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The United Library Launches its First-Ever Digital Collection, The Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection

March 27, 2014

The United Library at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the compilation and digital publication of the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection. Rev. Dr. Arthur J. Landwehr II, a distinguished alum and life trustee of Garrett-Evangelical, was an incredible preacher, ecumenist, and author who spent the majority of his ministerial career serving congregations in the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church.

“I am so pleased to announce that the United Library’s first digital collection, the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection, is now online and available to the public,” said Dr. Jaeyeon Lucy Chung, Director of the United Library. “Landwehr was deeply grounded in his faith and fully committed to the church and social community. He was a prophetic preacher, prolific writer, and creative organizer whose broad interests ranged from post-Vatican II theological issues to social and ethical issues such as drugs, war, and racial apartheid. It is with great joy that we can share Landwehr’s lifelong work, which is a significant part of the history of Garrett-Evangelical and The United Methodist Church, with the public world.”

Through several years of diligent effort, the United Library has compiled and digitized a collection of over 1,000 sermons preached by Landwehr from 1956 to 2000. The user may browse the sermons individually, search for any keyword, or search for the use of individual biblical books within the collection. J. Lauren Mondala, Digital Services and Electronic Resources Librarian, notes, “Since Mrs. Avonna Lee Anderson donated her late husband’s sermons to the United Library in 2008, it took a few years for the library staff to complete the digitization project of these sermons. This digital collection includes 1,027 sermons that Landwehr wrote and delivered during his over 40-year ministry from late 1950s to 2000.”

Landwehr was ordained in The United Methodist Church after receiving a Bachelors of Divinity from Garrett Biblical Institute in 1959. His career demonstrated an exceptional pastoral concern for his parishioners and the laity of the Northern Illinois Conference. Early in his ministerial career, Landwehr created Ecumenical Insights, which was the first post-Vatican II, laity-centered ecumenical program. Pope Paul VI and the World Council of Churches made public commendation to the Ecumenical Insights program. Landwehr was also involved with the Ecumenical Lay Academy that instructed people on practical issues like theology, death, and medical ethics. After being appointed to First UMC of Evanston, Landwehr was voted one of the top ten preachers in the Chicagoland area by the Chicago Tribune. Further, while in the pastorate at Grace UMC of Naperville, Landwehr helped create a sister-church relationship with a congregation in Chicago’s Cabrini Green district, and helped establish a mission project in Troitsk, Russia. Landwehr served as a trustee at Garrett-Evangelical from 1976-1988 and received the Distinguished Alum Award in 2002.

To view the Arthur Landwehr Sermon Collection, go to

As one of the largest theological libraries in the nation, The United Library holds over 400,000 volumes, subscribes to more than 500 periodicals, and provides access to numerous electronic resources in partnership with the Northwestern University Library.