A President in the Parish: Lyndon B. Johnson and Pastor Rod Maeker of Trinity Lutheran Church, Stonewall, Texas.”
  • Leslie F. Weber, Jr.: “Lutheran denominational political advocacy and the deprivatization of religion.”
  • Linda E. Webster: “The Reverend Paul A. Boe: A Lutheran Advocate for and Ally of the American Indian People.”
  • Thomas Jacobson: “The Changing Face of a Mission Congregation: A History and Examination of the Danish Lutheran Utah Mission, a Response to the Mormon Scandinavian Mission, 1849 to 1959.”
  • Jonathan Wilson: “Civil Unrest and the Pastoral Vocation: Halle’s Encyclical of 1776 to the Pennsylvania Ministerium.”

Winter 2015 Newsletter Now Online

The Winter 2015 LHC Newsletter is now online in PDF format.

Journal of the LHC

Volume three of the LHC's new serial publication, The Journal of the Lutheran Historical Conference, was published in 2015. The Journal is included with membership in the conference. The editor of the Journal is Mark Granquist, Associate Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He can be reached at Please contact him if you have manuscripts or ideas for submissions.

The third issue contained the following papers:

  • "The First Two English Versions of Luther's Small Catechism" by Kim-Eric Williams.
  • "American Lutheran Responses to Anglican Church Union Efforts in the Early 1920s" by Mary Jane Haemig
  • "Lutheran Charismatics and the 'Chief Article': A Historical-Theological Assessment" by Christopher J. Richmann
  • Domke's Garden: A Forgotten Lutheran Artist" by Julieanna Frost
  • "If We Cease to Be German, We Will Cease to Be Lutheran: Linguistic Transition and Theological Crisis in the Synodical Conference, 1885-1945" by Timothy D. Grundmeier
  • "The Developing Welfare State and the Formation of the Lutheran Welfare Sector" by Leslie F. Weber, Jr.
  • "Lord I Have Come Into This Your Holy House: A Brief History of the Norwegian Liturgy in America" by Kristofer Coffman
  • "A Chaplain's Story: Opie Selmer Rindal's Experiences During World War II" by Gary M. Johnson
  • "Walter H. Wente: Humanist, Educator, and Advocate for Curricular Change: A Turning Point in Preparatory Ministerial Education in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 1935-1938" by James Albers
  • "The Lutheran Who Reached for the Stars: The Life, Legacy, and Lapses of Wernher von Braun" by Joel L. Pless
  • "Fear of Freedom and Freedom from Fear: A Look at Race and Bondage in Muhlenberg's Journals" by Richard Chapman
  • "The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau and Missouri Synod Acculturation" by Richard O. Johnson
  • "Jonathan Rundman: Power Pop Lutheran" by Martin Lohrman
  • "Remembering Place: How America has Shaped Lutheranism" by Maria Erling
  • 2012 Index of Writings in the Field of American Lutheranism

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The LHC holds biennial meetings at which papers on the history of Lutheranism are presented and discussed. These papers are published in a series called Essays and Reports. Monographs on American Lutheran history are also published by the conference.

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