Luther Academy of the Rockies
In keeping with Wartburg Theological Seminary's emphasis on daily worship, each day begins with opening devotions. In addition to educational programs for the adults, age-appropriate daily programs are provided for children and teens (age 4 - 19), as well as childcare for children 3 and under.
Come join us for 10 days in the beautiful Rockies with renowned speakers sharing their wisdom at an incredibly reasonable price! This opportunity is too great to miss!!
This Year's Faculty
PROFESSOR MARTIN LOHRMANN
"Lutheran Confessions, Evangelical Mission: The Promise of the Book of Concord for Today"
The Reformation-era documents that make up the Book of Concord remain lively resources for Christian ministry and mission today. The catechisms present the faith for daily life, including social- and multi-media elements from the beginning. The Augsburg Confession and its Apology provide an adaptable foundation for preaching, teaching, church organization and dialogue that is rooted in the promise of Christ for us, received through faith. The later works of the Book of Concord show how early generations of Lutherans continued to wrestle with important themes of faith and life, taking care to keep Christ and the wellbeing of Christian communities at the center. Far from being historical relics, the Lutheran Confessions continue to give a strong witness and useful insights for proclamation today.
"The Practice of Realizing Eschatology: Preaching the Promise for the Life of the World"
Preaching in the United States is in a critical state; it is caught between proponents of “realized eschatology” on the one side who abandon a sense of future hope and those arguing about pre- vs. post-millennialism on the other side who restrict hope to merely a future time, the mainstream pulpit has become rather silent on the topic of eschatology. However, we are heirs of solid theological resources that navigate this complex landscape and leave us neither bewildered nor bemused, but, rather, equipped with the living word of Christian hope for the life of the world.
In these lectures, Rippentrop will explore a critically amended form of Jürgen Moltmann’s eschatology in order to restore a more sufficient eschatological theology for preaching that will counteract both the lack of eschatology and the deficient use of eschatology in homiletics. The group will work with this amended form of “Realizing eschatology,” which insists on God as agent of eschatological fulfillment while, at the same time, celebrating that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, human beings are increasingly aware and become active participants in the in-breaking of God’s future—in this sense, people are also “realizing eschatology.” Realizing eschatology necessitates a restoration of dialectical tensions in eschatological time and material. It affirms a deep confidence and sense of awe in the power of proclamation. A community steeped in eschatological imagination and preaching can become involved in dangerous expectation that anticipates the significance of God’s now and future redemptive work.
Practical theology is the discipline of relating a theological tradition to the existential exigencies and ecstasies experienced in life and how those same life experiences in turn inform an ever-evolving theology of ministry that completes the hermeneutical circle. Practical theology is anchored in the conviction that the gospel, by the power of the Holy Spirit, is at work in the crises that are encountered in the heights and the depths of human experience. Consideration will be given to the dynamics operative in a variety of common crises that challenge the parish pastor in her or his ministry, such as confronting: addiction, depression, dementia and death as well as addressing the personal pastoral identity issues that are elicited in fulfilling one’s vocation as a servant leader among the people of God.
Director: Dr. Kristine Stache, Director of Learning for Life, Wartburg Theological Seminary
A Biblically-based morning program for children and teens (ages 4-19) while adults are in lectures, provides an exciting team building experience, incorporating music, crafts, recreation and environmental awareness. Child care is provided for children ages 3 and under. Children and teens are welcome at all evening programs and events. Teens should come prepared to spend $40 - $45 for horseback riding or other activities during one of the morning sessions.
Afternoons are free for hiking, sightseeing, picture taking, horseback riding, or just quietly enjoying the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Nearby Estes Park offers golfing, shopping, swimming, and other diversions. Evenings bring many surprises! There may be additional lectures, music, square dancing, potlucks, talent night, or other group participation events.
Setting & Housing
Meeker Park Lodge, an old time, rustic, mountain lodge contains a limited number of sleeping rooms, up a short, but winding staircase, each with a bed(s), desk, dresser, and closet. Lodge room guests share a central bath and shower. No cooking facilities are available in the lodge, but guests are welcome to take advantage of the stone fireplace, piano, small library and seating area on the main floor. Meals (breakfast and lunch) are available for purchase in the Lodge. Lodge room guests, faculty, and staff generally take advantage of these meals, but they are available for others as well (as space is available). There are also restaurants several miles down the road.
Cabins, both on and off Meeker Park grounds, can sleep up to 9 people and are fully equipped with kitchens with basic cooking utensils, bedding, linens, and bathrooms. Camping sites are available at Olive Ridge Campground, maintained by the National Forest Service, as well as in the Estes Park area. A primitive campsite is available one mile north of Meeker Park Lodge. For more information regarding camping facilities, please contact the Estes Park Chamber of Commerce. http://www.estesparkcvb.com
Are you considering attending Luther Academy of the Rockies for the first time? Hurry and secure your spot now!
Registration is Now Open!
ALL REGISTRATION AND HOUSING FEES MUST BE PAID DIRECTLY TO WARTBURG THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, and may be paid by check or credit card.
There will be a $50 processing fee for all cancellations. if the cancellation is received less than 21 days before the opening of the Academy, we cannot guarantee that the housing deposit will be fully refunded. Extended family (e.g., adult children, grandparents) staying for part or all of the Academy must pay housing for the full 10 days. If extended family members will be participating in the program of the LAR, they will also ned to pay the registration fee. Generally, no part-time registration is possible. There is no housing charge for children ages 2 and under. A limited number of cribs are available for $15 each. Please indicate any need for a crib on the housing request. Pets are not allowed.
If there is any change in your housing request, please notify us no later than May 15, 2015. Participants will be notified of their housing assignment in early June.
There are two ways to register!
1. Complete the registration form online and pay online.
2. Download and complete the printable registration form and mail with payment to Wartburg Theological Seminary.