November 25, 2017

Presentations/Lectures

Passages. Go through it. Enjoy the view and exit. That is what passages are for and how the eschaton should be looked at; as a passage, an arcade. It does not matter what you see going through. It is the going through that counts. Do not hasten your pace. Look at the fancy people shopping around. They live there. Look at the homeless who have no choice but to inhabit the eschaton (purgatory?). But look at them in particular, because they alone, not the shoppers, are the ones who will point you gracefully to the exit.

Academic

  • “Desabusando o Deus das Lacunas” at the Deuses e Ciencias na América Latina, International conference at USACH (Universidad de Santiago de Chile)
  • “Luther on Christian Liberty” Conversation with faculty of History Department, University of Chicago, IL, November 16, 2009
  • Knowledges Ajar,” presentation at Society of Anglicans and Lutherans, Montreal, Canada, November 5, 2009
  • “Lutheranism and Culture in the Americas” at Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark for the conference, Reformation theology: Reception and Transformation, August 22, 2009
  • “Implications for Theology in the Life of churches and for Theological formation,” at the international conference on Theology in the Life of the Lutheran Churches: Transformative Perspectives and Practices Today organized by the Lutheran World Federation, Department of Theology Studies at the University of Augsburg, Germany, March 25-31, 2009
  • “At Ease: Intimations for a Protestant Ecclesiology,” Lilly Conference on Theological Research, Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, February 27-March 1, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA
  • “Between Americas: Theological Divergences and Convergences” at the International Symposium at Pontifical Catholic University Teologia e Ciências da Religião: Trajetórias, Desafios, Perspectivas, São Paulo, Brazil August 29, 2008.
  • “The Theology of the Cross” lectures for CHARIS Ecumenical Institute, International Falls, MN August 10-14, 2008
  • “Freeing the Captives: Speaking the Truth,” New Day Begun: Engaging Our Wholeness, Multicultural Seminar, Mystic Lake, MN, July/August 2008
  • “Escritura e Tradição na Vocação Ministerial” (Scripture and Tradition in the Vocation of Ministry), Conference on Evangelical-Lutheran Identity, Escola Superior de Teologia , São Leopoldo, Brazil, April 15, 2008
  • “Usos da Cruz e a Prática da Ressurreição ” (Uses of the Cross and Practice of Resurrection), Lecture at the occasion of the release of the book, O Deus escandaloso: Usos e Abusos da Cruz, Escola Superior de Teologia , São Leopoldo, Brazil, April 15, 2008
  • “Modelos de Ministério” (Models of Ministry), Conference on Evangelical-Lutheran Identity, Escola Superior de Teologia , São Leopoldo, Brazil, April 16, 2008
  • “Be Still these trees have prayers”: Martin Luther and the church of Adam, The Ellefson Lutheran Heritage Lecture, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, March 10, 2008
  • “Power and Politics: Incursions into Luther’s Theology.” Global Luther: Reconsidering the Contributions of Martin Luther. International Conference at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, February 23, 2008
  • “Reconsidering what it means to be Lutheran in these contexts.” Public lecture at the Seminar/Consultation on Deepening the Theology and Practice in the life of the Church in relation to neighbors of other faiths organized by Department of Theological Studies (DTS) of the Lutheran World Federation, February 1, 2008
  • “Sin and Evil” Guest Lecture, Advance Seminar on Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, March 31, 2007
  • “God’s Politics”: Theological Association lecture, Aarhus University, Denmark, March 13, 2007
  • “Clashes of Confessions in Latin America in a Global Context”: Lecture at the Conference: Church, Religion, and Politics in the Global South – Aarhus University, Denmark, March 15, 2007
  • “To Read the Signs of the Times,” Presentation at the Center for Multi-Religious Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark, March 20, 2007
  • “Book of Concord,” Lutheran Confessional lecture, BA class at Aarhus University, Denmark, March 21, 2007
  • “The Scandalous God” Research Seminar, Aarhus University, Denmark, March 23, 2007
  • Apocalypsis: LSTC Leadership Conference 2007 – No Easy Answers, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, February, 2007
  • “The Theology of the Cross in Contemporary Culture”:- 3 lectures at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH-Winter Ministry Institute:
    • The Scandal of the Cross and its Evasions
    • Uses and Abuses of the Cross: The Reformation, Then and Now
    • The Practice of Resurrection: Were You There when They Crucified My Lord? (January 17-18, 2007)
  • “The Barmen Theological Declaration” Presentation at panel discussion, “What Can the Barmen Declaration Teach Us Today?”organized as part of Kristallnacht Remembrance and Commitment, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, November 9, 2006
  • “How do I see God-talk today?” Presentation at ATS Panel on Science and Religion, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, October, 2006
  • “Hybrid “Identities:” A Lutheran Reading of Chalcedon,” Society of Anglican and Lutheran Theologians. Philadelphia, November, 2005
  • “Usus Crucis: The Use and Abuse of the Cross and the Practice of Resurrection,” Luther Colloquy, Lutheran Seminary at Gettysburg, October, 2005
  • The International Panel on Ethics, World Social Forum, Brazil, January, 2004
  • “Is There A Universal Theology Of The Oppressed?” International Consultation on Dalit Theology and a Theology of the Oppressed, Gurukul Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai, November, 2004
  • “Liberation Theologies as Hybrid Theologies,” Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary Hispanic Week Celebrations, October, 2004
  • “On Transgressing Fact and Fiction: Grace in Latin American Literature and Theology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, September, 2004
  • “Hybridity,” Lecture in Homage at the Retirement of Emeritus Prof Hermann Brandt, Germany, 2004
  • “Faith Desiring: The Quest for Knowledge, Justice and Beauty,” lecture at the installation of Dr. Nancy Elizabeth Bedford as the Georgia Harkness Professor of Applied Theology at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, April, 2004
  • “Play and Eroticism in Religion,” Brazil, September/October, 2003
  • “Facing the Void,” University of Saskatoon Spring Festival Lectures, Saskatchewan, Canada, May, 2003
  • “The Scandalous God,” University of Saskatoon Spring Festival Lectures, Saskatchewan, Canada, May, 2003
  • “Wrappings of the Divine: Location and Vocation in a Theological Perspective,” Lutheran School of Theology Leadership Conference, May, 2003
  • “Towards an Ethic of Knowledge,” Zygon Center for Religion and Science, Science and Religion Panel, February, 2003
  • “God and Justice: The Word and the Mask,” Aarhus University, Denmark, January, 2003
  • “Theology of the Cross,” Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, January 2003
  • “Justice and Justification,” ELCA Teaching Theologians Conference, August, 2002
  • “Lutheran Missiology,” Aarhus University, Denmark, August, 2002
  • “Multiculturalism and Multireligiosity,” The Center for Multireligious Studies, Aarhus University, Denmark, May, 2002
  • Cátedras Carnahan (6 lectures), ISEDET, Buenos Aires, 2001
  • “Ecclesial Adjacencies,” Chile, 2001
  • “Theological Education,” Gurukul Theological College and Research Institute, Chennai, October, 2001
  • “Theology and Economy,” Madras Christian College, Chennai, October, 2001
  • “Doing Theology,” Bangkok Institute of Theology, Thailand, 2001
  • Theology of the Cross, McGilvary Faculty (School) of Theology, Thailand, 2001
  • “The Task of Theology,” Japan Lutheran Theological College, 2001
  • “The Noble Tribe of Truth’: Etchings on Myth, Language, and Truth Speaking,” Aarhus University, Denmark, 2000
  • “The Way the World Ends: An Essay on Cross and Eschatology,” Inaugural Lecture, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1999
  • “Theological Education: Quo Vadis?” Chicago Theological Seminary, 1995
  • “Two Omens and an Oracle,” Teaching Theologians Conference, Mundelein,1995

Church & Society

  • “What is good about ‘Good Friday’?” Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, April 2, 2010.
  • “Ministry through Tears,” ordination service of Crystal Steinberg at Resurrection church, Racine, WI October 12, 2008
  • “The Scandalous God: Theology and Liturgy I,” Summer Missionary Conference: The Gathered Community in the Cross and Resurrection., Global Mission Event, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, July, 2008
  • “The Scandalous God: Theology and Liturgy II,” Summer Missionary Conference: The Gathered Community in the Cross and Resurrection., Global Mission Event, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, July, 2008
  • “Jesus has Necrophilia,” Northwest Pastor’s Conference of the Northern Illinois Synod at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lanark, IL, May 2008
  • “The Practice of Resurrection,” Southwest Area Pastor’s conference of Metro Chicago Synod at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Glenwood, IL, May 2008
  • “The Scandalous God,” Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Glenview, IL, March 2008
  • “On Eating Disorders,” St. Olaf Chapel, Northfield MN, March 11, 2008
  • “From the Maze to Amazing grace,” Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, September 2007
  • “The Practice of Resurrection,” Summer Missionary Conference: Resurrection People of the Cross, Global Mission Event, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, July, 2007
  • “Via Crucis,” Summer Missionary Conference: Resurrection People of the Cross, Global Mission Event, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI, July, 2007
  • “Out of Heaven,” Plenary Talk, Global Mission Event: New Heaven and NewEarth, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Ohio State University, Columbus ,OH, July 2007
  • New Heaven and New Earth: A Vision through Tears, Work shop, Global Mission Event: New Heaven and New Earth, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Ohio State University, Columbus ,OH, July 2007
  • Come and See, with the Waters of Baptism still dripping, Lutheran center, Chicago, January 2007
  • “Cross and Resurrection”: Presentation to area pastors at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, TX (January 26-28, 2007)
  • Hic Rhodus, hic salta: The Nazareth Manifesto, Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, TX , January 28, 2007
  • Feeling good, Doing good, and Looking good: The Three Temptations of Jesus, Augustana Lutheran Church, Chicago, February, 2007
  • “The Scandalous God,”The Church of the Cross, Arlington Heights, February, 2007
  • “Theology of the Cross,” St. John’s Lutheran Church, Summit, New Jersey, March, 2007
  • “Suffering and the Human Condition,” Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chicago, March, 2006
  • “Sola Scriptura: Is Alone Enough?” Word Alone Conference, Minneapolis: April, 2005
  • “Zacchaeus and Chrysostom: Two exemplary stories regarding Otherness,” North-American WCC Pre-Assembly, Chicago: October, 2005
  • “Ecclesiology in Multicultural Contexts,” Latvian Clergy Retreat, Milwaukee: October, 2005
  • “The Lutheran Heritage,” Nicaragua, November, 2004
  • “Globalization and Responsibility,” Global Mission Event of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Milwaukee: July, 2004
  • “Who do you say that I am?” Ordination Service of Amy Caroline Thoren, IL, February, 2004
  • “It Tolls for You and Me,” Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, September 2003
  • “Between Vision and Reality,” Lutheran World Federation, Geneva, December, 2002
  • “Ecclesiology and the Two Regimes,” Kentucky Council of Churches, Kentucky, 2002
  • “Talitha Cumi,” Purna Jiwan South Asian Ministries, Chicago, 2002
  • “At the Time the Resurrection Happened,” Japan Lutheran TheologicalCollege Chapel, November, 2001
  • “Jesus, the Christ, God and Neighbor,” Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, October, 1999

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