February 20, 2017


Lecturer discusses being Lutheran in a multi-religious world


Ralston Deffenbaugh, a human rights lawyer working for the Lutheran World Federation, will speak on what it means to be Lutheran in today’s multi-religious world during the 13th Annual Lecture on World Religions and Interreligious Relations, sponsored by the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. March 30, at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E. Main St. in Bexley.

The Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus is a collaborative effort of Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Pontifical College Josephinum, and Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

Deffenbaugh’s presentation, “Liberated by God’s Grace: What It Means to Be Lutheran in Today’s Multi-religious World,” comes as the church in 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Deffenbaugh is assistant general secretary for international affairs and human rights at the Lutheran World Federation, where he coordinates the LWF’s international affairs and human rights advocacy and policy development, advises the general secretary, and serves as the LWF’s main representative to the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

For 18 years, Deffenbaugh oversaw the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the U.S. Lutheran churches’ agency for resettling refugees and working with asylum seekers, unaccompanied refugee children and persons in immigration detention. He received Trinity’s Sylvester C. Michelfelder Award for Christian Service in 1995.

For information about the Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus or the lecture series, contact Professor Paul Numrich at 740-362-3443 or pnumrich@mtso.edu.

Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just and sustainable world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.

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Danny Russell, communications director
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