Presenters

Rev. Liv Larson Andrews lives out her baptism in Spokane, WA, where she serves as pastor of Salem Lutheran Church. She is a graduate of Valparaiso University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Liv is a contributing author for Worship Guidebook for Lent and the Three Days (Augsburg Fortress, 2009). She is a frequent writer for Gather magazine, Living Lutheran magazine, and Sundays and Seasons. Her poem, “How to Baptize a Child in Flint, Michigan” was published in the literary journal Rock & Sling (2016).

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

Workshop • Post-Plenary Conversation

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.

SeminarKyrie as Gloria: Proclaiming Good News in Times of Trauma

Worship Leader • Gathering Eucharist

The recipient of the 2022 Christus Rex Award, 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

Mary Button is a native Texan and graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (BFA), the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (MTS), and United Lutheran Seminary (MDiv). An artist and activist, Mary’s work explores connections between Biblical narratives and contemporary social justice issues. Mary’s work has been exhibited across the United States and the United Kingdom, with exhibitions at the Museum of Biblical Art, the Church Center of the United Nations, and Wesley House at Cambridge University. She has written curricula on a number of social justice issues. Her Stations of the Cross series have been shown in dozens of churches and explore such themes as mass incarceration, mental illness, climate change, migration, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. You can see her work at marybutton.com.

SeminarCrafting Icons of Resistance

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

Rev. Jason Chesnut is Founder and Chief Creative Officer at ANKOSfilms, a company dedicated to (a) (n)ew (k)ind (o)f (s)torytelling. He is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). He created and developed The Slate Project, an innovative Christian worshiping community that gathers both online and face-to-face in Baltimore City. He is a videographer, mission developer, and certified biblical storyteller. A native of San Marcos, TX, Jason graduated from Texas Lutheran University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

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

Workshop • Post-Plenary Conversation

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

Worship Leader • Sending Eucharist

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

Rev. Elizabeth Damico-Carper is originally from the northwest corner of Minnesota and studied music (piano, voice) and religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. After college, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to work full time in music ministry and there she developed her love for the mountains and working with people in the church. Elizabeth attended Luther Seminary and received her Master of Divinity in 2012. She has served as village musician and pastor at Holden Village in Chelan, WA, and as associate pastor at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, MN. She now serves as senior pastor at Memorial Lutheran Church in Afton, MN. Elizabeth loves being a mom to 16-year-old Micaela and partnering in life and ministry with her husband, Paul.

WorkshopHelp, Save, Comfort, and Defend Us

WorkshopSinging Our Faith in Isolation: Community Video Hymn Sing

Paul Damico-Carper, recipient of the Institute’s 2020 Brugh Emerging Leader Award, is a church musician, worship leader, tech director, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He serves as assistant director of music and worship production at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN. With his wife, Elizabeth, he directed and led the Community Video Hymn Sing, a daily devotional ministry live-streamed on Facebook during the first year of the pandemic. He serves on the editorial board of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians journal CrossAccent and has been a core member of the worship band at ELCA churchwide assemblies for the last decade. He holds degrees in music from Valparaiso University (BA) and theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (MA), and was shaped by life in community at Holden Village from 2004–06. He loves spending time with his family, cooking, playing fiddle with friends, and walking the family’s dogs along the banks of the Mississippi River.

WorkshopSinging Our Faith in Isolation: Community Video Hymn Sing

Worship Leader

Bringing together professional and amateur musicians with great sacred music and creative liturgical planning, the Elm Ensemble leads worship in a variety of congregations and seeks to keep the church in dialogue with diverse voices from Christian history. Elm is a liturgical project begun by Sally and Josh Messner during their time in the Twin Cities. It grew out of their mutual affinity for liturgy, worship, and music in the Christian tradition and was nurtured and supported by the remarkable worshiping community at Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis. “Elm” is both an acronym for Early Lutheran Music—we are interested in the composers and hymn writers from Luther to Bach, including Luther himself—and a nod to the importance of the elm tree for the urban canopy of Minneapolis, where the group began.

Featured ArtistThe David G. Truemper Memorial Concert

Rev. Robert Buckley Farlee has served Christ Church Lutheran, Minneapolis, since 1981 as cantor, associate pastor, choir director, organist, and resident composer and visual artist. For several years, he also served as Senior Worship Editor at Augsburg Fortress Publishers, the publishing house of the ELCA. He holds Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from Christ Seminary–Seminex. He is a former president of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and a composer with hundreds of published works. In 2018, he received the Christus Rex Award from the Institute of Liturgical Studies.

Composer • 2022 Hymn Commission

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

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

Julie Grindle (she/her/hers) is a lifelong Lutheran church musician and teacher now serving as Assistant to the Bishop for Candidacy and Mobility in the Upstate New York Synod (ELCA). She is a former member of the Institute of Liturgical Studies advisory council and is currently immediate Past President of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM). Julie frequently contributes to Sundays and Seasons as well as music blogs and other publications. She plays and sings professionally in Central New York where she lives with David, her spouse.

Worship Leader • Sending 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

Rev. Tamika Jancewicz is Associate Pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City, MD, and was previously vicar at Christ Lutheran Church in Washington, DC. To her vocation, she brings a love of biblical storytelling, a heart for reconciliation and renewal in community, and a strong passion for social justice.

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

Rev. Warren Lattimore is a Th.D. student at Duke University. Ordained in 2013, he serves as the president of the Black Clergy Caucus of the LCMS. His academic interests include the history of Black Lutheranism, particularly Dr. Rosa J. Young and Concordia College Alabama, as well as the intersection of Black Church Studies and Care of Creation.

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

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.

Poet • 2022 Hymn Commission

SeminarPoetry’s Contributions to Congregational Lament and Praise

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

Bishop Felix J. Malpica is bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod of the ELCA where he leads 74 congregations in western and central Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Luther College and Luther Seminary, and worked for several summers at Sugar Creek Bible Camp as counselor and Day Camp leader. He also served as a director of youth ministries prior to and during seminary. His previous call was at Faith Lutheran Church in Janesville, WI, where he served from 2017–21. In addition to being their pastor, he oversaw the daycare center, a senior housing unit, and their endowment foundation. He has a strong history in global music and as a worship and music leader.

Worship Leader • Sending Eucharist

Deacon David Rojas Martínez joined the staff of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, in May 2020. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Valparaiso University and is a consecrated deacon of the Lutheran Diaconal Association. As a candidate for the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the ELCA, he is completing all synodical requirements through Luther Seminary. Originally from Cuernavaca, the Twin Cities of Minnesota is where David feels most at home in the United States. He has a mom, two older brothers, three older sisters, four nieces, and eight nephews who live between Mexico City, Mexico, and Indiana. At the closing banquet of the 2022 Institute, David will be introduced as the 2022–23 Brugh Emerging Leader.

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

Worship Leader • Tuesday Morning Prayer

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.

PlenaryNavigating the Intersections and Interstices of Praise, Lament, Tragedy, and Paradox in Conversation with Early Hebrew Poems

Workshop • Post-Plenary Conversation

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

Rev. Ingrid C. A. Rasmussen was ordained in 2013 and serves as Lead Pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. She is committed to the work of justice and believes the church is called to be active in the public square. Ingrid is a graduate of Augustana University (Sioux Falls, SD) and Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). She is a leader with mission-driven nonprofit organizations, including Longfellow Rising and Ecumen, and is active in the Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA. She has written for The Christian CenturyFaith and LeadershipJournal of Lutheran Ethics, and has a chapter in the forthcoming book Parenting for a Better World: Social Justice Practices for Your Family and the Planet (Chalice Press, 2022). Ingrid lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Paul, and together they run to keep up with their two sweet and lively children.

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

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

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

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

Workshop • Post-Plenary Conversation

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

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