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Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop – Professors Burreson and Schuler in Huntsville, TX
Treasures Old and New: A Workshop on Adult Faith Formation
Pastors and congregational leaders in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) face new missional challenges in the post-Christian context in which we now live. This workshop will introduce participants to a model of adult faith formation and discipleship with roots in the catechumenal practices of the early church. Through presentations by experts on faith formation and conversations with pastors who have developed successful adult faith formation, participants will explore new ways to form disciples through catechesis; to shape Christian identity through the biblical narrative and the sacramental life of the church; and to foster a habitus of hospitality in congregational life. This workshop seeks to develop a broader congregation approach toward adult faith formation. For those looking for the right “new program” to revitalize a congregation, this workshop may not be for you. Instead, this workshop emphasizes faith formation as a process and a journey that can be flexibly designed for any parish context. Pastors at three different exemplar parishes will share their experiences with participants. Through this workshop participants will see how faith formation practices can revitalize parish life as the whole congregation participates in shaping the faith and life of new Christians.
Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Few people know the liturgical landscape as well as Dr. Kent Burreson. He has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the liturgy’s history — how it has remained the same and how it has changed. Just as importantly, Burreson shows how the liturgy and our worship life forms the faith within us and shapes our lives within the world.
Professor Emerita, Director of LCMS Placement, Concordia University, Saint Paul, Minn.
Dr. Rhoda Schuler has taught full-time at Concordia University, Saint Paul, Minn., since fall 2008. A rostered deaconess in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), she has a master’s degree in liturgical studies from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., and a Th.D. in historical theology from Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn. Schuler’s research passions are liturgical theology and ritual studies, which she views as more than academic disciplines. Convinced that what people believe is more profoundly shaped by worship and ritual than by didactic exercises, her research interests have implications for the church. She previously served as executive director for a church-related nonprofit that addressed problems of poverty and racism in north St. Louis County, Mo.
|Monday, Aug. 15||1-4 p.m.|
|Tuesday, Aug. 16||9-11:30 a.m.|
|Wednesday, Aug. 17||9 a.m.-noon|
Note: The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the workshop presenters.