A Note about Mid-Winter Convocation

Since its inception, Mid-Winter Convocation has taken place during blizzards and blistering cold. Initially, convocation was the only major event we hosted–and the hardy souls of our alumni took the opportunity to use it as a reunion. But as we’ve expanded the Center for Lifelong Learning over the past decade or so, the question of whether it’s wise to continue to convene it has arisen several times. Many of our constituents have provided feedback that traveling to Minnesota in January creates something of a hardship.

We now host several major conferences, including the Festival of Homiletics, The Craft of Preaching, and the newly-launched Faithful Innovation Summit. In addition, our catalog of continuing education courses is robust and growing. We plan to add more in-person gatherings, both large and small, to our line-up of offerings (and not just in St. Paul!). In addition, we are increasing our efforts to provide robust digital resources, such as Working Preacher, Enter the Bible, and Faith+Lead, to help alumni and friends connect to the latest research and reflections on navigating the changing landscape of the 21st-century church.

For these reasons, we’ve decided to discontinue Mid-Winter Convocation. In discerning this step, we’ve realized that convocation was important in establishing Luther Seminary’s commitment to lifelong learning–and now this commitment that lives on in the many events and offerings we provide throughout the year (typically in much nicer weather!). We will continue to host alumni receptions at our major conferences, and to make the St. Paul campus available for reunions.

We invite you to stay connected to all that’s emerging at Luther Seminary, both for our students and for Christian leaders of all kinds. Our mission of educating leaders for Christian communities is expanding in new and exciting ways, thanks in large part to your continued support. Thank you for all the engagement, prayers, and service you provide.