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Please contact the Synod Office for more information and a list of the steps to entering candidacy in the Southwestern Washington Synod at swwsynod@plu.edu.
Seminary Reading Lists
If you are interested in what books are required and suggested reading at our Lutheran seminaries, check out this link.   If you are are a current seminarian and would be willing to share your reading list, please email to Rebecca Shjerven, Bishop’s Associate, shjervrl@plu.edu.
Wartburg Seminary
Class: Advanced New Testament (A study of Romans)
When in Romans (Gaventa)
A Week in the Life of Rome (Papandrea)
The Story of Romans (Grieb)

Class: Reading and Leading in Context
Ethnography as Pastoral Practice: An Introduction  (Moschella)
Who Do We Choose to Be? (Wheatley)

The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb (Law)
Class: Spiritual Practices
Be the Bridge (Morrison)
Class: Living Liturgies for Resistance and Renewal
Wide Welcome: How the Unsettling Presence of Newcomers Can Move the Church (Duckworth)
For the Life of the World: Theology that Makes a Difference (Volf and Croasmun)
Who is the Church? (Peterson)
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Class: Preaching 
Jesus and the Disinherited  Thurman, Howard
Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible Bonhoeffer, Dietrich
Karl Barth’s Emergency Homiletic, 1932-1933 Deinhart Hancock, Angela
Only Worldly Preaching with Bonhoeffer’s Finkenwalde Lectures on Homiletics Fant, Clyde E.
Theology is for Proclamation  Forde, Gerhard O.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Lamott, Anne
Spiritus Creator Prenter, Regen
Homiletics: A Manual of the Theory and Practice of Preaching Reu, Michael
Preaching Law and Gospel  Stuempfle, Herman
Reading the Bible with Martin Luther: An Introductory Guide  Wengert, Timothy J.
The Living Word: A Theological Study of Preaching and the Church Wingren, Gustaf Wingren
Class: Family Systems
Genograms: Assessment and Treatment Genograms: Assessment and Treatment
Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella H. Meadows
Family Systems Thinking, Stephen J. Schultz
Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach, Peter L. Steinke
A Place on Earth, Wendell Berry
A Family Genogram Workbook,  Israel Galindo
A Failure of Nerve, Edwin H. Friedman
When Christ’s Body Is Broken: Anxiety, Identity, and Conflict in Congregations Leanna Fuller
The Systems View of the World: A Holistic Vision for Our Time  Ervin Laszlo
Creating A Healthier Church: Family Systems Theory, Leadership and Congregational Life  Ronald W. Richardson
Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What Peter L. Steinke
Uproar: Calm Leadership in Anxious Times Peter L. Steinke

Class: Being the Body of Christ (Theology of the Congregation)

African American Readings of Paul : Reception, Resistance, and Transformation by Lisa Bowens. Beyond Maintenance to Mission: A Theology of the Congregation, Craig Nessan
Shalom Church Craig Nessan
Radical Lutherans/Lutheran Radicals Jason Mahn
Evangelizing Church: A Lutheran Contribution Bliese/Van Gelder
Seeing-Remembering-Connecting: Subversive Practices of Being Church Karen Bloomquist
Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict Erica Chenoweth, Maria Stephan
Eco-Reformation: Grace and Hope for a Planet in Peril Lisa Dahill
Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love Paperback Elizabeth Johnson
I Can Do No Other: The Church’s New Here We Stand Moment. Anna Madsen
The Virtual Body of Christ in a Suffering World. Deanna Thompson