Wartburg e-Life Together – March 2018

Wartburg Seminary provides a unique experience that makes it possible for future church leaders to respond to God’s call to serve the church. The strong, financial stability that you have helped us achieve has provided a foundation for significant growth in enrollment.

 

DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

Thanks to the support of so many generous donors,  Wartburg Theological Seminary has been able to help more and more students answer this question with a bold YES!

Wartburg Seminary provides a unique experience that makes it possible for future church leaders to respond to God’s call to serve the church. The strong, financial stability that you have helped us achieve has provided a foundation for significant growth in enrollment.

Here’s why Wartburg is growing:

STUDENT-CENTERED
• 100% of eligible students receive scholarship support.
• Even with a 77% increase in first year students, total student debt is LOWER than last year.
• Nearly $1 million dollars in scholarship and housing support provided in the 2017-2018 school year.
• Support for housing assistance has DOUBLED from last year.

COMMUNITY-CENTERED
• Worship that extends into community and classroom has been the root of the Wartburg experience for generations.
• Distance learning students who consistently tell us that they feel deeply connected in community.
• New technology “Huddle Spaces” which provide residential and distance students the opportunity for formal and informal small group meetings.

INNOVATIVE
• Master of Divinity – Collaborative Learning program (students serving in congregations while earning MDiv.)
• Unique 6-Year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Divinity program with Wartburg College.
• Largest TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries) program in the ELCA prepares
non-traditional students for church leadership.

DO YOU WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD?  Our students are saying YES, our faculty are sayingYES. Will you say YES to future leaders of our church and world?

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From the Classroom to the Congregation
The woman laid in the hospital bed, an IV running into her arm. She was prepped for surgery and a biopsy. I had stopped by to say a prayer and sit with her for a bit. “Could you hand me my bag?” she asked. I took it from the hook on the wall. She dug around in it, produced a small glass marble and cupped it in her hand. “I brought my marble,” she said, “to help me remember that God cares for me.”

I recognized that marble. A few weeks earlier, the children of our church gathered around the baptismal font, where we meet each week for children’s sermon. Taking a cue from my professor, Dr. Sam Giere, I asked the kids if they had ever thought about the size of the earth in comparison to the rest of the universe. We talked about how many earths (1.3 million) could fit inside the sun. Really, if you think about, the earth is about the size of a regular marble when compared to the universe, I said as I handed each child a marble. Then I read, as Dr. Giere had in theology class, from Psalm 8:

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established, what are human beings that you mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

Even though we are tiny, as tiny as a marble, in the scope of the universe, God cares for each and every one of us, I said. God counts the hairs on our heads.

I looked out over the congregation and then peered into my bag of marbles. On the spur of the moment I realized I had enough to hand out to everyone. I turned to the kids and put a few marbles in each of their hands. Please give them to all the adults, I said. The kids scooted sideways through the narrow country church pews, placing the marbles into the hands of their grandparents and cousins, their aunts and neighbors. I reminded the adults that they too are children of God, blessed and beloved. And now here in this hospital room was one of those marbles, comforting this woman as she headed into the unknown.

 

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Staff Updates

Ms. Lindsey Queener,

Director for Admissions joined the team in early 2018. A Master of Theological Studies graduate from Boston University, Lindsey has experience in fundraising, social media marketing, project management, and event planning. She brings deep faith, energy and fresh insight to the work of vocational discernment, especially with young adults. Lindsey transitioned to this role from the WTS Development office where she served as Development Officer.

Mr. Matthew O’Rear,

former Associate Dean for Vocation has been appointed Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiaves. Matt has been a leader in developing a grant received by the ELCA seminaries from the InFaith Foundation, facilitating vocational discernment and recruitment across the ELCA. Matt will serve as Director of the InFaith Grant in addition to his work with President Johnson on several of our strategic initiatives.

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Do you have a story to share with the greater Wartburg Community? Let us know! Send an email to stories@wartburgseminary.edu. We just might use it in an upcoming social media post, e-Life Together Newsletter, or Life Together publication.
 
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