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Gerald Schlabach

Professor of Theology and past chair of Justice and Peace Studies
Office
Office Location: JRC 117 (but on sabbatical 2013-14)
Phone
(651) 962-5332
Fax
(651) 962-5310
Mail
Mail # JRC 153
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105-1096

Gerald W. Schlabach is Professor of Theology and past Chair of the Department of Justice and Peace Studies (2007-2013) at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.  He holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. in Theological Studies from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.  During much of the 1980s Professor Schlabach worked with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Nicaragua and Honduras on church-related peace and justice assignments. Upon returning to the U.S. he wrote two books based partly on these experiences -- And Who Is My Neighbor?: Poverty, Privilege and the Gospel of Christ (Herald Press, 1990) and To Bless All Peoples: Serving with Abraham and Jesus (Herald Press, 1991). Together with Philip McManus he also edited Relentless Persistence: Nonviolent Action in Latin America (New Society Publishers, 1991), and contributed two chapters to that volume. 

While Professor Schlabach's interests continue to range widely in issues of peacemaking, social justice, globalization, and the integrity of traditional communities, a unifying theme in his work is his concern to link Christian social ethics with ecclesiology and missiology.  His critical appropriation of Augustinian thought is reflected in his book, For the Joy Set Before Us: Augustine and Self-Denying Love (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), along with articles in Augustinian Studies, the Journal of Religious Ethics, and the Journal of Early Christian Studies.  Other articles speaking to contemporary ethical issues while drawing on ancient monastic and liturgical traditions have appeared in the Journal of Peace and Justice Studies and the American Benedictine Review.  Together with Duane Friesen, he co-edited At Peace and Unafraid: Public Order, Security, and the Wisdom of the Cross (Herald Press, 2006).  He is lead author and editor of Just Policing, Not War: An Alternative Response to World Violence (Liturgical Press, 2007). He is the author of Unlearning Protestantism: Sustaining Christian Community in an Unstable Age (Brazos Press, 2010), and co-editor with Margaret Pfeil of Sharing Peace: Mennonites and Catholics in Dialogue (Liturgical Press, 2013).

Nurtured in the Mennonite tradition, Professor Schlabach became a Benedictine oblate in 1997 in part to embody his growing commitment to Catholic Christianity.  In 1999 he helped to convene a group of Mennonites and Roman Catholics who are indebted to, interested in, or exploring one another's traditions.  Now called Bridgefolk (http://www.bridgefolk.net), the movement includes sacramentally-minded Mennonites and peace-minded Roman Catholics who come together to celebrate each other's traditions, explore each other's practices, and honor each other's contribution to the mission of Christ's Church. Schlabach has also moderated the Mennonite-Catholic Theological Colloquium, and has served as a member-at-large on the Peace Committee of Mennonite Central Committee. 

At Pentecost 2004 he was received into the Roman Catholic Church.  Professor Schlabach and his wife Joetta are the parents of two sons, Gabriel and Jacob.   He is a member of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in St. Paul, MN, and maintains associate membership at Faith Mennonite Church in Minneapolis.

A full curriculum vitae is available at: http://personal.stthomas.edu/gwschlabach/cv.htm

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 101 - 25 Christian Theo Tradition - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 JRC 247
CRN: 40533 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald W. Schlabach This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. NOTE: Students who receive credit for THEO 101 may not receive credit for THEO 102 or 103.

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THEO 101 - 29 Christian Theo Tradition - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OSS 127
CRN: 40389 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald W. Schlabach This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. NOTE: Students who receive credit for THEO 101 may not receive credit for THEO 102 or 103.

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THEO 101 - P4 Christian Theo Tradition - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 310
CRN: 40534 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald W. Schlabach This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. NOTE: Students who receive credit for THEO 101 may not receive credit for THEO 102 or 103.

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 455 - 01 Church in Latin America M T W - - - - 0900 - 1600 MCH 117
CRN: 10241 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald W. Schlabach In this course we will study Christian theology and practice in a context of great suffering and struggle. We analyze the various forms that Christianity has taken in Latin America from the period of the Spanish Conquest to the present. We will study the history of the Church in Latin America, but more importantly we will examine the theological issues raised in each era to see how Christians have lived their faith under different circumstances. As we examine the complex interplay of Church, poverty, and power in Latin American history, we will examine theologies and spiritualities of evangelization, liberation, martyrdom, poverty, and the Church. We will also study and critique specifically Latin American methods and approaches to the theological task itself. Finally, we will examine the coming of the Latin American Church to the United States through immigration. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103) and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
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