Section VI: Reimagining and Mobilizing Religious Traditions in Response to the Eco-crisis

Track 10: Reading the Bible for the Sake of the World
(David Lull)

 

Overview:

The Bible, globally the single most influential book, has often been used in ways that are destructive of human wellbeing and the natural environment. It has also been used in very positive ways. This Track will explore how to strengthen its positive potential at this historical juncture. Papers in its eight sessions address the following topics:

  • “The Bible and Ecological Justice”

  • “The Bible and Empires”

  • “The Bible and Economic Justice”

  • “Green Teaching and Reading of the Bible”

With the exception of the common lecture for Section VI (Friday, June 5, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) and the Track 10 Keynote Address (Saturday, June 6, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.), session in Section VI, Track 10 will be conducted in seminar style, with papers circulated in advance and briefly summarized in the sessions, to maximize discussion.

Presenters, Responders, Scribes, Presiders:

  • Steed Vernyl Davidson, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago IL, USA
  • Robert K. Gnuse, Professor of the Humanities, Loyola University, New Orleans LA, USA
  • Theodore Hiebert, Francis A. McGaw Professor of Old Testament, Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago IL, USA
  • Carol Johnston, Associate Professor of Theology & Culture, Director of Lifelong Theological Education, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis IN, USA
  • Laurel Kearns, Associate Professor of Sociology and Religion and Environmental Studies, Drew Theological School and the Graduate Division of Religion, Drew University, Madison NJ, USA
  • Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, President and Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont CA, USA
  • Richard H. Lowery, Affiliate Professor, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis IN, and Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Bible, Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington KY, USA
  • David J. Lull, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque IA, USA
  • Dennis R. MacDonald, Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont CA, USA
  • Néstor Oscar Míguez, Professor of Bible, Instituto Universitario ISEDET, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Ched Myers, activist biblical scholar and theologian from the Ventura River Watershed of southern California, USA
  • Jorge V. Pixley, Professor Emeritus of Bible, Seminario Teologico Bautista, Managua, Nicaragua, and resident of Claremont CA, USA
  • Russell Pregeant, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Curry College, Milton MA, USA
  • Ágabo Borges de Sousa, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Feira de Santana, Brazil
  • Marti Steussy, MacAllister-Petticrew Professor Emerita of Biblical Interpretation, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis IN, USA
  • Marvin A. Sweeney, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont CA, USA
  • Sam Thomas, Associate Professor of Religion, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks CA, USA

 

Schedule:

Friday, June 5, 2015,11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Section VI Common Lecture: “World Loyalty,” by Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean of the School of Theology, Professor of Theology and Education, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology, Boston University School of Theology, Boston MA, USA

 

Friday, June 5, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.: “The Bible and Economic Justice”

“Shabbat: An Epistemological Principle for Holiness, Sustainability, and Justice in the Pentateuch” by Marvin A. Sweeney, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont CA, USA

“The New Testament Gospels and Economic Justice,” by David J. Lull, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque IA, USA

 

Friday, June 5, 2015, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: “The Old Testament and Ecological Justice”

“Process Theology, the Environment, and Fleeting Images in the Primeval History (Genesis 1-11)” by Robert K. Gnuse, Professor of the Humanities, Loyola University, New Orleans LA, USA

“The Cosmogonies in a Social-Historical-Ecological Approach” by Ágabo Borges de Sousa, Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana, Feira de Santana, Brazil

 

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Track 10 Keynote Address at the Claremont United Church of Christ, 233 Harrison Ave., co-sponsored by the Claremont United Church of Christ and Progressive Christians United : “From the Wilderness Prophetic Tradition to Watershed Discipleship,” by Ched Myers, activist biblical scholar and theologian from the Ventura River Watershed of southern California.

 

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.: “Green Teaching and Reading of the Bible”

“Teaching the Bible in Seminaries for the Sake of the World” by Theodore Hiebert, Francis A. McGaw Professor of Old Testament, Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago IL, USA

“Wisdom and the Whirlwind: Relating the Humane and the Implacable in Job and Ecotheology” by Marti Steussy, MacAllister-Petticrew Professor Emerita of Biblical Interpretation, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis IN, USA

 

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: “The New Testament and Ecological Justice”

“What, if Anything, Does the New Testament Contribute to the Current Environmental Crisis? Is it a ‘Green’ Book?” by Dennis R. MacDonald, Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont CA, USA

“Ecological Undercurrents in New Testament Eschatology: A Process-Hermeneutical Reading,” by Russell Pregeant, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Curry College, Milton MA, USA

 

Sunday, June 7, 2015 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: “The Bible and Empires”

“The Product of Empire and the Production of Empire: An Examination of the Bible and Empire” by Steed Vernyl Davidson, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago IL, USA

“The Empire against the People: Biblical Keys to Understand this Conflict” by Néstor Oscar Míguez, Professor of Bible, Instituto Universitario ISEDET, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.: “the state of the issues”

Sunday, June 7, 2015, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.: “the state of the issues”