Staff Blogger: Allyson Lippert, Advancement/Communications Assistant

M._HansonBishop Emeritus Mark Hanson, a Distinguished Fellow in the Christensen Center for Vocation at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., will serve as Preacher of the Week for the 96th Annual Lutheran Chautauqua.

At the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 19, he will provide a message based on Galatians 3:23-29 and Luke 8:26-39. His sermon is titled “The Gift on Challenge of Unity and Diversity.”

D. Hanson graduated from Augsberg College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

As a Rockefeller fellow at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, he received a Master of Divinity degree. He also attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. and was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School.

Before becoming a Distinguished Fellow in the Christensen Center for Vocation, Bishop Hanson served as pastor of three Minnesota congregations, as well as Bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod.

In 2001, he became Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and was reelected in 2007.

As President of the Lutheran World Federation and Bishop of the ELCA, he has traveled the world sharing his passion for the Christian tradition and community.

He is a well-known advocate for the renewal of the church’s preaching and the strengthening of ecumenical and inter-religious relationships, as well as social justice for those living in poverty and discrimination.

During his week at Lakeside, he will also preach at 9:15 a.m. Monday-Friday during the Faith for Living Hour in Hoover Auditorium. Please note the special dates and location for Faith for Living Hour this week. He will share a message about “Questions for Christians in a Complex World.”

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, Bishop Hanson will lead Vespers by the Lake, held at the Pavilion East Deck. He will preach on “What is ‘This’ in Our Public Witness?” based on Mark 8:27-38.

For those who wish to attend worship, a complimentary Church Pass may be obtained between 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sunday, valid until 3 p.m. A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Both of these passes include admission for guests and auto.