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October 29, 2006 Guest - David Miller
Program: The Gift of Spiritual Direction

The Rev. David MillerIn July 2005, Pastor David L. Miller, became the Dean of the chapel and Cornelsen Director of Spiritual Formation at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

From 1999-2005 Miller was editor of The Lutheran, the magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest circulation denominational publication in the United States. Ordained in 1980, he served congregations in Nebraska and Kansas before joining The Lutheran as a senior editor in 1987. He has written hundreds of articles and has reported from more than 30 countries around the world, winning numerous awards for feature writing, editing and photography. In 1999 Wartburg seminary granted Miller a doctorate of divinity for his significant contributions to the ELCA and the international Lutheran community.

A spiritual director, David studied Christian spirituality at Catholic Theological Union, Loyola University, the Claret Center, Chicago; and the Academy of Spiritual Formation, Nashville, Tenn. He is the author of Friendship with Jesus, A Way to Pray the Gospel of Mark (Augsburg 1999), a contemporary adaptation and exploration of Ignatian contemplation, a way of prayer central to the famous spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola.

For more than a decade, Miller has been a frequent keynote speaker and retreat leader at events for laity and clergy, across the country, in Lutheran and ecumenical settings. He is committed to nurturing the life of prayer and spiritual discernment in Christís Church that all may know and be filled by the Loving Mystery revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Miller is deeply influenced by the spiritual tradition of Ignatius Loyola. He is also well versed in classical figures from the history of Christian spirituality and mystical theology such as Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis De Sales, Julian of Norwich, the Desert fathers and mothers, Gregory of Nyssa and Thomas Merton.

Miller is also the culture editor for the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, an online publication of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. But he prefers to play with his two grandsons, Zachary and Benjamin, the children of his son Aaron and daughter Rachel. David is married to Dixie Lee Miller, office manager for Grace Matters, a radio ministry of the ELCA.


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