for Central Appalachian Lutheran Dogmatics
(11 September 2023)
The Symposium for Central Appalachian Lutheran Dogmatics (SCALD) is designed as a day of theological discussion, employing the symposium model. Presenters give papers with discussion of those papers open to all participants. It is about providing an intellectually engaging and profitable opportunity for rank and file clergy and lay theologians (amateur and professional) to test their often private ruminations among those capable of being critical and convivial at the same time.
Finally, after messing around with the pandemic and
everything associated with it, we are ready to announce
Yes, that's right friends the Symposium for Central
Appalachian Lutheran Dogmatics returns after a four-year
hiatus. We convene at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Morgantown,
WV, on 9 November 2023, for a day of papers and
critical (yet convivial) conversation.
To register, click here. Use the same link to
submit a paper proposal.
Papers should be suited to a 20-minute oral
presentation followed by 30-40 minutes of Q&A and
conversation. As for topic, it is fairly open, but every
paper must in some way engage the Lutheran
Confessional/dogmatic tradition. If you would like a
consultation, contact +Riegel. Proposals should have a
working title and abstract. Paper proposals are still be
accepted on a rolling submission basis. The following (under
their working titles) have been accepted:
Logistics: There is no registration fee for SCALD.
A bucket will be set out for voluntary contributions to
defray coffee, etc. Lunch will not be served.
Instead, ample time will be given in a lunch break for
attendees to hit local eateries of their choice. Feel
free to pack a lunch or order delivery if you prefer.
We've set up a SCALD III facebook event. Feel
free to join if you are on social media.
SCALD II, meeting in Keyser, WV, on 21 Feb 2019,
saw a doubling of attendance over SCALD I, with thirty
participating, representing six ELCA judicatories
(WV-WMD, LSS, Allegheny, MNYS, NC, and Del-MD). There
were two non-ELCA folks there (TEC and UCC). There were
six laity and twenty-four clergy. One of the lay
participants, a seminarian from LSTC, even road the
train overnight to attend.
SCALD II papers...
In the photo above right, Brian McClinton leads the
gathering in singing hymns of the Christian Science
tradition as an example of catechetical hymnody.
SCALD I met in Morgantown, WV, in 2017 with fifteen
present. While predominantly pastors of the West
Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, we also had a pastor from
Lower Susquehanna join us and two priests from the
Episcopal Diocese of WV.
SCALD I papers...
BTW, in the photo at upper right is The Rev. Elizabeth
Hadaway, at SCALD I, delivering her paper, "The Babylonian
Captivity of the Clergy Spouse," a very interesting
critique of commonly held ideas about the role of the
clergy spouse in light of Augustana XIV, XVI, and
A wide variety of educational opportunities for both
clergy and laity are to be found on the WV-WMD Synod's Education for Clergy & Laity
West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod, ℅ St. Paul Lutheran Church, 309 Baldwin Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
304-363-4030 + Porter@WV-WMD.org