“rediscovering Martin Luther’s audacious baptismal theology for life today”
Baptism is sometimes seen in narrow ways: simply a membership ritual, a spiritualized symbol, or a cute thing we do to babies. However, Martin Luther saw baptism as an untamed and life-giving flood that flows toward everything on the landscape. We’ll get to know Luther’s vision and then consider implications for an adventurous life of faith on the 21st century landscapes of our churches, communities, and planet.
This workshop is free and open to the public through support from the LCGS Mission Endowment Fund.
11:30 – Worship in Sanctuary
12:00 – Lunch Served in Parish Hall (complimentary)
12:30 – Workshop
2:00 – Closing prayer
About the Presenter
Benjamin M. Stewart is the Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship and Dean of Augustana Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where he has taught since 2009. A frequent conference lecturer and ordained Lutheran pastor, Ben previously served as pastor to a small, Appalachian community in Ohio, and as village pastor to Holden Village retreat center in the Glacier Peak Wilderness of Washington.
In addition to articles in a number of journals including Worship, Liturgy, and The Christian Century, Ben is author of A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth’s Ecology (2011). He is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and serves as convener of its Liturgy and Ecology Seminar. He is currently working on a book on the ecotheological implications of natural burial practices.
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