"Lutheranism and Race" - 2020 Virtual Luther Colloquy October 28

ULS VIRTUAL LUTHER COLLOQUY 2020 - Lutheranism and Race

Racism in America is a powerful, pervasive, and deadly force.  What resources for thinking about race and racism are found in the Lutheran theological tradition?  What lessons must we learn from Lutheran history?  How can the church combat racism in our midst and be a prophetic witness against racism in our society?

Join us on October 28 starting at 9:00AM EST on the ULS YouTube channel.


Dr. Anthony Bateza
, Assistant Professor of Religion and RACE Program Advisor, St. Olaf College on "Bearing Witness Against Unbearable Whiteness - Lessons from Luther to Confronting Racism Today"

Dr. Linda E. Thomas, Professor of Theology and Anthropology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on "A Womanist Perspective on Racial Justice"

Dr. Maria E. Erling, Professor of Modern Church History and Global Mission, United Lutheran Seminary on "American Lutherans Debate Slavery"

Registration is free and required. Registrants will be able to submit comments and questions which will be compiled and answered by speakers and disseminated to registrants approximately 2 weeks after the colloquy. Registration deadline is October 27.
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The Rev. Dr. Linda E. Thomas is Professor of Theology and Anthropology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Her research and teachinginterests focus on cultural anthropology and its intersection with theology, ethics, and African-American and gender studies, with the aspiration to teach people to think critically, diversify their epistemological perspectives, and pursue social justice in a wide variety of contexts. In addition to fieldwork in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, and the Caribbean, her publications include the books Under the Canopy:  Ritual Process and Spiritual Resilience in South Africa (University of South Carolina Press,1999), and Living Stones in the Household of God: The Legacy and Future of Black Theology (Augsburg Fortress, 2004). She is also co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan series “Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice,” and was chosen to deliver the 2007 Taylor Lectures at Yale University.  Her work at LSTC is a laboratory for creative energy and significant intellectualwork, embodied most recently in the course #BlackLivesMatter: Faith,Intersectionality, and Democracy.


The. Rev. Dr. Anthony Bateza is an ordained pastor in theELCA and an Assistant Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College in Northfield,MN. Dr. Bateza is a specialist in Martin Luther, moral theology, and Christian ethics. His research examines Luther’s understanding of human agency and his relationship with the virtue tradition. His other scholarly interests include the broader Augustinian tradition, the impact of Luther’s thought on 19th century philosophy, and questions of race, identity, and social justice. 

The Rev. Dr. Maria E. Erling teaches history and guides Ministerial Leadership placements. Her interest in church history comes from a blend of filial piety and unstoppable curiosity about the stories that have shaped the lives of persons and communities. In her words, “When I was working on my dissertation, weary because of the tedium of reading immigrant letters, my advisor said: just keep reading until you can hear them talking. He promised that then I would know what was true of that experience, and I could tell the story. In my teaching, I’ve learned that students need to learn to tell their own story – their family’s many decisions and migrations – before they can really learn to hear the stories told to them by the people they meet in ministry. Today I am still investigating how these immigrant people saw the new world they entered, especially as it presented uncomfortable and unprecedented challenges. I wonder how the diversity of race and class affected them, and whether we can, through learning that history more fully be better citizens today, owning up to a deeper understanding of ourselves and our communities. Everyone has a story.”

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