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Rhoads publishes Earth & Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet

Posted Jun 12, 2007

David Rhoads, professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is the editor of Earth & Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet. The collection include sermons by theologians, environmentalists and activists such as Wendell Berry, Thomas Berry, William Sloane Coffin, Sallie McFague, Bill McKibben, Barbara Rossing, Joseph Sittler, and Barbara Brown Taylor.

The book will be available in June from Continuum International Press (ISBN-10: 0826428282, paperback) and the LSTC Book Center for $24.95 (plus shipping and handling.)

David Rhoads is an avid environmentalist who advises the LSTC Green Zone group and supervises the Web of Creation web site ( He assists congregations and other church bodies in becoming "greener" by reducing energy consumption and waste. In addition to his commitment to the environment, Rhoads' teaching and research focus on narrative criticism, social science criticism, intercultural criticism, and performance criticism. He memorizes and presents biblical works "by heart" including the Book of Revelation, the Gospel of Mark, and the Letter to the Galatians.


Cathleen Kelly
Manager, LSTC Book Center

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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