New Discussion Site

A new Web-based theological discussion site was launched in April by the Lutheran World Federation (Department for Theology and Studies), in connection with its global initiative, “Theology in the Life the Church.” Check out the initial papers and discussion forum at www.luthersem.edu/lwfdiscuss, where you can read what has been posted or sign up to be a participant in the forthcoming discussions.

The current focus of this theological work is:

Confessing and living out faith in the triune God, in the face of
death and injustice
(track 1)

multi-faith challenges
(track 2)

charismatic and Pentecostal challenges
(track 3)

moral differences that threaten church unity
(track 4).

A basic premise is that theology can and does make a difference in the life of the church in the world. The intent is to bring together theologians from different parts of the world, with their diverse backgrounds, contexts and approaches, for exchange, interaction, support, mutual challenge, and encouragement in pursuing theological writing that can contribute in significant ways to the deepened self-understanding, life, and practices of churches globally. For further information, contact kbl@lutheranworld.org.

Karen L. Bloomquist

A theologian-activist at large, Karen L. Bloomquist is currently interim pastor at Bethlehem Lutheran in Oakland. She has taught at Lutheran seminaries, and directed theological work in the ELCA and the Lutheran World Federation. Her most recent book is Seeing-Remembering-Connecting: Subversive Practices of Being Church (Wipf & Stock 2016).