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Public invited to meet Lutheran theologian

Robert Jenson, a Lutheran and ecumenical theologian, will serve as Theologian in Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University today through Wednesday.

Interested clergy, students and the general public are invited to attend his free lectures. Jenson's visit to Lenoir-Rhyne is co-sponsored by the Lenoir-Rhyne Center for Theology and the Lenoir-Rhyne Chaplaincy.

Jenson will speak at a vespers service at 7:30 tonight at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church of Hickory, 629 Eighth St., across the street from Lenoir-Rhyne. The service will begin with a performance of Bach's Cantata for the Festival of the Reformation by the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir.

On Monday, the Rev. Jay Scott Newman, a Catholic priest, will respond to Jenson's address, followed by a response from Jenson. This dialogue will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Centrum on the Lenoir-Rhyne campus.

Jenson will meet with classes on Monday and Tuesday. He will be the guest preacher at Lenoir-Rhyne's chapel service, 9:20 a.m. Wednesday in the choral room of the Mauney Music Building, 789 Sixth St. N.E.

A Wisconsin native and son of a Lutheran pastor, Jenson graduated from Luther College of Decorah, Iowa, earning a bachelor's degree in classics, speech and philosophy. He also earned a degree from Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and was ordained by the American Lutheran Church in 1955. Jenson earned his doctorate of theology in systematic theology from the University of Heidelberg in Germany in 1960. Jenson has taught religion and philosophy at several colleges and universities, including Luther College, Oxford University of England, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Notre Dame University and St. Olaf College. He has recently been a guest professor at the University of Virginia and Princeton University.

Jenson is co-founder and longtime editor of the periodical Dialog and has published numerous books on theology and on conversations about God for children. Gina Smith