2022 Chi Rho Lectures

Jonathan Homrighausen and Suzanne Moore

Illuminating Justice:

How Art and Sacred Text Repair the World

Ancient scripture and contemporary art can help us imagine and crte a more just world. Our focus is The Saint John’s Bible, a handwritten, illuminated Bible, commissioned by the Benedictine monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota and completed in 2011 by calligrapher Donald Jackson and a worldwide team of artists. We explore how this Bible’s images make ancient texts speak to current problems: ecological ruin, gender injustice, and strife between religions.

The Saint John’s Bible and Tikkun Olam: How Art and Sacred Text Repair the World – Jonathan Homrighausen
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Friday, Nov. 11,
7:00 pm
Huldah and the Power of the Book:
Artist and Biblical Scholar in Dialogue 
– Suzanne Moore and Jonathan Homrighausen
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Saturday, Nov. 12, 10:00 am
“You Did Not Return to Me” (Amos 4:9): Earthly and Heavenly Gifts, and Our “Return” – Suzanne Moore
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Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:00 pm
Word Made Flesh and Words Made Scroll:
How The Saint John’s Bible Connects Jews and Christians 
– Jonathan Homrighausen
Sunday, Nov. 13, 9:45 am

Jonathan Homrighausen teaches
in Religious Studies at the College of William & Mary. He is author of Planting Letters and Weaving Lines: Calligraphy, The Song of Songs, and The Saint John’s Bible (2022) and Illuminating Justice: The Ethical Imagination of The Saint John’s Bible

(2018). He is currently writing Writing Esther, Then and Now, as his doctoral dissertation in Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament at Duke University.

Suzanne Moore is a painter, lettering artist and designer. Spanning 40 years, her manuscript books have
presented subjects from the Cherokee writing system to the story of Scheherazade. She melds traditional scribal techniques with contemporary aesthetics. Her work is exhibited widely, and is held in private and public collections internationally. She created numerous illuminations and calligraphic treatments for The Saint John’s Bible.

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Holiday Opportunities


Advent & Christmas Worship Schedule at Central

All services open for in-person attendance (masks required for age 2 and older) 
 Services denoted with an asterisk (*) will also be live-streamed

Advent Worship and Holy Communion on Sundays at 8:30am* & 11am 
 (Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, & 19)

Holden Evening Prayer on Tuesdays at 7pm 
 (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, & Dec. 14)

Advent Mid-week Worship w/Communion on Wednesdays at 12:30pm

(Dec. 1, Dec. 8, & Dec. 15)

Advent Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 5 at 4:30pm* Blue Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 21 at 7pm

Christmas Eve Manger Service at 4:30pm* Christmas Eve Festival Worship at 9:30pm*

The Second Day of Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 10am* 
 The Ninth Day of Christmas on Sunday, Jan. 2 at 10am* 
 (please note the time change and only one service)


2021 Chi Rho Lectures – Mark Brocker

The 2021 Chi Rho Lecture: 

Doing Ethics in Extraordinary Times:

The Witness of Dietrich  Bonhoeffer

by the Rev. Dr. Mark Brocker

November 12-14, 2021, Central Lutheran Church,  Eugene, Oregon

Attendance in person with masks or the Friday, Saturday evening, and Sunday Lectures will be streamed. The Saturday morning sessions will be available via zoom or in person at Central.  Links for streaming and zoom will be available later.

German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is often celebrated as an example of a modern Christian martyr, and his participation in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler tends to be looked upon with favor. It is striking that Bonhoeffer himself deliberately sought to avoid justifying his actions. For Bonhoeffer his involvement in the conspiracy was an extraordinary venture of responsibility taken up only after a long period of ethical discernment and only after other more ordinary ethical options had been exhausted. In these lectures we will explore what it means to do ethics in extraordinary times and consider what the witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer means for us today.German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is often celebrated as an example of a modern Christian martyr, and his participation in a plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler tends to be looked upon with favor. It is striking that Bonhoeffer himself deliberately sought to avoid justifying his actions. For Bonhoeffer his involvement in the conspiracy was an extraordinary venture of responsibility taken up only after a long period of ethical discernment and only after other more ordinary ethical options had been exhausted. In these lectures we will explore what it means to do ethics in extraordinary times and consider what the witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer means for us today.

Lectures: Please note that links for live stream and zoom are active at the time of the session.

Download the program for Friday and Saturday evenings here.

Creating Courageous Human Beings: The Work of the Holy Spirit in Bonhoeffer’s Ethics Click here for video.

Bonhoeffer’s Ethics the work of the Holy Spirit is to create human beings who are committed to fulfilling their daily responsibilities and to engaging in courageous actions that address the most pressing issues of our time.

Friday night lecture:  Nov. 12, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street

Toward a Concrete Evangelical Ethics of Responsibility.   Click on each handout: Work Sheet Concrete Evangelical Ethics Responsible Decision Making Case Study

Utilizing insights from Bonhoeffer’s Ethics we will begin to develop a concrete evangelical ethics of responsibility and be introduced to a corresponding case study method.  

Saturday Morning Workshop , Nov. 13, 9:30 am– 12:30pm in Central’s Parish Hall

When the Ground Moves under Our Feet: Being Responsible in Extraordinary Situations Click here for video.

In this lecture we will explore what it means to be responsible in extraordinary situations, when the ethical ground is moving under our feet. Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the resistance and eventually in a conspiracy against Hitler and the Nazis will serve as a case study for us.

Saturday Night Lecture, Nov. 13, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church

What Does It Mean to Tell the Truth? Click here for video. Click here for Handout

Bonhoeffer asserts the provocative thesis that telling the truth is something that must be learned and that some people are incapable of telling the truth because they lack a firm enough grasp of reality.

Sunday Morning Adult Education Forum, Sunday, Nov. 14, 9:45 am, Central Lutheran Church 

Chi Rho Series Lectures are free and open to all, but a free will contribution is welcome.

Wolfgang Rübsam Concert

Bach on the Brombaugh

An Organ Concert by Wolfgang Rübsam

Sunday, October 10, 2021 at 4 p.m.

Central Lutheran Church, 18th Avenue and Potter Street, Eugene, OR
Vaccination cards, Masks and social distancing required for in person attendance

Program will be live-streamed at ConnectToCentral.org.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonata No. 1  E-flat Major. BWV 525
Partite diverse sopra “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig” BWV 768
Prelude and Fugue in C Minor. BWV 546
Choraleprelude: Schmücke Dich o liebe Seele, BWV654
Passacaglia c minor BWV 582

No Admission charge

Program will be live-streamed at ConnectToCentral.org. Program, vitae also on line.
Co-sponsored with the University of Oregon’s School of Music and Dance
Mr. Rübsam is the John Hamilton visiting Professor/lecturer with Julia Brown for 2021.  Additional programs available at the School of Music and Dance, University of Oregon between October 11-15.

Wolfgang Rübsam is internationally known for his over 100 highly acclaimed organ repertoire recordings of baroque and romantic literature, as well as for his Naxos Bach recordings on the modern piano. Since 2017 he has also made many recordings on the “Lautenwerk,” a special harpsichord with gut strings without dampers, an instrument that Johann Sebastian Bach loved very much because of its cantabile character.
When Wolfgang Rübsam won the Grand Prix de Chartres in interpretation in 1973, he became professor of church music and organ at Northwestern University in Chicago / Evanston, Illinois. During his 23-year tenure, he was also university organist at the University of Chicago for the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. In the 14 years following, he taught at the University of Music in Saarbrücken Germany. Rubsam has given numerous concerts and master classes in the USA and in Europe, as well as serving on juries for the most renowned international organ competitions.

The 2019 Chi Rho Lectures

Beverly Roberts Gaventa



Listening to a Pauline Letter (Romans in Particular)

Listening or reading a Pauline letter can be a challenge. How were the letters put together and who was Paul’s audience in Rome? Friday, Nov. 1, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter Street

Romans: It’s About God

The central feature of Romans is what God has done, is doing, and

will do. What is Paul’s concern with power, welcome, trust, and praise?

Saturday, Nov. 2, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid

Romans: The Gospel for Jew and Greek (And What About Us)

Paul says that the gospel was written for Jew and Greek alike. How do Paul’s words speak to our current crises around human difference? Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30 pm, Central Lutheran Church

Romans: Christian Hospitality in a World of Difference

Paul writes “Welcome one another,” but this can be difficult where there are deeply held differences of judgment. What might we learn from Paul about Christian hospitality?
Sunday, Nov. 3, 9:45 am, Adult Education Hour, Central Lutheran Church

Pastor Laurie Jones

pastor-laurieA life-long Lutheran, Laurie A. Jones was baptized into Christ’s church on July 17, 1963. She is the third of four children born to Otis & Esther Jones formerly of Norwalk, CA. Her formative years were spent in Southern California where she was shaped by her family and her faith community. With joy, she practiced the discipline of weekly worship and took great delight participating in Sunday School and Luther League. Laurie confirmed her faith on June 13, 1971.

As a young adult Laurie worked In grocery retail, but her passion was working with Middle Schoolers as a volunteer youth minister at Christ Lutheran in Long Beach, CA and in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she continued her ministry with Lutheran Church of the Servant, a mission congregation. It was there she completed her undergraduate studies, graduating from the College of Santa Fe with a BA

in Religious Studies before heading to Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
During her first two years of seminary Laurie worked for the Global Mission Institute on campus and enjoyed the richness of connecting with international students from all over the world. She studied for an interim in Mexico City, spent a summer studying in Zimbabwe, and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at University Good Samaritan Hospital before interning for a year at Maple Leaf Lutheran, Seattle. In her final year at Luther, she attended the World Council of Churches Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Ordained on June 15, 1997, Pastor Laurie accepted a call to serve at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer as an Associate Pastor with special emphasis on Discipleship of All Ages. While there, she led an intergenerational mission trip to Fortaleza, Brazil and was part of a fact-finding team sent to Nicaragua on behalf of the South Dakota Synod. After three years serving at LCOOR on the prairies of South Dakota, where she discovered people actually do walk on water (at least during the cold, midwest winters when the lakes are frozen), she accepted a call to serve as Associate, and later Co-Pastor, along with Erik R. Wilson Weiberg at Ballard First Lutheran, Seattle where she has served for the past sixteen years.

Laurie finds joy whenever she can spend time with family, especially her three great-nephews and her great-niece who all reside in Southern California. She is a charter member of the Lutheran International Pinochle Society (aka LIPS) and travels to Mexico annually where the foursome convenes their games (rotating partners so all remain friends). In the in-between times she delights in all of God’s good gifts and enjoys swimming, reading, travel, and much laughter.

2016 Chi Rho Lectures – Carl Holladay

2016 Chi Rho Lectures 
November 11-13

Deepening the Church’s Sensibilities: Reflections on Acts

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Dr. Carl Holladay,

C. H. Candler Professor of New Testament and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University




Dr. Carl Holladay will be the 2016 Chi Rho Lecturer speaking on Friday evening, November 11 (at Central Lutheran Church), Saturday morning and evening, November 12 (at Northwest Christian University and then again at Central), and Sunday morning, November 13 (between worship services at Central).

Friday, Nov 11, 7:30 pm  at Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St.

      Exploring Acts—The Shape of the Story

 Saturday, Nov. 12, 9:30 am–12:30 pm at Northwest Christian University, Library, Rm 203, 1188 Kincaid

      A Sense of History: Roots and Origins

      A Sense of Inquiry: Searching the Scriptures

Saturday, Nov. 12, 7:30 pm at  Central Lutheran Church

      A Sense of Community: Meals, Meetings, Networks, and Possessions”

 Sunday, Nov. 13, 9:30 am at Central Lutheran Church, Adult Education Hour

      A Sense of Mission: To the End of the Earth

 Carl Holladay’s research focuses on Luke-Acts, Hellenistic Judaism (Judaism in the Greco-Roman world), and Christology. He is the author of seven books, including A Critical Introduction to the New Testament: Interpreting the Message and Meaning of Jesus Christ (Abingdon, 2005), which offers historical context as well as an orientation to religious, theological and ethical issues surrounding Jesus’ message, and is used extensively by seminaries and ministers. Holladay also co-authored Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner’s Handbook (Westminster John Knox, 1st ed., 1982), a widely used introductory text on exegetical methods, theory and practice, now in its third edition. His newest book, ACTS – A Commentary, will be available on September 23.

He has received several prestigious fellowships and professional honors, including a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, a Luce Fellowship, and a Festschrift titled Scripture and Traditions: Essays on Early Judaism and Christianity in Honor of Carl R. Holladay (Brill, 2008).

 If you would like to see a short video with Dr. Holladay, click on this YouTube link:


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Consider directing current and future gifts to one or more of Central’s funds:

            -CLC General Fund which supports the ongoing annual operations of the church.

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Chi Rho Lectures 2015 – David Ford


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The Gospel of John for the Twenty-first Century

These lectures were given by Dr. David Ford on November 13 to 15th, 2015 at Central Lutheran Church and at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Oregon. For each lecture you can listen to the podcast and view the handout materials (for lectures 1,2, and 3).


Lecture 1: Loved (Friday, November 13, 7:30 P.M. at Central Lutheran Church)

Chi Rho Lecture 1 Handout Ford 2015

Lecture 2: Learning to Read the Gospel of John (Saturday, November 14, 9:30 A.M. at Northwest Christian University)

Chi Rho Lecture 2 Handout Ford 2015

Lecture 3: Learning the Live the Gospel of John (Saturday, November 14, 11 A.M. at Northwest Christian University)

Chi Rho Lecture 3 Handout Ford 2015 2015

Lecture 4: The Ongoing Drama – Following Jesus Now (Saturday, November 14, 7:30 P.M. at Central Lutheran Church)


Lecture 5: More Love (Sunday, November 15, 9:45 A.M. at Central Lutheran Church)


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