Description of Contents
The collection consists of two boxes. The first box contains a large number of programs and documents from the assembly. The documents are written in English, German, and in different Scandinavian languages. These documents cover everything from Lutheranism in Latin America to the liturgy and service procedure. The second box contains reports or pre-conference readings that summarize the work of the Lutheran World Federation and their goals for the assembly. The reports cover specific topics like theology and education. They are also written in different languages of English, German, or a different Scandinavian language.
Language of Materials
Collection is predominantly in English with additional documents from the conference in German, Norwegian and Swedish.
The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.
This was a large global Lutheran assembly held in Minneapolis, MN, August 15-25, 1957. The Lutheran delegates included 69 German, 48 Scandinavian, 60 North American, 16 Asian, 7 Latin American, and 5 African. The theme of the assembly was, “Christ Frees and Unites.” Some key speakers included Dr. Hanns Lilje, Dr. Franklin Clark Fry, Bishop Lajos Ordass, and Dr. Otto Dibelius. The agenda of the assembly were theological and liturgical issues and global issues pertaining to the Lutheran faith. Some global issues included division among Eastern and Western European Lutherans due to the Cold War, and political opposition to Lutherans in former colonial countries.
0.67 Linear Feet (2 boxes)