Feb–May Teaching Faculty

January 21-28, 2019

John Thompson

Thompson_John.jpgJohn Thompson has a fine arts degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He started carving in 1990, making a carousel in Missoula, Montana. He is now a printmaker that spends most of his time carving wood and some stone carving. He has been teaching printmaking workshops since 1980, and carving workshops since the early 2000s.  You can see some of his work at www.hobbyhorsearts.com.

Beginning Relief Carving
The sessions will focus on safety, tools, learning a bit about the wood, and hands-on tool use. The sessions will continue with fine tuning designs and carving time.  The sessions will conclude with problem solving, demo of "carving in the round”, how to sharpen tools and the types of tools one might want to purchase.


February 15-18, 2019

Professor Hal Taussig

Taussig_Hal.jpgHal Taussig is a recently retired professor and United Methodist pastor.  The most recent of his 14 published books is Re-Reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Loss and Trauma and A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts.  His mediography includes The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Daily Show, People Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, National Public Radio, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, the Bob Edwards Show on Sirius Radio, The History Channel, and the Washington Post.  In additional to speaking gigs around the country and internationally, he is a consultant for his bishop as a consultant in strategic planning.

Energy, Emotion, and Awe: The Future (and Past) of Worship
An Introduction to A New New Testament

March 11-15, 2019

Karin deJonge-Kannan

Dr. Karin deJonge-Kannan was born in the Netherlands and raised in the Gereformeerde Kerk there. Following her move to the USA for academic pursuits -- which ultimately ended with a PhD in Linguistics -- she explored various denominations and learned to appreciate the value of each.  Upon exchanging a position at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia for a position at Utah State University in 2000, she joined the congregation of Prince of Peace (ELCA) in Logan, UT, where she serves in miscellaneous lay ministry capacities, including as lay preacher from time to time.  Dr. deJonge-Kannan is an unapologetic "word nerd" who agrees wholeheartedly with Steven Pinker's claim that humans are "verbivores - creatures that live on words", and Ben Okri's statement that we are "homo fabula - a storytelling species".

Interested especially in the sociolinguistic aspects of religious practice, Dr. deJonge-Kannan regularly teaches a university course in Language & Religion.  She attended the World Parliament of Religions in Salt Lake City in 2015 and has been invited to share her work at the World Parliament of Religions in Toronto in 2018.

In the beginning was.... Language
Both the beginning of the Hebrew Scriptures / Old Testament (Genesis 1 & 2) and the beginning of the Gospel of John (chapter 1) place great emphasis on speaking, naming, and words.  Bring your Bible and let's explore the role of language in these passages. 

Babel and Pentecost: God, Humans, and the Power of Language
The story of Babel and the story of Pentecost are both about languages.  It seems these stories raise opposite claims:  either people can't understand each other because of language differences, or people can understand each other despite language differences.  Bring your Bible and let's explore how both stories place language in the spotlight.

Words of the People: Complaint and Lament in the Bible
Using key scripture passages, participants will reflect on the different focus and roles of complaints and laments in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).  They will also practice writing their own laments as prayers, with the option to express their lament in words and/or art.

April 28-May 11, 2019

Dr. Gary Walth

Walth_Gary_JOL_1699_copy.jpgGuest Village Musician
Serving as the Director of Choral Music Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for 24 years, Gary Walth retired in June of 2017 and was granted the designation of Professor Emeritus. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and both a Masters and Doctorate in Choral Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Dr. Walth is a published composer and arranger, and continues to maintain an active career as a guest conductor, clinician, soloist and commissioned composer. His guest conducting activities have presented the chance to conduct choirs throughout the U.S. and in Canada, France, Germany, Scotland, England and most recently in Kenya.  Dr. Walth has served as a church choir director and praise band leader for 27 years. His contemporary liturgy, “Filled With The Spirit” is used at several churches in the Midwest. Since retirement he teaches private voice and serves as a clinician for high school concert choirs, showchoirs, vocal jazz ensembles and musical theatre companies. He continues to compose and arrange music in many genres including contemporary worship, vocal jazz and popular music scores. Dr. Walth and his beautiful wife Cathy have been happily married for over 40 years. They have two daughters, Therese, who is a professional actor and part time high school choir director and Christine, an award winning elementary teacher.

May 1-6, 2019

Rev. Moses N. Nwaka

Moses_Nwaka_2.jpgMoses’s basic theological training was in Makumira Univesity College of The Tumaini University from 1997 to 2002, where he graduated with Bachelor of Divinity. He was ordained in 2002. His first appointment was Tumaini Lutheran Seminary from 2002 to 2004. He was assigned to teach both the Bible School and Secondary School. He taught Basic Mathematics and Bible Knowledge in Secondary school and Theological subjects in the Bible School.  In 2004 – 2006, he attended the Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology, receiving a  Masters of Philosophy in Theology. In 2006 to 2008 Moses worked as General Secretary of Ulanga Kilombero Diocese of The Evangelical Lutheran in Tanzania. He was elected the Assistant to the Bishop of Ulanga Kilombero Diocese of the ELCT in September 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015.

May 5-11, 2019

Elena Ross

Ross_Elena.jpg Recently tenured at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington, Elena teaches health, fitness, and nutrition classes.  This is her 6th year teaching full time at LCC, and before that she taught at both Centralia College and LCC as an adjunct instructor. Classes that she teaches include: Human Nutrition, Nutritional Psychology, Health Behavior Change, Health and Wellness, Food and Fitness, Outdoor Skills, Cross Training, Yoga, and more.  She has a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Pacific Lutheran University and a Master’s degree in Health from the University of Alabama. She enjoys spending time with her family and can be found hiking, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, running, and paddle boarding, and skiing with her family.

Reforming Eating Habits:  How can we nourish our bodies and our planet in today's food culture?
With the obesity epidemic, the processing of foods, and our current food culture, how can we continue to eat in a way that's nourishing to our body and sustaining to the planet, so that we are able to live life to our full potential? This session outlines the causes of our obesity epidemic, analyzes food culture, and puts into perspective how food processing has changed in recent years.

Reforming our Perspective on Physical Activity: How can we meet our physical potential for health, longevity and enjoyment?

In a day and age where sitting indoors (usually at a desk) for long hours every day is the norm, how can we get back to enjoying movement, exercise, and outdoor activities? Doesn't God desire us to live life to our full potential? How can being physically healthy enhance how we live our lives? Is exercise in nature more beneficial than exercise indoors? How can exercise enhance our relationships with others?

May 13-19, 2019

Jeff Kerssen-Griep

Jeff_Kerssen-Griep.jpgJeff Kerssen-Griep is a Professor of Communication at the University of Portland, where he especially enjoys teaching Intercultural, Interpersonal, and Barrier-crossing communication courses. His research and workshops help teachers and other group leaders see and shape the skilled interactions that drive engaged, diverse learning/work environments. He also backs contra dance fiddlers on guitar in the PNW bands Joyride and Wild Hair. He lives in Vancouver, WA.

Understand Selves and Avoid T.U.I. in Connecting with Others
How to understand ‘self’ and ‘other’ as consequential things we’re always negotiating? Learn to recognize and avoid T.U.I. ("Thinking Under the Influence") of unhelpful dominant assumptions that often mess with people's ability to interact and connect with “others.”

Are ‘isms’ Systemic, or Personal, or what?
Watch a film loaded with accessible first-hand stories and expert insights. Discussion afterward will unpack the nature of racism and other ‘isms’ and consider potential ways to mitigate and navigate their influences on interactions.

Sensible Responses to Entitled Tactics
Engage and experiment with ways to respond when people (including ourselves) deflect or deal oddly with encountering uncomfortable truths.

Communicating Across Barriers
Learn some interpersonal skills, knowledge, and attitudes associated with more authentic and comfortable connecting across in-group/outgroup boundaries.