January 12-14, 2015
Cannon Beach, Oregon
Our Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Melinda Quivik
Preaching in Times of Transition (i.e., all the time)
How can preachers and other church leaders proclaim the gospel of the risen Christ in the midst of shifting points of view and contentious debates?
How is the church to assess the circumstances and find the best words to bring comfort and to raise questions about the relationship between church and culture?
We will explore these questions by looking at imagery of place and class, the ways in which context directs theological understanding, what it means to be church in a culture that has been paying less and less attention to matters of faith, and where hope is found.
1 – PLACE: Where are we in the landscape? What is sacred? Where are we theologically?
2 – CLASS/ POWERS THAT INFLUENCE CULTURE: What is the church up against?
3 – PRACTICING WHAT WE PREACH: What is our theology if derived from what we DO?
4 – PREACHING BAPTISMAL IDENTITY: The power of baptism to honestly name place and class, to discern the path, and to ground the church in the 21st century. How might we more faithfully appropriate sacramental truth?
About The Rev. Dr. Melinda Quivik
Melinda Quivik is a liturgical and homiletical scholar living in Houghton, Michigan. Ordained in 1994 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Melinda Quivik has served as a pastor in Montana, Minnesota, and Michigan and as chaplain of the seminary in Philadelphia while teaching there. More about Dr. Quivik below.
Our Monday Evening Presentation: Fred Quivik
“Facing Jesus’ Temptations in an Age of Climate Change”––based on his “Temptation in the Consumer Wilderness,” Sojourner’s 40, no. 7 (2011).
Our Chaplain: Pastor Wes Howell
Pastor Wes Howell joined the Trinity Lutheran, Pullman, in September of 2011. He has had long connections with Pullman and the WSU community. He attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley California and has served parishes in Oregon and Washington. Wes is excited about faith communities reaching out to all people; especially connecting Worship and Preaching directly to people’s lives. His understanding is that Lutheran Worship is the art of creating an opportunity to connect with the Living Word. He enjoys using whatever liturgies and hymns work best to accomplish that goal. He has done sabbaticals in Taize and Iona to explore community building through worship.(shown with daughters Kirsten and Anna)
More about Dr. Quivik
She earned a PhD at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, in 2003 in worship and preaching. From 2005-2010 she was associate professor of worship and preaching at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She has also taught at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Ohio, in the DMin preaching program at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, in lay schools of the ELCA’s Virginia and Northern Great Lakes synods, and continues to give workshops and lectures on both worship and preaching in many states in her capacity as an independent scholar.
In March 2014, at the request of the Lutheran World Federation in Indonesia and the ELCA Global Missions Office, she taught Lutheran theology and worship in North Sumatra, Indonesia, where the 4 million Lutherans are beginning a process of recovering their Lutheran heritage. The participants in one of her seminars were chosen to attend so that they would write new liturgies based on her teaching. Those liturgies will soon be published. She has been asked to return in 2015 to teach preaching and worship.
She has just been made Editor-in-Chief of the journal Liturgy, a publication of The Liturgical Conference. She served as Guest Editor for the forthcoming November 2014 issue on “Trinity and Liturgy.”
She worked with a team of 6 other liturgical scholars and pastors writing new liturgical language For each Sunday of the three-year Revised Common Lectionary, for a Westminster John Knox Press (WJK) multi-volume work, Feasting on the Word: Worship Companion.
Her edited book, Leading Worship Matters: A Sourcebook for Preparing Worship Leaders (Augsburg Fortress, 2013), includes essays by 30 different people––lay and ordained––on worship leadership roles, training session plans, and handouts. Her writings include two books, Serving the Word: Preaching in Worship (Fortress, 2009) and A Christian Funeral: Witness to the Resurrection (Augsburg Fortress, 2005), essays in a number of print journals and online publications such as the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, and preaching commentaries in WorkingPreacher.org, New Proclamation, Currents in Theology and Mission, Feasting on the Word, and commentaries on preaching justice (WJK) and theological approaches to the lectionary (Abingdon).
During the development of Evangelical Lutheran Worship, she served in a number of capacities with the Renewing Worship project and on the preaching consultation for Principles for Worship (Augsburg Fortress, 2002). She preached for one of the daily eucharists at the 2005 ELCA churchwide assembly.
Quivik is a member of the Academy of Homiletics and the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL). She served for two years on the board of NAAL, as the organizer of the 23 seminar groups.
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