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The 2019 Issues, Etc.
“Making the Case” Conference
Chicago, IL

Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, 2019



Ross Douthat of the New York Times
“Making the Case Why the Public Square Needs Christianity”
Dr. Allan Carlson of Touchstone
“Making the Case for the Natural Family”

Wesley Smith of National Review
“Making the Case for the Hippocratic Oath”

Rev. Matt Harrison, President of the LCMS
“Making the Case for Being Joyfully Lutheran”
Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life
“Making the Case against Planned Parenthood”
Rev. Will Weedon, Director of Worship for the LCMS
“Conference Hymn Sing”
Rev. Hans Fiene of Lutheran Satire
“Making the Case for the Lord’s Supper


To register online, click the
conference logo.

Concordia University-Chicago
7400 Augusta St.
River Forest, IL

To register by mail/check,
click to download the registration form.

 Mail the form with your check or payment information to:
Issues, Etc.
Box 83
Collinsville, IL 62234

Download the Registration Form

Only cancellations via email or mail will be honored.  Send email to or mail to P.O. Box 83, Collinsville, IL 62234

Cancellations received on or before May 31 will be refunded 75%. Cancellations received after June 1 will not be refunded.


Friday, June 7
3:00 pm  – Live Broadcast of Issues, Etc.
5:00 pm  – 
6:30 pm – Ross Douthat, 
Making the Case Why the Public Square Needs Christianity
7:15 pm
 – Break
7:30 pm – 
Dr. Allan Carlson, 
Making the Case for the Natural Family
8:15 pm – Break
8:30 pm – 
Q & A with Ross Douthat & Allan Carlson
9:00 pm  – Compline: Prayer at Close of Day

Saturday, June 8
8:30 am – Matins
9:00 am – Pr. Matt Harrison,
Making the Case for Being Joyfully Lutheran
9:45 am – Break
10:00 am – Carol Tobias,
Making the Case against Planned Parenthood
10:45 am – Break
11:00 am – Pr. Hans Fiene,
Making the Case for the Lord’s Supper
11:45 am
 – Lunch
1:15 pm  – Pr. Will Weedon,
Hymn Sing
2:00 pm  – 
2:15 pm – 
Wesley Smith,
Making the Case for the Hippocratic Oath
3:00 pm – Break
3:15 pm – Speaker Panel Q & A
4:00 pm  – Dinner
5:30 pm – Divine Service



Lodging in CUC dormitory room is available.
Contact Pete Becker at
Double $60-75
Single $40-50
Traditional and suite room arrangements available
Access to air conditioned rooms is limited,
and will be granted in the order applications arrive.


Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Hillside
200 South Mannheim Road, I-290, Exit 17
Hillside, IL
If calling 708-544-2700, mention the code “MTC.” 
Special rate applies to reservation made before May 7, 2019.

Hampton Inn O’Hare Airport Schiller Park
3939 North Mannheim Road
Schiller Park, IL

Carleton of Oak Park Hotel
1110 Pleasant Street
Oak Park, IL
For reservations, call (708) 848-5000.
Ask for Dana  or Katie in Sales. 
Mention Group #3084 to receive the discounted rate. 
Office hours: M-F, 9-5 CST.

Child Care is provided FREE

Download the Child Care Form

VENDOR Registration Form


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