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The Ninth Annual Herbener Lecture: Reading Romans in the Face of Economic Injustice
Dallas, TX 75225 United States + Google Map
Lutherans have traditionally read Paul’s Letters (Romans and Galatians) as theological treatises on human justification by grace alone. We are made right with God by grace, apart from works. This theological outlook, however, has material consequences for how we formulate justice-oriented economic systems. How does the idea of works vs. grace play into our contemporary notions of wealth as blessing? What systemic and structural injustices might this theological formulation hide from our view? Through a new reading of Romans in conversation with Lutheran biblical interpretive traditions, this lecture will engage new possibilities for theologies that address economic injustice in local, regional, and global systems.
Guest Lecturer: Dr. Katherine A. Shaner
Throughout her teaching, her ministry, and her scholarship she examines the intersections of race, class, and gender as well as the ethics of contemporary interpretation. She is also an ELCA pastor, having served congregations in Detroit, Boston, and New York City in addition to old-fashioned circuit-riding in New England and North Carolina. Shaner is the author of Enslaved Leadership in Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018), as well as several articles on Paul’s letters. She also writes for Working Preacher. Originally from Nebraska, she still misses the horizon for the trees.
FREE ADMISSION: Free-will donation will cover lunch