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Dr. Larry Rasmussen to examine Lutheran "Earth-honoring" theology and practice

Posted Oct 15, 2009

Lutheran theology and practice offer essential elements for Earth-honoring and Earth-healing faith. Yet Lutherans themselves often fail to make the connections of the sacramental life to “greening” church and society. On Thursday, November 5, ethicist, teacher, and writer Dr. Larry Rasmussen will address this “disconnect” in his lecture, “Waiting for the Lutherans.” This Earth Year at LSTC presentation of the annual Lutheran Heritage Lecture begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Common Room, 1100 East  55th Street, Chicago. The event is free and open to the public.  

Dr. Rasmussen served as Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, from 1986-2004. His current work focuses on moral and theological reorientation in response to humans’ unsustainable uses of natural resources. Rasmussen received the Joseph Sittler Award for Outstanding Leadership in Theological Education and the Burnice Fjellman Award for Distinguished Christian Ministries in Higher Education.

Rasmussen is the author of Earth Community, Earth Ethics, winner of the 1997 Grawemeyer Award in Religion. His other works include Earth Habitat: Eco-Injustice and the Church’s Response (as co-editor) and Ethics for a Small Planet: New Horizons on Population, Consumption, and Ecology (co-author). In addition, he has published widely in journals and magazines.

Dr. Rasmussen graduated from St. Olaf College, earned a B.D. from Luther Theological Seminary, studied theology at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, and completed his Ph.D. in social ethics at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. From 2007 to 2009, he served on LSTC’s board of directors.

The Heritage Lecture series is designed to provide a contemporary perspective on the Lutheran tradition. This year’s lecture is part of Earth Year at LSTC, a year-long observance and renewal of the seminary’s commitment to care of creation.


Robert Saler
Coordinator, Earth Year at LSTC

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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