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Grace and peace to you, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.   Welcome to the seminary section of the Lutherans Restoring Creation website. 

My name is Gil Waldkoenig.  Since 1995, I have been Professor of Church in Society at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  I teach a course called Religion and Environment that looks at the religious aspects of environmentalism and the environmental views of different religions in the light of environmental history. In the course, students get oriented for collaboration with people of other faiths and environmentalists. Another course, Ecology and Stewardship, helps students develop their own eco-theology and plan for leading environmental stewardship in local ministries. I find that ecology energizes and unlocks the riches of traditional Lutheran commitments, while Lutherans bring a distinctive voice about God's presence to the environmental scene. 
Growing up in the Appalachian Mountains, rushing water and hikes in the damp forest shaped my encounter with the living Word that is promised and available in the means of grace: baptism, communion and the shared word (means identified in scripture and affirmed by the Lutheran Confessions).  Later in my doctoral studies in the history of Christianity and American religious history, I studied rural churches facing dramatic social change, and found a seedbed of ecological theology. Today, I continue to study and teach Lutheran ecological theology and the environmental history of religion with gratitude to the expanding community of those who similarly study, work and serve.

The purpose of the seminary section of the LRC website is to foster networking between seminaries and among the people who study, teach and serve in those institutions.  In turn, we hope that the resources gathered here will be of help to the wider efforts in the Lutheran and ecumenical churches, and to God’s world.

If you want to contribute news, citations or other resources that would be appropriate for the seminary section, please send them to me, with a little explanation.  May God bless our efforts to honor and cherish the continuing creativity of God and the community of all life in which God graciously sustains us.

The Rev. Gilson A. C. Waldkoenig, Ph.D.,
Professor of Church in Society
Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg, PA 17325
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