Rev. Dr. Barbara R Rossing, Lutheran School of Theology-Chicago
7785 E Leavenworth Rd
Leavenworth, WA 98826
(509) 548-7278

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Professor of New Testament and co-director of Environmental Ministry Emphasis – Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       “And God Saw That It Was Good: Reflections on a Theology of Creation,” in Creation-Not For Sale, Lutheran World Federation 2015, 7-22; downloadable at:

·       “Eco-Reformation, Deep Incarnation and Lutheran Perspectives on the Universe Story” in Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim, eds., Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe (Maryknoll: Orbis Press), forthcoming 2015.

·       “The Eco-theological Significance of John 10:10: Abundant Life through the Sabbath, Trinitarian Vestiges and Tree of Life” (with Celia Deane-Drummond), Ecumenical Review 65 (2013) 83-97.

·       “River Sunday” in Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and Paul Santmire, The Season of Creation (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011) 112-123.

·       “God Laments With Us: Climate Change, Apocalypse and the Urgent Kairos Moment,” Ecumenical Review 62 (July, 2010) p. 119-30.

·       “For the Healing of the World: Reading Revelation Ecologically” in David Rhoads, ed., From Every Tribe, Tongue, People, and Nation: The Book of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005).

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

On Earth As In Heaven: Scripture and Hope for Healing our World

Eco-Reformation: Pope Francis, St. Francis, and the Lutherans

Give Us Today Our Daily Bread: Abundant Life and Renewal for Creation

Eating Your Way Through Luke’s Gospel: Food Justice and Ecology

Saints, Angels and Climate Change: the Bible’s Vision for Healing our World

Preaching New Creation at Our Kairos Moment: Hope, Not Despair

Is this the End of the World? Rapture, Apocalypse and New Creation


Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

View the video from Barbara Rossing’s Bible Study presentation for the Lutheran World Federation, in May 2012: Water Bible Study – LWF “Green & Just” Climate Change Conference.

The 2011 Byberg Preaching lectures on “Preaching Abundant Life as Renewal for Creation” that Barbara Rossing (and Benjamin Stewart) gave are available online for downloading or listening (click on the year at the right; media archive); Barbara gave three lectures and one sermon.

Eco-Reformation video:

Reference/Testimony or link to biographical profile.

As a biblical scholar, Barbara Rossing also loves helping people make connections with the Bible and creation’s beauty. She majored in geology in college and served as pastor at the Holden Village retreat center. In addition to her seminary teaching she lectures and preaches widely, including synod assemblies, global mission events, hunger events, and ecumenical theological conferences. She has served on the executive committee and council of the Lutheran World Federation (2003-2010), helping launch LWF’s theological work on climate change. As a public theologian her media appearances have included “CBS Sixty Minutes” as well as The History Channel, National Geographic, and Living the Questions.

Summary Quote from Speaker

We live in a “Kairos” moment for the world and God’s creation. The Bible helps us frame this urgency in terms of hope and healing. I love speaking to synod assemblies, pastors, creation care teams, and others about Eco-Reformation, Ecology and the Bible, as we observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. I bring together stories of hope from the Bible with stories of tree-planting, water justice, food justice and community-building from Lutheran World Federation in India, Africa, and other places. This can be a moment for hope! Barbara Rossing