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Anita Stauffer, Requiem in Pacem

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      Eternal rest grant unto her, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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      Date Tue, 3 Jul 2007 15:18:13 -0500

      Title: The Rev. S. Anita Stauffer, Lutheran Author, Researcher, Dies ELCA NEWS SERVICE

      July 3, 2007

      The Rev. S. Anita Stauffer, Lutheran Author, Researcher, Dies 07-120-LL*

      CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. S. Anita Stauffer, author of books and articles on worship, liturgy and church architecture, and a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), died June 26 at a Chicago-area hospital from complications due to a stroke. At the time of her death, Stauffer, 59, was living in Melrose Park, Ill.

      A memorial service for Stauffer will be held July 21 at Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Ill.

      "She will be remembered as a careful scholar of baptismal history, as an articulate advocate of responsible liturgical inculturation, and as a faithful friend," said the Rev. Gordon W. Lathrop, Charles A. Schieren professor of liturgy, emeritus, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). LTSP is one of the eight ELCA seminaries.

      Stauffer was study secretary for worship in the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Department for Theology and Studies from 1992 to 1998. Stauffer's LWF research work focused on coordinating long-term ecumenical, international and interdisciplinary study on the relationships between Christian worship and cultures of the world dating back to the New Testament; three volumes of research and reflections were published from her work.

      Born here, Stauffer received a bachelor's degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn., in 1969, and a master of divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School, New Haven, Conn., in 1973. She did graduate studies in liturgy and church architecture at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., and in Europe and North Africa.

      In 1969 she was legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. John B. Anderson of Illinois. Ordained in 1973 in the former Lutheran Church in America (LCA), Stauffer was pastor of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Coatesville, Pa., from 1973 to 1978. She was LCA worship editor and consultant from 1978 to 1988. She became associate director for worship and architecture in the ELCA churchwide organization in 1988 and served until 1991.

      Her research work focused on early Christian baptismal fonts, carried out primarily in Tunisia, Italy and France. Stauffer's book, "On Baptismal Fonts: Ancient and Modern," was published in 1994 in the Joint Liturgical Studies Series, Grove Books, Cambridge, England. Her videotape, "Re-examining Baptismal Fonts" was released in 1991. In 2000 Stauffer's book, "Altar Guild and Sacristy Manual," was published by Augsburg Fortress, the ELCA's publishing ministry.

      She served as editor of the Lutheran Occasional Services book in North America. In 1978 Stauffer was the author of materials used to introduce the Lutheran Book of Worship, and in 1990, she was the worship facilitator for the LWF Assembly in Curitiba, Brazil. Stauffer was the worship director for the ELCA 1991 Churchwide Assembly, Orlando, Fla. She also served as a visiting lecturer in liturgics at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), an ELCA seminary, and LTSP.

      Stauffer authored numerous articles and 13 books. She was a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, Societas Liturgica and the editorial board of Studia Liturgica.

      Stauffer is survived by her brother, Jerry.


      * Lauren A. Lamb is a senior public relations and speech communication major at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. This summer she is an intern with the ELCA News Service.

      For information contact:

      John Brooks, Director (773) 380-2958 or news@... http://www.elca.org/news ELCA News Blog: http://www.elca.org/news/blog

      Gregory Holmes Singleton, Ph.D.
      Professor of History, Emeritus: Northeastern Illinois University

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