Craig Van Gelder
Mary Jane Haemig
Mark A. Granquist, associate professor of church history, wrote an article, "Religion and Immigration, Old and New," for the summer 2009 issue of Word & World. He spoke for the 165th anniversary of East Koshkonong Lutheran Church, Cambridge,Wis., in October.
Sarah S. Henrich, professor of New Testament, is teaching leaders across the country for the coming year's WELCA Bible study, which she wrote, on Romans. She taught on the "Visual Book of Faith" at Gettysburg Seminary's Summer Institute for Ministry.
Mary Jane Haemig, associate professor of church history, had her article, "Prayer as Talking Back to God in Luther's Genesis Lectures," appear in the Fall 2009 issue of Lutheran Quarterly. She taught two adult forums on Challenging Pasts and Futures: Lutherans in America at First Lutheran Church, Bothell, Wash., in June.
Guillermo C. Hansen, associate professor of systematic theology, contributed "Im Zeitalter der Globalisierung den dreieinigen Gott bekennen--eine lutherische Stimme" to Okumenische Rundschau in April; "Confessing the Triune God in a Globalized Era" to The Ecumenical Review in March; and "Tolerance, Democracy and Fundamentalism(s): Challenges in Time of Systemic Bifurcations" to "Overcoming Fundamentalism: Ethical Responses from Five Continents" (Geneva: Globethics.net, 2009). He was a workshop convenor at Reformation Theology: Reception and Transformation at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, in August. He was a keynote presenter at the Inter-Lutheran Theological Congress in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, in June and at Theology in the Life of Lutheran Churches--Transformative Perspectives and Practices in Augsburg, Germany, in March.
Gracia M. Grindal, '83, professor of rhetoric, presented a workshop on Writing Danish Hymns in English at the International Hymn Society conference in Poland this summer and joined with the hymn societies of Great Britain and Ireland, Canada, Scandinavia and the United States for Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land.
Craig R. Koester, '80, professor of New Testament, completed a translation of the Book of Revelation for the Common English Bible.
Paul Westermeyer, professor of church music, was recognized with the Faithful Servant Award by the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians at its biennial conference in Milwaukee in August.
Mary E. Hess, associate professor of educational leadership, was a keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 18. She directed the 2009-2010 pre-tenure workshop on teaching and learning for theological school faculty at the Wabash Center in Indiana in July. In June, she participated as a Fellow in the AAR/Luce seminar on the theologies of religious pluralism in New York. She presented a paper titled "From ICT to TCI: Communicative Theolog(ies), Pedagogy and Web 2.0" to the annual meeting of the College Theology Society in May.
Andrew Root, assistant professor of youth and family ministry, and Tim
Coltvet, coordinator of contextual leadership and coaching for the Master of Arts in children, youth and family ministry program were the keynote speakers for Dream. Discover. Discern., a conference for youth, families and pastors at Mountain View Lutheran Church, Edgewood, Wash., in October. Root led a youth ministry training seminar for the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry, Bloomington, Ill., in October. Root taught a class on culture and the emerging generation at the University of Toronto-Knox College in July. He gave a four-week adult education series on issues facing youth and families today at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Eagan, Minn., last spring. He gave two keynotes at Canada Youth 2009 and lectured on "God's Hiddenness, Suffering and Doubt: Theological Directions for Youth Ministry" at the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry conference in Cambridge, England, in January.