Books by Karl E. Lutze
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, Reverend Lutze authored seven books. With his wife Gail, he donated five of them to the LDA, which now offers them for sale. All proceeds support the LDA's ministries, specifically the LDA's Student Scholarship Fund.
Born in 1920 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Karl E. Lutze attended and graduated from Concordia Seminary-St. Louis, MO. He was ordained in 1945 as a Lutheran 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. During his tenure there, he also served as VU’s Director for Church Relations for ten years. After 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 was a co-founder and long-time board member of Project Neighbors, a program which collaborates with and welcomes minority families making their home in Valparaiso. He served almost as board member of P.A.C.T. (Prisoners and Community Together) for nearly twelve years, and served on Valparaiso University’s President’s Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns. A strong supporter of the Lutheran Diaconal 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 and the 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 has 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 [email protected].
Told through his own eyes, Reverend 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, Reverend Karl Lutze pays tribute to those who have enriched his life and ministry through the years.
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.
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. CD's cost $10 each, and 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.
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.”
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.
Music by Deaconess Judi Duemler-Tyler
Music by Dawn Riske
The Litany below was written as part of a “Call for Hymns” put out by the Hymn Society of America.
Deaconess Dawn Riske of Saint Louis serves as Director of Music Ministries at Christ the King Parish in University City. She also teaches music at Our Lady of Guadalupe School. Her degrees in Music and Theology from Aquinas Institute and Valparaiso University provide a solid foundation upon which to build her ministry of music and liturgy. Directing choirs of all ages, planning liturgies, and leading music in worship provide her with a true sense of vocation. She treasures ecumenism and connecting with Latino faith communities through music. Dawn is a past Dean of the American Guild of Organists, serves as Director of the January Jubilee, and also appreciates the collegiality provided by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.
To order a CD, please call the LDA at (219) 464-6925 or email [email protected].
Resources for Footwashing
Deaconesses and Deacons wash feet. It’s part of our diaconal service. Footwashing is often done on Maundy Thursday during holy week, but can be done other times, too. People are sometimes intimidated by footwashing. Below are two resources you can use for yourself or your congregation as you set up and plan for this ministry.
Guide: Footwashing Litany
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
Deaconess/Deacon Document(s): Diaconal Litany
The Center and Gardens
The Center for Diaconal Ministry is a very versatile space. Some of its uses include:
- 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.
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.
Diakonia En Christo Award
Do you know someone who serves Christ in their everyday life? Perhaps it is a friend, a fellow congregation member, or even a family member. The LDA wants to help lift up the ministry of everyday Christians who live diaconal lives. The Diakonia en Christo award is one way in which we do this. Diakonia en Christo– service in Christ – is part of the calling of every baptized child of God. That service takes as many different forms as there are Christians. Through the ages deaconesses and deacons have had a special concern in the name of Christ for the forgotten, outcast, undervalued people in the church and world. That is also the spirit at the heart of the lives of all who seek to follow the Servant Lord into Christian service.
Through this award, made in honor of two women, Deaconess Martha Boss and Deaconess Martha Eber, the Lutheran Diaconal Association seeks to thank God for the varieties of diaconal service by celebrating the lives and ministries of Lutheran lay people who in following Christ reach out in care and compassion to the hurting world. The service of these deaconesses especially exemplify the service to which Christ calls us all.
Click here to find out how to nominate someone for this special honor.