Parish Ministry in this Time of Change

January 19, 2015

Pastor Brown discussed her week as Minister-in-Residence at Gettysburg Seminary with Dr. Strobert. She describes her conversations with students, preaching and presiding in chapel as well as attending and lecturing in seminary classes. Pastor Brown also discussed her context of parish ministry at Advent Lutheran Church in New York City. It has an immigrant population in addition to being in a gentrified neighborhood. Although a small congregation, the church is involved in broad social outreach in the community.

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Mr. Lincoln’s Religion

January 5, 2015

Dr. Christianson speaks with Dr. Bradley Hoch, Pediatrician and author of The Lincoln Trail in Pennsylvania about President Lincoln’s religious evolution. Lincoln developed throughout his life, beginning as (what his neighbors called) an “infidel” and moving on to a doctrine of “necessity” before coming to terms with Providence.  In 1862, probably because of the horrifying numbers of casualties and the death of his son Willie, the president began to affirm a personal deity. In the Second Inaugural he envisions a God who has purposes for humankind, although they may not be ours.

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Cultural Changes that Church Leaders Cannot Afford to Miss

December 22, 2014

Dr. William O. Avery, Arthur O. Larson Professor Emeritus of Stewardship and Parish Ministry, Gettysburg Seminary speaks about the dramatic difference in the world of young people today, driven especially by technology, drives the question: how should the church respond?  Dr. Avery suggests some interesting ideas that might help meet the needs of Millennials who are looking for dialogue, new kinds of spirituality, and above all meaning.

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The Conflict in Ukraine

December 9, 2014

Dr. Christianson speaks with Ambassador Lawrence Taylor who describes the current tensions in eastern Ukraine and suggests that the U.S. and NATO were surprised by Russia’s incursions. On the other hand, Vladimir Putin was not prepared for the resistance from the new government in Ukraine.  He suggests that we take seriously Russia’s claim to protect Russians everywhere and do so unilaterally, but also try to bridge the gap between the Old Europe (“Mother Russia”) and the New.

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Unweaving Exile: One Artist’s Response to 9/11

December 8, 2014

The Poetry + Theology editor for Seminary Ridge Review speaks with internationally-exhibited fiber artist Laurie Wohl. Wohl’s traveling exhibit “Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory” came to Gettysburg Seminary in the fall of 2014. The 14-piece show integrates excerpts from Muslim, Jewish and Christian texts from the Convivencia and from contemporary Middle Eastern poets. Alluding to the oldest traditions of narrative textiles, the pieces in the exhibit include original iconography and mixed media as well as an audio soundscape.

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Measuring the Costs of War in Human Relationships

November 24, 2014
The personal and political repercussions of the Battle of Gettysburg are illustrated by the conflict between Henry Stehle (a Democrat and suspected “Copperhead) and David Buehler (a “radical” Republican). The moral:  human nature runs deep, even among those we elevate as heroes.  Dr. Christianson and Speaks with Thomas Rutherford about the true cost of war in human relationships this week on The Seminary Explores.
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A View of the Church in Cameroon, Central Africa

November 10, 2014
Dr. Paul Déouyo, 2014 Norma Sweitzer Wood Lecturer at Gettysburg Seminary and Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Meiganga, Cameroon, Africa gives an overview of the issues confronting the people and church in Cameroon. The conversation include includes:
1. The responsibilities of pastors, evangelists, and catechists within the church.
2. The economic conditions of Cameroon.
3. The ethnic/cultural mix in congregations.
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The Public Defender as Office and Ministry

October 27, 2014

Recorded before a live audience at St. James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg PA,  Dr. Christianson disusses with Kristin Rice how her office is a ministry as well as an essential public service, balancing justice with a fair trial and compassion. Publically financed defenders were established as late as the 1963 when the Supreme Court ruled that the Sixth Amendment guarantees legal counsel to poor defendants in criminal cases. She believes that the next frontier in her field must be the improvement of mental health services, and she continues her opposition to the death penalty.

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Why Lutherans Should Care about and for Creation

October 13, 2014

Dr. Largen spends this episode talking to The Rev. Dr. David Rhodes about the integral role creation plays in Lutheran Theology, and the resources available for individual Christians, public ministers and congregations who want to learn more about how to bring care for creation into their faith lives. 

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Martin Luther and the Jews

September 29, 2014
Dr. Strobert interviews Dr. Brooks Schramm (Kraft Professor of Biblical Studies)and Dr. Kirsi Stjerna (Professor of Reformation Church History) at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg and co-authors of Martin Luther, the Bible, and the Jewish People: A Reader about Martin Luther and his perspective on the Jewish people.  Highlights of this discussion include:
1. Martin Luther’s perspective on the Jews comes from his scholarly work as a professor of Old Testament.
2. The social context of the Jews as a people of 'fragile communities' must be considered in discussions.
3. Martin Luther never personally encountered a Jewish person.
4. The importance of the printed word was an important component in publicizing Luther’s unique views on Jews.
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