The Steck-Miller Assistant Professor of Worship and Liturgy and Co-Director of Worship Life
Ph.D. - Liturgical Studies and Systematic Theology - Graduate Theological Union
M.Div. - Luther Seminary
B.A. summa cum laude, History and German Studies - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Learning Technology Leadership Program - Educause
Instructional Design Mastery - Online Learning Consortium
Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero is a lay leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Before joining the ULS faculty in Fall 2019, he taught at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Union and Church Divinity School of the Pacific, teaching courses on Lutheran worship, Anglican/Episcopal worship, Lutheran historical theology, pastoral care, and pedagogy. His dissertation was entitled “Sin and Brokenness, Passage and Purpose: Reforms in Recent American Lutheran Rites for the Pastoral Care of the Sick.”
For Dr. KSG (as his students call him), the residential and online classroom 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 so 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 currently co-editor of the journal Teaching Theology & Religion and convener of the Lutheran caucus of the North American Academy of Liturgy. He serves on the advisory boards of the Global Network for Digital Theology and Journey to Baptismal Living: North American Association for the Catechumenate.
· Worshipping Community
· Seasons, Spans & Songs: Music and Liturgical Time
· Eucharist across the Traditions
· Early Christian Literature and Liturgy (with Dr. Hall)
· Baptismal Formation across the Traditions
· Worship in Context: Life Passages and Digitality
· “Discerning Digital Theology,” Cursor_ Zeitschrift für Exploratative Theologie (2020).
· “Healing Rites for a Post-Pandemic World,” CrossAccent 28, no. 2 (Summer 2020): 50-59.
. “Whether One May Flee from Digital Worship: Reflections on Sacramental Ministry in a Public
Health Crisis,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology 59, no. 2 (June 2020): 49-55.
· “Lutheran Marriage Rites: Ritual Approaches to Truth-Telling, God-Blessing, and Community-
Praying,” Liturgy 34, no. 3 (2019): 21-30.
· “Defining Digital Theology: Digital Humanities, Digital Religion and the Particular Work
of the CODEC Research Centre and Network” (with Peter Phillips and
Jonas Kurlberg), Open Theology 5, no. 1 (March 2019): 23-43.
· “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
· “Deeper Understandings: Mary, Mother of Our Lord,” Living Lutheran 3, no. 5 (August 2018):
· “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,”
CrossAccent 24, no. 1 (Spring 2016):26-31, 34-35.
In addition, Dr. KSG writes preaching commentaries for Working Preacher and liturgical texts for Sundays and Seasons.
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