Mitzi Jarrett Budde, D.Min.

Mitzi Budde joined the VTS faculty in 1991. She is currently Head Librarian and Professor.

She completed her D.Min. in Ecumenism and Reconciliation at Wesley Theological Seminary where she focused on ecumenical formation in denominational theological seminaries. She previously earned a Master of Librarianship from the University of South Carolina, an M.A. in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina and a B.A.from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina.

Before joining the faculty at VTS, Prof. Budde served as library director at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She is an Associate in Ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving under call of the ELCA to ecumenical ministry at VTS.

She has written journal articles on ecumenical topics for Ecumenical Trends and Congregations. Professor Budde currently serves as the Lutheran co-chair for the Lutheran-Episcopal Coordinating Committee and as co-chair and ELCA representative to the National Council of Church's Faith and Order "Unity in Mission" study group.
In Print

“The Church’s Song as Response to the Divine Mystery,” Worship 86:3 (May 2012): 194-208.
“Full Communion in the ELCA: Boldly Reaching Out,” Lutheran World Federation Information No. 11 (2011): 12.
“Bridges to the Church in Asia: A Cross-Cultural Immersion Trip to Hong Kong, China, and Japan,” co-authored with John Yieh and Shawn Strout, Virginia Theological Seminary Journal (Fall 2011): 40-45.

“The Marks as Signposts of the Journey to Unity in Mission,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 42:2 (Spring 2010): 218-226; and “Unity in Mission: Introduction,” co-authored with Don Thorsen, same issue: 178-182.

 “The Vocation for Unity in Theological Education,” in Staying One, Remaining Open, edited by J. Barney Hawkins, IV & Richard J. Jones. New York: Church Publishing, 2010, pp. 89-108.
“John Paul II and Ecumenism: The Man, the Documents, and the Dialogues,” Ecumenical Trends 35 (June 2006): 8-15.

“The Congregation’s Role When a Marriage Becomes an Ecumenical Marriage,” Congregations: The Journal of the Alban Institute, 31 (Fall 2005): 6-9.
“Lutheran-Roman Catholic Convergence on the Theology and Ministry of the Laity,” Ecumenical Trends 32 (September 2003): 113-119.

“Differences in Clergy Codes of Ethics: An Ecumenical Perspective,” Ecumenical Trends 32 (June 2003): 89-94.

“The Goal of the ELCA Full Communion Agreements,” Ecumenical Trends 32 (March 2003): 33-40.