Seminars are limited to 25 registrants each and will be scheduled concurrently on Monday, April 9, 2018 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.

Lessons from the Catechumenate: Shaping a Catechumenal Process that Births and Forms New Christians
(Location: Harre Union, Brown and Gold Room)

Few question that the catechumenate has not reached full potential among North American Protestants. Using the study of the catechumenate in five Roman Catholic congregations from Real Stories of Christian Initiation as a starting point, this seminar will explore lessons from and toward the catechumenate that isolate its most formative elements, identifying how it makes Christians and what most effectively transforms a person into a follower of Jesus Christ.

The Reverend Dr. Kent J. Burreson is Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of the Chapel at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, teaching courses in systematic theology and worship. A graduate of the Notre Dame doctoral program in liturgical studies, he has a strong interest in the development and theological meaning of liturgical practice throughout church history, especially that of Christian Initiation. A member of NAAL and Societas Liturgica, he served on the Institute of Liturgical Studies Advisory Council from 2010-2017. He and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Maggie and Lily Kate.

Rhoda Schuler became a liturgy geek decades ago as a student at Valparaiso University, where the Sunday liturgy at the Chapel transported her into the realm of the Divine. A Lutheran deaconess and commissioned minister of the LCMS, Schuler has a master’s degree in liturgical studies from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota and doctorate in historical theology from Luther Seminary, St. Paul. She currently teaches 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.



Preparing Adults for the Wonder of Baptismal Living
(Location: Harre Union, Heritage Room)

When an adult desires to be baptized, how do you minister to them?  This primer on adult faith formation — the catechumenate — offers an opportunity to experience the fundamentals of baptismal preparation.  The target audience is a rostered leader and 2-3 laypersons from a congregation with a burning desire to initiate a process of welcoming new Christians.

Pastor Paul Hoffman, a graduate of Gettysburg Seminary, has been ordained for 35 years.  He has served four parishes in three states, and currently holds a call from the Northwest Washington Synod, ELCA as a writer and teacher.  For almost twenty years, Paul led the congregation of Phinney Ridge Lutheran in Seattle through the ministry of the adult catechumenate, and out of that practice his two books were formed:  Faith Forming Faith and Faith Shaping Ministry.  Paul has taught widely about the practice of baptismal formation, and currently leads formational mentoring groups of rostered leaders in six synods.



Learning to Dive: Exploring the depth of our Baptismal Identity through Cross-Cultural Worship and Music
(Location: Helge Center, Music Rehearsal Room #122)

Let’ take time to explore our baptismal identity through the lens of music from around the world. As we “Learn to Dive,” we will tell the stories behind the music, unravel the theological implications, learn the rhythms and patterns, and be invited to immerse ourselves in the gifts we receive from our brothers and sisters all around the world.

Felix Malpica is currently serving as Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Janesville, Wisconsin and has been a leader of global music and worship within the ELCA for 15 years. A graduate of Luther Seminary and a degree in music from Luther College undergird Felix’s passion for worship and music. Last year, Felix was proud to participate in the creation of the ELCA Resource “Can We Talk? Engaging Worship and Culture” and its following seminar “Engaging Worship and Culture.” Felix is the proud father of Javier John Malpica born in April of 2017 and the delighted husband of Jessica Malpica.



The Illuminated One: Spirit as Wind and Water in Traditional Mosaics
(Location: Helge Center, Multi-Purpose Room) 

Last spring, students at Wheaton College executed a large, permanent mosaic on campus picturing the encounter from the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John, using hand-cut stone and glass tesserae.  With the project-leader and lead mosaicist, come learn about our experience of bearing witness to the dance of the Spirit in collaborative arts projects, the instructive metaphors within mosaics, and try your hand at a sample using traditional Italian materials.

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.




Pouring Water from the Pulpit
(Location: Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources,  Board of Directors Room)

“Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2). How do we steward the mysteries of baptismal waters and their stories from the pulpit? The answer is found in our identity as preachers, our understanding of the gospel, our approach to Scripture, and our goal or aim in preaching.  We will examine each of these foundational preaching topics from a mystagogical perspective–a patristic approach to preaching on baptism and Eucharist that had as its goal the formation of Christians for life in this world.

Craig Alan Satterlee, Ph.D. is bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod ELCA. Bishop Satterlee is also a liturgical scholar, homilitician, and teacher of worship and preaching.    A past president of the North American Academy of Liturgy, he served as the Carlson Professor of Homiletics at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Dean of the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program, and adjunct professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.  A prolific writer, Dr. Satterlee’s books include Ambrose of Milan’s Method of Mystagogical Preaching, The Christian Life: Baptism and Life Passages, and When God Speaks through Worship: Stories Congregations Live By.



















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