Craig Van Gelder
Mary Jane Haemig
Craig Van Gelder, professor of congregational mission, led a workshop at the Mission 2011 Conference of the North American Nazarene Church in Louisville, Ky., in February. He led three plenary sessions on biblical and theological perspectives on the creation of the church by the Spirit at the Rebuilding the Remnant Conference at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in January. He gave a keynote address on "Identity: The Real Challenge of Communication" at the Communication Church Conference in Jefferson City, Tenn., in November. He gave a plenary address on "Developing a Missional Identity as a Leader: Thinking Historically and Theologically about Leadership Formation" at the New Church Leadership Institute of the United Methodist Church--Pacific Northwest in October.
Lois Farag, associate professor of early church history, received a research grant from the Lilly Theological Research Grants program for her project, titled "The Balance of the Heart: Desert Spirituality for 21st Century Christians." She spoke at Mount Olive Church in Minneapolis in February. She led a group of Luther Seminary students on a cross-cultural course to Egypt. She also delivered a lecture on "The Christians of the Middle East" at the Evangelical
Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt.
Paul S. Chung, associate professor of early church history, presented a paper on Weber's sociology of religion in Buddhist-Christian context at the Lutheran World Federation in Thailand in August.
Paul Westermeyer, professor of church music, performed at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Roseville, Minn., in May. He spoke on music and the Spirit at the Institute of Theological and Interdisciplinary Studies at Macalaster College, and on Calvin's and Luther's theologies of music at the Calvin Studies Society and North American Lutheran Forum in April. He taught a Luther Seminary Lay School class on Hymns of Faith March 28-April 25. He spoke at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis in February. He celebrated the anniversaries of Thomas Helmore and Hymns Ancient and Modern with the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in February.
Diane L. Jacobson, professor emeritus of Old Testament, led a group of 34 people on a Book of Faith journey to the Holy Land.
Dwight Zscheile, '08, assistant professor of congregational mission and leadership, led the Vestry Conference at Kanuga Episcopal Retreat Center in North Carolina in January.
Frederick J. Gaiser, professor of Old Testament and editor of Word & World, published "Healing in the Bible: Theological Insight for Christian Ministry" (Baker Academic, 2010).
Steven D. Paulson published "Lutheran Theology" (T&T Clark, 2011).
Craig R. Koester, '80, professor of New Testament, helped lead a retreat on the book of Revelation for Lutheran Men in Mission in the Northwestern Minnesota Synod in February. He led a workshop in Brainerd, Minn; sessions at Diamond Lake Lutheran Church in Minneapolis; and a series at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Apple Valley, Minn.