Christian Ed Seminar - Palm Sunday, April 10th, 2022

Come learn about the practice of lament in Lutheran past by discovering the riches of recently discovered lay prayer diary from the early modern period. In 1619, the Lutheran lawyer Johann Christoph Oelhafen lost his beloved wife, Anna Maria, of eighteen years, leaving him with eight surviving children. He was crushed by his loss and sought to manage his grief by composing hymns, prayers, and poems that he recorded in his Pious Meditations on the Most Sorrowful Bereavement. A work of haunting candor, considerable artistry, and searching faith, it contains much wisdom for faithful Christian living today, especially in the midst of suffering and loss.


Presentation on the book "A Widowers Lament"

Join us after worship!


Ronald K. Rittgers
Duke Divinity School Chair in Lutheran Studies and Professor of the History of Christianity



Rittgers, a past president of the American Society of Church History, is interested in the religious, intellectual, social, and cultural history of medieval and early modern/Reformation Europe, focusing especially on the history of theology and devotion. (From Duke Divinity's website.)  This is Rittgers first year as the chair in Lutheran Studies and Professor of the History of Christianity at Duke Divinity.


After the Seminar, join us for the CROP Walk starting at 2:30 PM at Duke Chapel.