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Come to the Castle

September 26, 2014

Re-formation and Renewal

October 19-21, 2014

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Summer at Wartburg Seminary
Summer may be a quieter time on the Wartburg Seminary campus, but there is still a great deal going on in our community. The photos above highlight some of the summer activity: TEEM and Distance Learning (DL) students both had summer intensives that brought them to campus (they are seen worshipping above); students join together for a community potluck; the volunteers known as the "Naz Builders" continue to work on updating student housing on campus as part of the building project, "Mission Possible - WTS," a collaboration between Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, IA and the Northeastern Iowa Synod. They have finished rehabilitating four houses and will continue on the remaining six throughout the summer.  
WTS to Host Rachel Kurtz Concert
Wartburg Seminary welcomes singer, Rachel Kurtz, to campus for a concert to be held at 7pm on Friday, September 5, 2014. This will be an outdoor concert, weather permitting. No tickets are necessary, but a free will offering will be taken at the concert. Those attending are also asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Dubuque Food Pantry. Rachel Kurtz will be at Wartburg to celebrate the ELCA's "God's Work. Our Hands." Everyone is invited to wear their yellow "God's Work. Our Hands." T-shirt. For more information on Rachel Kurtz, visit her website: http://rachelkurtz.org. Click here for a printable concert flyer.
Summer Greek at WTS
Wartburg Seminary welcomes the 14 students who will be participating in our residential Summer Greek course. These classes begin on July 21 and include an opening worship service and orientation program on the evening of Sunday, July 20. This intensive residential course will run until August 27. Greek is a prerequisite for Wartburg students entering the Master of Divinity program and is usually taken the summer prior to their first year.
Wartburg is also teaching seven students through our online Greek language course, which started on June 30.  The online language course covers the same material as the residential course over the span of eight weeks. The online course is primarily taken by students in Wartburg's Distributed Learning (DL) version of the M.Div. degree and is usually completed the summer between their first and second years.  Please keep all these students in your prayers!


Wartburg Seminary, together with the Tri-State Forum, will sponsor a new continuing education program this fall for clergy and congregational leaders. Known as "Come to the Castle," the program will include adult Bible study sessions for lay people that will be led by final-year Wartburg students. Clergy will be invited to accompany their congregation members and will have sessions specifically for them that include lectionary study of texts for upcoming seasons led by members of the Wartburg faculty. Come to the Castle will be offered three times this fall: September 26, October 24, and November 21. Registration will be available soon.

Lectionary Study of Texts for Clergy

September 26--Dr. Sam Giere....Advent Lectionary Texts
October 24--Dr. Troy Troftgruben....Epiphany Lectionary Texts
November 21--Dr. Ann Fritschel.....Lenten Lectionary Texts

Student Led Adult Bible Study Sessions for Lay People

September 26--Biblically Challenging Creationism

October 24--Living the Sermon on the Mount

November 21 --Preparing for Christ's Birth
Copper Doors on WTS Campus
Those visiting or returning to the Wartburg campus this academic year may notice that something looks different when they step on campus. The copper doors that adorned the entrances of the Tower and Fritschel Hall since 1977 have been relocated. It was a process that began last fall and was completed this spring. The copper doors have been relocated in order to make the entrances handicap accessible, but also for the preservation of the copper doors themselves. The amount of traffic through the doors and the salt used in winter months for ice and snow control was becoming very hard on the doors. Last fall, after being restored, the copper doors in front of Fritschel Hall were removed and relocated to the Fritschel Lounge. This spring, the doors outside of the Tower were relocated and hung on the wall of the Narthex. The doors were beautifully sculpted by artist Eva Leo, who made and donated the doors in memory of her husband, Dr. Paul Leo, who taught at Wartburg from 1950-58. The imagery of the copper doors she sculpted are based on Biblical stories and themes. Though Eva passed away in 1998, her legacy lives on in the doors that continue to remind the Wartburg campus of the heart of ministry and theological education. 


Save the Date! Re-formation and Renewal
October 19-21, 2014
All alumni are encouraged to come back to Wartburg Seminary and be a part of Re-formation and Renewal this October. The following class years will celebrate class reunions at this year's Re-formation and Renewal:  2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989 (25 Year Reunion), 1984, 1979, 1974 (40 Year Reunion), 1969, 1964 (50 Year Reunion), 1959, 1954, 1949.
Currents in Theology and Mission Centers on Book of Faith Initiative
The June 2014 issue of Currents in Theology and Mission centers on the ELCA's Book of Faith Initiative.  The issue is comprised of articles that reflect upon, learn from, celebrate, and further the initiative from authors Diane Jacobson, Mark Wilhelm, David Vásquez-Levy, Greg Kaufmann, Michelle Angalet, Bob Lewis, Jana Howson, Emily Shipman, and Zachariah Shipman.  In the "open source" spirit of the Book of Faith Initiative, Currents has made the issue available for free download on the journal's homepage The link to the issue is also available on the homepage of the Book of Faith Initiative.  Currents is published six times annually by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in cooperation with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Wartburg Theological Seminary, and edited by Kathleen (Kadi) Billman (LSTC),  Samuel Giere (WTS) and, Craig Nessan (WTS).


Luther, Pietism, and Bonhoeffer: Germany Study Tour  
January 4-25, 2015
You are invited to participate January 4-25, 2015 in a study tour to Germany, focused on sites related to the legacy of Martin Luther, German Pietism, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this immersion will trace these three key threads of the Reformation heritage in relationship to their significance to present day realities in church and society. This tour to Germany will be led by Dr. Craig L. Nessan, Academic Dean and Professor of Contextual Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary. Click here for more details.