Wartburg Theological Seminary
Title: Transforming Life and Faith
A new life partner, a new child, a new home, a new job or retirement: most of us recognize how our lives are changed by these experiences. In this year's Bible study we will consider how our lives and our faith journeys are transformed by the events and people we meet. In both testaments, and especially in the Acts of the Apostles, we will read about people who have life-changing experiences: Paul on the road to Damascus, Moses in the wilderness of Midian, Lydia praying by a river in Macedonia, an Ethiopian man traveling from Jerusalem to Gaza. We will watch them turn to and with God as their minds, hearts, and daily lives are altered. And we will reflect on the ways we, too, have been and will be transformed by life encounters and are called by God to serve God's mission in the world.
Theme verse: "…be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2b
Carol Schersten LaHurd is a lifelong teacher: Red Cross swimming lessons, high school English, parish education, and, for the past 30 years, biblical studies, Islam, and interfaith relations in colleges, seminaries, the church, and the wider community. After degrees from Augustana College (Ill.) and the University of Chicago, she received the Ph.D. in New Testament from University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Carol has published many scholarly articles and book chapters on biblical and interfaith topics and has extensive experience in inter-religious and ecumenical relations. With her family she has lived in Damascus, Syria, and Sana'a, Yemen, where she taught and did research on women in Islam.
She is author of Luke’s Vision: The People of God, the 1998 Bible study for the Women of the ELCA. From 2006-2010 she was coordinator of the Middle East peace-making campaign of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Currently she teaches part-time at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and is educational outreach consultant for the seminary's Center for Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice.
For her own personal transformations, Carol credits close reading of the Bible, a lifetime in a dozen Lutheran congregations, a host of inspiring students and teachers, travel and living abroad, friends of all religions and no religion, her extended family, and especially her husband, Ryan LaHurd; son, Jeremy, and his wife, Maria; daughter, Kristin; and grandchildren Adila and Tecún.
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