Living Traditions: 500 Years of Re-Forming Christianity

Symposium Dates: OCTOBER 13-15, 2017
Location: Atlantic School of Theology

Atlantic School of Theology invites you to attend "Living Tradition: 500 Years of Re-Forming Christianity." Marking the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of his 95 Theses - the conventionally-noted start of the European Reformations - this symposium will feature a range of public presentations, a special concert, and a celebratory ecumenical worship service.

Topics include:

  • Theological themes such as forgiveness, reconciliation, the sacraments
  • Ecumenical dialogue, entente, detente, and cooperation
  • Stability and change within Christian traditions
  • Luther’s legacy
  • Movements or figures in Reformations history (Protestant and Catholic)
  • Intercultural and non-Euro-American impact of the Reformations
  • Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox interaction
  • The practice of ministry in light of reforming impulses
  • New forms/fresh expressions of the Christian way

Registration Information

  • To register or request further information, please contact:
    Brittany Stanick, Academic Office Coordinator / Email: / Tel: 902-423-5592 or
    Jane Bolivar, Continuing Education Convener / Email:
  • Full Symposium Cost: Early bird $60 (register before Sept. 12, 2017) / Regular $75 / Students $30
  • Optional Excursion $100
  • Concert Only $15

Papers and Presenters

  • "The Perspicuity of Scripture and the Rule of Faith: Luther's Approach to the Bible" / Presenter: Rob Fennell
  • "There’s Something About Mary: How the Singer of the Magnificat can be Beneficial to Protestant Dialogues" / Presenter: Adrienne Findley-Jones
  • "Becoming Friends Through the Works of Our Hands: L’Arche, Christian Unity, and the Living Tradition of Footwashing" / Presenter: Jason Grieg
  • "Luther’s Theology of the Cross: The Intimacy of Tragedy and the Opportunities for the Church" / Presenter: Jeffrey Hosick
  • "Cherishing the Trees, as Christ is Lord Over All and the Centre of All Things:  Martin Luther's Eco-theological Ethic" / Presenter: Mark Lack
  • "Living Traditions: Sempera Reformanda of Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia" / Presenter: Kimberlynn McNabb
  • "The Death and Resurrection of God: The Story in a Post-Christian World" / Presenter: Donald F. Murray
  • "Spiritual Presence and the Church" / Presenter: Andrew O’Neill
  • "Ecclesia semper reformanda? Reforming the Church Before, During, and After the Reformation" / Presenter: Sean Otto
  • "Literary Imagination and Theology: Protestant and Catholic Response to the Lord of the Rings" / Presenter: Allen Robertson
  • “'If Only ... And Yet' - Luther's Legacy for Jewish-Christian Relations" / Presenter: Martin Rumscheidt
  • "The Most Modern of Churches: The Baptist Doctrine of Soul Liberty and Charles Taylor’s Malaise of Modernity" / Presenter: Jesse Smith

Program Highlights


OCT 13

9:30 am to 4 pm

Symposium paper presentations. Includes breaks and lunch on campus.

OCT 14

9:30 to 12 noon

Symposium paper presentations

OCT 14

12 noon to 7 pm

Free time. Optional excursion to Peggy's Cove (must be pre-registered; includes lunch)

OCT 14

7 pm

Evening Concert

OCT 15

10 am

Worship Service hosted by the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 2096 Windsor Street, Halifax. All are welcome.

Download a copy of the complete Symposium Program (pdf)