"The Expanding Scope of Grace," is the theme of www.josephsittler.org and refers to Sittler's understanding of God's grace as "much wider, broader, and deeper than had often been expressed previously." The site is sponsored by The Joseph Sittler Archives at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. On it, Sittler is celebrated for seeing God active in all spheres of human life as well as throughout the cosmos.
Joseph Sittler's influence as a theologian was profound. Although he spent most of his career as a faculty member of academic institutions, including the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and the Chicago Lutheran Seminary in Maywood, Ill., he did not write many books or scholarly papers. Instead, he preached and gave speeches and workshops at colleges and seminaries around the country, influencing both students and faculty with his ideas on a wide range of topics.
Sittler's interests included the environment and ecology, the arts, ministry in daily life, aging, Biblical interpretation, ethics, the role of the ordained and many other topics. In the late 1950's he was featured in a Life magazine article on America's "Ten Most Influential Theologians."
www.josephsittler.org features portions of The Joseph Sittler Archives' collection of audio and video tapes of his sermons, workshops and speeches along with text both by and about Sittler. Described as a "work in progress," the site welcomes suggestions and contributions from those who experienced the "Expanding Scope of Grace" proclaimed by Joseph Sittler.
The Joseph Sittler Archives was formed in 1997 to honor the life of and gather and disseminate the work of Joseph Sittler. The Sittler Archives Committee includes representatives from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Trinity Lutheran Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Sittler family and several at-large members.
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