1. Mark Labberton, Walter Brueggemann, Christena Cleveland, and Michael McBride: Concluding Dialogue on Invitations to Live in God’s Justice and Grace

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  2. Michael McBride: Let’s Go Upstream: Unleashing Justice in Our Cities

    This talk will lay out a biblical and theological mandate for the church’s role of advocating for and participating in the movement for racial justice by redeeming the systems of our broken world.

    MICHAEL MCBRIDE

    Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco and has been active in ministry for over 20 years. Throughout the years, Pastor McBride’s commitment to holistic ministry can be seen through his leadership roles in both the church and in community organizations. A graduate of Duke University’s Divinity School, with an emphasis in ethics and public policy, Pastor McBride launched The Way Christian Center in West Berkeley, where he presently serves as pastor.

    In March 2012, he became the director for the Lifelines to Healing Campaign with the PICO National Network, a campaign led by hundreds of faith congregations throughout the United States committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color. In 2013, Pastor McBride was selected as the #9 “Top Clergy Leader to Watch” in the United States by the Center for American Progress.

    He has served on a number of local and national task forces with the White House and Department of Justice regarding gun violence prevention, boys and men of color, and police-community relationships. He is married to Cherise McBride, and they have two beautiful daughters, Sarai and Nylah.

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  3. Cameron Lee: The Listening Stance: The Moral Value of the Family

    Many who wish to improve their marital and family relationships seek a list of rules and principles. These are often helpful in encouraging positive changes in behavior. But principles are not ends in themselves. They are means of self-regulation, through which one may become more attuned to the other. Family life plays a crucial moral role in helping people learn and maintain the open and listening stance so necessary to right relationships.

    CAMERON LEE

    Lee_Cameron-Professor of Marriage and Family StudiesCameron Lee has been a member of the Marriage and Family program faculty since 1986, and was part of the program’s move from the School of Theology to the School of Psychology in 1987. While teaching marriage and family studies courses on the Fuller campus, he also speaks off-campus as a Certified Family Life Educator. He is a licensed Family Wellness Trainer and a member of the National Council on Family Relations. Lee’s current project is the development of the Fuller Institute for Relationship Education (FIRE), which seeks to help congregations create sustainable marriage and relationship education ministries through the low-cost training of volunteer leaders. Lee is also a teaching pastor and licensed minister in the congregation where he is a member. He teaches and preaches regularly in church settings.

    Lee has been published in a variety of journals, including Family Process, Family Relations, the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is the sole or senior author of six books, including three on the lives of clergy and their families. The most recent, coauthored with Kurt Fredrickson, is That Their Work Will Be a Joy, published in 2012. Lee’s most recent book, written with his colleague Jim Furrow, is Preparing Couples for Love and Marriage, a practical resource to help busy pastors in their ministry of premarital preparation.

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  4. Mark Labberton, Walter Brueggemann, and Amos Yong: A Dialogue on Grace and Justice

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  5. Walter Brueggemann: Law: The Summons to Keep Listening

    The dynamics of Old Testament “law” revolve around the continuing summons to “listen.” Such a way with “law” (unlike Reformation caricatures) stands apart from positive law, whether in a modern technological mode or in a more traditional mode of conventional morality.

    WALTER BRUEGGEMANN

    Walter Brueggemann Walter Brueggemann is one of the most influential Bible interpreters of our time. The author of over one hundred books and numerous scholarly articles, he continues to be a highly sought-after speaker.

    Brueggemann was born in Tilden, Nebraska, in 1933. He often speaks of the influence of his father, a German Evangelical pastor. Brueggemann attended Elmhurst College, graduating in 1955 with an AB. He went on to Eden Theological Seminary, earning a BD (equivalent to today’s MDiv) in 1958. He completed his formal theological education at Union Theological Seminary in 1961, earning the ThD under the primary guidance of James Muilenburg. While teaching at Eden, he earned a PhD in education at St. Louis University.

    Brueggemann has served as faculty at two institutions in his career: Eden Theological Seminary (1961–1986) and Columbia Theological Seminary (1986–2003). He is currently William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia.

    Brueggemann’s primary method with the text is rhetorical criticism. Words matter to Brueggemann, and one can tell that by listening to him speak as he hangs on to particularly theologically significant words. His magnum opus, Theology of the Old Testament (1997), is a rhetorical-critical look at the Old Testament through the lenses of “testimony, dispute, and advocacy.”

    Many have come to know Brueggemann through his book entitled The Prophetic Imagination, originally published in 1978. His best-known work, however, may be with the Psalms. Numerous church leaders have used his Message of the Psalms as a new way of organizing and processing the Psalms. He has been writing about the Psalms since 1982, and he continues to this day with a commentary published in 2014.

    Church leaders find a friend in Brueggemann, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His work inspires, energizes, and convicts, and he always makes time to interact personally with those to whom he speaks at large events.

    He is a longtime St. Louis Cardinals/Browns fan. Brueggemann and his wife, Tia, currently reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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2015 Fuller Forum: “Justice, Grace, and Law in the Mission of God” feat. Walter Brueggemann

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About the 2015 Fuller Forum

In today’s complex political, socioeconomic, and judicial landscape, how do we balance grace, justice, and the rule of law?

Walter Brueggemann, one of the most highly respected biblical scholars of our time, joined Fuller…


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About the 2015 Fuller Forum

In today’s complex political, socioeconomic, and judicial landscape, how do we balance grace, justice, and the rule of law?

Walter Brueggemann, one of the most highly respected biblical scholars of our time, joined Fuller faculty to draw insights for us from theology, missiology, and psychology—and led us through three days of stimulating discussion.

About Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann is one of the most influential Bible interpreters of our time. He is the author of over one hundred books and numerous scholarly articles. He continues to be a highly sought-after speaker.

Brueggemann has served as faculty at Eden Theological Seminary (1961–1986) and Columbia Theological Seminary (1986–2003). He is currently William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia.

Brueggemann’s primary method with the text is rhetorical criticism. Words matter to Brueggemann, and one can tell that by listening to him speak, as he grapples with and delves into particularly theologically significant words. His magnum opus, Theology of the Old Testament (1997), is a rhetorical-critical look at the Old Testament through the lenses of “testimony, dispute, and advocacy.”

Many have come to know Brueggemann through his book The Prophetic Imagination, originally published in 1978. His best-known work, however, may be Message of the Psalms. Numerous church leaders have used this work as a new way of organizing and processing the Psalms. He has been writing about the Psalms since 1982, and he continues to this day, with a commentary published in 2014.

Church leaders find a friend in Brueggemann, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. His work inspires, energizes, and convicts, and he always makes time to interact personally with those to whom he speaks at large events.

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