Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. Luther was a young monk and priest when Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome...
Assignment completes candidacy for all people, including those ordained in another Lutheran church or Christian tradition, moving them toward first call and admittance to the appropriate roster in the ELCA...
James Kenneth Echols Immigration reform continues to be a major issue confronting the United States of America. This issue of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics provides information on comprehensive immigration reform thanks to the ministry of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service. In addition, the authors of the two articles explore and suggest what the church needs to do given the significant presence of immigrants in this country.
Comprehensive Immigration Reform by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Are you curious about what is going on in Congress regarding immigration reform? Check out this helpful piece from Lutheran Immigration and Refuge Service to find out about the state of immigration reform on the Hill and what you can do to help.
Beyond Hospitality by Wayne Miller
Bishop Miller of the Metro-Chicago Synod asks what the concept of “welcoming the stranger” signifies when talking about immigration in the United States. He argues that because of the power of the cross, Christians are called to assist immigrants in pursuing their vocations in the United States and to work against conditions that prevent people from building homes here.
Review: Volker Küster, A Protestant Theology of Passion: Korean Minjung Theology Revisited. Review by Kevin Considine In this book, Küster analyzes the context in which minjung theology rose, along with the break that its theologians made with Western theology. Even though the vast majority of Korean Christians and theologians have dismissed minjung theology, Küster sees an opportunity for continued Christian theological reflection within this tradition that could speak meaningfully to the local and global context.
To Tell or Not to Tell?: Autobiography and its Role in Theology in Theologians In Their Own Words, edited by Derek R. Nelson, Joshua M Moritz, and Ted Peters. Review by Jacqueline Bussie Theologians in Their Own Words is a compilation of theological autobiographies written by brilliant theologians who are challenged by the innovative editors Derek Nelson, Joshua Moritz, and Ted Peters to take the first risk and move beyond the merely academic into the autobiographical. The book manifests the very real possibility that theological discourse is not diluted by reflection on personal experience, but instead can be profoundly enriched by it.
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