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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 (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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