National Lilly Conference 2016

Semper Reformanda

October 14-16, 2016

The 26th Annual LFP National Conference, Reformed and Always Reforming: Faith, Science, Art and Culture, will take place October 14 through 16 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Occurring in the Fall preceding the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this conference offers a wonderful occasion to ‘kick-off’ the many and varied events and activities that will occur around the world in 2017. While the religious transformation that came about is probably the most notable of the outcomes from the Reformation, there are numerous other effects that resulted from this call for reform.

Through a blend of plenary presentations, breakout sessions, experiences in the surrounding community, and dialogue with peers, conference participants will be provided a rich opportunity to investigate the Reformation’s varied and lasting impact upon science, art, culture and higher education.


Registration for the conference is closed.

Registration Questions? Contact the staff of Augsburg College’s Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV) at

Plenary Speakers


Brad S. Gregory, Ph.D.

University of Notre Dame

Lea Schweitz

Lea F. Schweitz, Ph.D

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Joanna Lindell

Joanna Lindell

Thrivent Financial Collection of Religious Art

Paul Oman

Paul Oman

Drawn to the Word


Friday, October 14
1:30 p.m. Registration Begins
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Optional Activity: Food Access and Equity Walking Tour, hosted by Augsburg’s Campus Kitchen.
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Workshop for First Time Attendees
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Welcome/Introductions
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Address I
“Why the Reformation Still Matters (Whether We Want It to or Not)”
Brad S. Gregory, Ph.D.
Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History University of Notre Dame
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. “Vespers Liturgy: Drawn to the Word – An Artistic Expression of the Reformation”
Paul Oman, Pastor
Drawn to the Word
6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Reception, Dinner, and Prize Presentations
Saturday, October 15
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Morning Introductions and
Discussion Groups of Address I
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Address II
“Seeing the Infinite in the Finite and Reforming Our Visions of Nature”
Lea F. Schweitz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology & Director, Zygon Center for Religion and Science
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Discussion Groups of Address II
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Session III
“None Liturgy: Drawn to the Word – An Artistic Expression of the Reformation”
Paul Oman, Pastor
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Shuttle to Thrivent
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Coffee and Cookies
4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Art and the Reformation Presentation by Joanna Lindell
Curator, Thrivent Religious Art Gallery
5:15 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Reception at Thrivent Religious Art Gallery
6:30 p.m. Dinner on the Town with Small Groups
Sunday, October 16
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Mass
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Closing Plenary Session and Remarks
Dialogue with Panel of Plenary Speakers
Brad S. Gregory
Lea F. Schweitz
Joanna Lindell
Paul Oman

venue and travel

Augsburg College is conveniently located in the heart of Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, one of the most diverse zip codes in the city.

Campus Map 

Please see the campus map website for the most up-to-date information about getting to campus, parking, and finding particular buildings at Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus.

Airport Transportation

With an efficient light rail as well as buses, shuttles, taxis, uber, and more, there are several ways to get to the hotel or Augsburg from the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport. You can view some ground transportation options on MSP’s website.

More details about transportation options for the conference.

*Note: parking on campus will be limited due to construction. We encourage participants to take advantage of the conference shuttles to and from campus, public transportation, and/or carpooling as much as possible.

Questions? Contact the staff of Augsburg College’s Christensen Center for Vocation (CCV) at

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