Brad Binau, spent the first part of his spring sabbatical gathering, organizing, and uploading evidence to assure the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association that Trinity is meeting the standards needed to deserve continuing accreditation. He taught two adult education sessions at Broad Street Presbyterian in March on “Rabbi Jesus: The Teller of Uncomfortable Stories,” and in April he traveled to Germany, where he gave a talk in a Wiesbaden congregation on U.S. immigration policy and the ELCA’s positions on it; preached at a conference in Bad Segeberg to honor the role of music in the Reformation; and delivered a lecture to students at Trinity’s partner seminary in Ratzeburg titled “Proclaiming The Good News: Ideas About Preaching From The USA That Should Be Helpful To Preachers Everywhere.”
Trinity faculty are regularly engaged with the church and society. Recent faculty news includes:
Tim Huffman, retiredJohn H.F. Kuder Professor of Christian Mission, preached at the installation of Betsy Williams, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Newark, Ohio. Pastor Williams’ installation marks the completion of the transition from all male clergy to all female clergy in the ELCA in the Newark-Granville-Heath metropolis. Huffman’s article, “Theological Journals: Bridges over Troubled Waters,” appeared in the January issue of Currents in Mission and Theology. His “Luther: Forgotten, But Not Gone,” is the concluding chapter in the forthcoming book, The Forgotten Luther: Luther and Economic Reforms, to be published later this year by Lutheran University Press. This is the product of a major symposium held on Capitol Hill at Reformation Lutheran Church last November. He also has been elected to the Board of the Freedom School of Licking County, which is organized according to the principles of Paulo Freire, Brazilian educator and author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
Paul D. Numrich, professor or world religions and interreligious relations and Professor in the Snowden Chair for the Study of Religion and Interreligious Relations, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, made the following presentations: “Sacred Assemblies under the Same Roof: How Groups Share Common Space for Religious Purposes,” Religion and the Social Sciences Section, AAR Annual Meeting, Atlanta; “Understanding Islam” (two sessions), Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus; and “Buddhism,” First Community Church, Columbus. He was cited in the story, “Opposition to Suburban Mosque Predictable and Sad, Muslims Say,” Chicago Tribune (Feb. 23, 2016). His article, “Space-Sharing by Religious Groups,” was published by Practical Matters Journal (Spring 2016) and online at http://practicalmattersjournal.org/2016/04/08/space-sharing/.
Julie Faith Parker, assistant professor of Old Testament,presented on her book, Valuable and Vulnerable, at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in November 2015 in Atlanta. In January, she gave a talk at the Larchmont Mamaroneck Interfaith Council (Larchmont, N.Y.) entitled, “Shoes, Jews, and Junior High Blues: Personal and Scriptural Reflections on Jewish Christian Relations.” In February, she presented on the Jewish origins of Christian Scriptures at Messiah Lutheran Church, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. In April, she presented “The Bible behind Bars: How Teaching at Sing Sing Maximum Security Prison Changed My Understanding of Scripture” at Faith Lutheran Church, Whitehall, Ohio. This spring, she led Bible studies on Genesis at two Equipping Leaders for Mission and Ministry weekend retreats for the North/West Lower Michigan Synod (held in Wyoming and Frankfort, Michigan). In March, she presented on her paper, “Something New Under the Sun: Introducing Childist Biblical Interpretation,” at the meeting of the Hebrew Bible Seminar of Columbia University. Recent publications include the essay “Preaching with the Enemy” in Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, edited by James Ellis. Macon, Ga.: Smyth & Helwys, 2015; and a book review of The Power of Children by Margaret MacDonald, in the Review of Biblical Literature 2 (2016).
Cheryl M. Peterson, associate professor of systematic theology, co-presented with Dr. Walter Taylor for the Southern Ohio Synod’s Annual Bishop’s Theological Convocation on March 14, on the topic of Christology. Her article, “The Church” was published in Lutheran Quarterly v. 30 (2016): 43-59. She will be speaking at two Synod Assemblies this coming spring and summer: Southern Ohio Synod and Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod.
Joy A. Schroeder, professor of Church History and Bergener Professor of Theology and Religion with Capital University, presented a paper entitled “Retrieving the Voices of Female Biblical Interpreters in Early Christianity: Methodologies, Possibilities, and Limits” at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Atlanta, in November 2015. In April 2016, she led a workshop at the Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University on the topic “Vocation and Call at the Time of the Reformation.”