Bass, Dorothy C.

Dorothy C. Bass

Dorothy C. Bass is director emerita of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith (, a Lilly Endowment project based at Valparaiso University that develops resources to help contemporary people live the Christian faith with vitality and integrity in changing times. The Project has sponsored grant programs, seminars, books, conferences, and websites for adults and youth.

Dorothy is an author as well as an editor of several projects, including Receiving the Day: Christian Practices for Opening the Gift of Time and Practicing Our Faith: A Way of Life for a Searching People.

After editing Practicing Our Faith, 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.

A way of life abundant: this is God’s gift in the midst of the ordinary stuff of existence. This way of life—abundant not in money and possessions but in mercy and hope—is given not only for the sake of its members. It is given that these might live for the sake of others, and indeed for the sake of all creation. The challenge is to discern how to live this way of life within a specific context, at your moment in history. —Practicing Our Faith

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 retired professor. 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 Matt have three adult children and belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.