Keynote Presenter, the Rev. Dr. Anna Madsen is a “freelance theologian” from her OMG Center for Theological Conversation in Two Harbors, MN. She gave three keynote presentations to the 2019 NIS Assembly, June 14 and 15 at Augustana College in Rock Island. They were based on the synod’s new mission statement and were titled “Walking Together for the Sake of the World,” “Loving God for the Sake of the World,” and “Loving All for the Sake of the World.” Watch the keynote videos at the links below.
After graduating from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Madsen served a small South Dakota parish for three years before earning a Ph.D. in systematic theology in Regensburg, Germany. Immediately prior to her return to begin teaching as a college professor, an accident killed her husband and severely injured her young son Karl. Daughter Else was eight months old at the time.
This event shaped her theology and her life profoundly, not least of all by being a springboard to create OMG: Center for Theological Conversation. Here, individuals and groups, laity and clergy, come for questions, conversation, and study. Through OMG, she also speaks, blogs and writes.
In 2016, the family moved to Two Harbors, MN, and in 2017 began The Spent Dandelion Theological Retreat Center, where she offers her studio apartment, her 20 acres of gorgeous woods, her library, her consulting, and Minnesota’s North Shore for people to retreat, refresh, and be restored.
Karl (now 16), Else (now 13), and Anna are deeply involved in church, politics, and social justice, and loves to cook, eat, read, and travel together…and they adore their two dogs Gimli and Chutzpaw.