The Rev. Dr. Barbara R. Rossing, professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), has been named a 2009-2010 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology. The Luce fellowships are one of the premier fellowship programs for theological scholarships in the United States and Canada.
The six 2009-2010 Luce Fellows, faculty members at theological and divinity schools across the United States, will engage in year-long research in various areas of theological inquiry. They are selected on the strength of their proposals to conduct creative and innovative theological research.
"The competition for these prestigious awards is intense, and the selection of Dr. Barbara Rossing to be a recipient brings great honor not only to her but to LSTC - we rejoice with her and we rejoice for the seminary," said LSTC Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kathleen D. "Kadi" Billman.
Dr. Rossing's project is "Nor Any Scorching Heat: Apocalypse, Ecology and the Crisis of Global Warming." She will look at the New Testament understanding of "end times," which she interprets as envisioning an end to the Roman imperial order and not the end of the created world. She plans to show how this distinction can help Christians address the crisis of global warming today, as they face their own sense of an "end." Drawing on Revelation and other apocalyptic texts, Rossing's project seeks to articulate a New Testament vision for life beyond empire. Her goal is to offer a hopeful vision for ecological sustainability that takes seriously both scientific warnings about the urgency of the crisis as well as biblical promises of God's healing for the world and protection from "any scorching heat" (Revelation 7:16, Isaiah 49:10).
Rossing is the author of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation, and articles and book chapters on Revelation, the Bible and ecology. She is a sought-after speaker and workshop leader who has appeared on radio and television programs to talk about the Bible and culture. Along with Dr. David Rhoads, she coordinates LSTC's Environmental Emphasis. With microbiologist and researcher Dr. Gayle Woloschak, Rossing is currently leading "The Future of Creation," a class offered through LSTC's Zygon Center of Religion and Science.
At the conclusion of their research year, the Fellows will gather at the annual Luce Fellows Conference to present and critique their work and to discuss with both current and past Luce fellows how their work may have an impact on the life of the church and the broader society. They will also present their findings for publication in popular religious journals.
The Henry Luce III Fellows program was begun in 1993 and is supported by a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation, honoring the late Henry Luce III. The program is administered by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), an organization of more than 250 graduate theological schools.
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