sustainGETS Lecture: Dr. Barbara Rossing
On Earth As In Heaven: Biblical Ecology for an Eco-Reformation
How can Protestants envision a new ecological reformation that turns towards earth-healing, justice, and the common good? In commemoration of Earth Day and the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Biblical scholar and Professor of New Testament, Barbara Rossing, will draw on the vision of renewal and healing from Revelation’s world-healing Tree of Life, deep incarnation, and the apocalyptic cry of the earth to imagine a Biblical ecology at the heart of the Bible.
Barbara R. Rossing is Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago where she also directs environmental initiatives. She currently chairs the Ecological Hermeneutics Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. As a public theologian, her media appearances have included “CBS Sixty Minutes” as well as The History Channel, National Geographic, Living the Questions, and numerous print and radio interviews articulating an earth-centered future vision of hope in contrast to "Left Behind" theology. She is an ordained Lutheran pastor who is active in religion and science dialogues. Her publications include The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation, The Choice Between Two Cities: Whore, Bride and Empire in the Apocalypse, "Revelation" in the Fortress Commentary on the New Testament, and articles and book chapters on Bible, climate change, and ecology. Rossing received a Bachelor's degree in geology from Carleton College, the Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School, and the Doctor of Theology degree from Harvard University.