Previous Florida Chapter Retreats

NOVEMBER 14 - 15, 2011

Dr. Carl Braaten analyzes the content and reflects on the various reactions to this Encyclical of Pope John Paul II, from its release on 25 May 1995 till now.

TEACHING THEOLOGIAN: The Reverend Dr. Carl E. Braaten
Carl Braaten has been one of the leading theologians and teachers in the Lutheran church for the past 50 years. He has authored and edited numerous books and theological papers. He attended St. Olaf College, Luther Seminary, Heidelberg University and Harvard Divinity School where he studied under Paul Tillich and earned his doctoral degree. He was ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1958.

JUNE 6 - 7, 2011

TEACHING THEOLOGIAN: The Reverend Dr. Philip James Secker STS

Dr. Secker is the Director of The Arthur Carl Piepkorn Center for Evangelical Catholicity located in Mansfield, CT. He earned both the S.T.M and Th.D. degrees (1967, 1973) under Arthur Carl Piepkorn. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Reserve Component Command and General Staff College.



"The presentation on the subject of In persona Christi delves into the biblical, historical, and confessional understanding of the identity and function of the ordained pastor arguing that the current ecclesial crises of the churches is crises of ministerial identity and function. I propose to look at priesthood in the OT, the NT and the Earliest Church Fathers, then at the Lutheran Confessions and finally to draw some conclusions. This presentation does not purport to be new or innovative but is rather a synthesis of theological work by many theologians and a product of my own study."

TEACHING THEOLOGIAN: The Reverend Rodney L. Eberhardt STS

In May of 1973, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Concordia Senior College and enrolled in Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. During January of 1974, became into existence and of which he became a student Concordia Seminary-in-Exile (Seminex). He then attended The Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Illinois from which he received his Masters of Divinity Degree Since September of 1998 he has served as the senior pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Farmingdale, New York. For 11 years Pastor Eberhardt has served as the Dean of the STS Metro NY Chapter.

DECEMBER 6-7, 2010


"Worship is a rich, relational encounter between God and the human assembly and among members of that assembly. In liturgical worship, this relational encounter happens through conversational exchanges from beginning to end." Linking the themes of spirituality and worship and giving each needed focus in ways that are biblically and theologically rich and consistent with ecumenical traditions, this book specifically explores the relationship of sacred reading (lectio divina) to worship. Linman sees this practice as one element in the larger liturgical action of Gathering, Word, Meal, and Sending. Our "spiritual worship" (cf. Rom 12:1), he argues, is the holy conversation between worshipers and the triune God who leads us to greater participation in Christ and to transformation through Christ’s presence.

TEACHING THEOLOGIAN: The Reverend Dr. Jonathan Linman

He was Director of the Center for Christian Spirituality and Professor of Ascetical Theology at The General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, 2001- 2009 where he taught courses in Christian Spirituality to students in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts and Master of Sacred Theology degree programs and directed Certificate of Studies and Master of Arts and Master of Sacred Theology degree programs in Christian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction. He is currently Assistant to the Bishop for Formation, Metropolitan New York Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 2009-present, and adjunct faculty at General Theological Seminary in New York City.

JUNE 14-15, 2010

It is always a temptation to believe that events and issues as we immediately experience them are without precedence or premonition. Dr. Hannah will lead us in a review of the events and issues that have equally beset and adorned Lutherans since our arrival in America with particular attention to the delights and dilemmas of the Missouri Synod.

TEACHING THEOLOGIAN: The Reverend Dr. John R. Hannah STS
Dr. Hannah holds a B.A. from Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, IN, a B.D. from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, MO, a Doctor of Ministry from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, TN, and a Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ. He was an Active Duty Chaplain, U.S. Army 1970-1993, retiring as a Colonel, and served as Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bronx, NY from 1993 until retiring in 2009. Dr. Hannah is on the Board of the American Lutheran Publicity Bureau and has served as President since 2005. He was on the Board, Atlantic District, LCMS, 1997-2009 and been Ecumenical Officer of the Atlantic District, LCMS. A member of the Metro New York Chapter of STS, he is one of the founding members of the Society in 1997.

MARCH 1-2, 2010

What it means to be heirs of a theological tradition and ecclesiastical culture. Also the use of breviaries (e.g. FOR ALL THE SAINTS), and the practice of Individual Confession and Absolution will be addressed. Dr. Senn will be using his most recent book, Lutheran Identity: A Classical Understanding (Fortress Press, 2008) copies of which will be available at the Retreat for $11.99.

TEACHING THEOLOGIAN: The Reverend Dr. Frank C. Senn STS, Senior

He holds a B.A. from Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY, a M.Div. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. He has served congregations in South Bend, IN, Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL, and Lincolnshire, IL before coming to his current pastorate in Evanston. He was Assistant Professor of Liturgics at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago from 1978-81 and has taught courses at the University of Chicago Divinity School, the University of Notre Dame, Concordia University in River Forest, IL, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston.

NOVEMBER 2-3, 2009

Sharing & comparing, confirming & changing elements & styles of Presiding; Celebrating the Liturgies of the Church

The Reverend Dr. Mark D. Luttio
, Ph.D.; M.Div. Luther Seminary (1985); Pastoral Ministry, Japan (1985-1990); Ph.D. in Liturgics, University of Notre Dame (1995); Professor of Worship, Lutheran College and Seminary, Tokyo Japan (1995-1999); Professor of Religion, St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN (1999-2002); Senior Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church and School, Deerfield Beach, FL.
The Reverend Robert L Endruschat, M.Div. LTSP Philadelphia (1981); The Graduate School LTSP; Parishes in Southeast Penn, Metro NY and Florida; Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church - Boca Raton, FL

The Reverend Lawrence R. Recla STS, Dean,

M.Div. LTSG Gettysburg (1972); Esalen Institute, CA, FBI Academy, International Critical Stress Foundation; Parishes in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Utah, and New York City

JUNE 15-16, 2009

Four Enduring Temptations of Christian Faith: The challenge of Anti-Semitism, Fundamentalism, Triumphalism, and Moralism

TEACHING THEOLOGIAN: The Reverend Dr. Eric W. Gritsch
 is Emeritus Professor of Church History, Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary. He was born 1931 in Austria and experienced reign of Adolf Hitler and Russian military occupation. Educated at University of Vienna (equiv. BD) 1956, University of Zurich 1952, Basel 1953,Yale Divinity School and Yale University STM, 1955, MA, 1958, Ph.D. 1960, he was ordained in 1962 (ULCA), United Lutheran Church in America. His honors include: Fulbright-Smith-Mundt Scholar (Yale University,1954-55). Delegated Participant in the US Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue (1971-92). National Catholic Workshop on Christians and Jews (Seminar Leader, Houston, Texas 1999). Board of Directors, Ecumenical Institute of the Lutheran World Federation (Strasbourg, France, 1992-2004). Among his many publications is Lutheranism authored with Robert Jenson in 1976.