Barbara Rossing receives Yale Divinity School Alumni Award August 31, 2011

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is the recipient of the 2011 Yale Divinity School Alumni Award for Distinction in Theological Education. Rossing received the master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 1981 and was ordained as an ELCA pastor in 1982. She was chosen for the award from a field of international candidates. The awards ceremony will take place during Yale Divinity School Convocation on October 11, 2011.

"This award is a fitting tribute to Dr. Rossing’s excellence in the classroom and her popularity as an instructor, author and speaker throughout the church,” said LSTC Acting President Philip L. Hougen. “Her insights on the apocalypse, climate change, and ecology have literally been heard around the world through her work with the Lutheran World Federation."

Other 2011 award recipients

Three other Yale Divinity School Alumni will receive awards. The Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, Ill., is the recipient of the Distinction in Congregational Ministry Award.  Christopher Doucot, founder of the Hartford Catholic Worker Community, is the recipient of the William Sloane Coffin Award for Peace and Justice. The Rev. Evalyn M. Wakhusama, founder and executive director of the Women’s Initiative in Knowledge and Survival, a Kenyan NGO concerned with helping disadvantaged and vulnerable women and children, is the recipient of the Lux et Veritas Award.

About Barbara Rossing

An LSTC faculty member since 1994, Barbara Rossing has received national attention as the author of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation a critique of fundamentalist "Left Behind" theology. Her other works include the 2010 – 2011 Horizons Bible Study Journey through Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today  published by Presbyterian Women in the Presbyterian Church, The Choice Between Two Cities: Whore, Bride and Empire in the Apocalypse as well as many articles and book chapters on Revelation and ecology, and "Prophets, Prophetic Movements and the Voices of Women" in A People's History of Christianity, and New Proclamation commentaries for preachers.

Rossing is a frequent lecturer in ecumenical and ELCA settings. Previously Rossing served as chaplain to Harvard Divinity School, pastor and teacher at the Holden Village retreat center, and pastor at Bethany Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minn. She served on the executive committee and council of the Lutheran World Federation, where she also chaired the Lutheran World Federation’s theology and studies committee.

An avid environmentalist, Rossing is involved with environmental initiatives at the seminary. Rossing received the bachelor of arts degree from Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., and the master of divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School. She earned her Th.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity from Harvard Divinity School.


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