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Craig A. Satterlee new president of North American Academy of Liturgy

Posted Jan 10, 2012

The Rev. Dr. Craig A. Satterlee, Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Professor of Homiletics at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago became president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (NAAL) at its annual meeting in Montreal, Quebec, January 5-8. As president, he will chair the Academy Committee, which plans the academy’s 2013 meeting to be held in Albuquerque, N.M. Satterlee has been a member of NAAL since 1999. In 2011, he was elected the organization’s vice president.

NAAL promotes collaborative research benefitting members’ academic institutions, denominational constituencies, and congregations. It is an ecumenical and inter-religious association of liturgical scholars who collaborate in research concerning public worship.  Its members include specialists in liturgical studies, theologians, artists and musicians whose work affects liturgical expression and furthers liturgical understanding.  For more information about the organization, visit

About Craig A. Satterlee

Dr. Satterlee serves as dean of the ACTS Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program and adjunct professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of six and the co-author of two books, including Ambrose of Milan’s Method of Mystagogical Preaching, Preaching and Stewardship: Proclaiming God’s Invitation to Grow, When God Speaks through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition, and The Christian Life: Holy Baptism and Life Passages (with Dennis L. Bushkofsky). He serves as editor of “Preaching Helps” for Currents in Theology and Mission and frequently contributes to both scholarly and ecclesiastical journals. His scholarly interests include the relationship of preaching and areas of congregational life and mission, patristic preaching, and the worship of the early church.

Satterlee served on the ELCA’s Catechumenate Planning Team, as a designated reviewer of Evangelical Lutheran Worship: Pastoral Care, and on development and review panels of the Renewing Worship Project.  He was the Ecumenical Representative on the Presbyterian Church (USA) Study on the Theology and Practice of the Sacraments. 

Before being called to LSTC, Satterlee served congregations in Upstate New York and Michigan. He regularly leads continuing education events throughout the church. Firmly grounded in parish ministry, he spends most Sundays preaching and presiding in congregations of the ELCA. As a person who is legally blind, Satterlee has a passion for ministry with persons with disabilities and a unique perspective on the Christian faith, church, and world.


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