Rev. Matt Harrision is leading a workshop in Baltimore, MD later this month on one of the fathers of American confessional Lutheranism, F. C. D. Wyneken. Friederich Wyneken was a roaming German missionary in America who led Lutherans in Baltimore, Ohio and Ft. Wayne, Indiana to the Missouri Synod once he discovered Walther’s confessional publication “Der Lutheraner.”
It is a tribute to Rev. Harrision that he knows so much about the confessional history of the LCMS, that he actaully cherishes it and most of all that he goes around the country teaching about it.
For more on F. C. D. Wynekan and a brief history of the early LCMS we recomend A. L. Graebner’s “Half A Century of Sound Lutheranism in America” which you can read by clicking here.
We learned the details of Rev. Harrison’s visit from an e-mail from the good folks at CAT-41. It’s been added to our calendar, and here is the text of the e-mail:
Martini Lutheran Church, Baltimore invites people within driving distance to a Wyneken Weekend, Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the church, 100 W. Henrietta St., Baltimore, MD 21230-3610.
The Rev. Matthew Harrison, Executive Director of World Relief and Human Care, LCMS, will be the keynote speaker and will lead a workshop. He will also have an after dinner speech.
Other workshops include Wyneken as Teacher of the faith, Wyneken as Missionary, and the Baltimore of FCD Wyneken.
As part of the day, there will be an afternoon driving tour of Wyneken sites in the Baltimore area.
Cost is $24, including lunch and a Sauerbraten or chicken dinner.
(CAT 41 discounted cost: $16)
Registration with Lunch only is $14. (CAT 41 discounted cost: $6).
Of all the parts of Wyneken’s life in America, his Baltimore years, (the place he landed in the U.S., and later returned as Pastor, after which he became second president of Synod) are among the least told.