Author Carol Schersten LaHurd will lead a workshop, “Introduction to Transforming Life and Faith,” at the Ninth Triennial Gathering that will introduce participants to “Transforming Life and Faith,” the 2014-2015 Bible study to be published in Gather magazine. Copies of the Leader Guide will be available at the gathering bookstore.
“A new spouse, a new child, a new job, a new home: most of us recognize how our lives are changed by these experiences,” says LaHurd, seminary teacher and former coordinator of the Middle East peace-making campaign of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “In ‘Transforming Life and Faith’ we will consider how our lives and our faith journeys are transformed by the events we experience and the people we meet.
“In both the Old Testament and New Testament, and especially in Acts of the Apostles, we will read about people who have life-changing experiences: Paul on the road to Damascus, Moses in the wilderness of Midian, Lydia praying by a river in Macedonia, an Ethiopian man traveling from Jerusalem to Gaza. We will watch them turn to and with God as their minds, hearts, and daily lives are altered. And we will reflect on the ways we, too, have been and will be transformed and called by God to serve God’s mission in the world.”
LaHurd is a lifelong teacher: Red Cross swimming lessons, high school English, parish education, and, for the past 30 years, biblical studies, Islam, and interfaith relations in colleges, seminaries, the church, and the wider community. After earning degrees from Augustana College (Illinois) and the University of Chicago, she received a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Currently she teaches part-time at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and is educational outreach consultant for the seminary’s Center for Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice.