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Robert H. Albers
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Pastoral Care
Ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America
Appointed 2005


Wartburg College: Majors: Greek and German
M.Div. Wartburg Seminary
Ph.D. Southern California School of Theology - Degree in Theology and Personality

Teaching and Research

pastoral care and counseling foundations
mental illness
family systems
addiction and recovery

Courses Offered
CL625   Chaplaincy in a Pluralistic Age
CL630   Ministry to Persons with Mental Illness and their Families
CL668   Pastoral Care in Grief and Bereavement
CL670   Introduction to Pastoral Care
CL672   Pastoral Care with Couples and Families
CL674   Pastoral Care: Addiction and Recovery
CL677   Ministry with Older Adults
CL683   Pastoral Care through the Life Cycle

Visit the Course Descriptions page for descriptions of all courses.

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Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families
Co-edited with William H. Meller and Steven C. Thurber
Fortress Press, 2012
Shame: A Faith Perspective
New York: Haworth Press, 1995
(Academy of Parish Clergy Award, one of the 10 best books published in pastoral care in 1995)

Articles and Essays (from 2000)

Core Competencies for Clergy: An Inter-religious Theological Curriculum. National Association of Children of Alcoholics, publication pending.

“Pastoral Care of the Aged Afflicted by Addiction.” In Aging, Religion, and Spirituality: A Handbook, Vol. I, edited by Melvin Kimble, Susan H. McFadden, James W. Ellor, and James J. Seeber. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2002.

Regular Topics for Presentation

Upcoming Presentations

Contact Bob at 651.255.6133.

The joy of ministry for me as a teacher is the privilege of engaging others who are on the journey to hear their narratives and benefit from their wisdom. Every encounter with another human being or group of people is an opportunity to grow as well as to share in the ecstasies and the exigencies of life. The core of my own life is summed up in the notion that what energizes me are relationships wherein mutual trust, integrity, respect, and love are celebrated in a fashion that lifts up our common humanity and our unity in the Spirit.

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“My intention is to demonstrate how one can be genuine and authentic in ministry as a person as well as a professional. Utilizing the unique gifts that each student is endowed with in the service of others, whether it be in the realm of justice or equality, care and concern is the purpose of education rather than indoctrination into a theological or ecclesiological school of thought.”

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“My passion is to engage in dialogue so that the faith tradition embraced by each student might form an intersection with the existential realities of life. The task of pastoral theology is to function as a midwife in giving birth to creative theological insights that in turn can be utilized in the day-to-day praxis of ministry.”

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“The church functions in the world as a community of people who work for peace and justice wherever the dignity and well-being of human beings is compromised. Healing, sustaining, guiding, reconciling, empowering, and liberating activities take center stage as we work to alleviate suffering, pain, and brokenness in our corporate and individual lives.”

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