Founders’ Day — 2009

Building Cultures of Trust—The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty

On St. Matthew’s Day in 1952 in Berkeley, California, a garage was changed into a classroom, a living room into a chapel, and five faculty and a handful of students became Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Every year, PLTS celebrates Founders’ Day on the Wednesday closest to St. Matthew’s Day to honor the imagination and faith of the women and men who made this tranformation possible.

Annually for more than half a century, we have called to mind this founding event, celebrating our shared beginnings, and anticipating the joys of God’s promised future.

We were overjoyed to welcome 300 guests to campus this year for Founders’ Day on September 23, 2009.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Marty spoke on the topic of building a community and culture of trust. You can find the notes to his keynote address here.

The audio file of his address can be found here.

Dr. Everett Kalin preached an outstanding sermon, which you can find here.

Friends and graduates gathered. We even witnessed a family reunion, as student Mark Meyer saw his uncle, George Hoyer, for the first time in many decades.

PLTS honored Norman and Joanne Kettner and graduates Mark Knutson ’86 and Michael Wilker ’94 for their outstanding service to the seminary and to the church at large.

We celebrated the 35th anniversary of Christ Seminary Seminex with a hymn sing and an evening banquet.

Additional pictures from the day can be found here.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to everyone who planned, worked, attended, and prayed for the PLTS community on such a special day.

Dr. Martin Marty