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LTSP Notes – November 2015

Trouble I've Seen - Drew HartPhD Student Drew G. I. Hart (Theology and Ethics)

PhD Student Drew G. I. Hart’s first book, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism (Herald Press, January 19, 2016), coming in January. From Amazon:

What if racial reconciliation doesn’t look like what you expected? The high-profile killings of young black men and women by white police officers, and the protests and violence that ensued, have convinced many white Christians to reexamine their intuitions when it comes to race and justice.

In this provocative book, theologian and blogger Drew G. I. Hart places police brutality, mass incarceration, antiblack stereotypes, poverty, and everyday acts of racism within the larger framework of white supremacy. Leading readers toward Jesus, Hart offers concrete practices for churches that seek solidarity with the oppressed and are committed to racial justice.

Hart wrote about the book in his The Christian Century blog “Taking Jesus Seriously” under the heading “A book to redirect our conversations on race.”


The Rev. Dr. Nelson RiveraThe Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera
Associate Professor, Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry; Director of the Latino Concentration

Presented a lecture on “Spirit in the World: Cry and Comfort” for the Luther Colloquy at Gettysburg Seminary on October 28, 2015.


Dr. Michael Krentz, AiMDr. Michael Krentz, AIM
Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor

On October 17, Michael Krentz was the coordinator and one of three presentors for a workshop for the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists titled “Improvise Today, Use It Tomorrow!”


The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton

The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations and Vice President for Planning, Assessment, and Administration

Some recent work:

  • 4 October – Adult Forum on “Introduction to the Beliefs and Practices of Muslims” – St. John’s Lutheran Church, Summit, NJ
  • 16-18 October – Attended the Parliament of World Religions, as part of an ELCA delegation in Salt Lake City, UT
  • 25 October – preached and led Adult Forum on Reformation Sunday at First English Lutheran Church, Baltimore, MD
  • Release of new publication: The Contested Origins of the 1865 Arabic Bible (Brill publishers, 2015)
    The Contested Origins of the 1865 Arabic Bible

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