On October 9, 2018, Tim Snyder (Wartburg Seminary) and Klaus-Peter Adam (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) represented The Association of Teaching Theologians at the ELCA Theological Roundtable at the Churchwide Office. The ELCA Theological Roundtable is an initiative of the Theological Discernment Team in the ELCA Office of the Presiding Bishop that brings together a diverse set of theological voices to engage in conversation that engage and renew Lutheran beliefs and teachings, as well as explore how Lutherans are called to live in the world. Highlights from this year’s convocation included:
- Lament and strategic conversations around how to make sure the diversity of theological voices in the ELCA is represented among professional theologians, particularly in seminaries.
- Shared conversation with Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.
- Joint conversation with the Theological Education Advisory Committee (TEAC) and explored the possibility of an asset-mapping project.
As both The Association and the ELCA Theological Roundtable reimagine their membership and pattern of meeting, the two groups will explore ways of collaborating together over the next year. To kick off this collaboration, members of the ELCA Theological Roundtable Coordinating Committee have been invited to attend the 2019 Convocation of Teaching Theologians.