Dr. Mitzi Budde, former President of the North American Association of Ecumenists, Lutheran Deacon, and Professor and Librarian at Virginia Theological Seminary, will receive the Consortium’s annual Ecumenism Award for 2019 and offer this year’s Figel Address on Ecumenism. She will address “Communing with God and One Another: A theological apologia for lived ecumenism.”
Leader in National Council of Churches projects on racism and mass incarceration, co-editor and author of numerous books and articles on ecumenical dialogue, ethics, and congregational practice, Dr. Budde will challenge us to explore aspects of ecumenism that deepen every Christian’s life and congregation’s practice. Open to the Public, 6:00-9:00 pm on Wednesday, February 27 at Wesley Theological Seminary.
Dr. Budde’s background:
Dr. Mitzi Budde completed her D.Min. in Ecumenism and Reconciliation at Wesley Theological Seminary where she focused on ecumenical formation in denominational theological seminaries. She previously earned a Master of Librarianship from the University of South Carolina, an M.A. in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina and a B.A. from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina.
Before joining the faculty at VTS, Prof. Budde served as library director at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She is a deacon of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving under call of the ELCA to ecumenical ministry at VTS.
Prof. Budde co-authored Daring to Share: Multi-Denominational Congregations in the U.S. and Canada (2018) with Sandra Beardsall and William McDonald. She was one of the writers for the National Council of Churches publication, United Against Racism: Churches for Change (2018), and she co-edited and contributed to the National Council of Churches publication Thinking Theologically about Mass Incarceration, Paulist Press, 2017 (co-edited with Tony Kireopoulos and Matthew Lundberg). She also co-edited and contributed to the book, Unity in Mission: Theological Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Mission (2013) published by Paulist Press in the National Council of Churches Faith & Order Commission Theological Series (co-edited with Don Thorsen). She has also published journal articles in The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Worship, Ecumenical Trends and Congregations. Professor Budde was President of the North American Academy of Ecumenists (2013-2015) and serves on the national Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee. She has served as a mentor in the American Theological Library Association’s “Creating Leaders for Tomorrow” program and has served on accreditation visiting teams for the Association of Theological Schools. She also serves on the new standards committee for the Association of Theological Schools, the major accrediting body of theological schools in North America.
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