Scholars compile journal on unique experiences of doing theology together in the LWF
(LWI) – They are lay or ordained, from different world regions and churches, in diverse fields of study, but they share one passion: to see their personal journeys in theological education inspire others to answer the call to church ministry and be part of ongoing reformation in the church.
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) recently gathered a group of 10 theology students to peer review contributions to a journal inspired by their unique experiences. At the 1-4 December workshop in Geneva, they shared how each person’s theological education has been a process of posing questions about their faith, about a just God, their roles in church and society, and as future leaders in the Lutheran communion.
“Through my studies, I want to provoke the church to rethink its role when it comes to traditions and discipline that undermine people’s dignity,” said Rev. Witness Issa Maratu, a PhD candidate at Tumaini University Makumira in Tanzania. An ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), she is pursing Old Testament studies with a special interest on how contemporary interpretation of biblical characters “can help to transform our current situation.”
Through my studies, I want to provoke the church to rethink its role when it comes to traditions and discipline that undermine people’s dignity
– Rev. Witness Issa Maratu, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
Maratu said her doctorate research “was triggered by cases of girls and women being subordinated by both the African traditional cultures and Lutheran church discipline.” As “ecclesia semper reformanda – a church always in ongoing reformation – the church’s role is not to judge people but to help us understand our sinful nature as human beings and that we are justified by God’s grace,” she added.