April 24 - 27, 2017

Re-formation is Local

The year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation calls for a new examination of the church’s mission and task in the world. This Spring academy brings the question home to each believer and congregation. What is our mission and task in this world, right here?  Our “Re-formation” is in our own hands; we have what we need right here and now to follow God’s call to us in this place. 

Our presenters will anchor us in the biblical vision of what we can rely on and hope for in God’s great mercy, and they will also call us to look around to see and feel what needs to be done in our own neighborhoods and towns. In afternoon workshop sessions we will find partners in the work of welcoming neighbors who are refugees, migrants, and workers, many of them children living without the security and sanctuary of home.

Our churches can be Re-formed to meet the challenges of Kairos moment, and like the Reformation in Germany, may it catch hold as an adaptive and evangelical tide of hope for the people. To further introduce ourselves to our neighbors in need, Friday’s event will include a tour of the detention facility in York, PA, for undocumented migrant women and their children, and introduce us to partners working to assist these families.

The Spring academy is practical, too. Thursday will focus on preaching for the Pentecost season, and the croquet tournament will test the mallet skills of a new round of players. As the seminary is being Re-formed to more efficiently provide theological education for our region, special opportunities to learn about the nuts and bolts of United Lutheran Seminary will also be provided.

Finally, alums will gather around the table, guests will be fed, and prayers of thanksgiving will be offered for the legacy of Gettysburg Seminary at our worship on Wednesday evening.

Thursday offers Preaching Perspectives by day and the Croquet Tournament in the afternoon.

Questions?  Email: Academy@Ltsg.edu  Call: 717-338-3000 x. 2198

Register online

or throught the form in the brochure.

See the brochure pdf 


2017 Presenters

Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid Atlantic (LHSMA) presenters:
Dr. Philip Teigen 
The Rev. Dr. Maria Erling

The Rev. Dr. Martin Zimmann
Zimmann  helped shape the synodical partnership between the Southeast Michigan Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Holy Land and Jordan and has led several ELCA delegations to Jerusalem and the West Bank. Previously, he taught at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan and Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio on a variety of topics, including Ethnic Studies, American Literature, Climate Change and Sustainability, and Apocalypse Theology. He is on the advisory board of the Interfaith Sustainability Center in the Middle East. For eighteen months, he served the English Congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem and as assistant to the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. He now lives in Gettysburg with his family. In addition to working at the Seminary, Zimmann serves on the Lower Susquehanna Synod’s new Islamic-Lutheran Relations Committee.

Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing
The Rev. Dr. Barbara R. Rossing, is professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. An avid environmentalist, Rossing is involved with environmental initiatives at the seminary. Rossing received the bachelor of arts degree from Carleton College, the master of divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School and the doctor of theology degree from Harvard University. She served as pastor of a congregation in Minnesota, director for Global Mission Interpretation for the American Lutheran Church, pastor at Holden Village Retreat Center, Chelan, Washington. She has served on the executive committee and council of the Lutheran World Federation (2003-2010), and chaired the Lutheran World Federation's theology and studies committee. As a public theologian, her media appearances have included “CBS Sixty Minutes” as well as The History Channel, National Geographic, Living the Questions, and numerous print and radio interviews. Her publications include The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (Basic Books, 2004); The Choice Between Two Cities: Whore, Bride and Empire in the Apocalypse (Trinity Press, 1999); two volumes of the New Proclamation commentary (Fortress Press, 2000 and 2004); a nine-session Bible study, Journeys Through Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today (Presbyterian Women, 2010); and articles and book chapters on the Apocalypse and ecology.

Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig
Professor of Church in Society in the B.B. Maurer Chair in Town and Country Ministry, Waldkoenig focuses on the church in rural society; social change affecting rural, urban and suburban communities; and ecological ethics. He is director of the Town and Country Church Institute (TCCI) and contributes to the ELCA Rural Ministry Collaboration between Gettysburg, Wartburg and Luther Seminaries. Waldkoenig serves on the ELCA Appalachian Task Force and the board of the Appalachian Ministry Educational Resource Center. He also teaches in the Washington Theological Consortium Certificate in Theology and Ecology. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College, Gettysburg Seminary and the University of Chicago.

Workshop Leaders

Alaide Vilchis Ibarra
Program Director, Migration Policy (Directora, Leyes Migratorias) Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Iglesia Evangélica Luterana en América)

Kristen Kane
Director of Operations, Luther Place Memorial Church, Washington D.C. (ELCA) and 
Bianca Vasquez
Director of the Steinbruck Center at Luther Place Memorial Church

Tracey De Pasquale
Director, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania, LAMPa

The Rev. Jennifer Crist
Pastor developer, Communities of Hope, Harrisburg, PA
Jennifer Crist is a mission developer of Communities of Hope in the LSS who loves to experiment with how faith can be explored in a variety of contexts and creative expressions. She especially finds it exciting to find and nurture leaders in this movement. Pastor Jennifer's passion for mission has been ignited by the Holy Spirit through her experiences in Guatemala, leading her to found Tree 4 Hope, a 501(c)(3).

The Rev. Brian Evans
Pastor, First Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, PA

The Rev. Abby Leese Weaver

Mary Studzinksi (Executive Director of Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center PIRC) and
Emily Stetler (Walking Together Coordinator)
Mary Weaver Studzinski joined the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) as Executive Director in November 2012. After receiving her MBA in Finance from the University of Maryland, she worked in Financial Services Marketing for twelve years. She has volunteered in the community with the Pennsylvania SIDS Alliance and WellSpan and currently serves on non-profit Boards in the community. She worked for nine years for her local Congressman as his immigration specialist and outreach coordinator, providing education and assistance to immigrant families. In her role as Executive Director of PIRC, Studzinksi sees the daily impact and consequences of immigration laws and policies reinforcing her belief that each person should have equal access to justice.

The Rev. Samuel Chamelin
Gettysburg Seminary Sustainability Coordinator and founder of The Keep and Till, Chemelin is a graduate of Ursinus College and Gettysburg Seminary.



Monday, April 24

4:00 pm   Two Nostalgias and False Binaries (Martin Zimmann)  

Tuesday, April 25

Lutheran Historical Society/Mid-Atlantic = morning program

8:30 am   Registration
9:00 am   Opening Worship
9:15 am   Welcome and Announcements
9:30 am   Bringing the Reformation to America (Maria Erling)
10:15 am   Bringing Martin Luther to the Nation’s Capital (Philip Teigen)
10:45 am   How we are Celebrating The Re-Formation in Local Congregations (Sean Titus and Friends)
11:30 am   Lunch
1:30 pm   Next Steps for Re-Formation (Maria Erling)

2:00 pm Workshop Session 1:   
   A. What We’ve Found In Our Archives (Brian Evans)
   B. The Re-formation is Personal: How Shame Resiliency and Self-care Equip You for Public Church
       (Kristen Kane & Bianca Vazquez)

3:00 pm Workshop Session 2:
   A. Re-Form Mission (Jennifer Crist)
   B. United Lutheran Seminary Update (Advancement Team)

4:45 pm   Exhibit, Display, Wine & Cheese Reception (Wentz Library)

6:00 pm   Alumni Banquet (Refectory)
7:45 pm   Alumni Awards Program (Chapel)
8:45 pm   Reception – Alumni Reunion Classes (Lewars House)

Wednesday, April 26

8:30 am   Registration
9:00 am   Radicalizing Reformation: Re-Reading Paul’s Letters for Local Diversities (Barbara Rossing)
10:30 am   Gleaning & Growing: Local Reform & Renewal (Gilson Waldkoenig)
11:45 am   Lunch (Refectory)
               Alumni Reunion Luncheon (Dobbin House)
1:30 pm   New Heavens and New Earth: Eco-Reformation and Hope (Barbara Rossing)

2:30 pm   Workshop Session 1:
   A. Always Re-Forming! Being Church Together for the Sake of the World, in Pennsylvania (Tracey DePasquale)
   B. Weaving Prayer and Nature (Abby Leese)

3:20 pm Workshop Session 2:
   A. Ammparo – The ELCA’s Strategy to Accompany Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy,
       Representation and Opportunities ELCA Advocacy for Migrants Updates (Alaide Vilchis Ibarra)
   B. Weaving Prayer and Nature (Abby Leese)

5:30 pm   Our Local Table Fellowship and Meal (Sam Chamelin)
6:30 pm   Festival Holy Communion with Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Gettysburg Seminary
              (Preaching: Michael Cooper-White, Presiding: Elizabeth Platz)
7:30 pm   Campus-Wide Reception

Thursday,  April 27 Preaching Perspectives

9:00 am   Registration
9:30 am   The Summer School of Saint Matthew (Virginia Cover)
11:55 am   Chapel
12:15 pm   Lunch
1:15 pm   The Summer School of Saint Matthew (Timothy Leitzke)
4:00 pm   Croquet Tournament and Community Meal – open to all participants

Friday, April 28

10:00 am   Serving Immigrants in Detention: Now A Mission with Greater Need 
               (Mary Studzinski and Emily Stetler). Tour of refugee detention center for migrant women
                and their children in York, PA. Meet in York.