Lundblad final speaker for 2013-14 Wangerin Preaching Series

Dr. Barbara Lundblad

The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad, the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, will wrap up the 2103-14 Walter Wangerin Jr. Excellence in Preaching Series when she preaches at the Chapel of the Resurrection on Sunday, April 27, 2014. The service begins at 10 a.m. and all are welcome. University Pastor Charlene M. Rachuy Cox will preside.

Barbara Kay Lundblad, received a B.A. in English from Augustana College (1966), the M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (1979), and the D.D. from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, she served 16 years as a parish pastor in New York City, as well as campus pastor at Lehman College and New York University. She has taught preaching at Yale Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, and in the D.Min. program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools. In 2007, she served as president of the Academy of Homiletics. Her teaching interests include preaching in partnership with the congregation, preaching and social transformation, new forms of preaching, and preaching as an integral part of worship.

Dr. Lundblad's ongoing leadership in the Union community has included being a preacher and worship leader in James Chapel, a member of the Seminary Choir, a participant in the Academic Affairs Committee, an advisor to Lutheran students, and a Faculty liaison to the Poverty Initiative planning group and Advisory Committee. In her leadership beyond Union, she is currently serving as the President of the Academy of Homiletics and is on the Board of the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. She has also served as Pastoral Associate at Advent Lutheran Church in Manhattan, as Co-President of The Network for Inclusive Vision (ELCA), and as a member of the local committee for “One Voice” campaign working for full inclusion of GLBT people in the ELCA. She preaches and leads worship regularly at her home church, Advent Lutheran Church, and has preached and lectured at many different congregations and educational centers, both locally and throughout the United States.

Last year, Dr. Lundblad published several sermons in the journal Lectionary Homiletics, and “Prologue, ‘Down by the Riverside,’” in Women’s Voices and Visions of the Church: Reflections from North America (2005); her essays on “Narrative Theory” and “Feminism” were accepted for publication by The New Interpreter’s Bible Encyclopedia of Preaching.

Lundblad is the author of two books Transforming the Stone: Preaching through Resistance to Change and most recently, Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense. This recent book is based on the Beecher Lectures which she gave at Yale Divinity School. In addition she has published articles in journals such as Currents in Theology and Mission, Word and World, Journal of Preaching, and The Living Pulpit.

During her sabbatical in 2004, Prof. Lundblad participated in a study trip to Israel and Palestine, sponsored by the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. Her “journey though that beautiful, troubled land marked by many clashing images” and her “deeply moving visits with people in Israel and the West Bank” have undoubtedly only served to enhance the quality of her preaching and teaching.

For over twenty years she has been one of the preachers on the radio program “Day 1” (formerly “The Protestant Hour”). She has preached in hundreds of congregations across the United States and has given lectures at many seminaries in this country and Canada, as well as a Lutheran World Federation conference in Buenos Aires. A frequent speaker at the Festival of Homiletics, her 2008 lecture, “Jeremiah, Martin and Me,” challenged preachers to confront the realities of racism in the US, especially in this election year. 

She is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Since coming to Union, she has been part of the Pastoral Team at Advent Lutheran Church on 93rd and Broadway, leading worship and preaching on a regular basis. She is also a board member of Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn.

The Wangerin preaching series, which originated in 2012, is intended to bring notable preachers to the Chapel of the Resurrection. The 2013-14 series began Oct. 20 with guest preacher the Rev. James Honig, Senior Pastor of Faith Ev. Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Glen Ellyn, IL, and published novelist. On Nov. 17th, the second speaker in the series was the Rev. Dr. Leopoldo Sánchez, the Werner R.H. Krause and Elizabeth Ringger Krause Endowed Chair for Hispanic Ministries at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. The Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy, president of the Minnesota South District of the LCMS and author on numerous books on preaching, preached on Feb. 2, 2014.

The series is sponsored by the Chapel, the Center for Church Relations, and the Institute for Liturgical Studies.