Dr. Benjamin M Stewart, The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 E. 55th St.
Chicago, Il 60615   (773) 256-0769

Current Position/Vocation/Location

Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship and Director of Advanced Studies, The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Convener, Ecology and Liturgy Seminar, The North American Academy of Liturgy

Relevant Publications by Speaker

·       A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth’s Ecology. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress (2011)

·       “The Place of Earth in Lutheran Funeral Rites: Mapping the Current Terrain.” Dialog 53, no. 2 (June 1, 2014): 118–26.

·       A Forgotten Body of Knowledge? The Earth as Tutor in Prayer. Let’s Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. Volume 18, no. 2 (Easter 2013)

·       “Baptismal Water in Lutheran Worship and on the Earth: A Living, Sacramental Landscape” in Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology, edited by Shauna Hannen and Karla Bohmbach. Minneapolis: Lutheran University Press, 2013 87–99

·       Edited volume: Liturgy 27.2, theme issue on Liturgy and Ecology, February 2012,

·       “Committed to the Earth: Ecotheological Dimensions of Christian Burial Practices.” Liturgy 27.2 (February 2012).

·       “Water in Worship: The Ecology of Baptism,” The Christian Century 8 Feb. 2011 v. 128 n. 3.

Workshop/Lecture/Presentation titles

Liturgical times and seasons: a sacramental approach to creation. Presentation

Natural burial as a spiritual practice. Presentation

Beginning a natural burial ministry. Workshop

Baptism and a Christian Spirituality of Water. Presentation

Praying with the Natural World. Presentations for children and adults

Links/Websites/Blogs highlighting work

twitter: @bstewLSTC

Biographical profile


Summary Quote from Speaker

“Rather than knowing the earth as the ecologically unchanging “ground floor” of the entire cosmos (one-half of the universe), we are now coming to know the earth as it actually is. The earth is a relatively small living creature, in many ways like us: fragile, created good, in need of healing, part of a living community, alive, and mortal.”  Benjamin M Stewart, from  A Watered Garden: Christian Worship and Earth’s Ecology