Read on to learn more about events in the Institute schedule, including plenary, seminar, workshop descriptions as well as worship details.


When Kyrie Eclipses Gloria: Preaching in the Midst of Trauma

Presenter: Kimberly Wagner

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 • 9:30–10:30 a.m. • Harre Union: Ballrooms B and C

In these pandemic-scarred days where we are experiencing unprecedented natural disasters, ongoing violence, and devastating loss and illness, our congregations are filled with people contending with trauma. What can preaching and worship offer in these times? How might we proclaim the Word in ways that are honest and faithful when pain seems to eclipse our capacity for hope? In our time together, we will explore the nature and impacts of trauma, particularly its capacity to disorient not only individuals, but whole communities. We will then consider what it might look like to offer trauma-responsive and trauma-aware preaching and liturgy that sits intentionally in the tension between Kyrie and Gloria while oriented toward communal resiliency and reimagination.

Presenter: Hugh Page

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 • 2:30–3:30 p.m. • Harre Union: Ballrooms B and C

As we seek more effectively to manage the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic; natural disasters generated by climate change; and myriad social, economic, and political disruptions, the question of how to steer one’s way through a fraught and fractious twenty-first-century global landscape in conversation with those touchstones of Christian faith by which we have traditionally navigated difficulties is particularly pressing. Among the Scriptural resources available for addressing such traumatic circumstances is Early Hebrew Poetry. Born in crisis and reflecting some of ancient Israel’s foundational theological musings, these poems—among which are Exodus 15, Judges 5, and Psalm 29—have great value as conversation partners on issues such as tragedy and paradox; as well as on meaning-making through lament and praise. Context-specific interpretive approaches are perhaps best suited to mine the riches of these poems as well as embrace of a hermeneutical paradigm that views Scripture as materia medica for community healing. Such methodologies have the capacity to honor: the cultural milieu in which these poems emerged; the Jewish and Christian settings in which they have been interpreted; and the twenty-first-century realities we now confront. This presentation and subsequent workshop will explore these ideas further and offer touchstones for utilizing early Hebrew Poetry in prayer and worship.

Kyrie and Gloria, on a Planet in Peril

Presenter: Teresa Berger

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 8:30–9:30 a.m. • Harre Union: Ballrooms B and C

This presentation attends to two key features of worship today, on a planet in peril. The first, under the heading “Gloria,” considers worship as it first arose “when the morning stars began to sing” (Job 38), and seeks to re-root worship in principio, that is, in the beginning of God’s primordial creative activity—rather than, for example, in Israel, Jesus, the Church, the Spirit, or human ritual instincts. The second key feature of worship today, “Kyrie,” will reflect on the environmental emergency of our time, and the challenges this emergency presents for contemporary practices of worship.

Plenary Panel

Gathering Rite, Gathering “Right”? The Challenges of Liturgy and Community in Digital Worlds

Panelists: Liv Larson AndrewsJason ChesnutCraig Mueller, moderatorDeanna Thompson

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 1:30–2:30 p.m. • Harre Union: Ballrooms B and C

Within weeks of the pandemic nearly all congregations began offering online liturgies in some format. Now many churches, educational institutions, and businesses provide in-person and online options. What does it mean now to gather as a faith community in this hybrid reality? Can one experience sacred space digitally? How do assemblies that value embodied, sacramental, and multi-sensory liturgy maneuver through this new terrain? And what about questions of accessibility, participation, and membership? A panel representing diverse contexts and perspectives will consider these and other questions.

The David G. Truemper Memorial Concert

In Deepest Night: A Festival of Psalms

Featured Artist: Elm Ensemble

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 • 8:00 p.m. • Chapel of the Resurrection

The annual David G. Truemper Memorial Concert was established to honor the life and work of Rev. Dr. David G. Truemper (1939–2004), professor of theology at Valparaiso University who served for twenty years as director (1984–2004) of the Institute of Liturgical Studies. Now a centerpiece of the Institute’s conference, each concert—through performances of choral and chamber music, assembly song, spoken reflections, art, and combinations thereof—expands, reflects upon, and engages in dialogue with the year’s focus. In 2022, the Elm Ensemble will present a festival of psalms that explores the gamut of emotions voiced by the psalmists while also modeling many and creative ways in which the psalms can be sung in worship—a program that will explore the rich, thin, and deep spaces between exquisite and practical, between Kyrie and Gloria, and between liturgy and life.


Pre-registration required

Crafting Icons of Resistance

Presenter: Mary Button

Monday, April 25, 2022 • 1:00–4:00 p.m. • Helge Center: Multipurpose Room

In this interactive art seminar, artist and iconographer Mary Button will lead participants in the creation of an icon for personal devotion. Creating icons is an important spiritual practice that offers people a creative outlet to lament and lift up people, places, and moments important to them. In recent years, Mary has created icons of contemporary martyrs like Heather Heyer, as well as icons of living saints like the healthcare workers on the frontlines of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Mary will provide materials and guidance so that every participant—regardless of drawing or painting skills—will leave seminar with their own icon.

Cultivating Resilience through Song

Presenter: Paul Vasile

Monday, April 25, 2022 • 1:00–4:00 p.m. • Valparaiso University Center for the Arts: Duesenberg Recital Hall

This seminar explores congregational songs that speak to the multilayered experiences and feelings we’ve encountered through the pandemic. Inspired by the book of Psalms, we’ll sing our grief and loss, share signs of recovery and healing, and name the dreams and hopes we carry into the future. As we reflect on ways grief-tending, lament, and testimony support the spiritual and emotional well-being of our communities, we’ll also develop and practice skills that support trauma-informed leadership.

Kyrie as Gloria: Proclaiming Good News in Times of Trauma

Presenter: Gennifer Brooks

Monday, April 25, 2022 • 1:00–4:00 p.m. • Harre Union: Heritage Room

In the last two years, we have been forced to confront issues that have brought to startling light the issue of oppression, injustice, and inequality that plagues so many persons and groups nationally and globally. And yet, many of these selfsame persons and groups have found reasons to offer praise to God in the midst of their lament. The preacher’s proclamation of good news, that is ever-present and available regardless of the circumstances of life, offers to the people an opportunity to experience and celebrate the enlivening grace of God, despite the trauma infecting their lives.

Poetry’s Contributions to Congregational Lament and Praise

Presenter: Jeannette Lindholm

Monday, April 25, 2022 • 1:00–4:00 p.m. • Christopher Center Library: Community Room

With a focus on hymns, together we’ll explore the nature of poetry as a genre and the ways in which poetry (1) creates multiple, dynamic possibilities for meaning during worship and (2) enriches worshippers’ experiences of lament and praise. Topics for consideration will include: the multivalent nature of poetry; the possibilities and perils of allusion, the use(s) of silence within poetry to create healing, inclusive, and welcoming opportunities for meaning-making and engagement during worship; and the critical need to consider poetry in relation to other texts and contexts (both within worship services themselves and beyond).

The Bible by Heart: Biblical Storytelling in the Liturgy and as a Spiritual Practice

Presenter: Jason Chesnut

Monday, April 25, 2022 • 1:00–4:00 p.m. • Harre Union: Brown and Gold Room

Our sacred stories are meant to be told—out loud! Although inked text in beloved Bibles carried through decades of ministry reminds us of the power of God’s words, the permanence of print sometimes keeps us from remembering Holy Scripture’s oral roots. Recovering this ancient practice equips us to bear witness to the story of God and God’s people, not merely chapters and verses. This seminar will tackle the what and why of biblical storytelling—its history in ancient oral traditions—before diving headfirst into the how. During this seminar, each participant will themselves learn a biblical story to take in their hearts (and to their particular ministry context). Our Bibles are full of fascinating narratives just waiting to be lifted up off the page and placed down into the midst of God’s people. Participants in the seminar will also be invited to prepare and lead the Gospel for the Institute’s sending eucharist.

The Incarnate God Aflame: Extending the Eucharistic Feast into Social Unrest

Presenters: David Rojas MartínezIngrid Rasmussen

Monday, April 25, 2022 • 1:00–4:00 p.m. • Harre Union: Alumni Room

Located across the street from the former Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church found itself in the center of social unrest following the public murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. The congregation was called upon by the community to fling its doors wide open in the hours, days, weeks, and months following the Minneapolis Uprising. Grounded in God with Us, the congregation extended the Eucharistic Table beyond its building and into the lamenting world surrounding it. The community responded with joy to the reminder that all are welcomed at God’s table and that there is always enough.


A Vespers for This Time: Community Liturgy Creation During COVID-19

Presenters: Nate CrarySarah HansonMarissa Sotos

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Valparaiso University Center for the Arts: Duesenberg Recital Hall

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 3:00–4:00 p.m. • Helge Center: Music Rehearsal Room

Join the presenters as they walk through their community writing, music, and art process, creating “Brightness and Shadows: A Vespers Service for the Season after Epiphany.” Written during the height of the pandemic in a series of online workshops, this evening prayer’s creation was an exercise in group theology, creativity, interpretation, and editing. This workshop will survey the logistical and creative process from articulating resonant themes in pandemic life and scripture, to completion, self publishing, and use for worship, as well as demonstrating specific pieces of the service and how they were created to be participatory and contextual.

Alternatim Praxis: The Liturgical Art of Taking Turns

Presenter: Melissa Plamann

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Helge Center: Music Rehearsal Room

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Helge Center: Music Rehearsal Room

Alternatim refers to the practice of taking turns in liturgical music. Most often, we associate this technique with the French Classic era, wherein the organ and choir alternated in presenting the Mass ordinary. This workshop will explore the rich history of liturgical turn-taking and what alternatim praxis might suggest for modern worship. We will examine various composers and traditions that encourage antiphony, as well as practical considerations for bringing the art of taking turns into our current worshipping communities.

Between Afropessimism and Afrofuturism: Liturgy, Lament, and a Hope Against Hope 

Presenter: Warren Lattimore

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Harre Union: Heritage Room

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 3:00–4:00 p.m. • Harre Union: Heritage Room

In the summer of 2020, churches looked for ways to respond to the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests against racial injustice. Liturgically, many turned to prayer, lifting up their cares to the Lord. But one resource of the church tended to go underutilized, that of lament. Soong-Chan Rah notes that “a triumphalistic theology of celebration and privilege rooted in a praise-only narrative is perpetuated by the absence of lament and the underlying narrative of suffering that informs lament.” This workshop will examine its absence in Lutheran churches, contrasting it with the lament of the sorrow songs of the Black Church. Brought into conversation, we will explore how a liturgical theology informed by the Black Church tradition can offer a way between the despair of Get Out’s Afropessimism and escapism of Black Panther’s Afrofuturism.

Beyond Deep Gladness: Coming to Terms with Vocations We Don’t Choose

Presenter: Deanna Thompson

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Harre Union: Alumni Room

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 3:00–4:00 p.m. • Harre Union: Alumni Room

Many of us likely resonate with Frederick Beuchner’s view that “the place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.” But especially in this time of pandemic, confronting racial injustice, and climate change, it’s also important to make room for the deep sadness that fills our lives. In this workshop we will explore some of the pressure points of deep sadness for all of us as well as how the public practice of lament helps us name injustice, sadness, grief, and opens up pathways to come to terms with callings that take us places we’d rather not go.

Help, Save, Comfort, and Defend Us

Presenter: Elizabeth Damico-Carper

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Helge Center: Multipurpose Room

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Harre Union: Brown and Gold Room

The past two years have caused a great disconnect—from our communities, from familiar worship practices, and, for many of us, a disconnect from our faith in the Living God. Grounded in ritual than rhetoric, this workshop will invite participants to dwell with the big questions of our time—institutional disconnect, the de-centering of worship, our identity as church leaders, the well-being of our people. In the face of these realities, come to participate in restorative, spiritual practices for the nourishment of your soul.

Hymn Collaboration: “Love Leads Us through the Wind and Waves”

Presenters: Jeannette Lindholm and Robert Buckley Farlee

Note that this workshop is offered only once

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Christopher Center Library: Community Room

Jeannette (Jan) Lindholm and Robert Buckley Farlee will introduce and discuss this newly commissioned hymn (and new hymns in general) from their perspectives as poet and composer. Participants will also be invited to bring and ask their own questions. “Love Leads Us Through the Wind and Waves” is the ninth hymn commissioned by the Institute as part of the Christus Rex Hymn Commission Series, and will be sung twice during the 2022 Institute’s liturgies.

Kyrie, Gloria, and Gospel Proclamation in Lectionary Year C

Presenter: Frederick Niedner

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Harre Union: Brown and Gold Room

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Harre Union: Brown and Gold Room

Two years into the world’s most recent pandemic and its aftermath, our communities and congregations are still limping, somewhat bewildered, perhaps even scattered and broken. We can see ourselves in the lessons appointed for this season, where we find death snatching away faithful partners and betrayal coming from some we counted as friends. “Lord, have mercy” may seem our only prayer most days, but even in darkness and emptiness, cruciform gospel lifts our hearts, gathers us into choirs, however humble, and sends us on our way rejoicing.

Sighs Too Deep for Words: Liturgy in Response to Faith, Sexism, and Justice

Presenters: Emilie Casey • Tamika Jancewicz • Anne Krentz OrganIngrid Rasmussen

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Christopher Center Library: Community Room

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 3:00–4:00 p.m. • Christopher Center Library: Community Room

Responding to Faith, Sexism, and Justice (ELCA Social Statement) and the challenges of holding together gender justice and Christian traditions, Pastors Tamika Jancewicz and Emilie Casey, with composer Anne Krentz Organ, present a eucharistic liturgy rooted in the breaths, sighs, groans, and shouts of God and creation. This project is a collaboration with congregations from the Minneapolis Area Synod, with funding provided by a Ministry Imagination Grant. May we pray and sing without knowing exactly what to say, for when we do not know how to pray, the Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.

Singing Our Faith in Isolation: Community Video Hymn Sing

Presenters: Elizabeth Damico-CarperPaul Damico-Carper

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 12:45–1:30 p.m. • Harre Union: Ballrooms B and C

The Community Video Hymn Sing was a year-long, daily ministry that helped people sing together when the COVID-19 pandemic kept us from physically singing together. Gather with Paul and Elizabeth Damico-Carper to share, learn, sing, and pray in the rhythm of a CVHS. They will also reflect on the inspiring moments and awkward debacles that were realities for all of us as we newly embraced online ministry.

The Hymns of Susan Palo Cherwien: A Tapestry of Poetry, Theology, and Music within a Lutheran Context

Presenter: Robert Buckley Farlee

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 10:45–11:45 a.m. • Valparaiso University Center for the Arts: Duesenberg Recital Hall

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 • 3:00–4:00 p.m. • Valparaiso University Center for the Arts: Duesenberg Recital Hall

This workshop will take an initial retrospective glimpse at the remarkable body of hymnody that Susan Cherwien left us upon her untimely death in December 2021. Robert Farlee served as editor for two of her collections of hymns, and set a number of them to music. Examining various facets of these gems, we will take note of her poetic skill, her deep expressions of theological truth applied to the human condition, and the inherent musicality that carried it all along. We will also ponder how her approach to hymns was built upon strong, historic Lutheran traditions.