April 18 - 23, 2016

Advance reservations for Spring Academy 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.  Hein-Fry Book of Faith reservations may still be made, see below.

Science and Christian Life: Conflict, Cooperation, Integration


Monday, April 18 Spring Academy has been scheduled to connect with “Day at the Capitol” of Lutheran Advocacy Ministries in PA. For details, and to register, visit LAMPa

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

See a pdf of the brochure here.

 Scroll down for Hein-Fry Book of Faith details (Saturday)

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2016 Presenters

Dr. Frederick L Ware

Associate Professor of Theology
Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, D.C.

Frederick L. Ware, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Theology at the Howard University School of Divinity. He began teaching at the School in 2003. Recent courses that he has taught include Systematic Theology I & II, Philosophy of Religion, Black Theology, Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Theology of the Holy Spirit. Prior to this appointment, he served as assistant professor of religion and philosophy at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He also has served as an adjunct faculty member at Memphis Theological Seminary, the University of Memphis, and Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee. As an ordained minister in the Church of God in Christ, Dr. Ware has served congregations in Memphis and Lebanon, Tennessee, and participated in ecumenical dialogues of the international consultation of the World Council of Churches and Pentecostals. Ware is author of Methodologies of Black Theology. He has published other works in African American Theology and explored the intersections of Pentecostalism with race, culture, healthcare, and the religion-science dialogue. Ware earned his Ph.D. degree in religion, with a concentration in theological studies, and his Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy are from the University of Memphis.

Dr. Joseph W. Shane

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Education
Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

Dr. Joseph (Joe) W. Shane is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Education at Shippensburg University. He joined the Shippensburg faculty in 2005 and he has responsibilities to both the chemistry department and to programs, both undergraduate and graduate, that license pre-service secondary (7-12) science teachers. In addition to chemistry courses, he teaches pedagogical methods in science and supervises the majority of Shippensburg’s pre-service secondary science teachers. He is also serving his second term as department chair. Shane received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Delaware and his M.S. in chemistry as well as his teaching license at Purdue University. He taught high school chemistry until 2003 and then returned to Purdue for his Ph.D. in science education. Shane’s interest in the historical and philosophical interactions between science and religion began in 2005, the same year of the (often referred to as Scopes II) Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board trial. After a few years of independent study, Shane offered an adult Sunday school class to his fellow congregants. This led to presentations and short courses for the general public and for various PC(USA) churches in the region. He also hosts speakers for an Annual Forum on Science and Religion at Shippensburg University and he taught an undergraduate honors seminar in the Spring 2015 semester largely based on the pioneering work of Ian Barbour. He also works to assist his professional organizations in broadly understanding science-religion issues as they relate to teaching. Shane is an Elder and Clerk of Session at First Presbyterian Church. He and his wife Molly live in Carlisle.

Dr. Lea Schweitz

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology/Religion and Science,
Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, Chicago, IL

Dr. Lea F. Schweitz is the Associate Professor of Systematic Theology/Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She is also the Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (www.zygoncenter.org). Since 1988, the Zygon Center has been engaging questions, encouraging creativity and exploring connections in religion and science. Schweitz collaborates across disciplinary and institutional boundaries to organize conferences, co-chair the Science, Technology and Religion group of the American Academy of Religion, mentor emerging student scholars, co-edit special sections of academic and denominational journals, and serve on an advisory board with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As an emerging thought leader in the field, she is a frequently invited to speak on the future of religion and science. As a theological educator, she was awarded a pre-tenure fellowship for teaching from Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning, served as the principle investigator on a curriculum grant from the Templeton Foundation that was featured in a special issue on theological education in The Christian Century, and was a keynote speaker at the Pedagogical Possibilities: New Paradigms for Teaching in Ministry conference at Vanderbilt University. Recent articles have appeared with the University of Chicago Press, Zygon: Journal for Religion and Science, and Oxford University Press on topics ranging from an encounter with an opossum to G.W. Leibniz’s view of human life. She is working on a monograph that claims and reimagines urban nature as a locus for theological reflection and spiritual formation.

Dr. Aaron T. Smith

Aaron T. Smith earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Marquette University. His first book, A Theology of the Third Article: Karl Barth and the Spirit of the Word (Fortress 2014), focused on Barth’s Pneumatology as a constructive resource. Smith’s research interests cluster around the God-world relation; he understands “Spirit” not to connote opposition to space-time/materiality, but God’s moment-by-moment creative engagement with space-time/materiality. Smith is at work on his second book, which grounds the doctrine of creation in the covenant. He argues that authentic creaturely existence takes place as an event of harmonious relations of interdependence, grounded in God’s self-determinative election to enter into such a relation eternally. To help describe this event, Smith investigates salient features of the science of genetics and cancer. Smith is in residence at Gettysburg Seminary for his Lutheran Year, in preparation for rostered ministry in the ELCA. Before coming to Gettysburg, he was Associate Professor of Theology at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, CO.

Dr. Ann Milliken Pederson

Professor of Religion
Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD

Dr. Ann Milliken Pederson teaches Christian theology, with particular emphases in religion and medical sciences, feminist theologies, and Lutheran constructive theology. Pederson is currently working with colleagues at both Augustana University and Gettysburg Seminary to integrate science into seminary education. Visit: http://www.scienceforseminaries.org/lutheran-theological-seminary-at-gettysburg/. The American Association for the Advancement of Science funded 10 of these grants. She is also an adjunct associate professor in the section for ethics and humanities at the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. Pederson has written four books: Where in the World is God? Variations on a Theme (Chalice Press, 1998), God, Creation, and All That Jazz (Chalice Press, 2001), The Music of Creation, co-authored with the Rev. Dr. Canon Arthur Peacocke, (Fortress Press, 2006), and The Geography of God’s Incarnation: Landscapes and Narratives of Faith (Wipf and Stock, 2013), and her latest book, Our Bodies Are Selves, co-authored with Philip Hefner and Susan Barreto (Wipf and Stock, 2015). She has also authored entries in the Oxford Handbook of Religion and Science, and numerous articles in Zygon, Word and World, and other periodicals. She received her doctorate in theology from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Rev. Dr. Mark Oldenburg

Dean of the Chapel and Steck-Miller Professor of the Art of Worship
Gettysburg Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Mark Oldenburg has been teaching at the Seminary since 1986. His areas of responsibility include not only teaching in the areas of worship, spirituality, preaching, and history, but serving as dean of the chapel, Center for Diaconal Ministry (DMFE) team leader and chair of Music, Gettysburg!, a longstanding, 20-event free concert series connected with the Seminary. His primary academic interests are 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 several other volumes. He serves as a member of the candidacy committee of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, and divides his time between Gettysburg and Baltimore.

Rev. Dr. Warren Eshbach

Adjunct Professor of Congregational Studies, Emeritus
Gettysburg Seminary

Warren Eshbach is the former Dean of Graduate Studies at Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center on the campus of Elizabethtown College, a center for theological, ministerial and leadership education related to the Church of the Brethren. He also served as the District Executive for the Southern Pennsylvania Church of the Brethren. Eshbach received a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1993 from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, his Master of Divinity degree from Gettysburg Seminary and a Bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College. He taught in the area of Congregational Ministry Leadership and Authority.



Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel

Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, and Director of Clinical Pastoral Education
Gettysburg Seminary

Leonard Hummel is the Professor of Pastoral Theology at Gettysburg Seminary and Director of Supervised Clinical Ministry at Gettysburg Seminary and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Haverford College (A.B. in Philosophy), Yale Divinity School (M. Div., STM), and Boston University (Ph. D. in Religious and Theological Studies). In 2008-2009, he was the John Templeton Foundation Visiting Scholar for The HealthCare Chaplaincy, New York, NY. He served on the ELCA Task Force on Genetics and was a panelist at an AAAS/ATS workshop on science and ministry at the 2011 AAR Annual Meeting. For 2012-2014, he has been awarded a Collaborative Research Grant from Association of Theological Seminary and Project Grant for Researchers from the Louisville Institute to support his work on theology and cancer. Currently, he is collaborating with Gayle Woloschak, Professor, Department of Oncology, Northwestern University and Associate Director, Zygon Center for Religion and Science to author Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of Cancer. He also is a co-editor of Gettysburg: The Quest for Meaning (Seminary Ridge Press, 2015).

Rev. Dr. Brooks Schramm

Kraft Professor of Biblical Studies
Gettysburg Seminary

Professor Schramm received a B.A. in German and History from Texas A&M University, an M.Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of Chicago. He served as Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Augusta, Illinois, from 1987-1994. He was called to teach Old Testament at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg in 1994, and he began serving on July 1 of that year. He is a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Gettysburg. He serves as editor of Gettysburg Seminary's scholarly journal Seminary Ridge Review. Professor Schramm's scholarly interests include the history of the Hebrew language, Jewish biblical interpretation, and biblical theology. His most recent book, Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People: A Reader (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012) was co-authored with his spouse, Kirsi Stjerna. He is currently working on Luther’s 1543 anti-Jewish treatise, On the Ineffable Name and On the Lineage of Christ. He received a Hardenberg Research Fellowship from the Johannes A Lasco Library in Emden, Germany.

Dr. Karoliina Nikula

Dr. Nikula earned her Ph.D. degree in theology with a concentration in social ethics, from The University of Helsinki (Finland) in 2015. She earned her Masters of Theology degree in 2007 in The University of Helsinki. She studied minors in pastoral theology, psychiatry and education. For her studies she has lived periods of time in Utrecht, Holland; Aberystwyth, Wales and Alberta, Canada. As an ordained minister (ordained in 2008) in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland she has served as a parish pastor in Kotka, and for the past 5 years as a leading hospital chaplain in Kotka-Kymi parish union. Dr. Nikula is also educated as a hospital chaplain. She earned her Hospital Chaplaincy Specialization in 2015 in Finland. She is a member of the board of The European Network of Health Care Chaplaincy (ENHCC). She earned her Pastoral Examination in 2011, and Church’s Leadership Training Program in 2012. During her doctoral studies she has been teaching ethics and bioethics at the University of Helsinki.




Monday, April 18

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry for Pennsylvania “Science, Faith and Action”
Join LAMPa for a day of worship, learning and inspiration to ground and deepen your call to faith-based advocacy. The day will highlight the use of the faith informed by the sciences to advocate for creation justice, trauma-informed care for victims of abuse, poverty or violence and addressing addictions and mental health in church and society. Lutheran Day is held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Camp Hill, Pa. Registration opens in early 2016.

Tuesday, April 19

Lutheran Historical Society/Mid-Atlantic = morning program
8:30 AM
9:00 AM   Opening Worship
9:15 AM   Welcome and Announcements
9:30 AM   Milton Valentine on Faith and Science (Rev. Stephen Herr, pastor, Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg)
10:40 AM   Science and Biblical Interpretation: the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in the 1970s and 1980s (James C. Burkee, Vice Provost of Graduate and Online Education at Concordia College–New York)
11:30 AM   Lunch
2:00 PM   God, Evolution, Intelligent Design and Dover, PA: A Hopeful Retrospective (Warren Eshbach)
3:00 PM   God, Evolution, and Intelligent Design: A Vision for the Future (Joseph Shane)
3:45 PM   Responses (Aaron Smith and Ann Pederson)
4:00 PM   Panel Discussion (Warren Eshbach, Aaron Smith, Joseph Shane, Ann Pederson)

6:00 PM   Alumni Banquet in the Refectory
7:45 PM   Alumni Awards in the Church of the Abiding Presence
8:45 PM   A Reception for 25th, 50th, and all Pioneer classes (51st and above) follows in Lewars House, home of President Michael Cooper-White.

Wednesday, April 20

8:30 AM   Registration
9:00 AM   God the Creator and the City: A Theology of Urban Nature (Lea F. Schweitz)
10:30 AM   Oh So Human, Yet So Divinely Complex: Scientific/Theological Explorations of Human Identity, Community, and Purpose (Frederick L. Ware)
11:30 AM   Lunch (Refectory)
11:45 AM   Alumni Reunion Luncheon (Dobbin House)
1:30 PM   Science for the Seminaries: A Major Initiative and Its Big Meaning for Theological Education Today (Mark Oldenburg, Lea Schweitz, Frederick Ware)

2:30 PM     Workshops #1

  • The Spirit of Creation: The Covenant as the Basis of Creation (Aaron Smith)
  • Anything But a No-Brainer: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Congregational Song (Mark Oldenburg)
  • Creation and Cosmos: A Biblical Scholar’s Perspective (Brooks Schramm)
  • Science for Christian Life: A Patient’s Perspective (Ann Pederson)

3:20 PM     Workshops #2

  • Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of Cancer (Leonard Hummel)
  • The Spirit of Creation: The Covenant as the Basis of Creation (Aaron Smith)
  • Creation and Cosmos: A Biblical Scholar’s Perspective (Brooks Schramm)
  • Promoting the Good of the Child: A Social-Ethical Analysis of Cochlear Implants in Children Born Deaf (Karoliina Nikula)

4:00 PM   Worship
6:00 PM   Table Talks at Sharpshooters 

Thursday, April 21

Preaching Perspectives: Preaching & Science in a Time of Creation-Crisis
9:30 AM   Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, pastor, United in Christ Lutheran Church, West Milton, PA, founder of the Interfaith Sacred Earth Coalition of the Susquehanna Valley
11:55 AM   Chapel
12:15 PM   Lunch
1:15 PM   Rev. Dr. Gilson Waldkoenig, Professor of Church in Society in the B.B. Mauerer Chair in Town and Country Ministry, Gettysburg Seminary

Friday, April 22

Friday events are free and open to the public 
9:00 PM   Science and Christian Life in the Movies (Valentine Auditorium)
12:00 PM   Lunch
1:00 PM   Science and Christian Life: Conflict, Cooperation, Integration. Creative Augustana University-Gettysburg Seminary course work on science and religion


Saturday, April 23

Register online

The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge is jointly sponsored by the seminaries of the ELCA, the Hein-Fry planning team and the ELCA Book of Faith Initiative. It features teams from Gettysburg Seminary, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Lutheran Theologial Southern Semianry, Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Chapel of the Abiding Presence

For questions, contact Rev. Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman
Convenor of eastern seminaries. E-mail: mhoffman@Ltsg.edu, or call (717) 339-1314.

9:00 AM   Registration
9:30 AM   Worship (Dr. Diane L. Jacobson preaching) 
10:15 AM   Welcome and Introductions
10:30 AM – Student Presentations #1 (Trinity: Alexandria Long) and #2 (LTSP: John Heidgerd)
12:00 PM – Lunch in the Refectory with Augsburg Fortress displays
1:00 PM – Student Presentations #3 (Southern: Drew Ingram) and #4 (LTSG: Jennifer Crist)
2:30 PM – Break
2:45 PM – Capstone Presentation (Dr. Diane L. Jacobson)
3:45 PM – Closing

*The event is free for students to attend
Registration: $5.00 (includes coffee/tea but not lunch)
Registration with lunch: $15.00
Students can reserve lunch for: $10.00

2016 eastern seminaries participants:

, student, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mark Vitalis Hoffman
Ministry site: Communities of Hope SAWC (Harrisburg, PA)
Congregational Relator: Danelle Cook

JOHN HEIDGERD, student, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Faculty Advisor: The Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera
Ministry site: Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church (New York, NY)
Supervising Pastor: Rev. Chris Mietlowski

DREW INGRAM, student, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University
Faculty Advisor: Rev. James R. Thomas, Ph.D.
Ministry site: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Columbia, SC)
Supervising Pastor: Rev. Paul Wollner

ALEXANDRIA LONG, student, Trinity Lutheran Seminary
Faculty Advisor: Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker
Ministry site: Jacob's Porch Campus Ministry at Ohio State (Columbus, OH)
Supervising Pastor: Rev. Grant Eckhart

*The vision of the Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge is to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of new examples of faithful, innovative, and effective ways of teaching and learning the Scripture. Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge participants are invited to create an innovative class/encounter/series engaging Scripture in a congregational setting. Student presentations will be TRED-Talk style (“Theology-Religion-Education-Development Talks”). They will be recorded & shared through ELCA outlets. Visit the Wartburg Theological Seminary Hein-Fry event page (western seminaries): www.wartburgseminary.edu/learningforlife/learning-for-life-events/hein-fry-lecture-series/