ULS President’s Newsletter | Spring Term 2018-19
Volume II, Issue 11
My child, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments;
for length of days and years of life
and abundant welfare they will give you.
Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute
in the sight of God and of people.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
It will be a healing for your flesh
and a refreshment for your body.
Summer is a time for vacation, enjoyment of nature, and spending time with family. For our faculty, it is a time to continue teaching and bringing their theological knowledge to our brothers and sisters across the country and the globe. Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman taught for the Engle Preaching Institute in Princeton the second week of June; Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft taught at Yale Divinity School that same week; and Rev. Dr. Kristin Largen presented at a conference in Tokyo. We continue to be proud of the dedicated work of our faculty, and we are pleased to announce that our faculty will gain two new members beginning in August.
Dr. Kyle K. Schiefelbein-Guerrero will join us as Assistant Professor of Worship and Liturgy, and the Rev. Dr. Reed Carlson will be Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, focusing on the Old Testament. Please read their full bios below.
The Rev. Dr. Reed Carlson specializes in the Hebrew Bible as well as the literature of Second Temple Judaism — a diverse body of pre-Christian writings that can help us better understand the Jewish roots of the New Testament. He holds a ThD from Harvard University and is a graduate of Luther Seminary and North Central University. He is also ordained in the ministry of Word and Sacrament in The Episcopal Church.
Dr. Carlson’s first book, Demonizing the Self: Possession and Other Spirit Phenomena in Biblical Literature (forthcoming from De Gruyter Publishers) focuses on stories of spirits and ecstatic religious experience in biblical and Second Temple Jewish literature — especially as they relate to anthropological and ethnographic studies of possession, trance, and other similar practices in the Global South and its diasporas. His work has appeared in several academic journals including Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Die Welt des Orients, Word and World, and the Journal of Pentecostal Theology. He has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Louisville Institute, the American Schools of Oriental Research, and the Episcopal Church Foundation.
As a Pentecostal and an Episcopalian, Dr. Carlson is excited to join the ELCA-grounded/ecumenically welcoming community at United Lutheran Seminary. As ULS continues to pioneer new models for ministerial training, Dr. Carlson is especially looking forward to experimenting with interdisciplinary and praxis-oriented approaches to theological education.
Dr. Carlson is married to Rev. Britta Meiers Carlson, an ELCA pastor, mission developer, and PhD student in Practical Theology at Boston University. They have one child, Anthony.
Dr. Kyle K. Schiefelbein-Guerrero comes to ULS most recently from the San Francisco Bay Area, where 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. 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.”
During his time in the Bay Area, Kyle has taught courses in Lutheran worship, Anglican/Episcopal worship, Lutheran theology, pastoral care, pedagogy and digital theology. He has served as an active lay leader at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco, chairing the worship and catechumenate ministries and most recently serving as vice president of the congregation. He has also held leadership roles in the local chapter of ReconcilingWorks.
“I am very excited to start this new chapter in my vocation as a theologian and educator,” Dr. Schiefelbein-Guerrero said. “ULS’ role in shaping Lutheran identities throughout history and its strong ecumenical environment make it the place to be to form leaders for the 21st-century Church. I look forward to being part of that very environment.”
Schiefelbein-Guerrero has a B.A. in History and German Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and an M.Div. from Luther Seminary. He has received additional training in educational technology from Educause and the Online Learning Consortium. He and his husband Rommel will make their home in the Philadelphia area.
Holy and loving Creator, we ask that you continue to provide guidance to the United Lutheran Seminary faculty. Let their wisdom be heard and teaching touch the lives of our students in profound ways. Please bless our newest faculty members, grant them patience and understanding, and keep their families safe in this time of transition. In your Son’s most holy name.
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The last of our synod assemblies held their meetings last week. United Lutheran Seminary staff, faculty, and students were present at every assembly, providing updates and connecting with the ULS community.
The Rev. Paul T. Egensteiner was elected as Bishop of the Metro New York synod, the Rev. Michael Lozano was elected as Bishop of the Northwest PA synod, and the Rev. Leila Ortiz was elected Bishop of the Metro DC synod. Bishops James Dunlop, Kurt Kusserow, and Tracie Bartholomew were reelected for the Lower Susquehanna, Southwest PA, and New Jersey synods, respectively.
ULS congratulates all the Bishops and Bishop-elects! We wish you well in your leadership positions and look forward to our beloved partnerships in serving our Lord Jesus Christ. Your continued prayers, support, and divinely granted advices we greatly appreciate.