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Byberg 2018

January 15-17, 2018

Keynote Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan

The Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan is Associate Professor of Homiletics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University in Berkeley, California. She also serves on the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley). Dr. Hannan is a native of MN and received her B.A. from Concordia College (Moorhead) and M.Div. from Luther Seminary (Saint Paul). She received her Ph.D. in practical theology (homiletics concentration) from Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ). She is the author of numerous publications and has preached in numerous settings around the country and world. Dr. Hannan’s current research interests include: preaching as a ministry of the whole congregation, preaching public issues, Latin American homiletical pedagogy, the arts and the craft of preaching (especially working film, short story fiction, music, theatre and photography), and narrative medicine.

Program:  “Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation”
A collaborative preaching model is one way to equip the baptized to proclaim. In our time together we will 1) explore the faithful benefits of a collaborative approach to preaching and identify the risks and challenges [The WHY]; 2) identify (and engage in!) concrete activities/methods that preachers can adopt and facilitate in their own ministry settings before, during, and after the preaching event [The HOW]; 3) propose a step-by-step model as a way of offering participants a starting point for developing their own process for facilitating a preaching ministry that belongs to the whole congregation [The NOW WHAT].

Session 1 - Collaborative Preaching (The WHY!) – Mon. afternoon
A collaborative preaching model is one way to equip the baptized to proclaim. In this session we will explore the faithful benefits of a collaborative approach to preaching and identify the risks and challenges.

Sessions 2 & 3 – Sermon Preparation IS Ministry (The HOW!) – Tues. (2 sessions)
Time spent on sermon prep is not simply preparation for those 15 minutes on Sunday morning; it is ministry with your congregation and in your communities. In this session we will identify (and engage in!) concrete activities/methods that preachers can adopt and facilitate in their own ministry settings before, during, and after the preaching event.

Session 4 – The Congregation’s (!) Preaching Ministry (The NOW WHAT?) – Wed. morning
A step-by-step model will be proposed in this session as a way of offering participants a starting point for developing their own process for facilitating a preaching ministry that belongs to the whole congregation.

Dialog Article - "That All Might Proclaim"
Dialog: A Journal of Theology subscription info available online. Click HERE.


Clergy Speaker:  Pastor Amanda Zentz-Alo

Whether singing, skating, preaching, praying, or engaging in her latest fandom, Amanda Zentz-Alo seeks to shine the love of God into our world. She serves as the pastor at Central Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon, where the members fill her days with delight. In her spare time, she takes to the track with her roller derby league under the name FeeNix. The last few years she has been studying with Dr. Leonard Sweet and Dr. David McDonald through Portland Seminary's DMin program in "Preaching as Storytelling."


Byberg Chaplain:  Rev. Deanna Wildermuth

Rev. Deanna Wildermuth serves as pastor at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Mercer Island, WA (2009-current).  She is a 1997 graduate of Luther Seminary. One of the greatest pleasures in her ministry is working with a diversity of worship and music styles while maintaining a strong emphasis on Word and Sacrament.

"My life journey has been a cross country venture: from childhood through college in Washington state, through early adulthood in Missouri and Oregon, through time spent in Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Washington. My journey has been on a variety of roads: from working in a library to work as a certified nursing assistant and in the laundry of Tacoma Lutheran Home, from teaching young children to providing services for the elderly, from administrative work to custodial employ, from wife and mother to student and then to pastor. In my first call as a pastor, I even trained as an EMT-B and rode on an ambulance squad. During my life travels I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love to read and enjoy a variety of types of stitching (at various levels of competence!). Music and singing fill my soul. Through my ventures and on every path I have been accompanied by my husband Keith and two sons, Alan and Daniel."


Worship Musician: David C. Horton

David C. Horton, pianist, and composer, is a native of Southern California. He earned his B.M. in Composition and Keyboard Studies at Pacific Lutheran University and an M.M. in Composition (emphasis in dance and media collaboration) from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Ore.). Horton has performed with several prominent Pacific Northwest and Midwest ensembles and theater companies, including Pacific Lutheran University Choir of the West, the Oregon Bach Festival Composers’ Symposium (Eugene, OR), and has been a featured artist with Music Northwest, Seattle Pro Musica, (Alex) and Taylor Dance (New York, NY), TRANSForm National Dance Collective, Ashland Productions, and Old Log Children’s Theater (Minneapolis, Minn.).

Horton currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries at Faith Lutheran Church (Redmond, Wash.). He is the Artistic Director of Fine Arts at Faith in Redmond, which hosts professional music ensembles and solo artists from the Western Washington Region. He currently sings with Seattle Pro Musica and serves on the Executive Council for the Northwest Washington ELCA Synod.