Reformation 2017

Guelich Reformation Lecture Series

Centerpiece of the ReForm Discernment Year

October, 2017

October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther “nailed” 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. Luther’s protest launched a massive upheaval of Christian church tradition, authority and practice. Emerging from Luther’s protest were several priorities that emerged as hallmarks of Reformation (Reformed) theology. Among these were the authority of Scripture alone as revealed word of God for the church; the primacy of Jesus as Lord of Creation, Incarnation of God and Redeemer of Humanity; the singular pathway of faith as means of fullest access to Christ’s redeeming love, and the response of obedience and service of each believer as members of Christ’s body and priests (no special mediator is necessary between Jesus and the Christian).

During the month of October, Colonial Church will explore these four tenets of Reformation thought, in both their historical and contemporary contexts, with a view toward ReForming our own theological convictions and commitments to Jesus as Lord of our lives, our church and our world.

October will feature local scholars who will preach Sundays during an extended single service, featuring a Q&A time and opportunity for further prayer and discussion following the service. Wednesday nights will feature additional time for learning through a book study, Scripture study or other events to be determined.

Speaker Schedule for October 2017

9:30 am Sunday Morning Worship

Please note that there will be an opportunity for further discussion after the service with the guest preachers from 10:45am-11:45am in the Hearth Room

10/15 – Christ as Lord:

Kyle Roberts (Ph.D.) is Schilling Professor of Public Theology and the Church and Economic Life at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

At United, Kyle teaches Public Theology, Christian Ethics, Historical Theology (modern period), Senior Capstone Seminar, and various electives—including Evil, Death, and Alienation and Eschatology and Hope.

10/22 – Priesthood of All Believers as Church:

Rev. Doneila McIntosh (known as “Pastor Dee”) is the lead pastor of LightHouse Covenant Church. Dee was formally the Associate Pastor of Local Missions at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina.

Dee is a founding member of Black Clergy United for Change (BCUC), a collective black clergy committed to the work of racial justice and social transformation in urban communities and abroad. Dee also formally served on advisory council for the Center of Reconciliation at Duke University.

10/29 – Faith as Life:

Dr. Lois Malcolm holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She has taught at Luther Seminary since 1994.

Lois grew up in the Philippines as the daughter of missionaries. Before becoming a theologian, she received a Master of Arts in applied linguistics from the U of M. She taught linguistics and English as a second language courses in the U.S. and overseas. She has written many books which can be found here.


Reformation on Tap

Sunday, October 15: RSVP is needed if you plan to attend. Email Carter at to hold a spot.

The month culminates with a Reformation Banquet

on Saturday, October 28. Cost is $15 per person. Click here to register.