A Bishop’s Convocation offered through the Northeastern MN Synod Preaching Pastorally and Prophetically In an Era of Polarization and Messy Politics
For Pastors and Deacons and Synodically Authorized Ministers who preach on a regular basis, I have arranged for the Rev. Dr. Craig Nessan to provide some clarity and help with the volatile political climate we all live in. Preachers are subject to charges of being "political" by some who interpret what has been preached as being on either the right or left, politically. The reality is that Jesus was "political" but not "partisan." I do not want the holy gospel of our Lord to be left unspoken (God's love for the whole world, no exceptions) out of fear. Dr. Nessan is an outstanding Biblical and Ethical Teacher. You are encouraged, preachers, to be at this Bishop Convocation on January 19, 2018 +Bishop Thomas Aitken
The Rev. Dr. Craig Nessan Education: Doctor of Theology, University of Munich, Master of Sacred Theology,Wartburg Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University Bio: Dr. Craig L. Nessan is Academic Dean and Professor of Contextual Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He teaches courses in theareas of contextual theology, pastoral theology and theological ethics. He has oversight of the seminary’s internship program. Dr. Nessan has served eleven years as a parish pastor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Cape Girardeau, MO. He holds degrees from Michigan State University, Wartburg Theological Seminary, and the University of Munich. His theological interests include ecclesiology, theologicalethics, liberation theology, and family systems theory. In addition he is an author of many articles, reviews, and books.
· Shalom Church: The Body of Christ as Ministering Community (2010), · Beyond Maintenance to Mission: A Theology of the Congregation (2010, Revised Edition), · Liberating Lutheran Theology: Freedom for Justice and Solidarity in a Global Context (2011-with Paul Chung and Ulrich Duchrow), · Doing Theology in a Global Context (2009-Editor with Thomas Kothmann) · Transforming Leadership: New Vision for a Church in Mission (2008-with Norma Cook Everist), · Many Members, Yet One Body: Committed Same-Gender Relationships and the Mission of the Church (2004), · Give Us This Day: A Lutheran Proposal for Ending World Hunger (2003), · The Air I Breathe is Wartburg Air: The Legacy of William H. Weiblen (2003), · Who Is Christ for Us? (2002-edited with Renate Wind). He is contributing author for the book, The Evangelizing Church: A Lutheran Contribution (2005-edited by Craig Van Gelder and Richard Bliese) and editor of the revised version of William Weiblen’s history of the seminary, Life Together at Wartburg Theological Seminary (2005).