Carolyn “Care” Lawrence, a Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) MDiv student, is among the 14 seminary and divinity school students, and early-career clergy, chosen for the 2019 Seminary Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE).
Lawrence, who is from Crystal Falls, Mich., will participate in a two-week program in Germany and Poland this summer, which uses the conduct of clergy and religious leaders in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on contemporary professional ethics. Along with other fellows, she will attend seminars and visit memorials and sites to explore pastors’ ethical responses to anti-Semitism in 1930s Germany and the Holocaust, as well as explore today’s issues facing theologians and seminarians.
In a news release from FASPE, Lawrence said, “As a Lutheran Christian, the legacy of Martin Luther’s anti-Semitism and my denomination’s history in Nazi Germany is one that I have had to grapple with. I hope my time with FASPE will provide ethical frameworks for how to respond to this history and to address these issues—and other ethical questions—as a professional leader in my congregation and community.”
For 10 years FASP has provided a historical lens to engage graduate students in professional schools as well as early-stage practitioners in five fields (business, journalism, law, medicine and seminary) in an intensive study focused on contemporary ethical issues in their profession.
Those chosen for fellowships study the perpetrators, asking how and why they abandon their ethical guideposts, according to the FASPE news release. The seminary program examines the roles played by clergy in the Nazi state, underscoring the reality that the moral codes governing clergy of all religions can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences, FASAPE said.
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