Jennifer Baker-Trinity

With What Word?  Reform and Prayer Language for the Assembly

Crafting language for the liturgy is no minor task, but one that requires significant reflection and preparation.  How can words used in worship reflect both your particular context and the faith of the wider church?  What calls for reform in your place?  Using In These and Similar Words (Augsburg Fortress, 2015) as a starting point, this workshop will explore crafting prayers and other spoken responses for worship.

Jennifer Baker-Trinity, a Deacon in the ELCA, 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).  From 2006-2012, she served on the Advisory Council for the Institute of Liturgical Studies.  Jennifer has contributed to Sundays and Seasons, In These And Similar Words, Worship Matters, Leading Worship Matters, Soli Deo Gloria: Choir Devotions for Year B, and Free Indeed: Devotions for Lent 2017.  She leads assembly song at Beaver Lutheran Church in Beaver Springs, Pennsylvania.

Workshop Sessions: Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM, College of Arts & Sciences, Lumina Room #340, 3rd FL.  A repeat session on Wednesday, April 26th at 11:45 AM, same location as Tuesday’s session.



Shane Brinegar

Rome and Augsburg in Dialogue:  Is Liturgical Ecclesiological Consenus Possible?

This workshop will begin with a brief exploration of the development of a “Lutheran” ecclesiology in the conflict of the Reformation and consider the Roman Catholic response to this development particularly as embodied in Tridentine and post-Tridentine essclesiological formulations.  We will then move to a discussion of the liturgical-communion ecclesiology as it is expressed in Vatican II documents like Sacrosanctum Concilium and Christus Dominus.  Finally, the communion ecclesiology of Vatican II will be put into a critical dialogue with the Lutheran notion of the marks of church to determine if greater rapprochement and perhaps greater visible unity can be achieved in our churches today on this basis.

Shane Brinegar received a M.Div. and STM in Reformation History and Worship with distinction from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.  In the spring and summer of 2015 he served as theologian in residence at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Baltimore City.  In this capacity he developed and led various adult education forums on a number of theological topics including, Luther and the marks of the church, Luther and the Virgin Mary, and Lutherans and the Bible.  He is currently in the advanced studies program at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  His research focuses on the intersection between Reformation history and theology and liturgical ecclesiology.

Workshop Sessions: Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM, Harre Union, Heritage Room.  And a repeat session on Wednesday, April 26th at 11:45 AM, same location as Tuesday’s session.

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Erik Christensen                                        and co-presented with Liz Munoz

(Re)Formed Together: Ecumenical Praxis and Liturgy Serving the Life of the Neighborhood

In contrast to a more common progression from shared worship to shared witness, the Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance (LSEA) in Chicago, IL discovered how a shared vision of justice for our neighbors led to a pattern of ecumenical worship that connects our faith to the life of our community.  Come hear the story of how worship and public advocacy have feed and informed each other.

Erik Christensen is the pastor with St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Logan Square ( a former ELCA redevelopment site on the north side of Chicago that moved in 2015 from their historic home of 115 years into a storefront location in a neighborhood undergoing rapid gentrification.  In the past decade, St. Luke’s has gone from being a small congregation with a handful of regularly attending elderly members to a growing community with diverse membership, including many, many young adults.


Rev. Liz Munoz received a B.A. in English Literature from Princeton University and a M.Div. from the Seminary of the Southwest.  She has served as rector or vicar in four distinct multicultural settings in Los Angeles and Chicago.  Currently, she serves as the vicar of Nuestra Senora de Las Americas in Chicago.  She recently completed her certification as a Godly Play teacher and trainer.  Rev. Munoz committed to developing new liturgical forms that are bilingual, incorporate the prophetic voice for justice and seeking a full inclusion of children and youth at all levels of liturgical work.

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 3:30 PM, Helge Center, Multi-Purpose Room.  A repeat session on Wednesday, April 26th at 3:00 PM, Harre Union, Alumni Room.



Katharine E. Harmon

Breaking Open the Alabaster Jar: Women’s Work in Christian Histories of Worship

Like the unnamed woman who breaks open a costly jar of ointment upon Jesus’ feet, women in our Christian histories of worship are often anonymous, and regarded with indignation.  Yet, Jesus reminds us that her service would be remembered wherever the Gospel was proclaimed (Mark 14:9).  This workshop will discuss how women’s work contributes to an authentic telling of Christian histories of worship – particularly in those congregations which do not ordain women for ministry.

Katharine E. Harmon is Assistant Professor of Theology and private instructor of organ at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she teachers undergraduate students and college seminarians.  Her research focuses on liturgical renewal and lay American Catholics, and her first book, There Were Also Many Women There: Lay Women in the Liturgical Movement in the United States, appeared in 2013 with the Liturgical Press.  A graduate of Valparaiso University’s church music program and the University of Notre Dame’s liturgical studies program, she has served as a pastoral musician for the past twenty years in both Roman Catholic and Protestant congregations.

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM, Helge Center, Open Workroom #116.  And a repeat session on same day at 3:30 PM, same location.



Zebulon Highben

Singing The Reformation: A Choral Reading Session

The theological themes of the Reformation create a useful framework for selecting choral music that enlivens corporate worship and supports the assembly’s song. This reading session will present new, recent, and historic repertoire that highlights these themes, appropriate both for Reformation observances and other festivals and seasons of the liturgical year.

Zebulon Highben serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Muskingum University, a college of the Presbyterian Church—USA in New Concord, Ohio. He edited the Augsburg Motet Book (2013) and the forthcoming Augsburg Chorale Book (2017), and has over forty choral and liturgical works published by Augsburg Fortress, GIA, MorningStar Music, and other American and Swedish publishers.

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 3:30 PM, Helge Center, Music Room #122.  A repeat session on Wednesday, April 26th at 3:00 PM, Helge Center, Music Room #122 (same location).



Thomas Howard

Remembering the Reformation: What Past Commemorations Tell Us

This workshop will explore the history and significance of past centennial commemorations of the Reformation, beginning with its first centennial in 1617, based on two recent publications of the presenter: (edited with Mark Noll)Protestantism after 500 Years (Oxford, 2016) and Remembering the Reformation: An Inquiry into the Meanings of Protestantism (Oxford, 2016).

Thomas Albert Howard is Professor of Humanities and History at Valparaiso University, where he also holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics.  He is the author or editor of eight books, most recently of Protestantism after 500 Years (Oxford, 2016) and Remembering the Reformation: An Inquiry into the Meanings of Protestantism (Oxford, 2016).  His next book,The Pope and the Professor: Pius IX, Ignaz von Döllinger, and the Quandary of the Modern Age will soon be published, also from Oxford.

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM, Helge Center, Multi-Purpose Room.  A repeat session on Wednesday, April 26th at 3:00 PM, Community Room in the Christopher Center for Library & Information Resources bldg.


I-to Loh

I-to Loh and Shirley Erena Murray composed the hymn for this year’s Institute commission.  Titled “Spirit Sings” Professor I-to Loh will teach participants the hymn and talk about the collaboration and creation of this new hymn.

Born 1936 in Taiwan (M.Div. SMM. Ph.D. (UCLA), FHS). He taught Asian and global church music at Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, Manila and Tainan Theological College and Seminary, Taiwan. He was a leader and advisor to innumerable WCC and CCA ecumenical assemblies and workshops. He is the editor of Sound the Bamboo: CCA hymnal 2000 and Seng-si 2009, Official Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan, and the author of Hymnal Companion to STB Asian Hymns in Their Cultural and Liturgical Contexts (GIA 2011) and In Search for Asian Sounds and Symbols in Worship (CSCA, Singaport 2012.)

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM, Helge Center, Music Room #122.  A repeat session on Wednesday, April 26th at 11:45 AM, Helge Center, Music Room #122 (same location).


Mark Mummert

Accessing, Accessorizing, and Animating our Song.

The reformation principle that all in the assembly have access to the hymnody of the church, both the new and the old, through media and leadership, serves as the guide for an approach to cultivating assembly song that is filled with the Gospel’s joyful sound.  We will consider how all people are granted access to singing, how leadership enlivens such song, and how all people of various vocations have a stake in the quality and diversity of congregational music making.

Mark Mummert was the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Cantor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. He served as Director of Worship at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston (2008-2015) and Seminary Musician at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (1990-2008). He is a composer included in the first musical setting of Holy Communion in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, and his other numerous compositions and essays are published by Augsburg Fortress.

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM, Community Room in Christopher Center for Library & Information Resource Bldg.  A repeat session on same day at 3:30 PM, same location.

Frederick Niedner

Preaching Reformation, Repentance, and Renewal

The first of Luther’s 95 theses we remember and celebrate in this 500th anniversary year reads: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”  How might we faithfully preach the gospel of repentance that shapes our lives and communities in the late, festive weeks of lectionary Year A?

Dr. Frederick Niedner is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University.  He writes for the Christian Century and numerous publications that support the ministry of preaching, and his fortnightly columns on religion and culture appear in the Chicago Tribune’s northwest Indiana edition (Post-Tribune).

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM, Board of Directors Room in the Christopher Center for Library & Information Resources.  A repeat session on same day at 3:30 PM, same location.


Ronald Rittgers

Private Confession and Corporate Confession in the Lutheran Tradition: Complement or Conflict?

Although Martin Luther opposed the Sacrament of Penance, he was a strong advocate of a reformed version of private confession, arguing that it was the best way to apply the consoling promises of the Word to the troubled conscience.  Owing to Luther’s support for the rite, Lutheran private confession became a prominent part of Lutheran religious life in the early modern period.  Luther also thought that corporate or general confession had an important role to play in Christian worship.  However, during the Reformation there was a long and protracted debate about whether Lutherans should practice both versions of confession, for some argued that corporate confession threatened private confession.  At stake in the debate was the sacramental status of absolution.  This workshop will explore the complicated relationship between these two versions of confession in the past with the goal of enriching Lutheran liturgical life and pastoral care in the present.  Then as now, finding effective, biblical ways of conveying forgiveness to sinners is central to the ministry and worship of the church.

Ronald K. Rittgers (B.A., Wheaton College; M.T.S., Regent College; Ph.D., Harvard University) holds the Erich Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies at Valparaiso University, where he also serves as Professor of History and Theology. He is the author of two monographs: The Reformation of the Keys: Confession, Conscience, and Authority in Sixteenth-Century Germany(Harvard University Press, 2004); The Reformation of Suffering: Pastoral Theology and Lay Piety in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is also the author of the forthcoming Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Hebrews and James (IVP Academic, 2017), and has two additional volumes under contract: Grief and Consolation in Early Modern Germany: Johannes Christoph Oelhafen’s “Pious Meditations on the Most Sorrowful Bereavement” (1619), (Fortress Press, 2018), and, with Vince Evener, Protestants and Mysticism in Reformation Europe (Brill, 2018). He has recently served as the President of the American Society of Church History.

Workshop Sessions:  Wednesday, April 26th at 11:45 AM, Helge Center, Multi-Purpose Room.  A repeat session on same day, at 3:00 PM, Helge Center, Multi-Purpose Room (same location).


Jonathan Rudy

Not Just Ones and Zeros: Teaching Church Musicians in the Age of Technology

Passing along our traditions of sacred music and theology is difficult enough, but in today’s world where phones, cameras, internet, and smart-products are everywhere, our students are virtually limitless.  This workshop will explore how we might learn the basics of what’s available, and how to use it to better reach a new generation of church musicians.

Jonathan Rudy, a native of Batavia, IL, is proud to follow a sacred music vocation.  He has recently performed in locations across the United States, and will perform at the 2016 AGO National Convention in Houston.  Rudy appears frequently in performance competitions, recently winning First and Audience Prizes in the National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance.  He has also been a finalist in the National Organ Playing Competition in Fort Wayne, IN, and received Second Prize in the Regional Competition for Young Organists in 2011.

Mr. Rudy is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Organ and Sacred Music at Indiana University, studying organ with Janette Fishell and improvisation/sacred music with Bruce Neswick.  His prior degrees are from I.U. and Valparaiso University (studying with Lorraine Brugh and Karel Paukert), and studied in High School with Karl Bruhn and his mother, Melinda J. Rudy.  He is Music Director at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Cookeville, TN, where he lives with his beautiful wife, Katie.

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM, Chapel Gallery.  A repeat session on Wednesday, April 26th at 11:45 AM, Chapel Gallery (same location).



Leah Samuelson

Embodying Togetherness and Making Visual Art

What do hope and healing look like in the visual arts?  Discover and practice methods community-based artists use in creating space for people to relate to one another in collaborative projects.  In this workshop we will imagine together how to make our creative offerings relevant to our communities through art’s power to challenge, affirm, and give form to what is yet unseen.

Leah Samuelson received her B.A. in Drawing from Wheaton College and M.A. in Urban Studies from Eastern University.  With a background as varied as high-end commercial mural painting to urban slum arts – based intervention and education, Samuelson now focuses on transformational pedagogy, socially engaged art curriculum development, and strategies of institutional collaboration through the arts.

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM, Harre Union, Alumni Room.  And a repeat session on same day at 3:30 PM, same location.



Rhoda Schuler

The Lord’s Prayer as Interpretative Lens for Martin Luther’s Liturgical Reforms

Commenting on the first petition of the Lord’s Prayer in An Exposition of the Lord’s Prayer for Simple Laymen, Martin Luther wrote: “Furthermore, anyone who has a thorough understanding of the Lord’s Prayer, and only that, would be equipped with doctrine sufficient to combat all vices, especially that of pride.” By using Luther’s devotional writings on the Lord’s Prayer as an interpretive lens, this workshop will explore Luther’s liturgical reforms which transform received liturgical rites from acts of power performed by the priest into means of faith formation for the laity.

Rhoda Schuler became a liturgy geek four decades ago as a student at Valparaiso University, her alma mater. A cradle, diehard Lutheran familiar with the “page 15” service of the LCMS, she was transported into the realm of the Divine when she first experienced that familiar liturgy in the Chapel of the Resurrection. A Lutheran deaconess and rostered commissioned minister of the LCMS, Dr. Schuler currently teaches full-time at Concordia University – St. Paul, Minnesota and serves as pro bono liturgist at Jehovah Lutheran Church in St. Paul. She is member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and served on the ILS Advisory Council from 1996-2008.

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 3:30 PM, Center for the Arts Bldg, Room # 1420.  A repeat session on Wednesday, April 26th at 11:45 AM, Harre Union, Alumni Room.


Carl Schalk

Worship and Church Music in the Lutheran Tradition

A hands on practical workshop for pastors, church musicians old and new, members of worship committees, and parishioners, focusing on A Small Catechism: Worship and Church Music in the Lutheran Tradition presenting nine basic principles for understanding and nurturing effective parish practice.  Copies of both A Small Catechism and A Large Catechism which including more extended essays by Paul Westermeyer and Carl Schalk based on these basic principles will be available to participants, ample time for discussions and questions.

Carl Schalk, born 1929, is a teacher, musicologist, composer, author, and Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Professor Schalk has served as lecturer and clinician at numerous church music workshops and pastoral conferences. He was the editor of Church Music (1966–80) and served as a member of the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship’s Hymn Music Committee, which prepared the Lutheran Book of Worship (1978). He is a Fellow of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada and was made an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

MorningStar is very pleased to have more than 20 choral compositions by Schalk included in the catalog. Schalk is also the author of a book entitled First Person Singular – Reflections on Worship, Liturgy and Children. This book is drawn from years of practical experience in church music.

Workshop Sessions:  Tuesday, April 25th at 3:30 PM, Harre Union, Heritage Room.  A repeat session on Wednesday, April 26th at 3:00 PM, same location as the day before.


Walter Wangerin, Jr.

Peace, Peace, where there is no peace.

Luther’s response to the needs and the changes of his time was to reform the liturgy and the sacraments.  I propose to reverse that reformation, showing how the liturgy which we now practice can reform our response to the changes of our times, a world crying out for healing and peace.

Walter Wangerin, Jr. (Master of English, Miami of Ohio, Master of Divinity, Seminex) traveled with the migrant workers, pastored an inner city church for 16 years, held a Valparaiso University Chair since 1991, and is now a Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso, IN.  He has published more than 30 books, the 1st, Book of the Dun Cow, of which won the National Book Award.

Workshop Sessions:  Wednesday, April 26th at 11:45 AM, Board of Directors Room in Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources bldg.  A repeat session on the same day at 3:00 PM, same location as the 11:45 AM session.



Conversations with Timothy Wengert
Harre Union, Brown & Gold Room
Tuesday, April 25th at 2:00 PM


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Steven Wilco                                       and co-presented with Robert Rimbo

Why Do We Do What We Do? 

Come talk about how worship planning is done and how to consider choices for your context.

Steven Wilco is the pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amherst, MA, which serves as a campus ministry site for the University of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University (’06) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Rev. Robert Alan Rimbo is Bishop for the Metropolitan New York Synod.

Both are members of the Institute of Liturgical Studies Advisory Council.

Workshop Sessions
:  Tuesday, April 25 at 2:00 PM, VUCA, Classroom 1412
& a repeat session on Wednesday, April 26 at 11:45 AM in the Community Room, Christopher Center for Library & Information Resources.



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