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Brokering, Herb

Herb Brokering was a pastor, author, lyricist, speaker and hymn writer. He graduated from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, in 1945. He earned a master's degree in child psychology from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1947 and a bachelor of divinity degree in 1950 from the Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary (now Trinity Lutheran Seminary), Columbus, Ohio. Brokering pursued graduate studies at the University of Kiel and the University of Erlangen in Germany, and at the University of Pittsburgh. He also taught at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, for several

While in Germany after World War II he worked with the Lutheran World Federation services to refugees. Brokering was a promoter of healing, justice and peace, leading more than 100 pilgrimages in his lifetime to places in Europe, the Middle East, China and India. The East German Ministry of Culture presented him with a peacemaking award.

He authored more than 30 books and more than 100 lyrics for almost 60 composers.

In his retirement Brokering served 11 years as a staff associate for Wheat Ridge Ministries, an independent Lutheran charitable organization that awards grants to health ministries.

Shortly before his death in 2009, Brokering established the Herbert and Lois Brokering Healing Arts Endowment Fund at Wartburg College to support
activities promoting the healing arts.

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