Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Theology in the Life of the Lutheran Communion: A Tribute to Karen Bloomquist

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Theology in the Life of the Lutheran Communion: A Tribute to Karen Bloomquist

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The Lutheran World Federation, through its Department of Theology and Studies (DTS), has carried out a crucial role in maintaining and furthering an ecclesial conversation and theological disposition that has dared to trespass the Nordic confines of the Lutheran theological idiom. What lies ahead, when Lutheranism, following other Christian communions is migrating to the planetary south en masse, is still a parchment in wait of scribes to be read. DTS undertook this task, calling a halt to the centuries-long hovering of the theological world of Lutheranism around its north-Atlantic, male-dominated and exclusivist axis. The present issue in this journal is devoted to and a witness to the vibrant theology in the life of the church as it happens in the Lutheran communion thanks to the dedicated work of the Rev. Dr. Karen Bloomquist who, for the last decade, has steered the theological nave through waters largely unknown to the Federation. This volume is dedicated to the resolute work of Bloomquist who not only welcomed the rafts, catamarans and jangadas, but adroitly navigated them through the seas of Lutheran communion worldwide.

To this end, the pages that follow offer a slim, nevertheless significant, scope of the contribution of Bloomquist to the attentiveness of the DTS to the throbbing life of theology being done as it departs from fetters that have traditionally anchored it on shores that for long and memorable times captivated it. …

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