September 2013 Issue Index

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Editor's Introduction

James Kenneth Echols

James Kenneth Echols
As the articles in this issue of JLE demonstrate, Gender Justice is a global concern and phenomenon from Germany to India to Palestine to the United States. Please take time to read and reflect on these articles and consider the question of "How, then, shall we live?" I am grateful to Dr. Mary J. Streufert, Director of Justice for Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, for writing the lead article and collaborating in the development of this JLE issue.


Gender Justice

Mary Streufert Gender and Justification within Empire: Toward a Christian Ethic of Gender Justice
   by Mary Streufert
Mary Streufert explores the “otherizing” of women in historical and modern times by analyzing themes of justification and theology of the cross. Streufert compares modern advertisements to ancient sculpture to lend a visual illustration to the concept.
Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar
 
Mapping Patriarchal Patterns in Violence: Some Lessons for a Theology of Gender Justice
   by Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar
Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar opens with two case studies from India that demonstrate the connection between violence and patriarchy. She uses the studies to lead into a mapping of patterns of violence in patriarchal culture that exist in societies worldwide.
Niveen Sarras   The Prophet Amos and Palestinian Women
   by Niveen Sarras
Niveen Sarras highlights the nameless girl and the father-son duo in Amos 2:7c and brings context to the story by examining the rest of the book of Amos, arguing that the girl was raped. Sarras then uses the Amos story to explore the rape culture in modern Palestine and narrates the deep need for change.
Caryn Riswold   Being Woman, Being Human, Doing Justice 
   by Caryn Riswold
Caryn Riswold addresses two important concepts: the social construction of gender and the Lutheran theology of being created in God’s image. In speaking to all spheres of societal identifies, Riswold challenges the reader to think about how all gender identities can be protected and celebrated in the church as the image of God.
Thomas Schollas Pursuing Gender Justice in the German Protestant Church
    by Thomas Schollas
As a commissioner for equality and gender in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Northern Germany, Thomas Schollas draws upon his experience to explore the meaning of the phrase “gender just Church.”

  

Book Reviews

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Comparative Religious Ethics: Everyday Decisions for Our Everyday Lives,by Christine E. Gudorf
   Review by James B. Tubbs, Jr.
Christine Gudorf’s approach in Comparative Religious Ethics: Everyday Decisions for our Everyday Lives is to focus on the practical and the experiential in an attempt to “lift up values, meanings, and interpretations from religions and also from ‘secular’ thought (most of which has been influenced by the dominant religion of the culture) that are relevant to the most basic interests and activities of contemporary human beings in North America.”
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A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age, by Glen Harold Stassen
   Review by Robert A. Kelly
The book presents what Stassen calls “Incarnational Discipleship”; part one gives the basic foundations, and part two shows how Incarnational Discipleship meets seven challenges of secularity. Throughout, Stassen is making the argument that Incarnational Discipleship meets four specific criteria for a valid theological ethic.

Cameron cover   Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing: Pastoral Practice and Public Theology, by Helen Cameron, John Reader, and Victoria Slater with Chris Rowland
   Review by William Myatt
In this short and readable text, authors Helen Cameron, John Reader, and Victoria Slater summarize the results of an action learning event held at Ripon College in Cuddesdon, United Kingdom, in April of 2010. Participants reflected on moments of decision, when a person’s faith was compromised; moments of cross-cultural confrontation, when a person’s identity was in question; or moments of crisis, when a particularly difficult decision created conflict.
Articles published in the journal reflect the perspectives and thoughts of their authors and not necessarily the theological, ethical, or social stances of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

© September 2013
Journal of Lutheran Ethics
Volume 13, Issue 5