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March 27, 2012
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary Announces Spring Renewal 2012

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary will host alumni/ae, friends, faculty, staff and students for lectures, worship, and fellowship from April 10-12. 

Woods Lecture
The 2012 Woods Lecturer is Rev. Dr. Lester Ruth, research professor of Christian worship, Duke Divinity School.  A historian of Christian worship with particular interests in the early church and the last 250 years, Ruth is passionate about enriching the worship life of current congregations, regardless of style.  He believes that careful reflection on the worship of other Christians - whether past or present, whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox - can serve to enrich the church today.  Lately he has been bringing that approach to inspire contemporary songwriters, having grown concerned about the lack of a Trinitarian dimension in so much worship music. Dr. Ruth is a member of the Charles Wesley Society, of which he is the newly selected president.  He has served as a pastor for the three different appointments in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

His topic, Perhaps Contemporary Music is Not That Contemporary: Reflections on Popular Worship Music in the Last 200 Years, will be presented in two lectures.  Lecture I will be held on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Blades Chapel; Lecture II will be held on Wednesday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. in Blades Chapel. 

Berger Lecture
The 2012 Berger Lecturer is Rev. Dr. James Edwards, Bruner-Welch Endowed Professor of Theology, Whitworth University.  Dr. Edwards has written several books including The Layman's Overview of the Bible, The Divine Intruder, Is Jesus the Only Way?, and the Pillar New Testament Commentary volume on Mark. His most recent work, published in 2009 by Eerdmans is entitled The Hebrew Gospel and the Development of the Synoptic Tradition. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he received his master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and doctorate in New Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

He will speak on The Hebrew Gospel: the Jewish Ancestor in the Gentile-Christian Family Tree on Wednesday, April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in Blades Chapel and The Barmen Declaration and the Fall of the Wall on Thursday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. in Blades Chapel.

The Woods and Berger Lectures are open to the public; pre-registration is requested. Registration and event information is available at or by contacting Dana Weitz at 563.589.3691 or .