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“Faith Alone” Event on September 26 & 27

Join us on September 26 & 27!
The Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) joins with the ILT Alumni and Graduate Association (AGA), Societas Crucis (SC), and the Augsburg Lutheran Churches (ALC) in sponsoring the event: “Faith Alone.”

“Faith Alone” explores a religious rebellion in Reformation-era Sweden. It presents the life and death consequences of theological choices.

Monday, September 26, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. through
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. CDT

Wilbert Square Event Center
931 25th Avenue
Brookings, SD 57006

Rev. Bror Erickson from the Speaker’s Bureau is the Featured Speaker. Rev. Erickson presents a work of his ancestral family member, Bo Giertz, bishop of Sweden. Rev. Erickson has translated Bishop Giertz’s fictionalized account, the book “Faith Alone.” It presents the Dacke rebellion in Sweden through the lives of two brothers, who both studied to be priests, but are separated in this civil conflict, forced to live by “faith alone.”

Tickets & More Info

Registration Includes: (On-Site Only)

  • A copy of “Faith Alone” by Bo Giertz
  • Lunch on Monday and Tuesday
  • Refreshments

Watch the Inaugural All-School Graduation Service

Graduation Week 2022

The faculty and staff of ILT hosted the inaugural graduation ceremony in Brookings, SD on June 16, 2022. Eleven graduates from ILT participated in the ceremony. Six of the participants had graduated in previous years and 5 of the graduates are graduating this year. We would like to congratulate all of those who are graduating.

Graduates participating in this ceremony included:

Master of Arts
  • Greg Longtin
  • Leon Miles
Master of Divinity
  • Rebecca Hand
  • Charlotte Hill
  • Teresa Peters
  • Wendy Poch
Master of Sacred Theology
  • Lenae Rasmussen
Doctor of Ministry
  • Richard Lee Blue, Jr.
  • Thomas C. Brown
  • Rod Ford
  • Donald Simmons

Other important meetings all occurred during graduation week. The ILT summer board meeting took place during the two days leading up to the graduation ceremony and the yearly faculty retreat took place the two days after.

The ILT board members met to discuss important issues such as the budget for next year and the possible sale of the ILT property. The faculty gathered to read papers together and discuss important issues concerning students and student learning.

Because ILT faculty and students do not live together on the same campus, many people were able to meet each other in person for the first time. While we can get to know each other very well through the online classroom, we do not get the opportunity to meet face to face very often. It was a wonderful time of fellowship appreciated by all who attended.

June 16th: All-School Graduation Ceremony

Calling all graduates of ILT. We will be holding an All-School Graduation Ceremony on June 16, 2022 at 4 p.m. in Brookings, SD.

This graduation ceremony is for anyone who has or will graduate from ILT and wishes to participate in the ceremony. You are welcome to bring your friends and family to share in the graduation event. A dinner for those who graduate, and their guests, will be provided that evening.

The event will be held at the Comfort Suites Convention Center located at 929 25th Ave, Brookings, SD 57006-1830.

If you wish to participate in the graduation ceremony, please RSVP by March 31, 2022 to Leon Miles


June 15th: Alumni Event

The Alumni and Graduate Association (AGA) will be hosting a dinner with the ILT Board of Directors on June 15, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. The dinner will be held at Hilcrest Park, 1520 6th St, Brookings, SD 57006. It will cost $20.00 a person and all are welcome. Please RSVP by March 31 by emailing us at

June 14-17: Continuing Education with Tim Rynearson

Tim Rynearson will be teaching a course titled, “Preaching from the Book of the Twelve: Selections from the Minor Profits.” This course will meet in-person from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday–Friday (June 14-17). This course is free for all members of ILT’s Alumni and Graduate Association. Sign up by contacting Joel Williams at

Introducing a New Course!



How Oswald Bayer’s Theology Influences Us Today

In-Person at the ILT Campus in Brookings, SD or Online
Starts on June 21st, 2022  •  Monday–Friday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sign up now by contacting Joel Williams at

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About the Course:

Oswald Bayer is one of the most important German Lutheran theologians within the last half-century. In contrast to mediating or secularizing theologies, which reduces theology either to a comprehensive morality (Kant) or a philosophical “system” (Hegel) or religious motivation (Schleiermacher or Feuerbach) Bayer affirms theology as both experiential and sapiential, both informing and returning to worship life, as the “grammar of the language of the Holy Spirit.” He understands the gospel as being able to relieve modern humans of the overwhelming responsibilities that they place upon themselves in order to create an ideal world. His legacy results in a vibrant Lutheran response to various ecumenical engagements, worship life and preaching, and articulating Christian doctrine. Through a close reading of Bayer’s most important theological texts, we will seek to access where and how his theology should influence contemporary theology and ecclesial policies.

Course Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to:

  • Articulate key concepts in Bayer’s theology and how it bears upon his approach to ecumenical relations, worship and pastoral ministry.
  • Explore opportunities for applying insights gleaned from Bayer for one’s personal and professional circumstances.
  • Specify the historical, cultural and theological contexts of Bayer’s work.
  • Assess the arguments Bayer provides for his various stances.
  • Scrutinize Bayer’s key emphases, themes and doctrines.

About the Professor: 

Mark Mattes is a Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the author of Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty, The Role of Justification in Contemporary Theology, Imaging the Journey and Law and Gospel in Action.

“Lou Martin and Martin Luther on Justification/Rectification”


Explorations in Theology and Apocalyptic
Online Seminars
“Lou Martin and Martin Luther on Justification/Rectification”

Presented by Dr. Paul Hinlicky


ILT is proud to invite you to join Dr. Paul Hinlicky, ILT Ph.D. Fellow,
to view his online presentation,
Lou Martin and Martin Luther on Justification/Rectification.
It will be hosted by Explorations in Theology and Apocalyptic Online Seminars

Monday, November 15, 2021

6-8 p.m. GMT (13 p.m. EST)

In his role as a Ph.D. Fellow, Dr. Hinlicky offers seminars and works with Ph.D. students on their dissertations. If you are interested in participating in this lecture, please email to register.
For more information, please download the Event Flyer below.
Event Flyer