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Plenary at Mid-Winter Convocation

Mid-Winter Convocation

Mid-Winter Convocation 2019

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread:
Food, land, and sustainability

January 30-31,  2019
Luther Seminary

“The heavens tell of the glory of God,” but so many of us have lost the motivation and capacity to see God’s glory in all of creation. Ecological challenges infest every corner of society, and questions of how to care for creation—how to tend and steward all that God has created—often provoke sharp disagreements. Join us as we consider what it means to ask for our “daily bread” from the land and those who tend it. Along the way, we explored food, sustainability, and how to engage each other across deep differences for the sake of all people and all places.


2019 presenters

  • Melanie Harris, Founder and Director, African American and Africana Studies and Professor of Religion and Ethics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
  • Kathryn Schifferdecker, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Chair of the Bible Division at Luther Seminary
  • Norman Wirzba, Gilbert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology; Senior Fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University; Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Duke University Divinity School

Bonus opportunity:

Universal Basic Income (UBI)

Join the free half-day seminar on Friday

Friday, February 1, 2019
9 a.m. – noon

The subtitle of a recent bestselling book on universal basic income proclaims that a “universal basic income would end poverty, revolutionize work, and remake the world” (Lowrey, Crown, 2018). These are big promises, and yet much of the recent discussion of universal basic income says nothing about God’s promises to us. How might communities of faith engage this current public discussion? Are there ways in which our convictions about human sinfulness—and God’s gracious promises—intersect with these policy ideas?

Join us for a morning of exploration. Learn how universal basic income is defined and what the promises and contradictions of such a policy might be for communities of faith in urban, suburban, and rural areas. Mary Hess, Ph.D., who has been exploring theological implications of universal basic income with support from Luther’s Center for Stewardship Leaders, will host a series of short presentations and interactive discussions.

Whether you agree with it, disagree with it, or have no idea what to think about universal basic income, don’t miss this session.