PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO A SCHEDULING CHANGE, THE 2010 LAZARETH LECTURE HAS BEEN CANCELED AS OF FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Ed Pawlowski, the mayor of Allentown, PA, will be the distinguished presenter of the 2010 Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics on Tuesday, September 28 at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). The lecture is scheduled for 11:30 am in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center, on the seminary's campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Mayor Pawlowski was first elected to his post in Allentown in 2005, and was reelected in 2009. An Allentown resident for over a decade, Mayor Pawlowski has been a leader in improving and rebuilding the city, working to "build a better Allentown" by making City Hall a catalyst for change. His background is in urban planning and public policy, with a master's degree from the University of Illinois. He earned a bachelor's degree from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago.
The annual William Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics is presented in honor of the late Rev. Dr. William Lazareth (BD 1953), the 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.
This year's lecture, while centering on Theology and Ethics, is part of the seminary's series of convocation lectures addressing the theme Theological Education in the Changed Context of the Church and Society. Upcoming lectures include “Theological Education in a Globalized World,” presented by Dr. Detrich Werner, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland on October 5; "Teaching Bible in the Seminary Curriculum: A symposium by the Biblical Area" on October 12; Teaching Church History in the Seminary Curriculum: A symposium by Church Historians, November 16; "Teaching Theology in the Seminary Curriculum: A symposium by Systematicians" on December 7; and "Teaching the Practice of Ministry in the Seminary Curriculum: A Symposium by the Integrative Area" on February 15, 2011.