2017 Plenary Presenters


John F. Baldovin, S.J.

The 20th century Reform of the Liturgy

Throughout the 20th century many churches undertook a liturgical reform.  What has been the outcome?  What are the prospects?  What needs to be done?

Father John F. Baldovin, S.J. is Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology at Boston College School of Theology & Ministry in Chestnut Hill, MA.  He received his A.B., M.Div., M.A., M.Phil., S.T.L., Ph.D. from Yale University.  Areas of Interest include History of Liturgy, Theology of Liturgy, Sacramental Theology and History of Christian Doctrine.  His recent publications include Catholic Sacraments: A Rich Source of Blessings (Paulist Press, 2015) and Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics (Liturgical Press, 2008)










Edward Foley, Capuchin

Reformed Worship in the Face of a Re-forming Present

While past reformations were often more concerned about internal transformation of theologies, structures and worship, the pluriform world that today if re-forming around chures and faith communities propels us to a more centrifugal vision.  This presentation will consider how worship might re-form itself in view of the increasing denominational disaffiliation, and the religious and spiritual pluriformity that mark the current age, particularly in the U.S.

Edward Foley is the Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Professor of Liturgy and Music at Catholic Theological Union.  He holds graduate degrees in ministry, music and theology including the Ph.D. from Notre Dame.  He has released collections of CDs and DVDs, and produced 26 books (3 currently at press).  His works are translated into 8 languages.  He has lectured around the English speaking world from Namibia to Australia, from Ireland to the Philippines.


Lorraine Brugh

Where do we go from here: Liturgical Theology in a Broken World?

In a world crying out for helaing and peace, what does our liturgy say and do?  We are experiencing an unending sorrow over the cycle of violence in this country, and many respond in worship with prayer and lament.  Some wonder what other connections we might be missing in our liturgies.  Is there a difference between being faithful to the ordo and yearning for an end to the violence?  Is there a part the church plays in perpetuating the violence by not being able to come together as brothers and sisters ourselves?

Lorraine S. Brugh is Professor of Music and Director of Chapel Music at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN.  She is University Organist and the Frederick J. Kruse Endowed Chair in Church Music.  Dr. Brugh is the director of the Kantorei, and teaches organ and church music.

Dr. Brugh helped lead the development of the ELCA's Evangelical Lutheran Worship and is co-author of the Sunday Assembly, published in 2008 to help church leaders incorporate the hymnal's materials into worship services.  Dr. Brugh is a past president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Dr. Brugh received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies in the Joint Program at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.


Timo-Matti Haapiainen

The Work for the People Reforming a People's Church?

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland is living through the time of deep changes.  It has been - and still is - a comparatively strong people's church with a long history.  However, it has been challenged by recent Western values and trends, which do not respect traditions and institutions.  What is the role of the liturgy in Finnish Lutheran identity today?  How could liturgy reform Lutherans in Finland to meet the future? 

Timo-Matti Haapiainen (1977) is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and a doctor of theology.  He was ordained in 2003 and has worked since ordained in two parishes in Helsinki (Oulunkyla and Kallio) and as a publishing editor in Kirjapaja publishing house.  Since 2010 he has bben working in National Church Council in several projects, for example in developing worship.  Currently he is a project secretary working on the Reformation Anniversary.  Haaipiainene has written songs and hymns that have been published in many collections.  One composition is included in ELCF's new hymnal supplement.



Timothy J. Wengert

The 95 Theses As a Template for Lasting Liturgical Reform

The 95 These, when not ignored or treated as a cipher into which later generations have poured their own peculiar perspectives, have often found themselves reduced to dogmatic statements of Luther's theology.  When situated correctly within their own place and time, however, the Theses reveal the heart of Martin Luther's reform of Christian liturgy, the central tenets for which can continued to inform true liturgical reform today. 

Timothy J. Wengert is the emeritus Ministrerium of Pennsylvania professor of Church History at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.  A parish pastor for seven years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he received his doctorate from Duke University in 1984 and taught on Philadelphia's faculty from 1989-2013.  He has written many scholarly books and articles on the Reformation, was co-editor of the English edition of The Book of Concord and translated Luther's Small Catechism, which is widely used throughout the ELCA.  In addition to several books on Philip Melanchthon, he has written a book on Luther's catechisms (Fortress, 2009).  He also wrote Reading the Bible with Martin Luther (Baker, 2013) and is general editor of The Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions (Baker, 2017).  He co-authored (with Susan Wood) a book on Lutheran/Roman Catholic relations (Paulist, 2016).  He edited the first volume of The Annotated Luther, from which his translation of the 95 Theses has also appeared (Fortress, 2015).