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Thursday, October 30 presenters are The Rev. Michael Cooper-White, President of Gettysburg Seminary and The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White, Ben G And Nancye Clapp Gautier Professor of Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. 


Fall Academy 2014 - Reforming! From Conflict to Communion and Reconciliation


A course runs for STM students during the week. Students must enroll in the course affiliated with the Fall Academy Week (“Luther and the Jews”) and will meet throughout the week. See or for more information on how to enroll.

Welcome to the 2014 Fall Academy Week at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg!

As we are approaching the Reformation anniversary year 2017, we look for opportunities to revisit the Reformation theological heritage with new questions and expanding network of partners.

With the international, ecumenical platform Refo500, we seek to reclaim the life-giving faith heritage that unites Christians in Protestant and Catholic traditions and that continues to offer spiritual sustenance to people today. Together we ask: how can we continue to reform our theological and spiritual traditions from conflict to communion and reconciliation? What is the ecumenical significance of the 2017 anniversary? How can the anniversary assist us in re-defining our Christian identity and our specific contribution in the global and local contexts? How can we meaningfully teach the riches of Christian faith in changing circumstances?

Our Fall Academy offers public presentations, discussion and fellowship, including the historic Luther Colloquy (Wednesday) and Table Talks.   

See a detailed schedule below. 

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Eero-Huovinen_web.jpgThe Right Reverend Eero Huovinen, was Bishop of Helsinki, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ELCF) from 1991-2010. Bishop Huovinen holds the Master of Theology, Licentiate of Theology, and the Doctor of Theology, all from the University of Helsinki.  Prior to his election as bishop, he was Professor of Dogmatics and Dean of the Faculty at the University of Helsinki. Bishop Huovinen’s scholarship and numerous publications have focused on ecumenism, the theology of the Lutheran Reformation, and Roman Catholic theology. He was a member of the drafting group of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (1996–1997), the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Institute for Ecumenical Research, in Strasbourg (1997-2003), and the co-chair of the Roman Catholic - Lutheran Dialogue Group for Sweden and Finland (2002-2009). Since 2008 he has served as co-chair of the international Lutheran - Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. Among his many other responsibilities, he has been Moderator of the Doctrinal Commission of the ELCF General Synod, a member of the ELCF Church Council for International Relations, a member of the Council of the Lutheran World Federation , and Vice-President of the Lutheran World Federation.

Christine-Helmer_web.jpgChristine Helmer is Professor of Religious Studies and German at Northwestern University.  Her area of research and teaching specialization is Christian theology from historical and constructive perspectives. Her work is focused on German intellectual history with primary interest in the theology of Martin Luther, the philosophy and theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher, and the early twentieth-century Lutherrenaissance. She is the author of many articles as well as contributing editor (and co-editor) of numerous volumes in biblical theology, philosophy of religion, Schleiermacher studies, and Luther studies, including most recently The Global Luther (Fortress Press 2009), Transformations in Luther’s Theology (EVA-Leipzig 2011), and forthcoming in 2014, Lutherrenaissance: Past and Present (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht). Professor Helmer is the main editor of the Christianity section for the Encyclopedia of Bible and its Reception (de Gruyter). Her monographs are: The Trinity and Martin Luther (Zabern 1999) and Theology and the End of Doctrine (Westminster John Knox, forthcoming in August 2014). During 2012-2013 she was the Marie Curie EURIAS (European Institutes of Advanced Study) Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium of Advanced Studies in Helsinki, Finland. She is a Research Fellow of the Intellectual Humility Project at Saint Louis University for 2014-2015. 

Elina-Vuola_web.jpgElina Vuola is Academy Professor of the Academy of Finland in the Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki. Her research project, “Embodied Religion: Changing Meanings of Body and Gender in Contemporary Forms of Religious Identity in Finland,” aims to develop an interdisciplinary research trajectory that combines research on religion as it is lived (ethnographic methods) with theological (textual) analysis in order to create a more comprehensive picture of how theology and religious identities interact, especially in contexts where these might be in tension with each other. She has directed three research projects:  “Conflicts over Resources and Representations. Environmental and Human Rights Struggles in Nicaragua” (Academy of Finland, 2000-03); “Gender, Body, and Ethics in Late Christian Culture and Theology” (Academy of Finland, 2002-05); and “Women, Indians, Poor: The Construction of Gender in Latin America from the Perspective of Intersectionality” (University of Helsinki, 2008-10). Professor Vuola’s dissertation, Limits of Liberation: Praxis as Method in Latin American Liberation Theology and Feminist Theology (Helsinki 1997) has been republished as Limits of Liberation: Feminist Theology and the Ethics of Poverty and Reproduction (Sheffield Academic Press and Continuum, 2002) and translated and published into Spanish as Teología feminista, teología de la liberación: Los límites de la praxis (IEPALA Editorial, Madrid, 2000) and as La ética sexual y los límites de la praxis: Conversaciones críticas entre la teología feminista y la teología de la liberación (Editorial Abya-Yala, Quito, Ecuador 2001).  Her recent book, Jumalainen nainen: Neitsyt Mariaa etsimässä (Helsinki, 2010) [Divine Woman: Searching for the Virgin Mary] is being translated into English by Kirsi Stjerna.

Susan-Wood_web.jpgSusan K. Wood, SCL, a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas is Professor of Systematic Theology at Marquette University. Highly active in ecumenical work, she serves on the U.S. Lutheran - Roman Catholic Dialogue, the North American Roman Catholic - Orthodox Theological Consultation, and the International Lutheran - Catholic Dialogue.  She has also participated in consultations on baptism, theological anthropology, and the nature and purpose of ecumenical dialogue sponsored by Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches and the Joint Working Group.  Professor Wood is an associate editor of Pro Ecclesia and serves on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ecclesiology. Most of her writing explores the connections between ecclesiology and sacramental theology. In addition to numerous articles, she has published Spiritual Exegesis and the Church in the Theology of Henri de Lubac (Eerdmans, 1998), Sacramental Orders (The Liturgical Press, 2000), which has also been translated into Spanish, and One Baptism: Ecumenical Dimensions of the Doctrine of Baptism (The Liturgical Press, 2009). She is the editor of Ordering the Baptismal Priesthood (The Liturgical Press, 2003) and co-editor with Alberto Garcia of Critical Issues in Ecclesiology (Eerdmans, 2011).

stjerna-lowres49.jpgKirsi Stjerna is Professor of Reformation Church History and Director of the Institute for Luther Studies at Gettysburg Seminary and Docent at University of Helsinki. Her B.A. is from Lyseon Lukio College, her M.T.S. is from University of Helsinki and her Ph.D. is from Boston University. Stjerna is a teacher and a writer and on the roster of both the ELCA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. Before joining the Gettysburg faculty in 2000, she served as the Associate Director for Theological Education of the ELCA and as a free-lance translator. She is an active member of the American Academy of Religion and currently is a co-chair (with Deanna Thompson) of the steering committee for “Martin Luther and Global Lutheran Traditions.” She serves on the board for Dialogue: A Journal of Theology. In anticipation of the 2017 Luther anniversary, Stjerna serves as one of the General Editors for the forthcoming Essential Luther (6 volumes, Fortress Press), working with contributors in US and Europe. She is also a volume editor for a bi-lingual Luther’s works project in Europe (V&R) and co-author of Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People: A Reader (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012).

shramm-c_web.jpgBrooks Schramm is Professor in the Kraft Chair of Biblical Studies. He received a B.A. in German and History from Texas A&M University in 1979, an M.Div. from Wartburg Theological Seminary in 1984, and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of Chicago in 1993. 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 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 Luthers 1543 anti-Jewish treatise, On the Ineffable Name and On the Lineage of Christ.

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