Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop 2021 – Professor Koschmann Online
Faith and Justice in the City
Cities matter. As the city goes, so goes the entire culture of the arts, scholarship, communication, philosophy and commerce. For Christians today, the city presents many challenges, and yet the diversity, density and prominence of cities means that urban ministry is an essential place for Christians to proclaim the Gospel. Moreover, the city offers a tremendous opportunity for Christians to love, serve and welcome people with hospitality, openness and Christian love.
The ministry of the early Christians was remarkably city-centric. When Paul planted churches, he traveled to the largest city of that region to teach and preach the Gospel. As the churches grew in these urban areas, more and more people were able to experience the Gospel message because it spread from the urban center to the surrounding countryside. A similar dynamic is taking place today. By proclaiming the Gospel in urban and metropolitan areas, Christians have an opportunity to once again engage and shape the wider culture and proclaim the Gospel to people from all over the world.
In this workshop, we will explore the Christian call toward the city. We will also delve into a Lutheran theology of the city and the role of Lutheran congregations in shaping and renewing the urban environment. Participants will gain a better understanding of the history that has led to the social, political and cultural context of America’s sprawling cities and examine the relationship between urban and rural America. By focusing on Christian concepts of vocation, justice and service toward one’s neighbor, participants will envision how the Christian church is empowered to be bold, empathetic and Spirit-led in its proclamation of the Gospel to all people.
Chairman of the Department of Theology and Ministry, Concordia University, St. Paul, Minn.
Dr. Mark Koschmann is the Fiechtner Chair in Christian Outreach and teaches a popular undergraduate theology course “Faith and Justice in the City.” Previously, he served as an associate pastor at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Mo. In the aftermath of the crisis in Ferguson, Mo., he and members of his congregation worked with community leaders, protestors, police and fellow Christians to bring hope and healing to a bitterly divided city. His scholarly research on 20th-century religion, race and urban history examines how Protestant and Catholic congregations, like First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Chicago, adapt to the changing urban environment in post-World War II America.
|One||10-11:45 a.m.||Session One|
|2-3:45 p.m.||Session Two|
|Two||10-11:45 a.m.||Session One|
|2-3:45 p.m.||Session Two|
|Three||10-11:45 a.m.||Session Five|
Note: The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the workshop presenters.