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Establishing Justice at the City Gate: A Public Theology Conversation

On Friday, February 28th, as a part of the inaugural celebration of Lallene J. Rector as president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, we will be hosting a panel discussion, Establishing Justice at the City Gate: A Public Theology Conversation. The discussion will center on three key public issues: violence, the enviroment, and immigration. You can learn more about our panelists in the tabs below. The panel will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful.

Individuals who attend the panel discussion also have the oppotunity to learn 0.5 CEUs. Contact Shay Craig for more information at

Matthew Sleeth


DSC0801A former emergency room physician, Dr. Matthew Sleeth felt like he was straightening deck chairs on the Titanic saving one patient at a time while the whole ship (Earth) was going down. Together with his wife and two teenaged children, he began to bring his lifestyle in line with his values, cutting back on their fossil fuel by two thirds and electricity use by nine tenths. Following a new calling, Dr. Sleeth resigned from his position as chief of the medical staff and director of the ER to teach, preach, and write about faith and the environment throughout the country.

Dr. Sleeth is the executive director of Blessed Earth. He is a graduate of George Washington University School of Medicine and has two post doctoral fellowships. Sleeth is also the author of Serve God, Save the Planet (Zondervan, 2007), the introduction to the Green Bible (HarperOne, 2008), The Gospel According to the Earth: Why the Good Book is a Green Book (HarperOne, 2010), and 24/6: A Prescription for a Healthier, Happier Life (Tyndale, 2012).

Timothy Eberhart


Tim EberhartDr. Timothy Eberhart is the Visiting Professor of Moral and Public Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Eberhart earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University, his Master of Divinity degree from the Vanderbilt Divinity School, and his B.A. in Religion from St. Olaf College, where he graduated magna cum laude. His doctoral dissertation was titled, “Rooted and Grounded in Love: Joining God’s Feast of Holy Communion in the Global Market Economy.”

Eberhart has taught at Garrett-Evangelical, the Vanderbilt Divinity School, and Dakota Wesleyan University. He is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served on various boards and committees of the church. He was recently invited to serve on the national planning committee for the 2014 Congress on Urban Ministry and was elected North American secretary for the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies.

Loyce E. Spells II


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Angela Cowser


Angela Cowser HDr. Angela Cowser is is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion and Director of The Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She studies social movements, community organizations, and community organizing. Dr. Cowser has nine years of experience as an IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation) community organizer in Nashville, Tennessee with two organizations: Tying Nashville Together (TNT) and People of God Organized (POGO). She served as Director of Operations for Project HOME and as Program Director for A Better Start (a program to reduce infant mortality) in Philadelphia, PA. She is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Andrew Sund


presidentpic1Dr. Andrew C. Sund is president of St. Augustine College in Chicago, Illinois, an independent, bilingual (dual-language) institution of higher education created under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese to make the American system of higher education accessible to a diverse student population with emphasis on those of Hispanic descent; to strengthen ethnic identity; to reinforce cultural interaction; and to build a bridge to fill cultural, educational, and socio-economic gaps.


Luis Rivera


Rivera photo Low-ResDr. Luis Rivera is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean atGarrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Dr. Rivera received his Th.D. (1993) and Th.M. (1981) from Harvard Divinity School, his M.Div. (1978) from Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, and his B.A. (1973) from the University of Puerto Rico. He is co-editor of The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Theologians (English, Spanish, and Portuguese editions). His research and teaching focus is systematic theology, specifically Latino/a and Diaspora theologies. He has published many articles on these subjects, including “Jesus el Migrante/Jesus the Migrant” in Jesus in the Hispanic Community: Images of Christ from Theology to Popular Religion (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010).

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