Assistant Professor of Worship and Liturgy
Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero is a lay leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in
America. Prior to coming to ULS, he served as Senior Adjunct of Liturgical and
Theological Studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and Director of Digital
Learning and Lecturer in Theology and Educational Technology at Graduate
Theological Union, both in Berkeley, CA. He earned his PhD in Liturgical Studies and
Systematic Theology in 2015 from Graduate Theological Union, with his dissertation
entitled “Sin and Brokenness, Passage and Purpose: Reforms in Recent American
Lutheran Rites for the Pastoral Care of the Sick.”
For him, the classroom (residential and online) is the place of bringing the historical
tradition and contemporary realities into constructive conversation and mutual
critique. He brings his own historical, theological, and liturgical lenses regarding
power and gender to bear upon the discovering, formulating, utilizing and
questioning inherent in all teaching and learning. In every subject, students are
formed to be out in the world, drawing upon their experiences with the material and
with one another, for the common good and the proclamation of the Gospel.
His current academic research interests include liturgical history and theology, the
intersection of ritual and pastoral care, digital theology and liturgy, and sacramental
ministry. He is convener of the Lutheran caucus of the North American Academy of
Liturgy, an active member of the American Academy of Religion, and a board
member of Journey to Baptismal Living: North American Association for the
BA, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2003
MDiv, Luther Seminary, 2007
PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2015
Learning Technology Leadership Program, Educause, 2014
Instructional Design Mastery, Online Learning Consortium, 2017
“Preparing for Advent,” “Preparing for Christmas,” and “Preparing for the Time after
Epiphany,” in Sundays and Seasons: Guide to Worship Planning 2019: Year C
(Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2018).
"Deeper Understandings: Mary, Mother of Our Lord," Living Lutheran 3, no. 5 (August 2018): 44-45.
“Last Words: Medieval and Reformation Christianity” and “Leader, Leadership:
Medieval Christianity” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 15 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018).
“Baptism: Literature Review and Bibliography,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Martin Luther (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
"Liturgy as Creation: How Rituals Communicate, Situate and Order Meaning," Cross Accent 24, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 26-31, 34-35.
"Defining Digital Theology: Digital Humanities, Digital Religion and the Particular Work of the CODEC Research Centre and Network," Open Theology 5, no. 1 (March 2019): 23-43. [ https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2019-0003 ]
Plus numerous liturgical texts in Sundays and Seasons throughout the years.
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