Wartburg Past and Present: The First Generation of Women Leaders

Revisiting a 2012 LifeTogether Magazine Article about Pioneering WTS Faith Leaders The ELCA’s 50/40/10 celebrations commemorate the 50th anniversary of ordaining Lutheran women, the 40th anniversary of ordaining Lutheran women of color, and the 10th anniversary of LGBTQ+ individuals being able to serve freely.  WTS joins the ELCA in celebrating the ways women, women of…

St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Cohort Completes One-Year MA

Eight Students Connected to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church Journey through the One-Year MA Program In the Fall of 2019, Wartburg Seminary launched a one-year Master of Arts program. When WTS Board Member Michael (Mike) Carlson ’04 heard about this new program at one of the Board of Directors meetings, he immediately thought of the staff…

Derecho: WTS Alumni Support Communities Across Iowa

Rev. Nat Bothwell ’16 and congregation rally to distribute free water in Iowa communities alongside other ELCA churches A derecho, or “land hurricane” as it has been described, moved slowly and devastatingly through the Midwest with winds topping 100 miles per hour earlier this month. The storm left over one million people without power with…

WTS Graduate Seeks to Comfort the Troubled and Trouble the Comfortable

Rev. Sunniva Gylver’s Story ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN A 2013 ISSUE OF LIFETOGETHER Rev. Sunniva Gylver studied at Wartburg Seminary in 1994-1995 as an exchange student from the seminary in Norway, Det teologisk Menighetsfakultet. The experience was transformational and shaped many facets of her 18 year ministry in Oslo, Norway. Now, she is working towards her…

WTS Receives Donation of Svendsen Family Farm

Announcing the Largest Gift in WTS History With deep gratitude for bold generosity and faithful stewardship, Wartburg Seminary announces the donation of Illinois farmland from the Rev. Dr. Rick Rouse of Mukilteo, WA, and his sisters, Susan Brophy of Santa Ynez, CA and Robin Sharpe of Bend, OR. Rev. Rouse is a 1973 graduate of…

Wartburg Grads Start a New Kind of Ministry with JustChurch

Rev. Sarah Goettsch, WTS ’01 and Rev. [Dr.] Jan Rippentrop [Schnell], WTS ’04 Start JustChurch ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER 2017 E-LIFE TOGETHER NEWSLETTER There’s a new kind of ministry in town. JustChurch. JustChurch is not a new congregation; it is the name of an ELCA Saturday evening worship service supported by Gloria Dei Lutheran Church,…