For 69 years, the Institute of Liturgical Studies has provided a place of engaging emerging topics in liturgical renewal. This year is no different, and I invite you to explore our site and discover our offerings for the upcoming 2017 year.

This coming year presented itself with its own theme as it coincides with the 500th year of the Reformation. For Lutherans, surely, but for others as well, the Reformation has spun out a series of reforms which we have interited and cherished. Our particular interest this year is living and imagining ourselves into the coming years of ongoing re-forming in the church.

Our speakers will unpack how the reforming impetus of the 16th century continues to spawn enlivened worship. Then, from the inside of liturgy itself, we will examine how communities of faith are re-formed and re-shaped, challenged, and renewed.

We welcome all those interested in worship, liturgical theology, liturgical preaching, church music, and ecclesiastical arts to peruse this year’s offerings. Each year we welcome both those who have attended for over four consecutive decades, and those who will attend for the first time. Some come for the opportunity for continuing education (CEU credit is available for the Institute). Others come for the opportunity to join colleagues in rich and engaging worship. Others come for personal retreat, rest, and renewal.

Whatever your reasons, we hope you will join us for the 2017 Institute, Liturgy Serving The Life of the Church: How Worship Re-forms Us (500th Year of the Reformation), April 24–26.

The Chapel of the Resurrection, where we gather for prayer, word, and meal, is always the center of our time together. The Harre Student Union is the home for our Institute’s registration, plenary presentations, meals, and exhibits. The Union’s proximity to the Chapel makes walking distances convenient.

The Advisory Council is excited about these new and engaging opportunities for education and renewal. Please join us!

In Christ,

Lorraine S. Brugh

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