Faculty and Vice Presidents

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.

Prof. Budde co-edited and contributed two essays to the book, Unity in Mission: Theological Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Mission (2013) published by Paulist Press in the National Council of Churches Faith & Order Commission Theological Series (co-edited with Don Thorsen). She has also published journal articles in The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, WorshipEcumenical Trends and Congregations. Professor Budde is President of the North American Academy of Ecumenists (2013-2015) and serves on the national Lutheran Episcopal Coordinating Committee. She is a mentor in the American Theological Library Association's "Creating Leaders for Tomorrow" program and has served on accreditation visiting teams for the Association of Theological Schools. 

In Print

"Called in the One Body - and Thankful." Ecumenical Trends 43:8 (September 2014): 10-13. 

Unity in Mission: Theological Reflections on the Pilgrimage of Mission, co-edited with Don Thorsen. National Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission Theological Series. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2013. Author of two essays in this book: “The Marks as Signposts of the Journey to Unity in Mission” (pp. 44-56) and “Baptism: Sacrament of Unity, Sacrament of Mission” (pp. 90-109).
“Are We There Yet? The Task and Function of Full Communion Coordinating Committees.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 48:1 (Winter 2013): 5-19.
“Assessment of Library Public Services: Bibliographic Instruction.” American Theological Library Association Summary of Proceedings 66 (June 27-30, 2012): 34-41.

“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.

 “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.
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