Dr. Barbara Rossing
Saint Mark Lutheran Church Visiting Theologian progam welcomes Dr.Barbara Rossing for a weekend of discussion and learning.
October 3rd — 6th, 2013
All events are free and open to the public.
Saint Mark Lutheran Church (unless specified)
790 Marion Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
All events are open to the public — All are welcome!
|THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3rd
|Lecture at Oregon State University: St. Francis Goes Swimming with the Salmon: Ancient Wisdom for a Planet in Peril
@ OSU Native American Longhouse; Sponsored by Lutheran Campus Ministry at OSU
|FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4th
|Opening Keynote: Saints, Angels and Climate Change: St. Francis Vision for Creation’s Healing
|Morning Keynote: On Earth as in Heaven: Finding Apocalyptic Hope
|Q&A with Dr. Rossing
|SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th
|Homilist at Celebration Service
|Homilist at Liturgical Service
OSU LECTURE TOPIC: St. Francis Goes Swimming with the Salmon: Ancient Wisdom for a Planet in Peril
Rossing’s appearance coincides with the annual Christian observance of St. Francis of Assisi (Oct 4th) who is remembered, among other things, as patron saint of ecology. Known for her passion about care of creation and apocalyptic themes in scripture, Rossing will weave theological, environmental, scientific, and practical themes into her lecture.
FRIDAY LECTURE TOPIC: Saints, Angels and Climate Change: St. Francis Vision for Creation’s Healing
St. Francis’ joyful kinship with creation empowers us to face the urgency of climate change and global ecological crises today. Explore Jesus’ radical vision of the kingdom of God as renewal for all creation, as we join faith communities around the world commemorating St. Francis’ legacy. Hope for healing—not destruction—is the biblical vision for our future on earth.
SATURDAY PROGRAM TOPIC: On Earth as in Heaven: Finding Apocalyptic Hope
How do we address climate change and other environmental issues without getting depressed? The apocalyptic book of Revelation, written as a daring critique of the Roman empire 2000 years ago, offers a radical vision of hope that can help us face our future today. Re-claim Revelation away from the Left Behind narrative of doom and destruction to see God’s vision of hope. Revelation is not about what you think!
About Dr. Barbara Rossing
Barbara R. Rossing is Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she also directs the seminary’s Environmental Ministry Emphasis. She is the author of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation and Journeys Through Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today, as well as articles and book chapters on the Bible and ecology.
She has participated in international Lutheran World Federation and World Council of Churches consultations on theology and climate change, including LWF delegations to the United Nations Climate Change summits in Copenhagen (2009) and Cancun (2010), and a WCC delegation to the Alberta Tar Sands in 2011. She is a frequent Bible study leader at synod assemblies and ecumenical gatherings, as well as in the public media.
She has served as chaplain at Holden Village and Harvard Divinity School. She loves to hike and ski in the Cascade Mountains. She is currently writing a book on ecology and apocalypse.