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Dirk G. Lange
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Dirk G. Lange

Dirk G. Lange

Academic Dean;VP for Academic Affairs; Professor and Frederik A. Schiotz Chair of Christian Missions

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 2018-2019

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 REQUIRED - JANUARY and JUNE; PRE-REQUISITES: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically & SG0701 & SG0702 - Scripture and Witnesses or equivalencies

HC 4337 01DIACONAL MINISTRY-HIST, FORM, SPIR January Term 2018-2019

DIACONAL MINISTRY: HISTORY, FORMATION AND SPIRITUALITY 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. PRE-WORK REQUIRED. JANUARY TERM 2019 - MEETS AT SPIRIT IN THE DESERT RETREAT CENTER, CAREFREE, AZ.

WO 0515 01PUBLIC WORSHIP-LDRSP IN WORD SACRAMJanuary Term 2018-2019

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 REQUIRED - JANUARY and JUNE; PRE-REQUISITES: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically & SG0701 & SG0702 - Scripture and Witnesses or equivalencies

GR 8651 05INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY Fall Semester 2018-2019

A tutorial taken with the advisor in the first year focusing on the intersection of the student's area of study with the program niche or thurst.

WO 0515 01PUBLIC WORSHIP-LDRSP IN WORD SACRAMSummer Term 2017-2018

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-REQUISITES: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically; SG0701 & SG0702 - Scripture and It's Witnesses or equivalent

WO 4550 01LIFE PASSAGES-LITURGY IN TIMES OF Summer Term 2017-2018

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-HIST, FORM, SPIR January Term 2017-2018

DIACONAL MINISTRY: HISTORY, FORMATION AND SPIRITUALITY 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. PRE-WORK REQUIRED. PRE-WORK BEGINS JANUARY 5, 2018.

WO 0515 01PUBLIC WORSHIP-LDRSP IN WORD SACRAMJanuary Term 2017-2018

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 REQUIRED - JANUARY. PRE-REQUISITES: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically and SG0701 & SG0702 - Scripture and Witnesses or equivalency

HT 0801 01LUTHERAN CONFESSIONAL WRITINGS Fall Semester 2017-2018

A study of the confessions of the Lutheran Church as set forth in the Book of Concord. The documents of the reforming movement, viewed in the historical settings, are explicated in the light of their witness to the centrality of the gospel of justification by faith. Consideration is given to the contemporary importance of this witness for the life and mission of the Lutheran Church in a post-secular age. A central question of the course focuses on what it means to confess today in ecumenical engagement, in culturally diverse situations and interfaith contexts, and how that confession is shaped by those contexts.

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. PRE-WORK REQUIRED BEGINS JAN. 2, 2017.