United Lutheran Seminary is pleased to announce that Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) has appointed Dr. Crystal L.Hall, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, to represent ULS on its Policy Council. Dr. Hall will serve a three-year term beginning September 1 alongside lay and rostered leaders from each of Pennsylvania’s seven ELCA synods and its social ministry organizations. LAMPa’s mission in “in response to God’s love in Jesus Christ,” to advocate “for wise and just public policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common good.”
“I'm grateful for this opportunity to serve with LAMPa's policy council as an expression of the baptismal calling all Lutherans share to strive for peace and justice in all the earth,” said Dr. Hall. “When I read the Bible, I see Jesus, as a poor person, living among the marginalized and outcast, which says something about who God is, and where God chooses to be especially present. I look forward to this Spirit-filled work of collectively and publicly advocating with and on behalf of the marginalized. It is work rooted in our call to be Church in the world.”
Dr. Hall’s most recent book is Insights from Reading the Bible with the Poor, published by Fortress Press. Her research and teaching address God’s call to justice and right relationship with the human Other and with Earth. She works to center voices that have historically been excluded from the classroom and the Church. Dr. Hall is a frequent speaker in congregational and synodical settings on topics including women’s leadership, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, and immigration.
In addition to her work as an academic, Dr. Hall is a trained community organizer and political educator. She has worked with organizations whose lineages are grounded in human rights, environmental justice and the leadership of the directly impacted. She has served on staff with organizations including the Poverty Initiative (now the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice), United Workers and the Sierra Club. Dr. Hall resides in Philadelphia. She enjoys hiking, gardening and bringing friends together around a meal.