Seminars are limited to 25 registrants each and will be scheduled concurrently on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Participants are encouraged to be prepared to perform or show their work if invited by the leaders to do so, each according to the focus of the class. Participants may receive instruction in the topics listed; for those who already have training in the area, the class can also serve as a model for how to teach the topic. Participation in seminars requires an additional fee of $65 with full registration or $75 if not attending the Institute.




Improvisations for Eucharist: Feeding the Soul

Featuring Eucharistic hymns, improvisation expert Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra will guide participants to prepare improvised variations on the texts and tunes for organ or piano. Improvisation is a vessel to meditate profoundly on the Word and Sacraments. The step-by-step practical and accessible pedagogy presented in this seminar will empower participants to create musical improvisations that become food for the soul to share and apply to other hymns.

Dr. Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra thrives as international liturgical, concert, and recording artist, composer, conductor, pedagogue, and author. Her explorations as Senior Researcher at the Göteborg Organ Art Center (Sweden) culminated in her acclaimed volumes: Bach and the Art of Improvisation.

In her hymn texts, plays, and compositions, Ruiter-Feenstra strives to lift up the voices of marginalized individuals and communities, such as in her Belonging: A Carillon Call to Care for All. Ruiter-Feenstra offers multidisciplinary singing, school subjects, peacemaking, soul care, and musicianship in Muse in Peace, Muse at Work, Muse for the Soul, and Muse at School. CDs+ at



Exploring the Power of Art in Community

We will open with a slide show and discussion on the value of making art for (and with) a worshiping community. Continuing our chat, we will then experience a group project, painting two simple pre-designed silk banners together to be used in our closing worship. NO previous experience required!

Kristen Gilje is a full-time artist who works in her Bellingham, Washington studio on art commissions for sacred spaces. She makes large, colorful works on silk for seasonal use which can be seen in churches from coast to coast. Kristen spent nine years as Artist in Residence at Holden Village, near Chelan, Washington, where she learned the value of making art for and with a worshiping community. A 1978 graduate from St. Olaf College, her senior concentration was entitled “Art as Expression of the Holy.” Kristen has been combining ideas about art and theology in her work ever since.



Taste and See:  Wine and Bread and Eucharistic Praying

This seminar will be hands on with bread and wine tasting, issues in parishes regarding the relationship between praying and eating/drinking, and resources for leading a worshipping community to a more robust practice of celebrating the sacrament of the Eucharist.  Brian Johnson and other invited resources from wineries, bread bakers, and Eucharistic prayers will be consulted.

Rev. Brian T. Johnson, Assistant Vice President for Mission and Ministry. Rev. Johnson manages three units: the Chapel of the Resurrection, the Institute for Leadership and Service (which includes the Center for Church Vocations), and the Center for Church Relations. In addition, he works with ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, the Institute for Liturgical Studies, and President’s Council.  Rev. Johnson earned his B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, his Master of Divinity from Luther Theological Seminary, and his Master of Sacred Theology from Yale University.



Preaching Food and the Bible

The table of thanksgiving in the Bible overturns the tables of Herod and the imperial system. How do we preach the vision of the overflowing “abundances” of bread (John 6:13) to galvanize scriptural imagination? How does preaching about meals transform our practices of growing food, caring for the soil, and eating together in community? We will look at how food stories in the Bible can form visionary preaching, for food justice, sustainability, and eucharistic living today.

Rev. Dr. Barbara R. Rossing is professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she also co-directs the Environmental Ministry Emphasis. Her publications include The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation; “Revelation” in Fortress Commentary on the Testament; and articles and book chapters on preaching, ecology, food justice, and scriptural imagination. Her media appearances have included “CBS 60 Minutes” as well as The History Channel, National Geographic, and Living the Questions. She has served as pastor at Holden Village Retreat Center and Chaplain at Harvard University Divinity School.



Preaching, Teaching, and Singing an Ethical Eucharist

Participants will explore the worldly trajectory of the Eucharist and different ethical aspects of the eucharistic liturgy emerging from lectionary readings, select hymn texts, and eucharistic prayers. Participants can count on a lively discussion that will draw on recent Jesus research, liturgical studies, and contemporary Lutheran and ecumenical social teaching.

Samuel Torvend is senior church historian in the Department of Religion at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He holds a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. He specializes in the social ethical dimensions of sacramental practice as witnessed in his Flowing Water, Uncommon Birth: Christian Baptism in a PostChristian Culture (Augsburg), Still Hungry at the Feast: Eucharistic Justice in the Midst of Affliction (Liturgical Press), and Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments (Fortress and Wipf & Stock). Fr. Torvend is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia and serves as associate priest for adult formation at Christ Church Parish Tacoma.














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