One thing I didn’t mention in my review is that Embraced includes a rather tender personal forward from Professor Moltmann himself, who expressed that this book touched a hidden side of his personality (referring to his earlier vocation as a pastor before he was a renowned theologian in the academy). Mark gave me permission to share this forward in its entirety, and I have done so below. It can also be found in the free preview of the book found on the publisher’s website. Enjoy! Continue reading Moltmann’s Personal Forward to Embraced by Mark Buchanan
On Sunday Jürgen Moltmann was honored at AAR with a session titled “Moltmann and the Future of Theology”, with Douglas Meeks presiding. This was the final publicly scheduled event during Moltmann’s recent visit to Atlanta. Unfortunately I was not able to make it to AAR, so I had to rely on the ears of others to find out what transpired during this, and some of the other Moltmann-related sessions. Mark French Buchanan, author of the recently published book Embraced (which I reviewed here), was present for the event and sent me this summary:
What a terrific tribute was given to Dr. Moltmann today at the AAR seminar “Moltmann and the Future of Theology”. Some of the best theologians in the country presented short reflections on Moltmann’s contributions over the last 45 years. Miroslav Volf, Kathleen Keller, Chris Morse, Willie Jennings and Amos Yong all lifted up different aspects of Moltmann’s theology. The significance of the event grew as a combination of thoughtful reflections and personal memories were shared. Keller and Volf spoke with great insight, while sharing the formative influence of Jurgen the man had on their own theological development. In response Moltmann vigorously pointed all who were in attendance to “listen to earth”, “find a new covenant with it”, “keep a new Sabbath and a new Jubilee” as all people unite together. Confirming a theme that Keller proposed, Moltmann called those presented to receive the contributions of all “the religions of earth”. Moltmann stressed that it was in the earth that the crucified Christ lives and his way into the future can be found, Douglass Meeks closed the event by reminding us that Dr. Moltmann’s 90th Birthday celebration is coming up in just a couple months. In response a capacity crowd spontaneously rose to its feet and broke out in applause.
I’m intending to find out whether this session was recorded via audio / video and will advise my readers with any such info if/when it comes available. For now, here are some of my favorite quotables from the session that were shared by others via Twitter:
I wouldn’t be doing my job as a Moltmanniac if I didn’t say a word or two here about Moltmann’s participation at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting this weekend. Below is an outline of the events Moltmann is scheduled to participate in. You can find additional information about these events (other than the book signing) on the AAR website.
Friday, 11/19/15, 7:00-10:00 PM – Jürgen Moltmann Live and Streaming on Homebrewed Christianity. Sign up here for access to the FREE live stream or to see him in the flesh! Unlike the rest of the sessions with Moltmann’s participation, AAR registration is not required for this event. Location: Offsite-Brady Avenue Theater, 999 Brady Ave, Suite 10.
Saturday, 11/20/15, 1:00-3:30 PM – Open and Relational Theologies Group. Theme: Open and Relational Hope – with Jürgen Moltmann. Thomas Oord, Northwest Nazarene University, Presiding. Moltmann scheduled as a respondent. Location: Hyatt-International North (International Tower Level LL1).
Sunday, 11/21/2015, 11:30-12:30 PM. Jürgen Moltmann Book Signing. Fortress Press is celebrating the release of the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Crucified God. Come see Moltmann and get your book signed! Location: Fortress Press booth #1608
Sunday, 11/21/15, 1:00-2:30 PM – Wild Card Session. Theme: Moltmann and the Future of Theology. M. Douglas Meeks, Vanderbilt University, Presiding. Moltmann scheduled as respondent. Location: Hilton-Grand Ballroom A (Level 2).
Looks like it will be a good time… Though I won’t personally be there, I’ll be watching the live stream on Friday and keeping my ears to the ground for reports on the other sessions. Stay tuned!
One of the amazing things about being at Princeton for the Karl Barth Conference this year was meeting and befriending others whose lives and thinking have been profoundly shaped by Moltmann’s work. One such individual was Mark French Buchanan. I previously shared a guest post from Mark here and plan to share more from him in the near future!