Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

The Robert William Ruotsalainen Rutlen and Elizabeth Jane Runn Rutlen Lecture of Faith and Creation

Ellen F. Davis
Land as Kin: Reimagining Our Humanity through the Bible

April 25, 2017 - 7 p.m.

Olson Campus Center, Chapel of the Incarnation
1490 Fulham Street
St. Paul, Minn.

Ellen F. Davis is interim dean and Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School.

The author of ten books and many articles, her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the environmental crisis and interfaith relations. Her recent book, Biblical Prophecy: Perspectives for Christian Theology, Discipleship and Ministry (Westminster John Knox, 2014), explores the prophetic role and word across both Testaments of the Christian Bible. Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2009), integrates biblical studies with a critique of industrial agriculture and food production. Preaching the Luminous Word, a collection of her sermons and essays, will be published in 2016.

A lay Episcopalian, she is active as a theological consultant within the Anglican Communion and since 2004 has worked with the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan to develop theological education, community health, and sustainable agriculture.


Past Lectures

Larry Rasmussen

The 2015 Rutlen lecturer was Larry Rasmussen, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Seminary in New York City. He spoke at three events on Luther Seminary campus April 21-22, 2015. You can watch the videos below.

April 21-22, 2015

Conversation with Larry Rasmussen: "Integrating Green in Congregations"

Lecture by Larry Rasmussen: “Creation, Sin and Sacrament in the Anthropocene”

Chapel: Sermon by Larry Rasmussen