Byberg 2009 – Kadi Billman and Ralph Klein

Preaching in A Time of Lament

Canon Beach Conference Center
Canon Beach, Oregon
January 19-21, 2009
 

Kathleen D. Billman

Kadi Billman is Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She was called to teach pastoral care at LSTC in 1992 after completing the Ph.D. at Princeton Theological Seminary. She served as parish pastor (8 years) after completing the M.Div. at PTS and as a part-time associate pastor (4 years) while completing the Ph.D. program. She wrote Rachel’s Cry: Prayer of Lament and Rebirth of Hope with Daniel L. Migliore (United Church Press, 1999) and several articles that pertain to our conference topic. She says, “Grief and righteous anger evoked by unjust suffering are two of God’s greatest gifts to be used in the service of abundant life. Preaching might tap that energy without demonizing human beings or human communities.”

Ralph w. Klein

Ralph Klein is Christ Seminary Seminex Professor of Old Testament emeritus at LSTC, editor of Currents in Theology and Mission, and curator of the LSTC rare books collection.  His website on the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East can be found at http://OT-studies.com. In the spring semester of 2009 he will be mentoring Lutheran candidates for ordination at Yale Divinity School. His book most pertinent for this conference is Israel in Exile: A Theological Interpretation (reprinted by Sigler Press, Mifflintown, PA, in 2002). His  commentary on 1 Chronicles appeared in the Hermeneia series (2006) and the second edition of his 1 Samuel commentary in the Word series (Thomas Nelson, 2008).

Ralph W. Klein: Lament in the Old Testament, Session One

Ralph W. Klein: Lament in the Old Testament, Session Two - Community Lament

Ralph W. Klein: Lament in the Old Testament, Session Three

Kadi Billman: Preaching in a Time of Lament, Session One - Shared Trauma

Kadi Billman: Preaching in a Time of Lament, Session Two - Context of a Lament