Lutheran Historical Conference


2016 Call for Papers

Lutheran Historical Conference Biennial Meeting
October 13-15, 2016
Texas Lutheran University, Sequin, Texas

“Lutherans and American Political Life”

Despite a reputation as a denomination that has traditionally shied away from contributions to the civic realm, Lutherans throughout their history have participated in American political life.  From Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg, the first Speaker of the House of Representatives, to more contemporary conversations about what it means to be a “public church,” both individual Lutherans and various Lutheran church bodies have engaged the major political issues of their day. 

Papers dealing with any aspect of this theme are welcome, as are topics outside of the theme!

Presenters will be given 20-25 minutes for their presentation, followed by a question and answer session. Paper proposals should include a title, 250 word abstract, and brief biography.

Proposals and inquiries are due April 15, 2016 and should be sent electronically to the Program Chair:

Richard O. Johnson

Presenters must be members of the Lutheran Historical Conference by October 2016. Presenters are responsible for covering conference fees and travel costs.
Students are encouraged to submit paper proposals and to apply to the LHC Board for limited scholarship assistance for travel-related expenses.

Spring 2014 Newsletter Now Online

The Spring 2014 LHC Newsletter is now online in PDF format. Unfortunately this was the only issue published in 2014. A Winter 2015 issue is being prepared.

Journal of the LHC

Volume three of the LHC's new serial publication, The Journal of the Lutheran Historical Conference, was published in 2015. The Journal is included with membership in the conference. The editor of the Journal is Mark Granquist, Associate Professor of Church History, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He can be reached at Please contact him if you have manuscripts or ideas for submissions.

The third issue contained the following papers:

  • "The First Two English Versions of Luther's Small Catechism" by Kim-Eric Williams.
  • "American Lutheran Responses to Anglican Church Union Efforts in the Early 1920s" by Mary Jane Haemig
  • "Lutheran Charismatics and the 'Chief Article': A Historical-Theological Assessment" by Christopher J. Richmann
  • Domke's Garden: A Forgotten Lutheran Artist" by Julieanna Frost
  • "If We Cease to Be German, We Will Cease to Be Lutheran: Linguistic Transition and Theological Crisis in the Synodical Conference, 1885-1945" by Timothy D. Grundmeier
  • "The Developing Welfare State and the Formation of the Lutheran Welfare Sector" by Leslie F. Weber, Jr.
  • "Lord I Have Come Into This Your Holy House: A Brief History of the Norwegian Liturgy in America" by Kristofer Coffman
  • "A Chaplain's Story: Opie Selmer Rindal's Experiences During World War II" by Gary M. Johnson
  • "Walter H. Wente: Humanist, Educator, and Advocate for Curricular Change: A Turning Point in Preparatory Ministerial Education in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, 1935-1938" by James Albers
  • "The Lutheran Who Reached for the Stars: The Life, Legacy, and Lapses of Wernher von Braun" by Joel L. Pless
  • "Fear of Freedom and Freedom from Fear: A Look at Race and Bondage in Muhlenberg's Journals" by Richard Chapman
  • "The American Lutheran Publicity Bureau and Missouri Synod Acculturation" by Richard O. Johnson
  • "Jonathan Rundman: Power Pop Lutheran" by Martin Lohrman
  • "Remembering Place: How America has Shaped Lutheranism" by Maria Erling
  • 2012 Index of Writings in the Field of American Lutheranism

Additional volumes can be purchased through Lutheran University Press at  

Essays and Reports, Volume 22

Lutheran Identity and Regional Distinctiveness

Volume 22 in the LHC Essays and Reports series is also available. The volume contains the papers presented at the 23rd Biennial Meeting of the LHC, held at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, S.C., on October 12-14, 2006.

The volume is available from Concordia Historical Institute, 804 Seminary Place, Saint Louis, MO 63105-3014. The cost is $20.00, plus $3.00 for postage and handling. Many earlier volumes, as well as other LHC publications, are also available.

Become a Member of the LHC

Lutheran archivists, librarians, historians and other interested individuals and institutions are invited to become members of the Lutheran Historical Conference, an interdisciplinary organization founded in 1962. Click here for membership information.

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General Information

The LHC holds biennial meetings at which papers on the history of Lutheranism are presented and discussed. These papers are published in a series called Essays and Reports. Monographs on American Lutheran history are also published by the conference.

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Things to Come

Watch this page for announcements of future developments and resources relating to the work of the LHC, including:

  • Electronic versions of out-of-print LHC publications
  • Descriptions of research in progress
  • Additional links to sites with resources related to Lutheran history


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