Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Plan Ahead: Oktoberfest Is Coming

The Thirteenth Annual Oktoberfest
and Liturgical Seminar at
St. Paul’s Evangelical-Lutheran Church, Kewanee, Illinois
Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, October 12-14, 2008

Conference theme: A Tale of Two Synods

This year we are pleased to welcome four guests who have in recent years taken the walk across the rickety bridge from Wisconsin to Missouri. Several years ago the Reverend Fr. Peter Berg, pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chicago, having been removed from the roster of the WELS, was received by colloquy into the LCMS. This year his brother, the Reverend Fr. John Berg, pastor of Hope Ev. Lutheran Church in Fremont, California, has taken the very same trek. In the meantime the Reverend Fr. Aaron Moldenhauer, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Beecher, Illinois, made the same move during his seminary training. He will be accompanied by his wife Tabitha, a scholar in her own right, who will provide a confessional Lutheran perspective on women’s issues. This year both Berg brothers became associate editors of Gottesdienst, and Fr. Moldenhauer is the recipient of the journal’s Sabre of Boldness award for 2008.

On the following day (Tuesday), a liturgical seminar is again planned for a roundtable discussion seeking uniformity in our worship practices. Informed Lutheran clergy are particularly invited to provide input and exchange of ideas, although all are invited to stay for the day.

The cost of Oktoberfest is $25.00, or $40.00 per couple. Student rate is $20.00. (If you're really strapped, talk to me. We'll work something out.) To register now, send an email to me with "Oktoberfest" in the subject line, and provide your name, title, address, and plans (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or parts thereof).


Past Elder said...

Having walked that "rickety bridge" myself, I'd be interested in hearing about this.

Even more interested if one could find a clear statement about what happened with these guys. I know why I walked it, and I suspect they did for similar reasons amped up a bit for being clergy, but in the absence of a clear "here I stand" I don't really know.

"8th Commandment", I suppose.

Brian P Westgate said...

They indeed had a "Here I Stand," or to be more precise 12 issues. It's the Motley Magpie, and you can read it at And yes, I've walked that bridge too.

Brian P Westgate said...

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Past Elder said...

I will check that out.

I visited the Motley Magpie site some time ago, and found most of the issues and article not links to be opened.

When I was in WELS but toward the end (elder, not past elder at the time!) my pastor mentioned Motley Magpie to me when I mentioned to him that I was starting to poke around in the blogoshpere, and it seemed like Lutherans who are reading the same book I am in the BOC and who don't seem to think adiaphora is Greek for "there's no reason to be concerned about that" are pretty much LCMS, so maybe I should be too!