Dr. Rhoda Schuler has been teaching full-time at Concordia University since fall 2008. In her previous life she served as executive director for a church-related non-profit that addressed problems of poverty and racism in north St. Louis County, Missouri. Her decade of work on the behalf of those on the margins of society along with her advanced theological training make her uniquely qualified to teach in the University Honors Program In litteris fideque. She teaches the spring Honors courses, which focus on service to the world and on “hearing the voices of the marginalized.”
Schuler’s research passions are liturgical theology and ritual studies, which she views as more than academic disciplines. Convinced that what people believe is more profoundly shaped by worship and ritual than by didactic exercises, her research interests have implications for the church.
ACADEMIC / PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS
- Th.D., Historical Theology, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
- M.A., Liturgical Studies, St. John’s University School of Theology, Collegeville, MN
- B.A., Theology major, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
Church history survey, Christianity in the U.S., liturgy and worship, interdisciplinary teaching in the Honors Program In litteris fideque.
“Teaching at Concordia stretches me theologically and pedagogically. At one end of the spectrum, I am privileged to teach students in the Honors Program, which intentionally integrates the Christian faith with academic learning and critical thinking. Students are in this program by choice. At the other end of the spectrum, I have the joy and challenge of teaching theology courses that are part of the required general education curriculum. The diversity of the students in these classes can make for rich conversation and can provide unique opportunities to present the Christian message in an engaging yet academically rigorous manner.”