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
DR. TROY TROFTGRUBEN
"The Spirit at Work in Church and Mission: Revisiting the Book of Acts Together"
Throughout our earliest writing about the church (the Acts of the Apostles), the Holy Spirit plays a critical role. Although the narrative recounts dynamic movements of ministry, mission, and witness, they are hardly sparked by human ingenuity. In Luke’s story it is God through the Holy Spirit who initiates, empowers, and drives the new community into places they would not otherwise go, and movements they had not considered. Together we will revisit portions of this fascinating narrative to see distinctive directions of the Spirit's work among the earliest Christian communities: (1) to fulfill and carry on God's historic purposes, (2) to empower believers to bear witness, and (3) to initiate new movements of ministry. As a whole, Luke's narrative raises the question whether believers will resist or be in tune with the Spirit's initiative—a question no less real for us today. Throughout these lectures, we will consider together how the Spirit has been active among church communities both in the first century (in Acts) and in today's complex and ever-changing world. In turn, we will reflect on what it means for us—as the church and as Lutherans—to be a "Pentecost people" faithfully engaged in God’s initiatives of ministry today.
"The Holy Spirit as the Giver of Life in the Church and World Today"
The declining numbers in many mainline Protestant denominations is the cause of both much anxiety and many solutions, most of which call the church to "do" something different (become more marketable, more relevant, etc.). Nearly all of them, however, presume a sociological concept of the church, that of "voluntary association." The solution, then, cannot lie in simply "doing" something different; the crisis goes much deeper. The real crisis is one of ecclesial identity: the church has forgotten who it is.
In these lectures, Dr. Cheryl Peterson will explore the theological identity of the church in light of the changing mission field in North America, especially in light of the rising number of "Nones" and those who are "spiritual but not religious." She will briefly discuss various theological starting points for ecclesiology today (Word, Trinitarian communion, and missio Dei) and outline her proposal for an ecclesiology that "starts with the Spirit," drawing on the narrative of the Acts of the Apostles and also the ecumenical creeds. She will also explore what it means to affirm the Holy Spirit as the giver of life both in terms of a traditional Lutheran understanding of the means of grace, Word and Sacrament, and in dialogue with other perspectives, such as charismatic and Pentecostal. Finally, she wants to explore where the Spirit seems to be at work in and outside of the church bringing new life and transformation.
In his most recent book, Eschatology and Space: The Lost Dimension in Theology Past and Present, Lutheran theologian Vítor Westhelle makes a compelling case that the eschaton is not confined to "last things" and should not be limited to theological investigations about time, but is something that occurs in space, or what he calls the "space between spaces" where people dwell adjacent to both a familiar world and a new world; a space in which the close association between despair and hope, beauty and terror, life and death, is revealed. There are many witnesses to the Holy Spirit’s movement in just such places of danger and possibility.
One powerful witness to the power of the Spirit’s presence in the "space between spaces" comes from Christian theologians, ethicists, and caregivers who are making a compelling case for the church to recover ancient practices of ars moriendi (the Christian art of dying) and reform them for a new historical era. Through sharing art, songs, stories, changing theological conceptions of human personhood, and inspiring congregational practices, my presentations will invite us to consider how a contemporary ars moriendi may, paradoxically, offer faith communities a powerful opportunity to experience the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.
Director: Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dr. Gwen Sayler, Director of LifeLong Learners
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 Opens January 1, 2014
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 15th, 2014 Participants will be notified of their housing assignment in early June.
There are now 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.