Theology of Worship
Telling the Story

Telling the Story

by John Schwehn, student reporter Our identities are embedded in our stories. As each congregation has presented their diverse histories and stories, they have brought us into a deeper understanding of who they understand themselves to be. They are musicians, justice makers, generous hosts, dancers, and dramatists. They dwell in urban and suburban communities, on...
Marking Time in Multiple Modes

Marking Time in Multiple Modes

*The following is a transcript of the Summer Seminar closing lecture, given by Rev. Tom Troeger, Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication, on Friday, June 25, 2012*    Marking Time in Multiple Modes   I was very taken with Teresa Berger’s observation that we live with different calendars.  Perhaps you can still picture...
Planning, Presiding -- and the movement of the Holy Spirit

Planning, Presiding — and the movement of the Holy Spirit

Here is a prayer I pray every time I have to lead worship (which is not that often). The prayer illustrates what I was trying to get at earlier today, in the first afternoon session, namely that even superb planning can never be a guarantee that the Spirit will not need to cause a mess...
Working with Dying Parishioners

Working with Dying Parishioners

It is a great privilege to be working closely with a great pastoral team from Lake Chelan Lutheran Church from Washington. They have been listening carefully to people in their church as well as to questions of the pastoral needs of people who care for the dying. Their project involves conceiving a book of ritual...
Keeping Time with Jesus

Keeping Time with Jesus

I must admit, I didn’t know quite what to expect yesterday morning, but I knew I already felt like a survivor.  I had made my way through a torrential downpour and dazzling lightning display to the Congregations Project opening session–tested by water and fire, just like the Israelites, I thought to myself.  What else lay...
Starting Our Time Together

Starting Our Time Together

When asked to participate in blogging, I said to myself “who has the time?” I’ve never blogged, and I never will! LOL! So here goes (I’ve already lost the first attempt by pressing the wrong button). I simply have to respond to the enormous inspiration I have received today from all of you and from...