All are welcome!

A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

Saint Mark Lutheran Church

Faith Dialogues at Saint Mark welcomes Dr. Samuel Torvend for a weekend of discussion and learning.

Discussions & teachings about Martin Luther and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation


September 29th — October 1st, 2017


All events are free and open to the public.


Saint Mark Lutheran Church
790 Marion Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
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Faith Dialogues – Dr. Samuel Torvend (pdf)


All events are open to the public — All are welcome! 

7:00–8:30PM All Things Are Being Made New

Saint Mark Sanctuary
Doors open at 6:30pm

8:30PM Fellowship & Reception

Fireside Lounge

9:00AM–NOON Eucharistic Practice in the
Midst of Economic Injustice
Saint Mark Sanctuary
9:45–10:45AM Sunday Forum
Fireside Lounge
4:00PM National Lutheran Choir
Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Salem 

Session Descriptions

Friday Evening Lecture

All Things Are Being Made New: The Contemporary Relevance of the Reformation

In this presentation, participants will consider the different reforming streams of the sixteenth century that emerged from a fresh encounter with the Bible and the distinctive gifts each reform offers the Christian community today. Anglican, Anabaptist, Lutheran, Reformed, and Roman Catholic forms of renewal and reform will be discussed.

Saturday Workshop

Eucharistic Practice in the Midst of Economic Injustice: An Enduring Legacy of the Luther’s Reformation

This interactive presentation and conversation will invite participants to consider the revolutionary reform of sacrament and social assistance promoted by early Lutheran congregations. At the same time, we will consider the “economy” of the Eucharist and the questions this sacramental practice raises in a land marked by poverty and continued food insecurity. Q&A and discussion to follow.

About Dr. Samuel Torvend

of the History of Christianity and University Chair in Lutheran Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. For the past five years he has been a member of the Radicalizing Reformation Project, centered in the University of Heidelberg, that draws Luther scholars from around the world to consider the unanswered questions of  the Reformation.

He is the author of Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments (Fortress, 2008), Flowing Water, Uncommon Birth: Christian Baptism in a Post-Christian Culture (Augsburg, 2011), and Daily Bread, Holy Meal: Opening the Gifts of Holy Communion (Augsburg 2004). He is a contributor to The Forgotten Luther: Reclaiming the Social-Economic Dimension of the Reformation (Lutheran University Press, 2016).