Books by Karl E. Lutze

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Karl Lutze was a pastor, theologian, teacher, writer, and visionary whose life was a testament to his faith and passion for social justice. On May 3, 2015, shortly before he died, Pastor Lutze was named an honorary deacon by the LDA. A prolific writer, Reverand Lutze authored seven books. With his wife Gail, he donated five of them to the LDA, who now offers them for sale. All proceeds support the LDA's ministries, specifically the LDA's Student Scholarship Fund.

Biography

Born in 1920 in Sheboygan, WI, Karl E. Lutze attended and graduated from Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, MO. He was ordained in 1945 as a Luthern Pastor and for fifteen years, he served as Pastor to two African-American congregations in Oklahoma.

In 1959 the Lutzes moved to Valparaiso, IN and for the next 21 years, Pastor Lutze served in various capacities. He was on the staff and served as Executive Director of the Lutheran Human Relations Association of America for fifteen years. A member of the Valparaiso University faculty, Reverand Lutze coordinated an exchange program between VU and Miles College, an African American institution of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, in Birmingham, AL. Also during his tenure there, he served as VU’s Director for Church Relations for ten years. After his retiring from VU, he became the first Executive Director of the Association of Lutheran Older Adults.

Pastor Lutze was a charter member of several organizations, including the Tulsa Urban League, where he served two terms as President, and the Lutheran Church and Indian People, where he was their first president. He served for twelve years as a member of the National Indian Lutheran Board, and served for two terms as a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod’s Standing Committee on Human Care.

In the Valparaiso community, Pastor Lutze helped found and was a long-time board member of Project Neighbors, a program designed to collaborate with and welcome minority families making their home in Valparaiso. He completed almost a dozen years as board member of P.A.C.T. (Prisoners and Community Together) and served on Valparaiso University’s President’s Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns. A strong supporter of the Lutheran Deaconess Association, he served as a board member.

Pastor Lutze was named Associate Professor Emeritus of Theology and “Honorary Alumnus” at Valparaiso University. He is the co-recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award as well as University’s “Lumen Christi” Award for service. He also received the Andrew Schulze Award for his lifetime of work in human relations.

Pastor Lutze was the first recipient of the Association of Lutheran Older Adults “Celebrate and Serve” Award. Wheat Ridge Ministries honored him with its “Seeds of Hope” award. In 2013, he received a Doctor of Letters from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN.

Pastor Lutze had four sons — Peter, Stephen, Thomas and Mark. His first wife Esther died in 1994 and was named an Honorary Deaconess by the LDA during her final days in the hospital. Karl and Gail (Jones Blask) were married in 1996 and Gail added two more sons, Bradley and Christopher Blask. Together the Lutzes have 14 grandchildren. Karl passed away in 2015, and is survived by his wife, Gail.

Below is a list and description of his books. If you would like to purchase a book, please call the LDA at (219) 464-6925, or email deacserv@valpo.edu.

Told through his own eyes, Reverand Karl Lutze, highlights the profound value of lifelong friendships during the civil rights movement while he was a professor at Valparaiso University. Into a Wider World insightfully invites us to reflect deeply about our own relationships, and is a wonderful read for individuals or groups.

In this book of vignettes, Reverand Karl Lutze pays tribute to those who have enriched his life and ministry through the years.

Reverand Karl Lutze takes the reader on an autobiographical tour through the days leading up to the Supreme Court decision on desegregation, the life of the church, and its dramatic impact on the lives of southerners both black and white.

This collection of eighty-four soliloquy prayers by Reverend Karl Lutze invite the reader into conversations with God. They are ideal for both personal and community devotion.

These 28 meditative reflections on Karl Lutze’s conversations with God are useful for personal devotion, gatherings, and gifts.

Music Resources

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Over the years, women from the Lutheran Deaconess Conference have used their musical gifts to perform and record many songs. The result of these recordings is three collections of music, and all three are available on CD for purchase from the LDA. Proceeds support scholarships and education/formation programs for Deaconesses. The recordings are supported by grants from the Valparaiso Project Foundation and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

Servant Songs:
Giving Voice to the Diaconal Heart

These 17 songs in multiple musical styles share the message of God’s love and care through Christ. Selections include: “Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service,” “Beautiful Savior,” “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry,” “Thine the Amen, Thine the Praise,” and “Lift High the Cross.”

Songs of Justice and Peace

Songs of Justice and Peace contains songs whose message lie at the heart of diaconal ministry: concern for those at the margins and a deep desire for all to know God’s peace. Selections include: “Peace, Perfect Peace,” “Freedom is Coming” (South Africa), “Herra Kädelläsi” (Finland), “The Lord Gives Justice: Psalm 146,” and “God of Every Servant Heart.”

Download accompanying devotions »

Healing Songs:
Prayers for Wholeness

This album features 20 songs focusing on Christ’s healing and wholeness. Selections include: “Healer of Our Every Ill,” “Psalm 51: Create In Me,” “Precious Lord,” “It is Well with My Soul,” and “A Gaelic Blessing.”

Devotions available with purchase of CD.

To order a CD, please call the LDA at (219) 464-6925 or email deacserv@gmail.com.

Have A Deaconess/Deacon Sunday In Your Congregation

The LDA has written resources for you for personal use and in your congregation, listed below. We would like to tailor them to your needs. Please call the LDA at (219) 464-6925, and we will help you to figure out exactly what resources you might need.

Worship: Deaconess/Deacon Commemoration Sunday, Service of Healing and Wholeness, Litany for Footwashing

Guides: Footwashing

The Center and Gardens

The Center for Diaconal Ministry is a very versatile space. Some of its uses include:

  • Worship
  • Reflection and Spiritual Direction
  • Seminars for LDA students
  • Community/campus meetings
  • Events for the community—both in the Center and in the Christopher Gardens and Labyrinth
  • LDA Offices

The Center for Diaconal Ministry is available for your group or organization! Please call 219-464-6925 for more information and reservations.

Gardens

Given by Jay and Doris Christopher, the gardens offer a tranquil space to relax, reflect, or pray. In addition to the beautiful landscaping and greenery, the labyrinth—a patterned walkway designed to help center oneself, meditate, or pray–rounds out the serene setting. Although the labyrinth has traditions in Christianity, all people are welcome to walk its path.

We hope the garden brings you a moment of peace and reflection in a busy world.
The Christopher Gardens at the Center for Diaconal Ministry is available anytime. We invite you to experience and explore this quiet haven.

Caring for the Caregiver

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Are you a caregiver or do you know one?  The LDA offers support through a variety of resources.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/caregiversretreat/ to find out more.