Tuesday, March 22, 2011

LWR head John Nunes to keynote Nolde Lecture

John Nunes
The Rev. Dr. John Nunes, President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief (LWR), will keynote the Nolde Lecture on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). The Nolde Lecture honors the legacy of the late LTSP professor and graduate school dean O. Frederick Nolde and his international role in addressing human rights issues in the era following World War II. Pr. Nunes will be joined by students who were part of the last Nolde Seminar at LTSP. The lecture will be presented at 11:30 am in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the LTSP campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue on the seminary's Mt. Airy campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

About Keynote Speaker John Nunes
John Arthur Nunes is the President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief (LWR) — an organization that acts to end poverty and uphold human dignity by empowering the world’s most impoverished communities to bring about the transformation they need in order to live healthy, safe and secure lives. LWR combines 63 years of experience, and an uncompromising pursuit of excellence, faith and prayer, to work with partners in 35 countries to promote sustainable development and increase human flourishing. He was also speaker at LTSP's 2010 commencement.
A prominent Lutheran leader, thinker and speaker, Nunes is known for his compelling voice applying theological insight to matters ranging from global issues to urban affairs. He joined LWR in July 2007 as its fourth president. Prior to that, he has served as a college professor, management consultant, church musician, community organizer and pastor.
Nunes states: “My call to LWR really gives me a prodigious opportunity to serve in the power of the Spirit, since, as Luther reminds us, ‘we should allow no one to suffer harm but show every kindness and love’ (The Large Catechism).”
Nunes holds advanced academic degrees from schools affiliated with the Evangelcal Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). He earned his PhD at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is author of the book Voices from the City, and he writes for John's Blog on the LWR website.
Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, Nunes grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and has lived in the U.S. since 1981. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland with his wife, Monique, who is the principal of Baltimore Lutheran School, and his son, John, Jr. (16), the youngest of their five children.
Learn more about Lutheran World Relief at www.LWR.org. Read John's Blog at blog.LWR.org. View his address at LTSP's 2010 Commencement.

Comments from lecturer Canon John S. Nurser about O. Frederick Nolde
Canon John S. Nurser was the keynote lecturer at the 2008 Nolde Lecture.
"One of the most extraordinary personal achievements of American history was rooted at LTSP," Nurser contends. "Professor O. Frederick Nolde, who taught Christian Education there during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, played a crucial role in mobilizing American Protestants to demand a post-World War II 'global order,' and one based on human rights. On behalf of the World Council of Churches, he was instrumental in rallying national delegations at the United Nations to ratify the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948. He drafted the Declaration's Article 18 on freedom of religion. Our present economic crisis is evidence that we in the Christian churches have the responsibility now, 60 years later, to mobilize support for a responsible economic global order." Nolde was a Wyndmoor, PA, resident during his seminary teaching career. He died in 1972.
"Fred Nolde was by formation a teacher," Nurser notes. "The churches of the world are called to think far more carefully than we do now about the relationship between Christian revelation, the practical world of human experience, and universal human rights. And the fruits of this thinking need to be taught effectively in congregations, in an ecumenical and interfaith context, and in the public square."

About the Nolde Lectureship and Seminar
The Nolde lectureship and seminar encourages students, clergy, and lay leaders to learn about human rights issues through regularly offered courses and events at LTSP, noting that human rights "is an imperative of the Christian Gospel with a particular concern for human rights issues related to the work of the United Nations." Among the goals of the program is to "raise consciousness in seminaries and congregations of the need for effective programs of religious education, both inside and outside of Christianity, on behalf of human rights, particularly the rights of freedom of conscience, information and religious liberty." The program sponsors a special seminar every other year, and a lectureship in the alternate year. Associates in the initiative include the Lutheran Office for World Affairs, the Office of Governmental Affairs of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, the United Nations Office of the World Council of Churches, and the Office for International Affairs of the National Council of Churches of Christ of the USA. The program is funded through a generous gift by the Nolde family.

A publication quality photo of John Nunes can be found online: photos.ltsp.edu/JohnNunes-crop-300dpi.jpg

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