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New book edited by alumni honors Vítor Westhelle

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Churrasco: A Theological Feast in Honor of Vítor Westhelle is a collection of essays by a wide range of theologians from around the world on the occasion of Westhelle’s sixtieth birthday. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago alumni Dr. Mary (Joy) Philip and Dr. John Arthur Nunes edited the collection along with Dr. Charles M. Collier. It is available from the Pickwick Publications, and imprint of Wipf and Stock

The introduction makes clear that this is not a Festschrift, which marks an ending, but an acknowledgement of the gift of Westhelle’s scholarship and his entering into an exciting second cycle of life. Current and former LSTC faculty member contributors include Antje Jackelén, Philip Hefner, Reinhard Hütter, Kathleen “Kadi” Billman, José David Rodríguez, and Barbara Rossing.

“These essays honoring Westhelle’s work arrest, trouble, and delight. They also point a way forward in uncharted terrain. From around the world and across the disciplines, these authors converge to offer new ways of visioning divine things (theoria), new patterns for living in a world marked by the scandal of the cross (praxis), and new language for witnessing to the ecstatic reality in a world where ‘my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor my ways your ways’ (Isaiah 55:8)” writes Martha E. Stortz, Bernhard M. Christensen Chair in Religion and Vocation at Augsburg College about Churrasco.

About Vítor Westhelle
The Rev. Dr. Vítor Westhelle joined LSTC’s faculty in 1993 after teaching at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary and Escola Superior de Teologia, Brazil. He was visiting professor at the University of Natal, South Africa, and the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Westhelle is a prolific writer and speaker with an international reputation. He has published over a dozen books as author or co-editor, including Eschatology and Space: The Lost Dimension in Theology Past and Present (2012, Palgrave Macmillan), After Heresy: Colonial Theology and Post-Colonial Practices (2010, Cascade Books); The Church Event: Call and Challenge of a Church Protestant (2009,Fortress Press); and  The Scandalous God: The Use and Abuse of the Cross (2006, Fortress Press). The latter has been turned into a SELECT course and been studied across the church by lay people, clergy, and scholars. The book was translated to Portuguese in 2008, O Deus Escandaloso: Usos e Abusos da Cruz, and translated into Spanish by National University of Costa Rica. His more than 150 articles have appeared in journals and magazines across the globe.

Currently, Westhelle splits his year between LSTC and the Faculdades EST Brazil, where he holds the Luther Research Chair.

Westhelle’s biography and list of works is at and his personal website,



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