ELCA Social Statement on Church & Government: An Invitation

This past August, the ELCA Churchwide Assembly authorized the development of a Social Statement on Church and Government. Our colleagues with the Presiding Bishop’s Theological Discernment Team have begun the process that will lead to a proposed Social Statement and now invite participation — especially among teaching theologians, ethicists, lay experts, and other leaders. The ELCA…

LSTC Searches for Faculty Position in Lutheran Systematic Theology

Our colleagues at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) welcome applications and nominations for a tenure-eligible position in Lutheran systematic theology with an expertise in global Lutheranism, at the assistant or associate rank. For details, see https://www.lstc.edu/about/resources/employment, or contact Dr. Mark Swanson, chair of the search committee, at STsearch@lstc.edu. +++ Position in Lutheran…

Wartburg College Searches for Regents Distinguished Professor of Ethics

Our colleagues at Wartburg College have passed along the following open search for a faculty position (assistant/associate rank) in the area of ethics. See the position description below. Online Posting here. +++ POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor of Religion/Board of Regents Distinguished Professor of Ethics DEPARTMENT: Religion & Philosophy STARTING DATE: Fall Term 2020 TIMELINE: Screening of applications begins immediately and…

Augsburg University Searches for Next Christensen Chair

Augsburg University seeks a creative and visionary leader who will steward the vocation of an institution that is guided by “the faith and values of the Lutheran church” and committed to educating students to be “informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders.” In addition, the Chair will advance the university-wide priorities of social…

Recap Convocation 2019

Photo: Pastor Lenny Duncan’s Book Talk. Photo By Bill Gohl, Used with Permission. Dietrich Bonhoeffer opened Discipleship with the stark but subtle distinction between costly grace and cheap grace. Some since Martin Luther’s proclamation of free grace have wanted to understand God’s grace apolitically—that is, as God’s unmerited regard for an individual regardless of the…

Churchwide Organization Seeks Director of Theological Diversity & Engagement

Job Context Information Under general direction of the executive, this position works within a newly developed team which embraces work of theological reflection and discernment; social justice; and ecumenical and inter-religious engagement. Job Purpose This position has special responsibility for helping to envision and implement new patterns, methods and directions in a fast-changing religious environment.…

Bishop Erwin on Forming Leaders

This article first appeared at LivingLutheran.org. One of the Reformation’s ambitious goals was to create an educated clergy. Both Protestant and Catholic reformers shared this goal, but the methods they chose varied somewhat: Protestants relied on the educational systems available to them, mostly universities; each Catholic diocese was expected to have its own “seminary”—a “seedbed” for…