Founders' Day – September 10-12, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Monica Melanchthon

Registration is now open.

“Migrant” Interpretations: Reflections on the Bible and Tradition from Those on the Underside
Migrants and immigration policy are the focus of much attention today. How can important biblical perspectives – from those on the margins – enrich this public discussion?

Monica is a native of India, with degrees from Bangalore and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). From 1995-2012 she was a professor at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College (Chennai), and currently is Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies, United Faculty of Theology, University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia. Her work is deeply affected by the multi-lingual, ethnic and religious context and cultures of India/Asia, and the impact of poverty and violence on marginalized communities, especially of women and Dalits.

Wednesday, September 10 at PLTS Chapel of the Cross

  • 9:00 AM - Registration and Coffee
  • 9:30 AM – Eucharist Worship and Alum Awards
  • 11:00 AM - Presentation by Rev. Dr. Monica Melanchthon with Q&A
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch
  • 1:30 PM – Further Conversation with Dr. Melanchthon

The fee for the day is $20 if paid by September 8th, $25 at the door, and $10 for students. If you have any questions, please contact Gretchen McDonald at or 510-559-2731.

Thursday, September 11, 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Resurrection Lutheran Church (397 Euclid Avenue, Oakland)
Across Borders and Belongings - Biblical Perspectives on Immigration
An interactive dialogue featuring some Old and New Testament perspectives by Dr. Melanchthon and the Rev. Dr. Julia Fogg, CLU Associate Professor of Religion, along with representatives from local immigrant communities and activists.

Friday, September 12, 1:30 to 3:30 PM
Graduate Theological Union Dinner Board Room (2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley)
A Consultation on Post-colonial Hermeneutics
A roundtable discussion with Dr. Melanchthon, Dr. Steed Davidson, PLTS/CDSP Associate Professor of Old Testament, along with students and other faculty working in this area.

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