MARQUETTE – A "Day of Theology" will be held as part of Finn Grand Fest 2005 beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 10, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center at Northern Michigan University.
The program will consist of four presentations followed by panel discussions. The presentations focus on Laestadianism (Apostolic Lutheranism), Eastern Orthodoxy in Finland, and Lutheran research. The full schedule for the day is available at www.finngrandfest2005.com.
"It was felt that participants coming to Finn Grand Fest 2005 might want to avail themselves of growth in their faith and understanding of different religious groups," said Reverend Rudy Kemppainen, one of the coordinators for the program. "Also, the ‘Day of Theology’ provides an opportunity for participants to learn and grow in their understanding of the Christian faith. There appears to be a hunger and a thirst for more depth in the spiritual life and this event seeks to respond to that need."
According to Kemppainen, about 90 percent of Finland is Lutheran, which is the state religion. "Although the established church may not attract as many people, the renewal movements within the church attract large numbers of people," he said.
The Day of Theology is sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.