Janet L Ramsey
Professor Emeritus and former Pastor George Weinman Chair of Pastoral Theology and Ministry

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Curriculum Vitae for Janet L Ramsey


CG 3528 01SPIRITUAL RESILIENCY THROUGH LIFE Summer Session 2014-2015

A theoretical and practical examination of how faith makes a difference as we age, particularly during middle and later years. A life span approach is used to explore the gifts of increasing spiritual maturity and personal wisdom. Traditional and emerging metaphors of spirituality are explored and special Attention given to the themes of religious practices, vocation, affect, interpersonal relationships and creativity as they appear in the narratives of spiritually resilient older adults who are grounded in spiritual communities.

CG 3520 50GRIEF DEATH AND DYING Spring Semester 2014-2015

An investigation of the nature and dynamics of grief. This course engages grief both in the intimacy of personal relationship, as well as grief arising from loss of employment, church closure, and other forms of communal loss. Discussion of communal and one-on-one forms of caring for those who are grieving, with analysis of the theology of grief implicit in such care, particularly in relation to questions of theodicy. Special attention is paid to the communal care elements of funerals and other forms of ritual in times of loss, as well as challenges arising for communities in multi-faith contexts.

Speaking Topics:

Janet L Ramsey is available to speak at your congregation's event or adult forum on the following topics. For other faculty and staff resources, visit our Online Resource Guide

  • Aging & Spiritual Resiliency
  • Aging, Sexuality and Christian Faith
  • Facilitating Caring Congregations
  • Issues in Caregiving: Caregiving and Spiritual Resiliency
  • Stepfamilies -- Challenges, Resources & Faith Issues
  • Women, Aging and Faith


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Ph.D.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, VA
M.Div.Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
M.A.R.Yale University Divinity School
New Haven, CT
B.A.Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA


Dr. Janet Ramsey joined the Luther Seminary faculty as the associate professor of congregational care leadership in spring 2002. Her title, a new one at Luther Seminary, signals a philosophical and theological change in modern-day pastoral care. Today, the pastor is no longer seen as the sole caregiver in a congregation, but as the one who models care and leads congregations to be caring communities.



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