Faculty News

Trinity faculty are regularly engaged with the church and society. Recent faculty news includes:

Brad A. Binau

Brad A. Binau, academic dean and professor of pastoral theology, moderated a workshop on theological education as part of the installation activities for President Barger and, on November 16 led a workshop at Pleasant City Lutheran Church, Pleasant City, Ohio, on shame and its importance for the Christian life.

Lisa E. Dahill

Lisa E. Dahill, associate professor of worship and Christian spirituality, co-taught a course called “Religion and Environmental Values in America,” with Gregory Hitzhusen, during spring semester at The Ohio State University;  hosted a webinar called “Worship and Ecology” for Ohio Interfaith Power and Light in May; served as worship leader for a course through Gettysburg Seminary called “Eco-Theology in Northern Appalachia” (centered in western Pennsylvania) in June; taught for the “Holden on the Road” event in July at Trinity;  and was the keynote presenter for the New England Lutheran Theological Forum, held in October in Mt. Vernon, Connecticut.  The title of the event was “The View from (Way) Below: Bonhoeffer and a Nonreligious Ecological Spirituality.” She also published various articles, including “Conversations with Atheists,” in The Lutheran (August 2013). In addition, Professor Dahill was granted tenure by the Board of Directors in May.

Gordon S. (Tim) Huffman, Jr.

Gordon S. (Tim) Huffman, Jr., John H.F. Kuder Professor of Christian Mission, has accepted a two-year, volunteer appointment, renewable once, to the Community Impact Division of United Way of Licking County (Ohio), with particular focus on the Education Panel, evaluating agencies applying for United Way support and making recommendations regarding funding and subsequent evaluation. He also has accepted an appointment to the “Future Committee” of the Association of Teaching Theologians-ELCA. The ATT grew out of proposals Tim made in 2001, and the Steering committee wishes to re-focus its efforts for the foreseeable future.

Diane Hymans

Diane Hymans, professor of Christian education and associate academic dean, was the keynote speaker at an event titled “Nurturing Faith at Home,” sponsored by the Northwestern Ohio Synod of the ELCA on October 26. She also attended the annual meeting of the Religious Education Association in Boston, November 8-10.

Henry J. (Hank) Langknecht

Henry J. Langknecht, Haman-Pfahler Professor of Christian Communications and professor of homiletics and Christian communications, is serving this school year as Acting Director of Contextual Education. He served as the Bible Study leader for Holden on the Road last summer at Trinity, and attended a meeting about a Lilly Endowment-funded project focused on reducing clergy indebtedness, which at Trinity is called “The Isaiah Project.” He also served as preacher for Zion Lutheran Church (Ladona Webb ’10), North Manchester, Indiana, to commemorate the reinstallation of its upgraded, 100-year-old windows. In November, he spent 10 days in Santa Ana, El Salvador, with Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Builds, and he continues to contribute to workingpreacher.org and Sundays & Seasons.

Paul D. Numrich

Paul D. Numrich, professor of world religions and interreligious relations and professor in the Snowden Chair for the Study of Religion and Interreligious Relations at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, has been recognized by Auburn Theological Seminary, New York, for his work in multi-faith education, particularly his work as supervisor of research projects at Trinity and MTSO. He has discovered that Christian seminarians learn valuable lessons about interreligious relations through human subjects research. For instance, seminarians whose worldviews are challenged in a research setting often engage in constructive introspection and dialogue (as opposed to defensiveness or disputation). Auburn highlighted Numrich’s work as one of nine teaching methods for multi-faith education in seminaries. A full description of Numrich’s method was published in the journal Teaching Theology and Religion (October 2013), available via a link at http://www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu/journal/article2.aspx?id=29020.

Emlyn A. Ott

Emlyn A. Ott, Dean of Leadership Formation and assistant professor of Ministry and Pastoral Leadership, served as Interim Sabbatical Pastor at Holy Trinity, Upper Arlington, for five months. Her role as dean included the development of and preparation for an Intentional Community House; overseeing submission of grants to support community space development; developing a mission-minded “plunge” at New Student Orientation; and preparing new processes for the raising up of student leaders. She completed her role as Midwest Regional Chair of Leadership Development for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors in November; served as plenary speaker for the Fall Rostered Leader’s Event in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod and the Bishop’s Convocation in the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod; and was host for the 2013 Healthy Congregations National Gathering at the Martin de Porres Center in Columbus on October 14-15. She serves on the Advisory Committee for the Pastoral Care Department at the OSU-Wexner Medical Center. She continues to conduct research in the Murray Bowen archives and at the Georgetown Family Center on the development of differentiation of self and belief in emerging Christian communities. She is the newest “swing singer” in the Grove City Chamber Singers.

Cheryl M. Peterson

Cheryl M. Peterson, associate professor of systematic theology, served as Trinity’s faculty representative to the 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh in August. She was appointed by Bishop Mark Hanson to the Ecclesiology of a Global Church Task Force which met for the first time in September. She presented a paper on “Healing as an Image for the Atonement: A Lutheran Consideration,” for the conference; “Remembering the Past, Living the Future: Lutheran Tradition in Transition,” in Uppsala, Sweden (October 8-10); and gave an invited lecture on her book, Who is the Church? An Ecclesiology for the Twenty-First Century (Fortress, 2013) at the Norwegian School of Theology (MF) in Oslo, Norway, on October 15.

Joy A. Schroeder

Joy A. Schroeder, professor of church history and holder of the Bergener Chair in Theology and Religion with Capital University, published an article entitled “Deborah’s Daughters” in Women in the Bible, Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics, ed. Robert B. Kruschwitz (Baylor University Press, 2013). She also published “The Widows’ Tale” in Gather, November 2013. She delivered a keynote address entitled “Who’s Afraid of a Lutheran College?” at the Association of Lutheran College Faculties 78th Annual Meeting, Capital University, October 2013. Schroeder presented a paper entitled “Angela of Foligno and the Angels” at the Forty-eighth Annual International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2013.

May Schwarz

May Schwarz, professor of church music and director of the Master of Arts in Church Music program, presented the workshop, “If Worship is a VERB, How Can I Keep from Singing,” at a Northeastern Ohio Synod gathering, October 19, 2013, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Berea, Ohio.  She also served as musician for the service led by Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and Peter Perella, of the ELCA worship staff. On November 1, Professor Schwarz directed Trinity Seminary Choir in Mozart’s Coronation Mass in the Gloria Dei Worship Center.  She directed the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and Messiah-Sing-Along audience, including members of Trinity Seminary Choir, at the Southern Theatre, Columbus, on December 13, 2013, and was later broadcast over WOSU-TV.

Walter F. Taylor, Jr.

Walter F. Taylor Jr., Ernest W. and Edith S. Ogram Professor of New Testament Studies, on April 13 and May 4, finished a four-month course on “Paul: An apostle with his feet on the ground and his vision in heaven,” for the Lay School of Theology, Southern Ohio Synod. He preached on May 26 at Holy Trinity (Steve Wachtman ’92), Upper Arlington, Ohio, and on June 9 at Resurrection (Bob Abrams ’11), Hilliard, Ohio, as part of “Trinity Sunday,” an initiative to raise awareness about Trinity Lutheran Seminary. On June 14, Taylor served as sponsor for Lorne Hlad at his ordination at Messiah Lutheran in Reynoldsburg (Karl Hanf ’99 and Thad Book ’09); on August 2-6, he served as a member of the core group of the Task Force on the Social Sciences and the New Testament, which met in Spokane, Wash., at the annual meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association; on September 15, 22, 29, and October 6, 13, he taught at Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Columbus on “Paul: Apostle to the Nations--The Person and Career of Paul”; on October 26, he preached at the Installation of Suzanne Dillahunt, bishop of the Southern Ohio Synod, ELCA; on October 27, he preached at a cluster Reformation Service in Alliance, Ohio, where Megan Elliott (’09) was the host pastor; and November 3, served as one of the leaders at the ordination of Beth Clothier at Prince of Peace in Dublin, Ohio.