Sharing the Love, Feeding the Hungry
The biblical injunction to share one’s bread with the poor is for Christians intimately linked with the Eucharist and the Eucharist with the upbuilding of the Church. We will explore New Testament and other early Christian insights into these fundamental theological connections, and examine the consequences for eucharistic celebrations today.
Paul Bradshaw is emeritus professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, having taught there from 1985 to 2013. He received his B.A. and M.A. in theology from the University of Cambridge, his Ph.D. in liturgical studies from the University of London, and in 1994 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of Oxford for his published works. Ordained in the Church of England in 1969, he is an honorary canon of the Diocese of Northern Indiana, priest-vicar emeritus of Westminster Abbey, and a consultant to the Church of England Liturgical Commission. He has written or edited more than 30 books, together with over 120 essays or articles in periodicals. A former president of the North American Academy of Liturgy and of the international body Societas Liturgica, from 1987 to 2005 he was also editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal Studia Liturgica.
Eucharist among the Uncreators – Feeding Hope for a Faithful Future
The spiritual and moral crisis presented by climate sin wed to economic inequity is unprecedented. God’s beloved human creatures – or rather the high consuming among us – are threatening Earth’s capacity to sustain life. Something new is asked of humankind: to forge a sustainable relationship with our planetary home. We are called to “re-form” how we live on earth. How can the Eucharist play a role in radically re-forming United States society toward lifeways that allow Earth to flourish and all people to have the necessities for life abundant?
Cynthia Moe-Lobeda has lectured or consulted in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Australia, and North America in theology; ethics; and matters of climate justice and climate racism, moral agency, globalization, economic justice, eco-feminist theology, and faith-based resistance to systemic oppression. Her most recent book, Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation, won the Nautilus Award for social justice. She is author or co-author of six volumes and numerous articles and chapters. Moe-Lobeda is Professor of of Theological and Social Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She holds a doctoral degree in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary, affiliated with Columbia University. The website for her most recent book is: http://resistingstructuralevil.com/
To Be the Body of Christ
What might it mean to say that we are the ‘Body of Christ’? How is it possible for this ancient Christian symbol to bear the weight of our contemporary social anxiety, cultural conflict, and discomfort with human difference? How might our effort to realize concretely the meaning of this symbol contribute to reclaiming our authentic natural end—human flourishing.
Shawn Copeland is Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College, from which she earned a PhD in Systematic Theology in 1991; since 2003, she has been a tenured member of that department. Her academic research interests include Christian discipleship, political theology, human embodiment, memory, and social suffering.
An award-winning author, she has co-edited four books, written 125 theological articles, book chapters, and essays, and her Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being (Fortress 2010) is regularly taught in seminaries and universities. In December 2018 Orbis Books will publish her Knowing Christ Crucified: The Witness of African American Religious Experience.
Given for you…Shed for you…
The Promise of the Gospel and the Lord’s Supper in the Lutheran Confessions
We will examine how the Reformation redefinition of the Gospel as promise reshaped the theology and practice of the Lord’s Supper within the Lutheran Confessions. We will then explore how the Lord’s Supper as Gospel promise fits within the larger narrative of God reclaiming and restoring his creation as set forth within Jesus’ public ministry culminating in his death and resurrection.
Dr. Charles P. Arand is the Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he has served since 1989. He currently serves as the Dean of Theological Research and Publications as well as the Director of the Center for the Care of Creation. He served as the translator of the Apology of the Augsburg Confession for the Kolb-Wengert edition of the Book of Concord (Fortress, 2000) and co-authored with Robert Kolb and James Nestingen, The Lutheran Confessions: History and Theology in the Book of Concord (Fortress Press, 2012). In addition to over fifty articles, he has written two books, Testing the Boundaries: Windows into Lutheran Identity (Concordia Publishing House, 1995), and That I May Be His Own: A Theological Overview of Luther’s Catechisms (CPH, 2000). He has co-authored a book with Robert Kolb, The Genius of Luther’s Theology: The Wittenberg Way of Thinking for the Contemporary Church (Baker Books, 2008). Recently he served as a drafter LCMS’s 2017 explanation to Luther’s Catechism. In the last decade, he has devoted much of his work toward recovering a Lutheran robust theology of creation, serving as the primary drafter for the document, Together with All Creatures: Caring for God’s Living Earth (CPH). Most recently, he contributed a chapter, “The Gospel in the Lutheran Tradition” for the book, God’s Two Words: Law and Gospel in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions (Eerdmans, 2018).