Join your fellow GMS Rostered Ministers for a day of renewal as we welcome Dr. Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament at LSTC, to lead us through the texts for the upcoming Easter season. With Dr. Rossing’s insightful scholarship on Revelation (author of The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation) we are sure to be blessed for our proclamation. Following our text study we will share a meal together and then gather for a Chrism Mass led by Bishop Erickson.
8:30 am Gathering & Coffee
9:00 am-12:30 pm Preaching on Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today with Dr. Rossing (details below)
12:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Chrism Mass
2:30 pm Sending
Cost for the day is $10, which includes lunch.
We hope you can join us!
Preaching on Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today
Revelation takes us on a journey into the heart of God’s vision for our world. The Lamb Jesus leads us on a radical Exodus out of empire, into God’s vision of hope, New Jerusalem. The preacher’s calling is to awaken people’s scriptural imagination to see a sacramental vision breaking into our lives even now. Through text study on the Easter C lectionary texts, we will explore the power of apocalyptic preaching today. We will enter into the symbolism of Revelation’s visionary rhetoric– the four horsemen, the woman clothed with the sun, the dragon and beasts, the bride and whore– and their roots in Hebrew scriptures. We will explore the book’s interpretive history that has been both liberating and problematic. Most of all, we will consider how to preach and teach about the medicinal tree of life, and the river of the water of life, as an Earth-focused, counter-imperial eschatology for the healing of our world.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing
The Rev. Dr. Barbara R. Rossing is professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where she has taught since 1994. She loves to teach and preach about the Bible, including the Bible’s role in public life.
An avid environmentalist, Rossing is involved with environmental initiatives at the seminary. Rossing received the bachelor of arts degree from Carleton College, the master of divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School and the doctor of theology degree from Harvard University.
She served as pastor of a congregation in Minnesota, director for Global Mission Interpretation for the American Lutheran Church, pastor at Holden Village Retreat Center, Chelan, Wash., and chaplain at Harvard University Divinity School.
Rossing has lectured and preached widely, including synod assemblies and global mission events for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), as well as ecumenical theological conferences. She has served on the executive committee and council of the Lutheran World Federation (2003-2010), and chaired the Lutheran World Federation’s theology and studies committee. She currently serves on the advisory committee for The Lutheran Magazine.
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.
Her publications include The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (Basic Books, 2004); The Choice Between Two Cities: Whore, Bride and Empire in the Apocalypse (Trinity Press, 1999); two volumes of the New Proclamation commentary (Fortress Press, 2000 and 2004); a nine-session Bible study, Journeys Through Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today (Presbyterian Women, 2010); and articles and book chapters on the Apocalypse and ecology.