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The Word in Worship


Timothy Leitzke
Trinity Lutheran Church
201 Washington St
Valparaiso, IN 46383
[email protected]

Mission Statement

The work of the Word in Worship seminar is located at the intersection of preaching and worship. The mission or purpose of the seminar is to investigate and interpret for the church and the academy the conjunction or overlap of the proclaimed word and the content of the liturgy in which proclamation occurs. This is based on an understanding of or belief in the liturgical nature of the proclaimed word in worship.

2020 Seminar Agenda

Friday January 3, 2020
8:30-10:15 – Greetings, Sharing, Catching Up
                     “Preaching Is History” by Timothy Leitzke (for Liturgy, focusing on second half)

2:15-3:45 – “The Voice of Silence: Howard Thurman’s Unique Contribution to the
                    Convergence of Worship, Preaching, and Justice.” By Jennifer Ackermann

                    “Doing Justice, Healing Conflict, and Transforming Culture Together: The Role
                    of Prophetic Story in Worship and Preaching.” By Nam Joong Kim

4:30-6:00     TBD

Saturday January 4, 2020

8:30-10:15 – Joint Session with Liturgy and Culture, “Sacramental Preaching in the Culture
                     of Ableism” by Eunjoo Kim

11:00-12:30 – Gennifer Brooks TBA

2:00-3:45 – Housekeeping, Planning for 2021

2019 Seminar Agenda

Friday, January 4, 2019
9:45-10:45       Introductions, Updates

10:45-11:30     Gennifer Brooks. “Conformed or Transformed: The Church’s
                        Challenge to Represent Christ in the Culture.”

1:45-2:30         Namjoong Kim. “Doing Justice, Healing Conflict, and Transforming
                        Culture: The Role of Prophetic Story in Preaching.”

2:30-3:15         Timothy Leitzke. “Preaching is History: Naming the Situation as a
                        Theological Function of Preaching.”

4:15-5:00         Michael Pasquarello. “Cultivating a Culture of the Word: The Christian                         Humanism of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.”

5:00-5:45         Andrew Wymer. “‘Either A Killer or A Suicide’: White Culture,
                        Anti-Cultural Preaching, and Cultural Suicide.”

Saturday, January 5
8:45-10:45      Seminar business. (Editorial matters for upcoming publication,
                       planning for 2020.)

2018 Seminar Agenda

Friday, January 5
10:30 AM
Welcome and Introductions

10:45 AM
Amy Schifrin   Rhetoric and Rituals of Fascism

1:30 PM
Mike Pasquarello   Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Confessing the Gospel as Protest

2:15 PM
Rich Voelz  "The Tongue of a Teacher: The Preacher as Transformational/Public Intellectual via Critical Pedagogy”

Saturday, January 6
9:30 AM
Andrew Wymer   Learning to Toss the Pulpit: A Homiletical Engagement of White and Black Rage

10:15 AM
Tim Lietzke   Dancing In the Streets: Perichoresis and the Connection of Luther's Homiletic to Social Action

11:00 AM
Seminar Wrap-Up and Election of Convener