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September 7, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wartburg Theological Seminary will mark the beginning of its 162nd academic year with Opening Worship on Monday, September 7, 2015 at 4 p.m. The worship service will begin outside in the seminary’s quad near the Martin Luther statue and will be followed by a procession of those gathered faculty, students, families, staff, and others into the Loehe Chapel. This worship tradition marks the start of each new academic year at Wartburg Seminary.
Rev. Louise N. Johnson, Wartburg’s President, reflects on the beginning of this new year: “As Wartburg Theological Seminary begins its 163rd year, we welcome new and returning graduate students from around the corner and around the world. Our students come to study bible, theology, and history. They come to be deepened in their faith through spiritual practices, worship and experiential learning. They come to learn how they can lead communities of faith to change the world. We are thrilled to welcome a new class and our students who have returned from a variety of learning experiences in churches and hospitals, prisons and nursing homes, camps and colleges and so many other places where they are serving and learning. We begin on Monday evening with worship, like generations before us and with Christians all around the world, we will gather around the waters of baptism to remember that God has claimed and called us. We do this by praying stories: creation, exodus, the baptism of Jesus. Like long lost cousins around a campfire at a family reunion, we gather to tell the stories of God’s family. Because in the telling, we remember that we are more than our own stories, more than our own time, more than our own selves. In the telling, we remember that we are, by the grace of God and the water that laps at our foot-sore souls, connected. Less alone. Less afraid. Less curved-in. In the telling, we remember that we are, by the death and resurrection of Jesus, God’s own children, sons and daughters loved to death and drawn into the very being of God. In the telling, we remember just what God can do with water – gather it up, let it loose, wash us clean. God can change the world with water. And so this is where we begin, won’t you join us? All are welcome.”
Wartburg Theological Seminary is one of eight theological schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Wartburg was established in Dubuque, Iowa in 1854 and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and educates women and men to serve the church’s mission as ordained and lay leaders.