Fall Academy

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.

Facing Suffering: The Search for Meaning, Consolation and Strength

Mon., October 24 — Thurs., October 27 

As part of Gettysburg Seminary’s Fall Academy and S.T.M. program, Professor Brooks Schramm will offer a semester-long hybrid course “Luther, the Psalter, and Consolation,” with a presentation open to the public on October 24. (See the schedule below). Prospective S.T.M. students contact Admissions@Ltsg.edu.

Brochure (with schedule) click here.

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


Martin Luther and other reformers brought about a revolution in how the church and Christians interpreted and responded to suffering. Join us for Fall Academy and Luther Colloquy 2016 as we explore the nature of this revolution and how Lutheran theology continues to offer meaning, consolation, and strength to the suffering.



The George and Janet Harkins Lecture I

The Rev. Dr. Austra Reinis is Professor of the History of Christianity at Missouri State University. Her M.Div. is from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; her Ph.D. is from Princeton Theological Seminary. She served through the ELCA Division for Global Mission as pastor in Latvia, as instructor at the Theological Faculty of the University of Latvia in Riga, and as Assistant Professor for the History of Christianity at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon. She is the author of Reforming the Art of Dying: the Ars Moriendi in the German Reformation (1519-1528), and of articles on preaching in the Reformation. Reinis is researching the writings of Princess Margarethe of Anhalt, the first woman regent faced with having to take a stance toward the Reformation.

The George and Janet Harkins Lecture II 

Dr. Ronald K. Rittgers (B.A., Wheaton College; M.T.S., Regent College; Ph.D., Harvard University) holds the Erich Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies at Valparaiso University, where he also serves as Professor of History and Theology. Rittgers is the author of two monographs: The Reformation of the Keys: Confession, Conscience, and Authority in Sixteenth-Century Germany (Harvard University Press, 2004) and The Reformation of Suffering: Pastoral Theology and Lay Piety in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is currently serving as President of the American Society of Church History.


The Carl Rasmussen Lecture

The Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, and Director of Clinical Pastoral Education at Gettysburg Seminary. Ordained in the ELCA, his theological training is from Yale Divinity School, Luther Seminary and Boston University, from which he received his Ph.D. in pastoral psychology. Hummel's book Clothed in Nothingness: Consolation for Suffering tells the story of individuals whose faith helped them in coping with suffering. Hummel’s interests range from a pastoral theology of cancer and evolution to his role as faculty liason to the Seminary Ridge Museum. A recent publications is Gettysburg: The Quest for Meaning, an essay collection he edited with Gerald Christianson and Barbara Franco. 

Other presenters:

The Rev. Dr. Kristin Johnston Largen, Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Gettysburg Seminary

The Rev. Peter Kuhn, Director of Spiritual Care & Education, ACPE Supervisor, WellSpan Health/York Hospital

Dr. D. Thais Magill, Medical Director for Palliative Care, WellSpan Health/York Hospital

The Rev. Dr. Maria Erling, Professor of Modern Church History and Global Missions; Director of Ministry in Practice, Gettysburg Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Folkemer, Professor of Church Music and Seminary Cantor, Gettysburg Seminary 

Wednesday, 3:30pm

Suffering, Death, and Enemies: Rare Books from the A. R. Wentz Library Collection
Wine & Cheese Reception (Wentz Library) open to all attendees
Hosted by B. Bohleke, Director of the Library and Archivist, Gettysburg Seminary. Exhibit prepared by Karin Bohleke, Shippensburg University and Gettysburg Seminary






The Luther Colloquy is sponsored by the Institue for Luther Studies at Gettysburg Seminary 

Thursday, October 27 Preaching Perspectives

9:00am     Registration
9:30am     The Rev. Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman, Gettysburg Seminary
11:55am    Chapel
12:15pm    Lunch (Refectory w/ advanced reservation)
1:15pm      Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

For more on the Preaching Perspectives series, click here