Give Us Today our Daily Bread:
Preaching Abundant Life as Renewal for Creation
With Barbara Rossing and Ben Stewart
January 17-19, 2011
Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center
Three Sessions with Barbara Rossing:
How do preachers address climate change and other environmental issues without depressing the listener? How do we preach Jesus’ radical vision of hope for our future in the face of urgent ecological crises? Drawing on lectionary texts for Year A we will explore ways to preach the kingdom of God as a narrative of renewal for all creation, through biblical themes of food justice, hospitality, and sustainability.
One Session with Ben Stewart:
What formerly served as condemnation now serves as a gift: Preaching to Earth-creatures in the Ash Wednesday Era. In a fourth century sermon to the newly baptized, Ambrose of Milan urged his congregation not to understand the address “you are dust and to dust you shall return” as a condemnation, but rather as a gift. In an age in which ecological news is consistently experienced as condemnation, how do preachers tell (and assemblies hear) the whole truth about the goodness of the earth, the ecological perils of our age, our rootedness in the earth, and the promise of the gospel?
We are also looking forward to Eucharist with Bishop Dave Brauer-Rieke preaching at our opening Eucharist at 2:30 PM on Monday the 17th!
Barbara Rossing is Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where she also directs the Environmental Ministry Emphasis. Her publications for preachers include two New Proclamation preaching commentaries (Easter C, Easter A, Fortress Press) as well as The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (Basic Books), Journeys Through Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today (Presbyterian Women 2010-11 Bible study) and book chapters and articles on New Testament and ecology. She served as pastor at Holden Village as well as at Harvard Divinity School and Bethany Lutheran Church, Minneapolis. She chaired the Lutheran World Federation program committee for Theology and Studies 2003-10, helping the LWF develop theological responses to global climate change, leading up to the 2010 LWF assembly theme of “Give Us Today Our Daily Bread” in Stuttgart, Germany. She is currently on leave in Leavenworth, Washington, where her research focuses on climate change and the Bible.
The Rev. Dr. Benjamin M. Stewart is Gordon A. Braatz Assistant Professor of Worship and Dean of Augustana Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is especially interested in the interactions between ritual, bodies, and place. Ben has served as pastor to a small Appalachian community and to Holden Village retreat center. He holds degrees from Capital University, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and Emory University. His forthcoming book addresses Christian worship and ecology.