Saturday, March 28, 2009

Convocation 3/31: “Repairing the Public Sphere: A Christian Response to the Global Crisis”

Dr. William Storrar, Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ, will present on the topic Repairing the Public Sphere: A Christian Response to the Global Crisis on Tuesday, March 31, 11:30 am, in Benbow Hall of The Brossman Center on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Center of Theological Inquiry is an independent educational institution for advanced study. Dr. Storrar was formerly Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland.

Dr. Storrar earned his MA and BD from the University of Edinburgh, where he served as the Rector’s Assessor on the University Court. He was then called to parish ministry in the Church of Scotland, where he led a growing congregation of twelve hundred members. After parish ministry, he gained his PhD from Edinburgh University and lectured in Practical Theology at the Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow before being appointed to the Chair of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr. Storrar’s service in church and society in Scotland included chairing the Board of Ministry of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and chairing Common Cause, a Scottish civic forum on active citizenship and democratic renewal. As a minister, he was responsible for four Church of Scotland General Assembly reports: two on medical ethics, one on the government of Scotland and one on the vocation of the ordained ministry. As a citizen, he was the co-author of The Democracy Declaration (1992), the only common statement by all political parties and civic bodies supporting the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, 1999.

Dr. Storrar is an elected member of the International Academy of Practical Theology and the American Theological Society. His research interests as a practical theologian include ministry and mission in the context of social change and theology and public issues. His publications include the co-edited volume, Public Theology for the 21st Century, a major collection of essays on the ideas and issues shaping this emerging interdisciplinary field of theological inquiry (T&T Clark, 2004). In 2005 he initiated what became the Global Network for Public Theology (2007), a collaborative academic network linking twenty four public theology research centers and programs in higher education institutions on all continents. Dr. Storrar also chairs the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Theology (Brill).

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