Lois Farag, professor of early church history, published “Athanasius of Alexandria: An Introduction to His Writings and Theology” in April.
David Fenrick ’94 M.Div., dean of students, was reelected secretary-treasurer of the Association of Professors of Mission. He also serves as the book review editor for the journal Missiology: An International Review, which is published by the American Society of Missiology.
Mark Granquist, professor and Lloyd and Annelotte Svendsbye Chair in Church History, published three articles: “Georg Sverdrup and the Purpose of Theological Education,” in Lutheran Forum; “Lutherans and African Immigrants in Minnesota,” in the Journal of the Lutheran Historical Conference; and “Historical Introduction,” for Bo Giertz’s book “Faith Alone: The Heart of Everything.”
In July Mary Hess, professor of educational leadership, taught a virtual course, “Universal Basic Income: Theological Challenges and Opportunities,” for Seattle University, and in September she presented a faith and citizenship message via Zoom to Easter Lutheran Church in Eagan, Minnesota. She was interviewed for the Wabash Center’s podcast episode, “What Matters Now?” and presented at the Association of Theological Schools’ Women in Leadership seminar on “Revisiting Course Design and Delivery: Virtual Teaching and Learning.”
Craig Koester ’80 M.Div., Asher O. and Carrie Nasby Chair and professor of New Testament, published “The Oxford Handbook of the Book of Revelation.” The volume is a collection of 30 essays by an international group of scholars who write on major aspects of the interpretation of Revelation. He is transitioning to retirement in 2022.
In October Karoline Lewis ’94 M.Div.—director of the Doctor of Ministry program, professor, and Marbury E. Anderson Chair of Biblical Preaching— delivered the Kyes Lecture for Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church in Michigan. In the fall she was the keynote speaker for the ELCA’s Northeastern Minnesota Synod Fall Theological Conference and the Trinity Days of Trinity Lutheran Seminary. In December she wrote the cover story for Living Lutheran magazine.
Professor of Biblical Preaching Joy J. Moore was elected vice president of academic affairs and academic dean. She assumed the role in September.
In December Daniel Sassenberg, director of advancement services for Seminary Relations, will conclude the second year of his two-year term as president of the board of the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Mark Tranvik ’92 Th.D., professor of reformation history and theology, taught two adult education sessions on “Learning from the Black Plague: Lessons for Dealing with COVID-19” for Elim Lutheran Church in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, and Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester, Minnesota. He taught a series on “Lutherans and the Upcoming Election” for Roseville Lutheran Church in Roseville, Minnesota.
He also wrote an op-ed piece for the Star Tribune titled “Coronavirus Pandemic: How God Speaks to Us in Times of Challenge.” He developed a seven-session course for pastors and lay leaders called “Love for Lutherans,” which is an introduction to the basics of the Lutheran faith for the Faith+Lead Learning Lab and the Iona Collaborative at the Seminary of the Southwest.
Beverly Wallace, associate professor of congregational and community care, spoke at the Lutheran World Federation’s “Being Lutheran” webinar series in July.
This summer Dwight Zscheile ’08 Ph.D., vice president of innovation and associate professor of congregational mission and leadership, co-hosted the podcast “Wilderness Time.” He led virtual clergy retreats for the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta in September, the Diocese of St. Edmundsbury and Ipswich, in the United Kingdom, and the ELCA’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. He also published a book chapter, “Learn: Finding Meaning in God’s Story,” in the book “Walking the Way of Love.”