• 2013 Mahle Lecture


    Mahle Scholar in Residence 
    Dr. Joerg Rieger

    Dr. Joerg Rieger is the Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

    Lecture Title
    Occupy Religion?: Reimagining the God of the Multitude
    Tuesday, April 9, 2013 7 p.m.
    Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University,
    1531 Hewitt Ave., Saint Paul 55104-1284

    Inspired by global mass protests, Dr. Joerg Rieger invites us to “occupy religion” as a public rethinking of the nature, purpose, and functions of theology—God-talk. He claims that the world is in need of liberation more than ever, with the preferential option for the poor at the heart of progressive religious traditions. “Occupy religion” challenges religious doctrines and social teachings that provide sanction and justification for  economic and social inequality. It doesn’t mean using force to take over holy sites or worshipping spaces, but rather indicates the conceptualization of a democratic and participatory space for religious life, with active engagement to make this a reality. Dr. Rieger will propose a “theology of the multitude,” based on the Greek New Testament term ochlos, meaning a crowd or mass of people, as well as the term laos, meaning the common people. By reimagining radical images of God, alternative understandings of power, economics and community emerge, stimulating people to make a difference not only for enough to go around, but in transforming the heart of how our common life is produced.

    Additional Workshops
    Sanctuary Service & 11:00am Adult Education
    Workshop for Congregations and Supper
    Progressive Religious Leaders Brunch