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Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop Series – Professor Burreson and Dr. Hoeltke


August 3, 2020
August 5, 2020




Due to concerns about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, this workshop will be held online.

From Baptism to Burial: Death, Life and the New Creation

The fundamental rhythm of human life is that of life to death to life in Christ in the new creation when the Lord returns to claim His creatures for Himself. This workshop will explore that rhythm through the new Bible study Death, Heaven, Resurrection, and the New Creation. It will seek to understand the nature of death from a biblical perspective and how we should facilitate the experience of death from that perspective. We will consider Christ’s lordship over death through His resurrection, our participation through Baptism in His resurrection, and the nature of heaven and the new creation, which the Father will establish in Christ when He returns. The workshop will also explore practices of natural burial consistent with a Christian confession as it considers a biblical view of death, life and the new creation.

Registration deadline: July 13, 2020

Dr. Kent Burreson

Few people know the liturgical landscape as well as Burreson. He has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the liturgy’s history — how it has remained the same and how it has changed. Just as importantly, Burreson shows how the liturgy and our worship life form the faith within us and shape our lives within the world. He currently serves as Louis A. Fincke and Anna B. Shine Professor of Systematic Theology and dean of chapel at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.


Dr. Beth Hoeltke

Hoeltke combines her interests in confessional theology and liturgical practices. Those themes became especially apparent in her dissertation work, in which she unpacked a Lutheran theology of creation as it has been expressed within the church’s hymnic tradition. She has now turned her attention (along with Burreson) to what a theology of creation and new creation might mean for the practice of Christian burial, a topic rarely explored before one faces the death of a loved one. Hoeltke currently serves as director of the Graduate School at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.


Tentative schedule

Aug. 3 10-11:45 a.m. Session One
11:45 a.m.-noon Q&A
2-3:45 p.m. Session Two
3:45-4 p.m. Q&A
Aug. 4 10-11:45 a.m. Session Three
11:45 a.m.-noon Q&A
2-3:45 p.m. Session Four
3:45-4 p.m. Q&A
Aug. 5 9-10:45 a.m. Session Five
10:45-11 a.m. Q&A
12:30-2:15 p.m. Session Six
2:30-2:45 p.m. Q&A

Note: The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty/staff presenters.