Gather in the Culbertson Room on the first Wednesday of each month to enjoy a guest speaker and delicious food—luncheon/program for ages “60 and over”. RSVP required. Please bring a friend.

Date: Wednesday, February 5
Time: Noon
Cost: $15 at the door
RSVP: Sallie Smith by Friday, January 31

Katharine von Bora, The First Lady of the Reformation

Katharina von Bora escaped a convent to become Martin Luther’s wife. Join us as Professor Kurt Hendel presents First Lady of the Reformation, she was strong, smart, capable, and fiercely independent—a woman ahead of her time.

Kurt K. Hendel is the Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor Emeritus of Reformation History at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia Senior College, Ft. Wayne, IN; the Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO; and the Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany and conducted post-doctoral research at the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.

Dr. Hendel is an ordained clergyperson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has served as a professor at Concordia Seminary, Christ Seminary-Seminex, and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. His teaching, research, and writing interests have focused on Martin Luther and his theology, the Lutheran Confessions, and Reformation history. The recent publication of the two-volume set, Johannes Bugenhagen: Selected Writings, marks the completion of a lengthy research project on the life and publications of the Pomeranian reformer who served as Luther’s pastor and colleague in Wittenberg.

Dr. Hendel was born in Germany. He is married to Jobey, and they have been blessed with three children and nine grandchildren. Recently retired, although still teaching as an emeritus professor at LSTC, he enjoys reading, sports, the arts, and the beauties of nature.