Dorothy C. Bass

Dorothy C. Bass directs the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith (, a collaborative ecumenical effort to help contemporary people live the Christian faith with vitality and integrity in changing times. After editing Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People, she gathered groups of authors, including young adults, to craft two more books about the practices that shape faithful living: Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens and On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life.

As a former seminary professor with a strong interest in theological education, Dorothy has also convened teams of pastors and theological educators to write the books Practicing Theology and For Life Abundant. She shares life with her husband, Matt Schwehn, a professor at Valparaiso University. Together they edited Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be, an anthology of contemporary and classical texts—including fiction, autobiography, and philosophy—that offers challenge and insight for those reflecting on what to do with their lives.

Dorothy and Mark have three adult children and belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Here is a video about On Our Way: