Institute Plenary Presenters


Martin Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor
Emeritus at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he taught
for 35 years and where the Martin Marty Center has since been
founded to promote "public religion" endeavors.  He writes the 
"M.E.M.O." column for the biweekly Christian Century, on whose staff
he has served since 1956.  He is also the editor of the fortnightly Context
since 1969, and authors the Marty Center's weekly e-mail column.

TITLE:  We respond although we will be changed: the Liturgical Word

DESCRIPTION:"We respond to the liturgical word (and music and action),
although we will be changed" places stress on the Christian community
and the necessary alteration that comes with response.  This builds
on Bonhoeffer's Christus existiert als Gemeinde, Christ exists AS
community.  If the people of God do not change, the Word has not
been spoken or sung or heard, but returns to God "void."  With
response comes change.  We will discuss how this happens or can
happen.  Connecting present and past (with an eye on the future),
we will view Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy's thought on Western
education through three linguistic prisms.    

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 9:15 AM
Ballrooms B & C, Harre Union       


Gail Ramshaw is a scholar of liturgical language.  She
is a graduate of Valparaiso University (BA), Sarah Lawrence
College (MA), The University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD) and
Union Theological Seminary (MDiv).  She is past president of
the North American Academy of Liturgy and member of
Societas Liturgica.  Dr. Ramshaw has published books on the
meaning of liturgical language, including A Three-Year Banquet:
The Lectionary for the Assembly (Augsburg Fortress 2004); The
Three-Day Feast: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter (Augsburg
Fortress 2004); Treasures Old and New: Images of the Lectionary
(Fortress 2002).  Her prayers have been included in denominational
worship resources published in the United States, Canada, Sweden
and New Zealand.  Dr. Ramshaw lives in Philadelphia and is professor
of religion at LaSalle University.

TITLE:  MYSTERY MANIFEST:  Christ in the Lectionary

DESCRIPTION:  When Christians assembly on Sunday, the readings
they select from the Bible are to proclaim the mystery of the death
and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The Revised Common Lectionary--
Christ centered and widely ecumenical-- directs our contemporary task
of replacing individualized biblical literalism with communal Trinitarian

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Ballrooms B & C, Harre Union



Jennifer Baker-Trinity is a church musician who enjoys working at the
intersections of theology, liturgy and music.  She completed her studies
at Valparaiso University (B.M. Church Music) and the Lutheran Theological
Seminary at Philadelphia (MAR, STM.)  She is active in the Association of
Lutheran Church Musicians, has been a writer/teacher/coordinator in the
Leadership Program for Musicians, and served on the Advisory Council
for this Institute.  She has contributed to Sundays and Seasons (Hymns
and Intercessions), Worship Matters, Leading Worship Matters (published by
Augsburg Fortress), written for Cross Accent and has authored Soli Deo
Gloria: Choir Devotions for Year B.  She currently leads assembly song at
Beaver Lutheran Church, Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania.  Jennifer lives in
Middleburg, PA with her spouse, Nathan and their three children.

TITLE:  Memory, Community, Prophecy:  Musical Proclamation as the
Body of Christ.

DESCRIPTION:  When the rhythms of our lives and the church year are
paired with the rhythms, melodies and texts of the church's song, how
does the Spirit sing us into God's time?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Community Room, Christopher Center for Library
& Information Resources


David J. Lose holds The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at
Luther Seminary, where he also serves as the Director of the Center for
Biblical Preaching.  He is the author of Making Sense of the Cross (2011),
Making Sense of the Christian Faith (2010), Making Sense of Scripture (2009),
and Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World (2003).  He
speaks widely in the United States and abroad on preaching, Christian faith in
a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation.

TITLE:  Josiah, the Lectionary, and the Dangers of Forgetting Our Story

DESCRIPTION:  Shaped by the church year and designed to draw people more
deeply into the faith, lectionaries have aided the church in its worship and
preaching for centuries.  But in an age when many don't know the biblical story
well enough either to appreciate or understand the logic of the lectionary, a
catechetically-based lectionary like the Revised Common Lectionary may actually
have become an impediment to inviting people into the biblical drama.  For this
reason, it may be time to opt for a narrative lectionary that gives the people
back their sacred story.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Ballrooms B & C, Harre Union