Simpson has spent years helping students understand the context of their public ministry and the need for "congregational missional imagination." Before teaching at the seminary, Simpson was a pastor in Lutheran congregations in Alameda, Calif., St. Charles, Mo. and Portland, Ore. While in Oregon, he was involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue, and he chaired the Oregon Governor's Task Force on Hunger.
Simpson's most recent research and writing have been in the areas of Lutheran confessional theology and congregational mission. His essay, "Towards a Lutheran 'Delight in the Law of the Lord': Church and State in the Context of Civil Society" will appear in a forthcoming book from Fortress Press. He also authored War, Peace and God: Re-Thinking the Just-War Tradition (Augsburg Fortress Press, 2007) and Critical Social Theory: Prophetic Reasoning and Christian Imagination (Fortress Press, 1998). In 2004, he was a member of the Summer Institute on War and Morality at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Simpson received his bachelor's degree from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Ind., and both his M.Div. and Th.D. degrees at Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, Mo.
The Kenneth H. Sauer Luther Symposium was made possible by an endowment in honor of the Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Sauer at the time of his retirement in 1996. It has been a highlight on the annual Witt Series calendar every year since 1998.
In conjunction with the Witt Series event, Wittenberg has organized a Rostered Leaders Day in which Lutheran church leaders have been invited to participate in extended afternoon conversation with Simpson and dinner with Wittenberg University President Mark H. Erickson and his wife, Lin. Dinner reservations, which can be made by contacting the Pastor's Office at (937) 327-7411, are required by noon Wednesday, Oct. 22. The cost of the dinner is $10.
The Witt Series is a selection of cultural activities annually presented by Wittenberg University. All Series events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jeannine Fox, Series coordinator, at (937) 327-7470 or via e-mail.
Written By: Ryan Maurer
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