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Tuesday, March 4, 2014  
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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  The spring semester is moving along swiftly and the seminary community is eagerly anticipating a Reading Week this month.  We are engaged in three faculty searches, two accreditation self-studies, and an exciting Visioning Process this spring.  God has blessed us richly and we give thanks.

The Seminary Admissions Office has been busy preparing for the “Exploring a Call Conference” for prospective students for the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Missional Christianity degrees. This conference, held on campus March 12-14, allows individuals to experience first-hand our strong Christian community, excellent teaching, and beautiful campus. If you are considering theological education, or if you know of someone who should be considering theological education, please call Kimberly Burnett-Hackbarth, Director of Admissions, at 800-369-UDTS or email her at

Applications are also being accepted for the 2014 Doctor of Ministry Cohort, which meets on campus in May. This year’s cohort will be led by Dr. Jerry Andrews, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of San Diego, CA and Dr. Bradley Longfield, Dean and Professor of Church History at UDTS.  The Doctor of Ministry at Dubuque emphasizes congregational renewal.  This particular cohort will address renewal by focusing on Scripture and prayer in community.  We will engage in close reading and prayerful study of Romans and the Psalms and join in vigorous communal reflection on what it means to be the church, the people of God.  Applications are now being received.  For more information call Kimberly Burnett-Hackbarth, Director of Admissions, at 1-800-369-UDTS or visit

On March 26, the seminary will celebrate the installation of Dr. Robert Hoch as Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship. Dr. Hoch holds degrees from California State University, Sacramento, San Francisco Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary.  He has taught at UDTS since 2003 and is the author, most recently, of By the Rivers of Babylon: Blueprints for a Church in Exile. 

Finally, we are delighted to welcome three outstanding lecturers to campus April 1-3 for Spring Renewal.  Warren Lecturer Dr. Kenneth Bailey, a Presbyterian minister and New Testament scholar, will speak on “The Good Shepherd: The Unfolding of a Biblical Saga.”  Woods Lecturer Dr. Jeff Barker of Northwestern College (Iowa) will address “The Bible as Art: Ten Assumptions about Presenting the Bible in Worship” and “The Hebrew Bible as Theatre: A New Way to Study the Old Book.”  Finally, this year’s Berger Lecturer, Dr. David Lose of Luther Seminary, will lecture on, “Preaching Reconsidered: Fashioning a Community of the Word in the Age of Digital Pluralism.”  All Spring Renewal events are open to the public, but pre-registration is requested.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, see or contact Richard Shaffer at 563-589-3691.

I thank you for your support of the seminary and pray God’s richest blessing on you in this holy season of Lent.

Bradley Longfield
Dean and Professor of Church History

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