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Gerald Schlabach

Professor of Theology and past chair of Justice and Peace Studies.
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Office Location: JRC 117
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(651) 962-5332
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(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5332
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(651) 962-5310
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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 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 101 - PW9 Christian Theo Tradition - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 209
CRN: 42826 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.

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THEO 251 - W01 Global Christianity - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MHC 208
CRN: 42854 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald W. Schlabach The history of Christianity is a history of inculturation in diverse geographical and cultural settings. This course examines both the history and implications of this inculturation in various contexts, and investigates the resources that Christian theology and tradition offer for guiding how Christians live out their faith across cultures. Specific topics may include: the worldwide growth of Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity; implications for the ecclesiology of the Roman Catholic and other historic churches; how Christians in different cultures read the Bible; the development of non-Western Christianities until the present day; and the Christian duty of global solidarity and its potential to reshape national, ethnic and class loyalties. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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THEO 251 - W02 Global Christianity - - W - - - - 1730 - 2115 JRC 201
CRN: 42855 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald W. Schlabach The history of Christianity is a history of inculturation in diverse geographical and cultural settings. This course examines both the history and implications of this inculturation in various contexts, and investigates the resources that Christian theology and tradition offer for guiding how Christians live out their faith across cultures. Specific topics may include: the worldwide growth of Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity; implications for the ecclesiology of the Roman Catholic and other historic churches; how Christians in different cultures read the Bible; the development of non-Western Christianities until the present day; and the Christian duty of global solidarity and its potential to reshape national, ethnic and class loyalties. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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J-Term 2017 Courses

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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 251 - W01 Global Christianity - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135
CRN: 22494 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald W. Schlabach The history of Christianity is a history of inculturation in diverse geographical and cultural settings. This course examines both the history and implications of this inculturation in various contexts, and investigates the resources that Christian theology and tradition offer for guiding how Christians live out their faith across cultures. Specific topics may include: the worldwide growth of Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity; implications for the ecclesiology of the Roman Catholic and other historic churches; how Christians in different cultures read the Bible; the development of non-Western Christianities until the present day; and the Christian duty of global solidarity and its potential to reshape national, ethnic and class loyalties. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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THEO 251 - W02 Global Christianity - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510
CRN: 22495 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald W. Schlabach The history of Christianity is a history of inculturation in diverse geographical and cultural settings. This course examines both the history and implications of this inculturation in various contexts, and investigates the resources that Christian theology and tradition offer for guiding how Christians live out their faith across cultures. Specific topics may include: the worldwide growth of Pentecostal/Charismatic Christianity; implications for the ecclesiology of the Roman Catholic and other historic churches; how Christians in different cultures read the Bible; the development of non-Western Christianities until the present day; and the Christian duty of global solidarity and its potential to reshape national, ethnic and class loyalties. Prerequisite: THEO 101

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THEO 454 - 01 The Morality of War - - W - - - - 1730 - 2115
CRN: 22508 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Gerald W. Schlabach Against the background of historical debates within the Christian tradition, this course examines circumstances in which military force may be justified and the moral constraints that apply to its conduct. Major attention to concrete case studies will familiarize students with standard just war criteria and develop their capacity to apply them in difficult situations. Students explore emerging debates over questions such as: Who decides whether a war is just? What place does war have in the evolving international system? What prospects has Gandhian nonviolence opened up for transarmament? Is there an obligation for humanitarian intervention even in the absence of national self-interest? Prerequisite: THEO 101 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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