Kirsi I. Stjerna

 Kirsi I. Stjerna
Address61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg,, PA 17325

Associate Professor of Reformation Church History and Director of the Institute for Luther Studies, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

B.A., Lysion Lukio College, 1982
M.T.S., University of Helsinki, 1988
Ph.D., Boston University, 1994

Lutherans take quite seriously the history surrounding the 16th Century Reformation of the Church. Since the fall of 2000, the Rev. Dr. Kirsi Stjerna has been teaching Luther and Reformation history, as well as the Lutheran confessional writings.

A native of Finland and fluent in six languages, Stjerna received her doctoral degree from Boston University after studying in the University of Helsinki’s Department of Theological Studies. Stjerna has most recently served as Associate Director for Theological Education in the Division for Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has taught part time at two New England colleges and also worked as a free lance writer and translator. She is a regular columnist of the Lutheran Women Today. She was ordained in Finland (1989) and has served as a parish pastor in both Finland and the United States.

She teaches seminarians about Martin Luther and the different voices and movements of the Reformation in the 16th century Europe, from inclusive and ecumenical perspectives. She also teaches the Lutheran confessional heritage and history of Christian spirituality. Her special areas of research include late Medieval and “Lutheran” spirituality, Mysticism, Medieval and Reformation women, and history of figures such as Martin Luther, Katie von Bora Luther, Saint Birgitta of Sweden and Helena Konttinen.

Areas of Interest

Reformation Church History;

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