The Rev. Dr. Mark N. Swanson and the Rev. Dr. Rosanne Amnell Swanson will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service in Specialized Ministry from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG) as part of its Spring Convocation, April 20-21.
Mark Swanson is the Harold S. Vogelaar Professor of Christian-Muslim Christian Studies and Interfaith Relations at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He also serves as associate director of A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice at LSTC. Rosanne Swanson is director of Field Education and lecturer in Pastoral Care at LSTC. Both received the master of divinity degree from Gettysburg.
The Swansons lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt, for 14 years. Rosanne was ordained in Egypt and served at St. Andrew’s United Church; her ministry there included work with immigrants and refugees. Mark taught at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo.
On April 20, Mark Swanson and Ms. Zeyneb Salim, a doctoral student of Religious Pluralism in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University, and Mark Swanson will present an introduction to the faith and practices of Muslims and will seek to “ model” Christian-Muslim dialogue. On April 21, Rosanne Swanson will preside at the Festival Service of Holy Communion for the convocation.
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