Fall Academy

Reforming! With the Holy Spirit!

Monday, October 26 — Thursday, October 29 

Join us for Fall Academy and Luther Colloquy 2015 to explore the Holy Spirit, our language about her and promising Lutheran approaches, from biblical, theological, philosophical, and musical perspectives.

As part of Gettysburg Seminary’s Fall Academy and S.T.M. program, Professor Kristin Johnston Largen offers a semester-long hybrid course on “The Holy Spirit and the Spirits: a Comparative Perspective,” with a presentation open to the public on October 26. (See the schedule below). Prospective S.T.M. students contact Admissions@Ltsg.edu.


Advance reservations are now closed but we welcome you to register for the lectures in person on the day of the event. Meal reservations are no longer available.

If you have questions call (717) 338-3000, ext. 2198 or e-mail Academy@Ltsg.edu

Jennifer Hockenbery Dragseth
Professor of Philosophy, Mount Mary University
"Spirit and Letter Gospel and Law – Augustine and Luther in Conversation"

Karin Johannesson
Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
"The Holy Spirit and Lutheran Spirituality in the 21st Century"

Nelson Rivera
Associate Professor Systematic Theology, Director of the Latino Concentration, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
"Spirit in the World: Cry and Comfort – A Lutheran Perspective"

Mark Vitalis Hoffman
Professor of Biblical Studies, Gettysburg Seminary
"The Acts of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts"

Mark Oldenburg
Dean of the Chapel and Steck-Miller Professor of the Art of Worship, Gettysburg Seminary
in collaboration with
Stephen Folkemer
Professor of Church Music and Cantor, Gettysburg Seminary
"Transcendent Comfort in Our Every Need: The Holy Spirit in Luther’s Hymns" and
"Come Down, O Love Divine: Singing about the Spirit through the Centuries"

Mark Mummert
Distinguished Visiting Cantor, Gettysburg Seminary
CONCERT: "Reformation Chorales Reformed: Settings of classic hymns by Bach, Mendelssohn, Distler, Harbach, and Woodman"



Monday, October 26

11:55am   Chapel

1:30pm   Welcome to Fall Academy 2015 (Valentine Auditorium)

1:40-3:30pm   “The Holy Spirit and the Spirits: Discerning the Presence and Work of God in the World.” (Valentine Auditorium) Kristin Johnston Largen (free)

Tuesday, October 27

8:30am   Registration (Chapel)

9:00am   Morning Prayer

9:15am   Welcome to the Table Talks and Announcements

9:30-10:30am   “Spirit and Letter, Gospel and Law – Augustine and Luther in Conversation” Jennifer Hockenbery Dragseth

11:00-11:45am   “The Acts of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts” Mark Vitalis Hoffman

11:55am   Prayer at Noontime

12:20pm   Lunch

1:30-2:15pm   “Transcendent Comfort in Our Every Need: The Holy Spirit in Luther’s Hymns”
Mark Oldenburg & Stephen Folkemer

2:30-3:15pm   “Come Down, O Love Divine: Singing about the Spirit through the Centuries”
Mark Oldenburg & Stephen Folkemer

3:30-5:00pm   Reception: S.T.M. Studies at Gettysburg Seminary (Coffee Shop)
Welcome current and prospective students!

7:30pm   Organ Concert: “Reformation Chorales Reformed: Settings of classic hymns by Bach, Mendelssohn, Distler, Harbach, and Woodman” Mark Mummert
Presented by Music, Gettysburg!

Wednesday, October 28
Luther Colloquy: “Luther and Lutherans on the Holy Spirit”

8:30 am   Registration (Chapel)

9:00-10:00am   Festival Worship
Presider: Kristin Johnston Largen, Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Gettysburg Seminary
Preacher: John Largen, Pastor, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Littlestown, PA

10:30am   Welcome to Luther Colloquy 2015

10:45-11:45am   The Carl Rasmussen Lecture: “The Holy Spirit and Lutheran Spirituality in the 21st Century” Karin Johannesson

11:45-1:00pm   Lunch

1:00-2:00pm   The George and Janet Harkins Lecture (Chapel) “Spirit in the World: Cry and Comfort – A Lutheran Perspective” Nelson Rivera

2:15-3:15pm   Responses and Discussion
Brooks Schramm, Chair of Graduate Studies Committee moderating

3:30-5:00pm   Book Display: “Regional Colonial and Federal American Imprints” with a wine & cheese reception (Wentz Library) open to all attendees 
B. Bohleke, Director of the Library and Archivist, hosting
Exhibit prepared by Karin Bohleke, Shippensburg University and Gettysburg Seminary

6:00pm   Table Talk at Sharpshooter Inn, on Herrs Ridge at the Herr Tavern

Thursday, October 29
Preaching Perspectives: "Light into Our Darkness: Waiting, Receiving, and Seeing God Made Visible in our World"

9:00am   Registration

9:30am   Maria Erling, Gettysburg Seminary

11:55am   Chapel

12:15pm   Lunch (Refectory w/ advanced reservation)

1:15pm   John Spangler, Executive Assistant to the President for Communication
and Planning, Gettysburg Seminary


Jennifer Hockenbery Dragseth is Professor of Philosophy at Mount Mary University, a Catholic women's institution in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Bowdoin College and graduated with a degree in Classics and Philosophy. She received her doctorate in philosophy at Boston University with a dissertation, titled "Redeeming Philosophy: Philosophy in Augustine's Confessions." She has written several articles on Luther, Augustine, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, and Hildegard of Bingen. She is editor of The Devil's Whore: Reason and Philosophy in the Lutheran Tradition and the author of the forthcoming Thinking Woman: A Philosophical Approach to the Quandary of Gender.

Karin Johannesson is lecturer in philosophy of religion at the Faculty of Theology in Uppsala and minister in the Church of Sweden. Her doctoral thesis God pro Nobis: On Non-Metaphysical Realism and the Philosophy of Religion was published in English by Peeters in 2007. More recently, she has been involved in a research project about Lutheran theology and ethics in a post-Christian Society. As part of this project she has published a book (in Swedish) entitled (in translation) The Philosophy of Holiness: On Spiritual Training within a Lutheran Tradition. She has contributed the article “Lutheran Spiritual Theology in a Post-Christian Society" in the conference volume Justification in a Post-Christian Society, edited by Carl-Henric Grenholm and Göran Gunner and published by Pickwick Publications in 2014. Johannesson’s main research interests are the philosophy of language, spiritual theology and the ongoing subjective/spiritual turn identified by, among others, the Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor. She has a particular interest in the so-called realism debates and Harvard philosopher Hilary Putnam’s positions within them as well as Carmelite spirituality, the Luther renaissance and the new Finnish paradigm within Luther research.

Nelson Rivera has a Ph.D. in Religion from Temple University, and is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Currently he is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Dr. Rivera teaches courses on theological topics, i.e., on God, Creation, Christology, Theological anthropology, Lutheran confessional theology, Liberation theology, and Theology and the Sciences. His research and teaching also explores the relationships between theology and the traditions of Western philosophy and culture. Among his interests are the social and theological dimensions of important scientific ideas. His book The Earth Is Our Home explores the meaning and implications of evolutionary theory for epistemology and philosophy of religion, especially in the work of British Philosopher Mary Midgley.

Mark Vitalis Hoffman’s parish experience in Minnesota and North Dakota was often focused on Christian education. He continues to be active in lay education through his involvement in local parishes as well as at the synodical level, summer Bible camps, and online course offerings. While primarily a New Testament scholar, his dissertation on "Psalm 22 and the Crucifixion of Jesus" exemplifies his interest in the coherence of the whole corpus of Scripture. Recent areas of research include narrative and reader-response approaches to the Gospel of Mark and presentations of the parables of Jesus that highlight their experiential character. He has also studied the implications of and employed new technologies as they relate to enhancing Christian education and future expressions of the Church. His B.A. is from University of Illinois, his M.Div. is from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary, his M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. are from Yale University. Visit www.crossmarks.com

Mark Oldenburg has been at the Seminary since 1986. His areas of teaching include worship, spirituality, preaching, history and serving as dean of the chapel, Center for Diaconal Ministry team leader and chair of Music, Gettysburg!, a concert series connected with the Seminary. His B.A. is from Gettysburg College, his M.Div. is from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, his Ph.D. is from Drew University. Academic interests include the church year, hymnology, and the history of American Lutheran worship. He has published articles in all of these areas, as well as hymns and sermons. Prior to coming to Gettysburg, he served as parish pastor, hospital chaplain, and Evangelical Outreach Coordinator in New Jersey. Oldenburg is a contributor to the Historical Dictionary of Lutheranism; Inside Out: Worship in an Age of Mission; Spirituality: Toward a 21st Century Lutheran Understanding and other volumes. He serves as a member of the candidacy committee of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, and divides his time between Gettysburg and Baltimore.

Stephen Folkemer has taught church music and served as music director at the Seminary since 1979. He has original music compositions published by Augsburg Fortress, Concordia, Morningstar Music Publishers, and G.I.A. He is the founder and director of the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg, a choral ensemble specializing in European sacred music of the 16th through 18th centuries. Folkemer has been a parish pastor and church musician. He studied at Wittenberg University, Berliner Kirchenmusikschule and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where he earned a D.Min. Some of his arrangements of hymns may be heard on the live CD recording of Hymns of History and Hope, a 2001 hymn festival performed by the Schola Cantorum and Seminary choirs in honor of the 175th anniversary of the Seminary. He also performs with the groups Cormorant’s Fancy and Dearest Home.

Mark Mummert is the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Cantor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and Minister of Music at Zion Lutheran Church, York. He served as Director of Worship at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston (2008-2015) and Seminary Musician at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (1990-2008). Mark is a composer of the first setting of Holy Communion in the ELCA's core worship resource, Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006).