Assistant Professor of Worship and Liturgy
Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero is a lay leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Prior to coming to ULS, 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, both in Berkeley, CA. 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.”
For him, the classroom (residential and online) is the place of bringing the historical tradition and contemporary realities into constructive conversation and mutual critique. He brings his own historical, theological, and liturgical lenses regarding power and gender to bear upon the discovering, formulating, utilizing and questioning inherent in all teaching and learning. In every subject, students are formed to be out in the world, drawing upon their experiences with the material and with one another, for the common good and the proclamation of the Gospel. His current academic research interests include liturgical history and theology, the intersection of ritual and pastoral care, digital theology and liturgy, and sacramental ministry. He is convener of the Lutheran caucus of the North American Academy of Liturgy, an active member of the American Academy of Religion, and a board member of Journey to Baptismal Living: North American Association for the Catechumenate.
BA, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2003
MDiv, Luther Seminary, 2007
PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2015
Learning Technology Leadership Program, Educause, 2014
Instructional Design Mastery, Online Learning Consortium, 2017
“Preparing for Advent,” “Preparing for Christmas,” and “Preparing for the Time after Epiphany,” in Sundays and Seasons: Guide to Worship Planning 2019: Year C (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2018).
“Deeper Understandings: Mary, Mother of Our Lord,” Living Lutheran 3, no. 5 (August 2018): 44-45.
“Last Words: Medieval and Reformation Christianity” and “Leader, Leadership: Medieval Christianity” in Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 15 (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2018).
“Baptism: Literature Review and Bibliography,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Martin Luther (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
“Liturgy as Creation: How Rituals Communicate, Situate and Order Meaning,” Cross Accent 24, no. 1 (Spring 2016): 26-31, 34-35.
“Defining Digital Theology: Digital Humanities, Digital Religion and the Particular Work of the CODEC Research Centre and Network,” Open Theology 5, no. 1 (March 2019): 23-43. [ https://doi.org/10.1515/opth-2019-0003 ]
Plus numerous liturgical texts in Sundays and Seasons throughout the years.
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