All are welcome!

A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

Saint Mark Lutheran Church

rossingSaint Mark Lutheran Church Visiting Theologian progam welcomes Dr.Barbara Rossing for a weekend of discussion and learning.

Event Information


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
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Visiting Theologian 2013 — Dr. Barbara Rossing (pdf)


All events are open to the public — All are welcome! 

7:00PM 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 
7:00PM Opening Keynote: Saints, Angels and Climate Change: St. Francis Vision for Creation’s Healing
8:30PM Fellowship Time
9:00AM Morning Keynote: On Earth as in Heaven: Finding Apocalyptic Hope 
10:30AM Workshops
11:30AM Q&A with Dr. Rossing
NOON Lunch
1:30PM EcoTour Options
8:30AM Homilist at Celebration Service
9:45AM Adult Forum
11:00AM Homilist at Liturgical Service

Presentation Topics:

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.