The Immanuel Symposium is designed to create opportunities for deeper study, discussion, and reflection that might arise during ordinary Bible studies. Each course will consists of 4-6 weeks of focused study on a particular topic, allowing participants to dive deep on subjects that interest them. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are hosted at Immanuel Lutheran Church (1700 Westport Rd. Kansas City, MO 64110), from 7pm to 8pm, and are open to the public. A suggested donation of $35 per participant will provide for course materials and developing future offerings of the Immanuel Symposium. We hope you'll join us! 

Coming Up:

The Beginnings of Modern Theology

The inaugural session of the Immanuel Symposium will be led by Dr. Jim Brandt, Professor of Historical Theology at Saint Paul School of Theology.  Drawing on the work of renowned German scholar Friedrich Schleiermacher, we'll delve into the roots of modern protestant theology. Schleiermacher is particularly relevant our current situation as a theologian who engages the intellectual currents of his day, has great respect for the importance of non-theological knowledge, seeks to build up the church as a community of faith, and is clear about the church’s call to engage society and call out that which is contrary to God’s will for peace and justice.

Dr. Brandt is a recognized expert on Schleiermacher having published a book on his Christian Ethics, All Things New: Reform of Church and Society in Schleiermacher’s Christian Ethics and having published a translation of portions of the Christian Ethics into English. More recently Dr. Brandt contributed the lead chapter to Schleiermacher and Sustainability: A Theology for Ecological Living (ed. Shelli M Poe).

 Register by phone (816) 931-8483 or by e-mail ( by April 18th, and join us on April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, and May 15th.