Presenters

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Dr. Teresa Berger is Professor of Liturgical Studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and at Yale Divinity School, where she also serves as the Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of Catholic Theology. Her research has focused, most recently, on liturgical practices in digital worlds and on questions of liturgy and creation. Publications include an edited volume, Full of Your Glory: Liturgy, Cosmos, Creation (2019), and a monograph titled @ Worship: Liturgical Practices in Digital Worlds (2018). Earlier publications focused on questions of liturgical history and gender differences. Professor Berger also regularly writes for the liturgy blog “Pray Tell.” (Photo: Robert Lisak)

PlenaryKyrie and Gloria, on a Planet in Peril

Workshop • Post-Plenary Conversation

Rev. Dr. Gennifer Benjamin Brooks is the Styberg Professor of Preaching, Director of the Styberg Preaching Institute and the DMin program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. She is also Dean of the ACTS DMin in Preaching program that is sponsored by six theological seminaries in the Chicago area. She is the author several books, including Bible Sisters: A Year of Devotions with the Women of the Bible; Good News Preaching: Offering the Gospel in Every Sermon; and Unexpected Grace: Preaching Good News from Difficult Texts. She has contributed to many publications and commentaries including Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship; Feasting on the Gospels; and Working Preacher.

Seminar • Kyrie as Gloria: Proclaiming Good News in Times of Trauma

Worship Leader • Gathering Eucharist

Dr. Lorraine S. Brugh is Senior Research Professor of Music at Valparaiso University. She is also Artist-in-Residence at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, AZ, for the 2021–22 program year. In July 2021 she was interviewed about her career in church music for the “Profiles in American Lutheran Church Music” series at the Center for Church Music at Concordia University, Chicago. Recently, she served as a reviewer and wrote short descriptions of hymns for the hymnal supplement All Creation Sings (Augsburg Fortress, 2020) and contributed a chapter titled “Where Do We Go from Here?” in Fully Conscious, Fully Active: Essays in Honor of Gabe Huck (Liturgy Training Publications, 2020). Dr. Brugh is a past president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, a member of the North Academy of Liturgy, and the American Guild of Organists.

Worship Leader • Gathering Eucharist

Rev. Emilie Casey is a doctoral student at Emory University. Casey’s research uses critical theories of race, gender, sexuality, and performance to examine women preachers of the nineteenth century and beyond. Prior to her studies, she served as Director of Chapel at Yale Divinity School and as Associate Pastor at Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven, CT.

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

Nate Crary serves as Director of Worship at Christ the King Lutheran (New Brighton, MN) and as musician at Tree of Life Lutheran (Minneapolis, MN) and with Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota. Since graduating from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) in 2007 with degrees in music and art, Nate has led worship in a variety of settings from Juárez, Mexico, to Bethlehem, Palestine. Nate loves collecting songs and curating liturgies. He finds deep meaning in helping others find their voice when singing their prayers to God.

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

Rev. Katherine Museus Dabay is the University Pastor (ELCA) at Valparaiso University. She joined the Valparaiso community in 2021, and formerly served as Associate Pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Franklin, TN. Kate holds an MDiv from Vanderbilt University and an MA in History of Christianity from Luther Seminary.

Worship Leader • Gathering Eucharist

Sarah Hanson is an MDivX student at Luther Seminary and is currently completing a two-year internship at Tree of Life Lutheran, Minneapolis. Originally from the suburbs of Minneapolis, Sarah grew up Lutheran and began discerning a call to ministry while studying religion and political science at Augsburg University. After graduating from Luther Seminary in June 2022, Sarah will be getting married to her fiance, Broderick, and entering into the first call process in the ELCA.

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

Writer of the familiar Advent hymn, “Unexpected and Mysterious,” Dr. Jeannette (Jan) Lindholm is Professor of English at Salem State University in Salem, MA, where she teaches courses in writing, literature, and rhetorical theory. Lindholm’s hymns appear in a variety of hymnals and supplements, including Evangelical Lutheran Worship; Voices Found: Women in the Church’s Song; Voices Together; All Creation Sings; and Worship, 4th ed. She is currently completing a collection of her hymns to be published by Augsburg Fortress.

Seminar • Poetry’s Contributions to Congregational Lament and Praise

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

Deacon David Rojas Martínez is Community Engagement and Education Coordinator at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University and his Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary. Originally from Cuernavaca, South Minneapolis is where David feels most at home in the United States. David is a consecrated deacon of the Lutheran Diaconal Association and is passionate about walking alongside people of all ages in their faith-life journeys. David has a mom, two older brothers, three older sisters, four nieces, and eight nephews who live between Mexico City and Frankfort, Indiana. Considering himself a connoisseur of tacos, cheeses, teas, and beer, David spends his free time exploring the Twin Cities for the next delicious bites and sips.

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

Sally Messner is Director of Worship and Music at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Livonia, MI, where she plans and leads congregational singing with organ, piano, voice, and a variety of other instruments. She is founding musical director of the Elm Ensemble, a liturgical project bringing together professional and amateur musicians with great sacred music to help keep the church in dialogue with diverse voices from Christian history. She earned a Bachelor of Music from Valparaiso University and a Master of Sacred Music from Luther Seminary. Sally has a passion for helping people connect their whole selves to their voice so they can maintain vocal health and engage in lifelong singing.

Worship Leader • Institute Schola Director

Worship Leader • Tuesday Midday Prayer

Rev. Dr. Craig Mueller, panel moderator, is Lead Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicago. He is also auxiliary professor of spiritual formation and church administration at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Mueller is the author of Any Body There? Worship and Being Human in a Digital Age (2017), and compiler of an extensive list of suggested hymns for the lectionary in a revised edition of Indexes for Evangelical Lutheran Worship and All Creation Sings (forthcoming, spring 2022).

Plenary PanelGathering Right? The Challenges of Liturgy and Community in Post-Pandemic and Digital Worlds

Workshop • Post-Plenary Conversation

Rev. Dr. Frederick Niedner is Senior Research Professor in Theology at Valparaiso University. He writes for numerous publications that support the ministry of preaching and teaches biblical studies in a variety of adult education venues and contexts.

WorkshopKyrie, Gloria, and Gospel Proclamation in Lectionary Year C

Worship Leader • Sending Eucharist

Anne Krentz Organ serves as Director of Music Ministries at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, IL. Her responsibilities include worship planning, service playing, and direction of the choral and instrumental music program which includes adult, youth, and children’s choirs, a handbell choir, and a variety of instrumental ensembles. She holds degrees from Valparaiso University, the University of Illinois, and Concordia University Chicago. Her choral, handbell, organ, and piano compositions are published by Abingdon Press, Augsburg Fortress, Choristers Guild, Concordia Publishing House, Hope Publishing Company, and MorningStar Music Publishers. Anne is a past-president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

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

The Rev. Canon Hugh R. Page, Jr., is Professor of Theology and Africana Studies at Notre Dame University in South Bend, IN. He also serves as Vice President, Associate Provost, and Dean of the First Year of Studies. An Episcopal priest, Page holds a bachelor’s in history from Hampton University, two master’s degrees from The General Theological Seminary in New York, a doctorate in ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation, and a master’s and doctorate in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1992 and, in 2001, received a Presidential Award for distinguished service to the University. Page’s scholarly interests include early Hebrew poetry, Africana biblical interpretation, esoterism in Africa and the African Diaspora, poetry as a medium for theological expression, and the use of religious traditions and sacred texts in the construction of individual and corporate identity in the Africana world.

Omaldo Perez is Cantor at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg, OH, where he supports and contributes to the musical and liturgical life of the congregation. As a church musician, his interests range from early baroque practices to improvisation to musical diversity in today’s church. He has helped lead music for synod gatherings and has been a guest musician for ELCA events. In addition, he has contributed to Sundays and Seasons, publications of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM), and serves in advisory roles for both the Institute of Liturgical Studies and ALCM.

Worship Leader • Sending Eucharist

Dr. Melissa Plamann is the Wanda L. Bass Chair of Organ and Professor of Music at Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music. Plamann holds organ performance degrees from Valparaiso University, Emory University, and Indiana University Bloomington. She is dean of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and an executive board member of the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts, a nonprofit organization that fosters liturgical art and encourages creative collaboration between artists, religious groups, and the larger community. Melissa maintains an active performing schedule, and particularly enjoys twentieth- and twenty-first-century organ works.

WorkshopAlternatim Praxis: The Liturgical Art of Taking Turns

Worship Leader • Tuesday Evening Prayer

Dr. Deanna Thompson is Director of the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community; and the Martin E. Marty Regents Chair in Religion and the Academy at St. Olaf College. Thompson has published several books related to suffering, lament, and hope, including: Hoping for More: Having Cancer, Talking Faith, and Accepting Grace (Cascade, 2012); The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World (Abingdon, 2016); and Glimpsing Resurrection: Trauma, Cancer, and Ministry (Westminster John Knox, 2018) and speaks widely about coping with vocations we do not choose.

Plenary PanelGathering Right? The Challenges of Liturgy and Community in Post-Pandemic and Digital Worlds

Workshop • Post-Plenary Conversation

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

Rev. Dr. Travis Scholl is Chief Mission Officer at Lutheran Senior Services in St. Louis, MO. Previously, he served Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, as managing editor of theological publications, where he continues as a guest instructor in practical theology. He holds a PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and is a graduate of Yale Divinity School and Valparaiso University. The author of Walking the Labyrinth (2014), his most recent essays and poems have appeared in Essay Daily, After the Art, Fourth Genre, and Saint Katherine Review.

Worship Leader • Tuesday Midday Prayer

Deaconess Rhoda Schuler is professor emerita at Concordia University, St. Paul, has served for 14 years as pro bono liturgist at her St. Paul congregation, and is currently a member of the Institute of Liturgical Studies advisory council. Convinced that people are profoundly shaped by worship and ritual, she is engaged in research on adult faith formation and the catechumenate. Since her love for liturgy blossomed and grew as a student at Valparaiso University, she is honored to serve as worship leader at this year’s Institute.

Worship Leader • Tuesday Morning Prayer

Rev. Marissa Sotos is Mission Developer of Tree of Life Lutheran, a young adult evening worshipping community, and Liturgical Design Coordinator for Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN. She holds a Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College, a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Liturgy from St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary. Originally from Monrovia, CA, Marissa grew up in a fundamentalist sect. After a half-decade of atheism, she fell in love with the Lutheran church’s focus on grace, care for neighbor, constant reformation and embrace of paradox. She and her wife Maggie live in Minneapolis.

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

Paul Vasile (he/him/his) serves as Executive Director of Music That Makes Community and is passionate about modeling and sharing leadership practices that sustain the musical and spiritual life of communities. He mentors and supports an ecumenical network of song leaders across North America who are committed to oral tradition (“paperless”) song leadership practices. Committed to expansive, imaginative, and hospitable experiences of music making wherever he goes, Paul’s leadership builds trust, invites spaces of creativity, vulnerability, and play, and supports practices of reflection and holistic learning. Recognized as a multitalented musician and liturgist, he is committed to building, renewing, and reshaping faith communities through the ways they worship and sing together.

SeminarCultivating Resilience through Song

Worship Leader

The Rev. Dr. Kimberly Wagner serves as Assistant Professor in the Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair in Homiletics at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Kimberly views her academic work and teaching as an extension of her call to serve the church. Kimberly is passionate about mentoring students and helping clergy and church leaders to navigate the realities of an ever-changing world and church. Her writing and work focus on preaching and ministry in the midst and wake of trauma, particularly thinking about collective trauma, the role of the preacher, and the resources of our Scriptures and faith to respond to the present moment. When not teaching, writing, or meeting over Zoom, Kimberly enjoys baking, tinkering on the piano, and walks along the lake with her dog, Toby.

PlenaryWhen Kyrie Eclipses Gloria: Preaching in the Midst of Trauma

Workshop • Post-Plenary Conversation