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The Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection

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Arthur J. Landwehr, II (1934-2003)

The Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection includes digital files of 1,027 sermons written and preached during his tenure as a Methodist minister from 1956 to 2000. A prominent preacher, leader, writer, and ecumenist, Landwehr has impacted so many lives by communicating his deep passion in the Christian tradition as well as trying to reach out to engage issues facing the world. A native of Illinois, Landwehr received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University in Des Moines, IA in 1956, a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Garrett Biblical Institute (now Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) in Evanston, IL in 1959, and then an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from North Central College in Naperville, IL. During his over 40-year ministry, he pastored churches in Lyndon, Marseilles, Lisle, Elmhurst, Evanston, and Naperville until he retired as senior minister emeritus of Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville. Landwehr founded Ecumenical Insights, the first post-Vatican II laity-centered ecumenical program in the States and developed a coffee-house ministry called Logos which addressed such contemporary social issues as racism, drugs, and Viet Nam. He began symposiums that brought together prominent Chicago business leaders and theologians to discuss current ethical issues. He was also involved in the struggle against racial apartheid in South Africa and in peacemaking and reconciliation efforts. Landwehr was recognized as one of Chicago's 10 outstanding preachers by The Chicago Tribune while pastoring the First United Methodist Church of Evanston (1975-1988), and during his 12-year leadership at Grace United Methodist Church of Naperville (1988-2000) the church grew to be the largest church in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church. As a prolific writer, he wrote books including In the Third Place (Abingdon Press, 1972) as well as articles for Christian Century, the Quarterly Review, and other journals. From 1976 to 1988, he served Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary as a trustee and was honored as a lifetime trustee in 2000. Landwehr received a Distinguished Alum award from Garrett-Evangelical in 2002.

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The Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection is made available through special permission from Avonna Lee Anderson. Please send any inquiries about reproducing the collection's content to: united.library@garrett.edu