Concordia University Ann Arbor will host noted author and speaker Rev. Christopher Thoma later this month as he speaks about the Church’s responsibility in its pursuit to actively and productively engage society.

The event will take place Friday, Oct. 28th, from 4-5 p.m. in the Manor Living Room on Concordia’s campus, 4090 Geddes Road, Ann Arbor.

Thoma is senior pastor at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hartland. An avid writer, Thoma has penned several works and is regularly called upon for contributions to LCMS publications, including “The Lutheran Service Book Hymnal Companion,” “Lutheran Service Book Hymn of the Day Bible Study Series,” and “The Lutheran Witness” magazine.

He is deeply involved with issues pertaining to the Church and the Public Square. As often as possible, he participates in pastoral briefings with congressional leaders in Washington, D.C., and is regularly involved in the efforts of various legislative think tanks in Lansing. He also has served as Invocator for the Michigan State Senate, has been asked to give addresses at religious liberty rallies, is an official speaker for Michigan Right to Life, and lends equal time to Lutherans for Life.

His Oct. 28 talk, titled “The Meeting of the Two Kingdoms and the Tragic Assumptions,” will address the tension Christians feel between the perfect call of Christ and the imperfect, and often messy, responsibilities they must negotiate as citizens. On the cusp of the election, the topical lecture promises to help believers better understand their identities as members of the “Two Kingdoms.”

Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend this free event.

For more information, contact Professor Charles Schulz at 734-995-7384. No reservation is required.

— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to

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