Dr. Larry Rasmussen: 2014 Lazareth Lecture – Watch the Recording
Larry L. Rasmussen, ThD, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, presented the William Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). He has titled the lecture “In the Midst of New Dimensions: From Social Justice to Creation Justice.” Watch the edited recording here:
The annual William Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics is presented in honor of the late Rev. Dr. William Lazareth (BD 1953), Hagan Professor of Systematic Theology and dean of the faculty at LTSP for over 20 years. Prof. Lazareth served the church and society in a number of roles, including leadership roles nationally and internationally. He was an advocate for greater understanding through theological dialogue across the world’s denominations, as well as an advocate for the poor.
One of the world’s foremost Christian environmental ethicists, Dr. Rasmussen has mentored a generation of Christians in eco-theology and “green religion.” He spearheaded the “greening”at the Union Theological Seminary as an institution, and rooted his courses and scholarship in the practice of environmental justice with communities and community leaders. He has published more than a dozen books, including the landmark, award-winning Earth Community, Earth Ethics. His most recent book, Earth-Honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (Oxford University Press), is the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards: the Gold Prize for best book in in Ecology/Environment and the Grand Prize for best book overall. He is currently directing a 10-year project on Earth-honoring Christianity at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.
A Minnesota native, Rasmussen studied history and philosophy at St. Olaf College (BA, 1964). He received a bachelor of divinity degree from Luther Theological Seminary (1965), and his ThD from Union Theological Seminary (1970). Following service as an assistant professor of religion at St. Olaf and a professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, he was appointed the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1986, retiring in 2004. He served as co-moderator of the Justice, Peace, Creation unit of the World Council of Churches 1990-2000. Dr. Rasmussen was St. John Visiting Professor at LTSP in spring 2006. Watch a video of the St. John lecture here.
Read a recent interview with Dr. Rasmussen by Taylor Brorby on the website of The EcoTheo Review.