Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969), the founding minister of Riverside Church in New York City, was regarded by Martin Luther King, Jr., as ‘‘the greatest preacher of this century.” One of liberal Protestantism’s most influential voices, Fosdick was a proponent of ecumenical Christianity, pacifism, and civil rights, whose radio sermons and writings reached millions.
Since 2016, Augsburg Campus Ministry has hosted the Fosdick Lecture on Preaching in March. Gifted preachers and storytellers have shared their insights on preaching and topics important to them.
2023 Fosdick Lecture on Preaching
Hearing. Helping. Healing our Neighbors with Mental Health Challenges: Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Religious Communities
Presenters: Senator John Marty and Mindy Greiling
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at 10:00 am
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Hall
625 22nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454
One in three people have a family member struggling with mental health, yet we as churches, as a community, as a society have much to improve on how we relate to them. Mindy Greiling and Senator John Marty will share their personal and legislative experience in addressing mental health concerns. Following the lecture, Pastor Aaron Fuller will preach during a 20 minute worship service.
10:00 – 11:00 am – Lecture with Sen. John Marty and Mindy Greiling
11:00 – 11:20 am – Q&A session
11:20 – 11:30 am – Break
11:30 – 11:50 am – Campus Ministry Chapel service – Pastor Aaron Fuller preaching
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About our Speakers:
Mindy Greiling served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for 20 years where she initiated the first state bipartisan mental health caucus after her son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. She served on the state and national NAMI boards and is the immediate past president of NAMI Ramsey County. She also serves on the board of Schizophrenia and Psychosis Action Alliance. Greiling’s memoir, Fix What You Can: Schizophrenia and a Lawmaker’s Fight for Her Son, was published in 2020, and she co-hosts a podcast, Schizophrenia: Three Moms in the Trenches.
Senator John Marty
John Marty has been a state senator since 1987. He is a strong advocate for government ethics, environmental protection, and affordable health care for everyone. Throughout his career, John has been a strong advocate for public investments in people — in health, education and employment – to enable all people to reach their full potential. He promotes a focus on prevention – addressing challenges up front, to build a better future and prevent problems before they start.
Senator Marty co-chaired the Legislative Commission to End Poverty and previously chaired the Minnesota Senate Health Committee. He is author of the proposed Minnesota Health Plan, a single statewide plan that would cover every Minnesotan for all of their medical needs, while saving money through prevention, efficiency, and elimination of bureaucracy. Senator Marty now chairs the Senate Finance Committee.
John is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Ethics. He and his wife Connie have two adult children and live in Roseville, MN.
Pastor Aaron Fuller
Pastor Fuller grew up on a dairy farm in Staples, MN, and joined the Navy where he served as submarine officer, engineer, instructor for 8 years. Through his personal life struggles and reflection, he recognized that God’s love changed him, and he wanted others to know and experience God’s life-changing love, so he pivoted his career to focus on chaplaincy training.
He has a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from the US Naval Academy, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University, and a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Luther Seminary.) He has served as a Navy Chaplain in Virginia, including an overseas deployment in Germany and served at the Pentagon as the Director of Spirituality and Resiliency for the US Marine Corps. He is currently the Pastor at Our Father’s Lutheran Church in Rockford, MN, and serves as a Navy Reserve Chaplain.
Previous Fosdick Lectures
2016 William Kent Krueger, Minnesota Author, “Storied by God”
2017 Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Minister, Riverside Church, “Good New/Bad News: Preaching the Gospel and the Headlines”
2018 Rev. Mark Hanson, Founding Director of Interfaith at Augsburg, “Unbind Them! Let Them Go! Preaching Resurrection Hope”
2021 Rev. Dr. David Lose, Senior Pastor, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, “Does Preaching Still Matter? More than Ever!” The 2021 Fosdick Lecture is available on YouTube.
2022 Rev. Ingrid Rasmussen, Lead Pastor, and Rev. Angela Khabeb, Senior Associate Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN, “Preaching in a Time of Crisis”