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Dirk G. Lange

Dirk G. Lange

Assoc. Dean, GTE; Professor and Frederik A. Schiotz Chair of Christian Missions; H/T Division Chair

Biography

Dirk G. Lange, Associate Professor of Worship, has come to Luther Seminary from the Lutheran seminary in Philadelphia where he taught liturgy and homiletics. Dirk's ministerial experience has covered a wide spectrum of activities, but all under one umbrella: liturgy in the lives of people. During the 1980s, as a brother of Taizé, he worked with church leaders and many lay people involved with the prayer groups in the Eastern European underground. During the early 1990s, he was engaged with the prayer and songs of Taizé. After leaving Taizé, he came to LTSP to study under Gordon Lathrop and then went on to do doctoral work under Don Saliers and Mark Jordan at Emory. He is editor and contributor of "Ordo: Bath, Word, Prayer, Table" (OSL, 2006), an introduction to liturgical theology and festschrift in honor of Dr. Lathrop. With Luther and Derrida as dialogue partners, Dr. Lange queries theology, its disruption and its rewriting, through the lens of the liturgy. He has been involved with the Renewing Worship project of the ELCA, serving on the editorial board for Daily Prayer as well as participating on the development panels for Holy Communion. He has published several articles in the liturgical journal Worship as well as in several other scholarly journals. He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) and founder and convener of the seminar group on Liturgy and Postmodern Questions. He is also a member of American Academy of Religion (AAR), Societas Liturgica and the Academy of Homiletics. He has also served parishes in Atlanta and Philadelphia.

Courses

WO 0515 01PUBLIC WORSHIP-LDRSP IN WORD SACRAMSummer Term 2016-2017

With the aim of preparing evangelical leaders of public worship, this course engages the student in the experience of worship as an encounter between God's Word and community. It combines the practice of communal worship with biblical, theological, historical, and interfaith reflection. The course focuses on embodied skills of liturgical planning and presiding through a creative, Gospel-rooted approach to rituals, sermons, art, music, and hymnody (local and global, as well as ecumenical, traditional, and contemporary) of Christian worship practice. Through these practices, students give witness to Jesus Christ in God's mission of reconciliation, justice, and peace for all creation.

WO 4550 01LIFE PASSAGES-LITURGY IN TIMES OF Summer Term 2016-2017

At times of transition and crisis, we need to hear a word from God, to pray, and to mark our transition with the sign of the cross. The course explores existing rites and the theology that they engage for such occasions as marriage, sickness, and death. There is also discussion of how to develop a pastoral response to situations for which there has not been any rite in the tradition (e.g., still birth or entry into a nursing home, dealing with murder or suicide). Cross-listed with ST2452.

HC 4337 01DIACONAL MINISTRY-HISTORY, FORMATIOJanuary Term 2016-2017

This course introduces students to the historical, theological, and social contexts in which the work of diaconal ministry has been expressed throughout the church's history and asks how that history continues to impact the present. The course also provides significant opportunity for the development of spiritual disciplines and vocational discernment. J-TERM 2016-2017 - COURSE WILL MEET OFFSITE - SPIRIT OF THE DESERT, CAREFREE, ARIZONA. PRE-WORK REQUIRED BEGINS JAN. 6.

WO 0515 01PUBLIC WORSHIP-LDRSP IN WORD SACRAMJanuary Term 2016-2017

With the aim of preparing evangelical leaders of public worship, this course engages the student in the experience of worship as an encounter between God's Word and community. It combines the practice of communal worship with biblical, theological, historical, and interfaith reflection. The course focuses on embodied skills of liturgical planning and presiding through a creative, Gospel-rooted approach to rituals, sermons, art, music, and hymnody (local and global, as well as ecumenical, traditional, and contemporary) of Christian worship practice. Through these practices, students give witness to Jesus Christ in God's mission of reconciliation, justice, and peace for all creation.

WO 0515 01PUBLIC WORSHIP-LDRSP IN WORD SACRAMSummer Term 2015-2016

With the aim of preparing evangelical leaders of public worship, this course engages the student in the experience of worship as an encounter between God's Word and community. It combines the practice of communal worship with biblical, theological, historical, and interfaith reflection. The course focuses on embodied skills of liturgical planning and presiding through a creative, Gospel-rooted approach to rituals, sermons, art, music, and hymnody (local and global, as well as ecumenical, traditional, and contemporary) of Christian worship practice. Through these practices, students give witness to Jesus Christ in God's mission of reconciliation, justice, and peace for all creation.

WO 4550 01LIFE PASSAGES-LITURGY IN TIMES OF Summer Term 2015-2016

At times of transition and crisis, we need to hear a word from God, to pray, and to mark our transition with the sign of the cross. The course explores existing rites and the theology that they engage for such occasions as marriage, sickness, and death. There is also discussion of how to develop a pastoral response to situations for which there has not been any rite in the tradition (e.g., still birth or entry into a nursing home, dealing with murder or suicide).

HC 4337 01DIACONAL MINISTRY-DISCERN HISTORY January Term 2015-2016

This course introduces students to the historical, theological, and social contexts in which the work of diaconal ministry has been expressed throughout the church's history and asks how that history continues to impact the present. The course also provides significant opportunity for the development of spiritual disciplines and vocational discernment. ONSITE WILL BE JANUARY 3 - 8, 2016 MT. OLIVET CONFERENCE AND RETREAT CENTER, FARMINGTON, MN. For more information about the course, visit the Deaconess Community website, http://deaconesscommunity.org/j-term/ Housing requests can be directed to Sister Krista Anderson at krista.anderson@elca.org. PRE-WORK REQUIREMENTS BEGIN ONLINE DECEMBER 28, 2015.

WO 0515 01PUBLIC WORSHIP-LDRSP IN WORD SACRAMJanuary Term 2015-2016

With the aim of preparing evangelical leaders of public worship, this course engages the student in the experience of worship as an encounter between God's Word and community. It combines the practice of communal worship with biblical, theological, historical, and interfaith reflection. The course focuses on embodied skills of liturgical planning and presiding through a creative, Gospel-rooted approach to rituals, sermons, art, music, and hymnody (local and global, as well as ecumenical, traditional, and contemporary) of Christian worship practice. Through these practices, students give witness to Jesus Christ in God's mission of reconciliation, justice, and peace for all creation. PRE-WORK REQUIREMENTS BEGINS ONLINE JANUARY 3, 2016.

WO 0515 01PUBLIC WORSHIP-LDRSP IN WORD SACRAMSummer Term 2014-2015

With the aim of preparing evangelical leaders of public worship, this course engages the student in the experience of worship as an encounter between God's Word and community. It combines the practice of communal worship with biblical, theological, historical, and interfaith reflection. The course focuses on embodied skills of liturgical planning and presiding through a creative, Gospel-rooted approach to rituals, sermons, art, music, and hymnody (local and global, as well as ecumenical, traditional, and contemporary) of Christian worship practice. Through these practices, students give witness to Jesus Christ in God's mission of reconciliation, justice, and peace for all creation.

WO 4550 01LIFE PASSAGES-LITURGY AND PREACHINGSummer Term 2014-2015

At times of transition and crisis, we need to hear a word from God, to pray, and to mark our transition with the sign of the cross. The course explores existing rites and the theology that they engage for such occasions as marriage, sickness, and death. There is also discussion of how to develop a pastoral response to situations for which there has not been any rite in the tradition (e.g., still birth or entry into a nursing home, dealing with murder or suicide). May count as either a Worship elective or a Systematic Theology elective. Fulfills PR3530.

WO 4597 99 RSGUIDED READING AND RESEARCH IN WO Summer Term 2014-2015

Guided reading course for qualified students under the personal supervision of a member of the division. Consult faculty within division.

CD 1645 01RIGHTEOUSNESS-BEG OF GODS CREATION Spring Semester 2014-2015

An investigation of the notion of “righteousness” in Paul's letters, in writings of Luther and other Reformers, in recent literature, and in the activity of the contemporary church. By interpreting and studying others’ interpretations of this key theological concept, the course inquires into what it means to understand and live the gospel as God’s disruptive and merciful in-breaking. Employing righteousness as lens for considering God and God’s relationship to the world, the course further explores related biblical imagery, the nature of good works, the shape of Christian worship and spirituality in differing contexts, and the practices of Christian communities. FULFILLS IC2630-94 INTERPRETING/CONFESSING OR NT2210-19 PAULINE TRADITION TIME OF COURSE CHANGED ON 12/22/14 TO THURSDAY MORNINGS 8-10:50AM.

CD 1645 99 RSRIGHTEOUSNESS-BEG OF GODS CREATION Spring Semester 2014-2015

An investigation of the notion of “righteousness” in Paul's letters, in writings of Luther and other Reformers, in recent literature, and in the activity of the contemporary church. By interpreting and studying others’ interpretations of this key theological concept, the course inquires into what it means to understand and live the gospel as God’s disruptive and merciful in-breaking. Employing righteousness as lens for considering God and God’s relationship to the world, the course further explores related biblical imagery, the nature of good works, the shape of Christian worship and spirituality in differing contexts, and the practices of Christian communities.

HC 4337 01DIACONAL MINISTRY-DISCERN HISTORY January Term 2014-2015

This course introduces students to the historical, theological, and social contexts in which the work of diaconal ministry has been expressed throughout the church's history and asks how that history continues to impact the present. The course also provides significant opportunity for the development of spiritual disciplines and vocational discernment. J-TERM 2014-2015: ONLINE COMPONENT BEGINS JANUARY 2, 2015. ONSITE WILL BE JANUARY 12-16, 2015 MT. OLIVET CONFERENCE AND RETREAT CENTER, FARMINGTON, MN. Course registration deadline, December 1, 2014.

WO 0515 01PUBLIC WORSHIP-LDRSP IN WORD SACRAMJanuary Term 2014-2015

With the aim of preparing evangelical leaders of public worship, this course engages the student in the experience of worship as an encounter between God's Word and community. It combines the practice of communal worship with biblical, theological, historical, and interfaith reflection. The course focuses on embodied skills of liturgical planning and presiding through a creative, Gospel-rooted approach to rituals, sermons, art, music, and hymnody (local and global, as well as ecumenical, traditional, and contemporary) of Christian worship practice. Through these practices, students give witness to Jesus Christ in God's mission of reconciliation, justice, and peace for all creation. (Jan. 26, 27, 29 and 30 the class will meet at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church.)

ST 4450 50LIFE TOGETHER-PRAYER AND SPIRITUAL Fall Semester 2014-2015

In the midst of a culture steeped in various forms of spirituality, there is a great need to understand the contour and impact of a baptismal theology in today’s world. Using Luther’s writings on prayer and Bonhoeffer’s Life Together as primary resources, we will engage a theology of prayer both communal and individual discovering how, through communal prayer, a faith community is formed in a baptismal spirituality. Particular attention will be given to spiritual practice and pastoral leadership exploring various “practices” or forms of spiritual discipline. This exploration however will be framed by the larger question concerning spirituality and how a baptismal spirituality shifts our understanding of leadership.

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