Norma Cook Everist

Senior Distinguished Professor at Wartburg Theological Seminary

Norma Cook Everist Wartburg Theological Seminary 333 Wartburg Place Dubuque, Iowa 52003 (563) 589-0223 Degrees: Ph.D. 1988, Denver University and the Iliff School of Theology Dissertation: “The Paradox of Pluralism: A Sociological, Ethical, and Ecclesiological Perspective of the Church’s Vocation in the Public World” M.Div. 1976, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, Connecticut M.A.R. 1964, Concordia Theological Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri B.A. 1960, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana; (with Honors) Theology Major, Education Minor A.A. 1958, North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, IA Ministry: 2009- Senior Distinguished Professor of Church and Ministry, Wartburg Seminary 1990-09 Professor of Church and Ministry, Wartburg Theological Seminary 1984-90 Associate Professor, Wartburg Theological Seminary 1979-84 Assistant Professor, Wartburg Theological Seminary Primary Areas: Educational Ministry, Church Administration 1976-77 Parish Associate, Hamden Plains United Methodist Church, Hamden, Connecticut 1976-79 Lecturer in Practical Theology, Yale Divinity School, Word and Sacrament Ministry with Lutheran Students 1976-77 Parish Associate, Bethesda Lutheran Church, New Haven, Connecticut 1974-76 Comparative Religion Instructor, Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden, Connecticut 1971-73 A Conference Program Coordinator, Ecumenical Continuing Education Center at Yale, New Haven, Connecticut 1970-76 Inner City Ministry, New Haven, Connecticut 1966-70 Inner City Ministry, Detroit, Michigan 1960-64 Parish Deaconess, Ascension Lutheran Church, Saint Louis, Missouri Guest Professor: 2012 Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Guest Lecturer for diaconal ministry formation 2011 Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Visiting Professor 2010 Johannelund Seminary, Uppsala, Sweden, Guest Lecturer 2004-7 University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, D.Min. Professor 2003 Lay Academy, Gettysburg Seminary, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 2003 United Theological College, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica 2001 Global Diakonia, Brisbane, Queensland. Guest Lecturer for diaconal ministry formation for the Uniting and Anglican Churches of Australia 1997 The Lutheran Seminary, Adelaide, South Australia, Guest Lecturer 1995 Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Summer Session Professor 1993 Makumira Lutheran Theological College, Tanzania, Guest Lecturer 1987 Wartburg's Academy of the West, Thousand Oaks, CA, Professor and Dean 1985 Princeton Theological Seminary, Summer Session Professor 1982 Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, Summer Session Professor Publications: Books 2015 Seventy Images of Grace in the Epistles That Make All the Difference in Daily Life. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers 2008 With Craig Nessan. Transforming Leadership. Minneapolis: Fortress 2007 Editor. Christian Education as Evangelism. Minneapolis: Fortress 2005 Open the Doors and See All the People: Stories of Congregational Identity and Vocation. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2004 Church Conflict: From Contention to Collaboration. Nashville: Abingdon Press 2002 The Church as Learning Community. Nashville: Abingdon Press 2002 Editor. The Difficult But Indispensable Church. Minneapolis: Fortress 2000 Editor. Ordinary Ministry: Extraordinary Challenge. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press 1997 With Nelvin Vos. Connections: Faith and Life. Chicago: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America 1996 With Nelvin Vos. Where in the World Are You: Connecting Faith and Daily Life. Bethesda, MD: The Alban Institute 1995 Compiler and editor. Gentle Strength: Homilies and Hymns of Ralph F. Smith. Dubuque, IA: Wartburg Theological Seminary 1989 With Burton Everist. Since You Asked. Minneapolis: Augsburg 1985 With Nelvin Vos. Connections: Faith and World. Philadelphia: Division for Parish Life, Lutheran Church in America 1983 Education Ministry in the Congregation. Minneapolis: Augsburg Booklets and Monographs 2005 Editor, with Craig Nessan, Forming an Evangelizing People. Dubuque: Wartburg Theological Seminary 2003 With Steven Meysing, Study Guide for The Difficult But Indispensable Church. Dubuque: Wartburg Seminary 2002 Content, Called to Deal with Difficult Issues. Chicago: Women of the ELCA. 1983 With Sandy Berg. And the Women Came: The Stories of the First 125 Women at Wartburg Seminary. Dubuque: Wartburg Seminary Women Students Edited Journals 2011 Currents in Theology and Mission 38, no. 5 (October 2011) Twelve Pastoral Practices Edited with Craig Nessan. 2003 Currents in Theology and Mission 30, no. 3 (June 2003) “Festschrift for Dr. Roger W. Fjeld.” 1997 Currents in Theology and Mission 24, no. 4 (August 1997) “Rage Revisited” 1995 Currents in Theology and Mission 22, no. 4 (August 1995) “Youth Ministry!” 1993 Currents in Theology and Mission 20, no. 2 (April 1993) “The Passions of Professors” 1991 Currents in Theology and Mission 18, no. 5 (October 1991) “Mission is Artesian” 1989 Currents in Theology and Mission 16, no. 5 (October 1989) “Sending and Receiving” 1990- The Persistent Voice, faculty editor Chapters/Articles in Books Year Title/Book/Publisher 2010 “Integrative Theological Formation” In Theological Practices That Matter, edited by Karen Bloomquist on behalf of The Lutheran World Federation, 169-179 Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press 2009 Spanish edition of Assessment Resources for Opening the Book of Faith 2008 Assessment Resource in Opening the Book of Faith, by Diane Jacobson, Mark Allan Powell, Stanley N. Olson, 104-120. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2007 “Learn to Share Christ in the Languages of People’s Daily Lives” In Christian Education as Evangelism, edited by Norma Cook Everist, 122-133. Minneapolis: Fortress 2005 “Educational Ministry: Learning Leads to Mission.” In Forming an Evangelizing People, edited by Norma Cook Everist and Craig Nessan, 26-27. Dubuque: Wartburg Theological Seminary 2004 “Who is the Child? Whose is the Child? A Theology of Children” In The Ministry of Children’s Education, edited by Barbara Wilson, 61-95. Minneapolis: Fortress. 2002 “Re-membering the Body of Christ: Creating Trustworthy Places to be Different Together.” In The Difficult But Indispensable Church, edited by Norma Cook Everist, 45-56. Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2000 “Ordinary Journey: The Ministry of Visitation.” In Ordinary Ministry: Extraordinary Challenge, edited by Norma Cook Everist, 91-104. Nashville: Abingdon. 2000 “Issues and Ironies of the New Millennium.” in Forgiving a Better Religious Education for the Third Millennium, edited by James Michael Lee, 51-68. Birmingham, AL: Religious Education Press 1999 “Congregation as Confirming Community.” In Confirmation: Engaging Lutheran Foundations and Practices, edited by Mark Gardner, 136-171. Minneapolis: Fortress Press 1998 “Let God Build the Body: The Body of Christ Proverb.” In Up the Creek with a Paddle, edited by Paul Hill, 45-47. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 1997 With Susan K. Nachtigal. “Making the Connections” and “Organizing for Adult Education.” In Lifelong Learning, edited by Rebecca Grothe, 168-221. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 1996 “Creating Communities for Us to be Different Together.” In It Takes a Congregation, A Festschrift for Boardman Wright Kathan, edited by Nancy Lee Kathan, 67-70. Philadelphia: NLK Publishing 1995 “Sisters Together in Ministry.” In Lutheran Women in Ordained Ministry 1970-1995, edited by Gloria E. Bengtson, 72-78. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 1990 “Exceptional Persons” and “Superintendent, Sunday School.” In Encyclopedia of Religious Education, edited by Iris and Kendig Cully, 238-240, 627-727. San Francisco: Harper and Row 1987 “The Community of Faith as Curriculum.” In Education for Christian Living, edited by Marvin L. Roloff, 73-88. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House 1984 “Afraid to Ask,” a sermon for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost. In Augsburg Sermons 2, 225-229. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House Articles in Ecclesial and Public Journals/Professional Society Publications 2015 “The Story of Jennaya and Her Grandfather” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (June 20): C1 2015 “What Was the Motive for the Crucifixion?” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (March 28): C1 2015 “What If the Wise Men Had Not Brought Gifts?” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (January 3): C1 2014 “The Church is More than Just a Cozy Family” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (October 11): C1 2014 “Economic and Income Inequality: Our Beliefs Matter” The Lutheran 27 (July):16-18 2014 “We’re Called to be Caretakers of God’s Creation” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (July 19):D1 2014 “Of Course” Gather 27 (June): 6-9 2014 “Remember the 7 Sundays after Easter and More” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (April 26):C1 2014 “Is Competition Part of Creation or Part of the Fall?” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (February 1):C1 2013 “Higher Education Provides a Collaborative Learning Environment” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (November 9):C1 2013 “Marking the 50th Anniversary of King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech’” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (August 17): D1 2013 “God Doesn’t Leave or Say ‘See You Next Fall’” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (June 8): C1 2013 “Celebrating Congregations Working Together for Good” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (March 2): C1 2013 “Connections: Faith and Life” Seeds for the Parish (Fall): 6 2012 “Season Creates Perfect Time to Consider Beliefs” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (December 8): D1 2012 “25th Anniversary of the ELCA Constituting Convention” Seeds for the Parish (Fall): 4 2012 “Ministry and Midwifery: Helping Through Hard Times” Dubuque Telegraph Herald (September 1): D1 2011 “The Practice of Collegiality” Currents in Theology and Mission (October): 354-357 2011 “The Church’s Vocation in Society through the Ministry of the Laity in the Languages of Their Daily Lives” Dialog 50:2 (Summer June): 154-161 2005 “Healing in the Midst of Conflict” Lutheran Woman Today (October): 26-29 2005 “Open the Doors and See All the People” The Lutheran 18 (August): 2004 “Women as Companions” Lutheran Woman Today 17 (January/February): 6-10 2002 “Gender, Power and Leadership.” Journal of Religious Leadership I (Fall): 45-67 2002 “Engendering Theological Education for Transformation: North American and the Caribbean” and “Visions for Theological Education” Lutheran World Federation Women Magazine 55 (October): 24 and 46-48 2002 “What Are We Saying?” The Lutheran 15 (January): 12-15 2001 “Connecting the Learning Community and Vocation in the Public World.” Religious Education 96 (Summer): 294-309 2001 “The Tyranny of Time.” The Lutheran 14 (July): 12-16 2000 “Connecting the Learning Community and Vocation in the Public World.” 2000 Proceedings Association of Professors and Researchers in Religion Education: 158-168 2000 “Freed for Servanthood.” Lutheran Woman Today 13 (November): 6-8 2000 “As the Day was Dawning.” Encore Times (Spring): 3 2000 “Imposed Rest.” Lutheran Woman Today, 13 (June): 12-14 1999 “The Paradox of Pluralism: Challenge and Opportunity for Religious Education.” l999 Proceedings Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education: l5l-l6l 1997 “The Burning of Black Churches and the Ecclesiology of American Civil Religion.” Currents in Theology and Mission 24 (August): 336-347 l997 “Poetry and Prophecy as Empowering Partnership.” l997 Proceedings Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education: 249-262 1995 “Paradoxes and Possibilities in Educational Ministry.” The Clergy Journal LXXI (September): 7-10 1995 “Setting Trustworthy Youth Ministry Arenas.” Currents in Theology and Mission 22 (August): 248-251 1994 “Radical Hospitality: The Stranger as Gift.” Lutheran Woman Today 8 (December): 4-6 1994 “Luther: Theologian and Educator.” Parish Teacher 18 (October): 2-3 1994 “What in the World Are We Doing?” Parish Teacher 18 (September): 2-3 1994 “Walk Slowly.” Lutheran Woman Today 7 (March): 8-10 1993 “Servant Leaders.” Lutheran Partners 9 (July/August): 11-14 1992 “Promote a Thinking Climate.” Parish Teacher 14 (December): 1-2 1991 “Affirming Diversity.” Parish Teacher 14 (December): 1-2 1991 “From Learning to Mission to Learning.” Currents in Theology and Mission 18 (October): 351-356 1991 “Connections: An Alternative Model of Adult Education?” Consensus 17 (January-March): 51-71 1989 “Dependency Hinders Development: An Exploration in Receiving Relationships.” Currents in Theology and Mission 16 (October): 346-353 1989 “Faith is a Gift: Faith is a Verb.” Adult Faith Resources Networker 2 (August): 1-2 1988 “It's Unbelievable.” Parish Teacher 11 (May): 1-2 1988 “I Love to See You Grow.” Lutheran Woman Today 1 (May): 6-9 1987 “Light in Pluralistic Culture.” The Cresset 50th Anniversary Issue (November): 27-29 1987 “The Paradox of Pluralism.” Currents in Theology and Mission 14 (October): 345-353 1986 “Education for Life.” Parish Teacher 9 (June): 8 1986 “The Possible Impossibility: On the Partnership of Men and Women in the Ministry of the Church.” Lutheran Partners 2 (January/February): 7-11. (Reprinted in Women, a Lutheran World Federation Publication, 10-14. June) 1985 “Using the Lecture for All Ages.” Parish Teacher 8 (October): 8 1985 “What Does This Mean?” Parish Teacher 8 (December): 6 1985 “Luther on Education: Implications for Today.” Currents in Theology and Mission 12 (April): 76-89 1984 “New Frameworks for Seminary Education.” Trinity Seminary Review 6 (November): 80-93 1984 “What Are You Teaching?” Scope 24 (July): 35-37 1984 “Discuss and Learn.” Parish Teacher 7 (June): 1-2 1984 “Fourth Sunday in Lent.” Preaching Helps (Christ Seminary-Seminex, Chicago) (January) 1982 “A Powerful Servanthood: Diakonia in a Changing Church.” Liturgy 2 (Fall): 25-31 1981 “Isn't God Expecting Too Much?” Exposition of Sixth and Seventh Epiphany Gospel Tests. The Lutheran Standard (6 February) 1980 “It's What We Confess.” Parish Teacher 3 (October): 1-2 1980 “Let Us Grow Up Into Christ.” The Woman's Pulpit (International Association of Women Ministers, Philadelphia, PA) 58, no. 2 (April-June) 1979 “Stay With Us,” Easter feature article. Parish Teacher 2 (April): 1-2 1979 “Free in Christ to Choose Change.” Catalyst (February) 1977 With Barbara Hargrove. “The Reasons for and Effects of Depicting Children in Movies as Evil.” Catalyst (November) 1973 “Temporary Help Welcome!” Lutheran Women's League Quarterly (Fall) 1962 “Sharing His Service: Communication is a Circle.” Nexus (June): 8-9 Book Reviews Book reviews in Academy of Religious Leadership, Currents in Theology and Mission, Journal of Adult Theological Education, Word and World, Religious Education, The Vanguard, The Persistent Voice, The Lutheran Witness Reporter, Lutheran Quarterly, Seminary Ridge Review On-Line and Video/Audio Resources 2013 “The Wonderful Challenge of Learning and Leading Ecumenically” Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II. School of Theology and Ministry, University of St. Thomas, Miami, Fl. website 2012- Regular Featured Blogger, The Huffington Post 2011 “Connections: Faith and Life” Four Unit, six session each, adult education resource Using Luther’s Large Catechism, ELCA, Wartburg Theological Seminary website 2009 “Grace and Peace to You: A Yearlong Devotional Journey through the Epistles,” Wartburg Seminary website 2009- “Conversations on the Church’s Vocations in the Public World” blog 2009- “The Persistent Voice” on-line networking newsletter, Wartburg Seminary 2008 “Teaching the Bible: Hosting the Conversation” Sessions 13-16, SELECT Multimedia Resources 2007 On-line Bible Study, “The Book of Faith: Lutherans Read the Bible,” ELCA website 2000 “Teaching for Discipleship” Teleconference, tape and print resource, Emmaus Center for Lifelong Learning 1999 “Feasting at Katy’s Table: A Theological Retreat” a three-cassette video and planning Guide, Chicago: Women of the ELCA 1992 “Education in Lutheran Congregations,” session 2, with print resource. SELECT Continuing Education Resource 1992 “Task Force on the Study of Ministry.” ReSource Tape Journal 1985 With Durwood Buchheim. “The Pastor as Leader,” with leader book. SELECT Continuing Education Resource for pastors. 1983 With Durwood Buchheim. “Church Growth and Evangelism.” ReSource Tape Journal. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg 1980 “Cultural Crises and Christian Vocation.” ReSource Tape Journal (October). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg 1980 “Exegesis, Genesis 11.1-9.” ReSource Tape Journal (May). Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Professional Service Date Position/Board/Council/Agency/Representation 2015 ELCA Consultation on Engaging Luther’s Catechisms for the 21st Century 2013- Dubuque Cultural Nonviolence Coalition 2013 Wartburg Seminary Representative and Presenter, Association of Theological Schools Faculty Focused Consultation, Pittsburgh PA 2010 Wartburg Seminary Faculty Representative, Convocation of Teaching Theologians, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA 2009 Wartburg Seminary Faculty Representative and Speaker, Convocation of Teaching Theologians, St. Olaf College, St. Peter, MN 2009 Representative and Plenary Speaker, Global Consultation, “Theology in the Life of Lutheran Churches: Transformative Perspectives and Practices Today” Lutheran World Federation, Augsburg, Germany 2008 Wartburg Seminary Faculty Representative, Convocation of Teaching Theologians and Pastors of ELCA Large Churches, Minneapolis, MN 2008 Wartburg Seminary Faculty Representative, Consultation for Bishops and Teaching Theologians, Chicago, Illinois 2007-09 Editorial Board, Lutheran Study Bible, ELCA and Fortress Press 2007 Wartburg Seminary Faculty Representative, ELCA Churchwide Assembly, Chicago 2006 Member, Churchwide Consultation on ELCA Book of Faith Initiative, Chicago 2003 Wartburg Seminary Representative, ELCA Association of Teaching Theologians, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota 2003 Wartburg Seminary Faculty Representative, ELCA Churchwide Assembly, Milwaukee, WI 2002 Wartburg Seminary Representative, Consultation for Bishops and Teaching Theologians, Chicago, Illinois 2001- Member, International Working Group on “Engendering Theological Education for Transformation,” Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, Switzerland 1995-98 Wartburg Seminary Faculty Representative, Covenant Cluster Planning Committee 1995-09 External Examiner, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica 1995 Consultant to the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission, Hanover, Germany 1995 ELCA Representative, Anglican-Lutheran Consultation on the Diaconate, Kent, England 1994-03 Board Member, Center for Youth Ministry, Wartburg Theological Seminary 1994-92 Member, Task Force on the Study about Religion in the Public School, Dubuque Community School District 1988-09 Associate Editor (Wartburg) Currents in Theology and Mission 1988-00 Columnist, with Burton Everist, “Since You Asked” in The Lutheran 1988-93 Task Force on the Study of Ministry, ELCA 1988-93 Member, Board of Directors, Adult Faith Resources 1984-86 Member, Consultation on Theological Education 1984 Wartburg Representative, Association of Theological Schools Conference, Chicago, Illinois 1983-84 Member, Design Task Force on Specific Ministries, Commission for a New Lutheran Church 1982-83 Member, Task Force on Society, Commission for a New Lutheran Church 1981-82 Member, Ordination Study Committee, The American Lutheran Church 1977-79 ALC clergy representative, Lutheran Social Ministries Committee of New England 1976-79 Days of Celebration Co-Chairperson, Church Women United, Greater New Haven, Connecticut 1974-78 Member (Vice President 1974-77), Board of Directors, Concordia Seminary in Exile, St. Louis, MO 1974-75 Member, Regionalization Study Committee, New England (ALC, LCA, LCMS) 1974 Member, Central Committee, Third Annual Triennial Conference, Diakonia, Sherbrooke, Quebec 1972-74 Member (President, 1973-74), Board of Directors, Lutheran Deaconess Association 1972-74 Regional Commissioner, New England District, Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod 1970-72 Election Day Official, Fourth Ward, City of New Haven, CT 1967-76 Book Reviewer, The Lutheran Witness Reporter, St. Louis, MO 1967-76 Community Organizer, Detroit, MI and New Haven, CT Learned Societies/Professional Groups Year joined Name 2002- Association of Teaching Theologians-ELCA 2000- Academy of Religious Leadership 1996-07 Association of Practical Theology 1995-05 Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 1988-95 People's Theology Group of AAR/SBL 1984- Association of Lutheran Seminary Professors of Christian Education 1982-99 National Council on Religion and Public Education 1981-85 Association for Theological Field Education 1980-86 Society for Professors of Church Administration 1977- The Association of Professors and Researchers of Religious Education 1977-79 Hamden Clergy Association, Hamden, CT 1977-79 Lutheran Clergy Cluster, Greater New Haven, CT 1974- Religious Education Association 1960- Lutheran Deaconess Conference Awards / Honors 2009 Outstanding Alumna, North Iowa Area Community College, Mason City, IA 2003 Iowa Distinguished Faculty of the Year, American Association of University Women 1999 Alumna of the Year in Specialized Ministry, The Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO. 1994 Outstanding Graduate of the Decade, Mason City High School, Mason City, IA. Professional Status: Consecration: June 5, 1960, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Mason City, Iowa Ordination: September 18, 1977, Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT Clergy Roster, Southeastern Iowa Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Family: Married to Burton Everist, August 26, 1962 Three sons: Mark, born June 12, 1963 (adopted May, 1964) Joel, born September 8, 1967 Kirk, born July 25, 1969 Last Updated June 2015