Wednesday, October 26, 2011

November 1 "Quodlibet" featuring distinguished professor Richard Stewart

On Tuesday, October 25, "Quodlibet" Distinguished Professor Richard Stewart listened attentively to some 75 questions thrown his way by LTSP faculty, students and staff. The questions ranged from queries about technology and the church to church architecture appropriate for today, and hefty questions concerning sin and theology and African history as it relates to the church.  

The Panel of Seminarians
An attentive panel of seminarians - Christie Stratton, Jane Forry, Leslie Scanlon and Rodney Smith - sorted the questions into categories and fed them back to Prof. Stewart and the audience. Next comes the fun part. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 11:30 am in Benbow Hall at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP)'s Brossman Center, Stewart will respond to the dizzying array of queries. (In the role of listener on the 25th, Stewart was limited to shrugs, puzzled looks, and nods, depending on what he heard.)

LTSP Dean J. Paul Rajashekar introduced the quodlibet process to the seminary audience, which included Trustees attending a fall board meeting. He explained the program dates from medieval times, when a professor would be asked "any question whatever" by an audience including his peers. (The professor doesn't have to answer them all, just those of his or her choosing.)

Prof. Stewart (right) with trustees (from left)
Dr. Robert Blanck and Carl Phelps.
Stewart was decked out for the occasion in a pink "Heretics" T shirt, which the seminary football team will wear when it competes with other seminary flag football teams this weekend in the annual "Luther Bowl." 

Quodlibet is open to the public, and there is no admission charge. The LTSP campus is located in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia at 7301 Germantown Avenue.

reporting and photos by seminary writer Mark Staples

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