Luther Lecture

Melting Glaciers, Climate-Justice, and the Desperate Need for a New Reformation

Luther Lecture

“Confronted with the reality of melting glaciers, the people who live in close vicinity of the Artic cannot help but to be aware of the fact that things are not as they should be. Something drastic is happening, calling for a radical reformation of the way we think and act in the age of a changing climate. Our hope for the future on this earth depends on it. ” - Rev. Dr. Arnfríður Guðmundsdóttir.

Icelandic Lutheran theologian Rev. Dr. Arnfríður Guðmundsdóttir offers theological reflection on the urgent issue of climate change, the impact of which is already felt around the world. The US Climate Report from November 2018 predicted more devastating wildfires, deadly heat waves and hurricanes to threaten the lives, and economy, of those living on the American soil. Something must be done, now, before it is too late. What do the churches and theologians say, and do? How does the environment’s suffering re-orient our theological emphases and language? How can Martin Luther’s vision of God and theology equip reformers of today - us - to attend to the life-and-death urgencies that are our responsibility?

About Rev. Dr. Arnfríður Guðmundsdóttir

Professor of Systematic Theology, with emphasis on Feminist Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Iceland.

Ph.D. from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1996. The author of Meeting God on the Cross. Christ, the Cross, and the Feminist Critique, published by Oxford University Press, 2010. An ordained pastor within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland.


  • 9:30 a.m. – Fellowship and refreshments
  • 10:00 a.m. – Lecture
  • 11:30 a.m. – Worship
  • Followed by Lunch

Cost and Registration

Register online here by March 1st to reserve a seat. To ensure everyone has a great experience, we are limiting registration to 100 participants.

The cost is $20 per person and free for PLTS/GTU students who register in advance. If space is available, registration is $30 at the door.

Transportation and Parking Information

If you can, take BART to the Downtown Berkeley station, and walk one block west on Center Street to PLTS. Alternatively, you can try to park at the North Berkeley BART station for a daily cost of $3 and ride the train one stop to Downtown Berkeley.

There are public parking garages right next to PLTS which charge an average of $3/hour. And free, all-day street parking is usually possible to find west of California Street. The walk is 3/4 - 1 mile and slightly uphill.


Register by March 1, 2019

Sponsored By
The Lull Family and Green Justice Seminary Initiative


Jane Phillips
(510) 559-2732