Building Bridges: National and Global Politics and Religious Tensions

Lecture by Gregory E. Sterling, Ph.D.

Date & Time:

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
5:30 PM - 6:35 PM
5:30 p.m., May 23, 2017


RSVP by May 17 required; $10 by PayPal through registration link or at door with reservation. For more information, contact Rudy Hokanson at or 651.249.8283.


Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
700 Snelling Avenue South
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55116


reception at 5:30 p.m. (light hors d’oeuvres) and presentation at 6:30 pm

Dr. Gregory E. Sterling

Dr. Gregory E. Sterling

The globalization of our world has raised the profile of religion as a factor in international relations. The last two US presidents have established three different offices in the State Department and White House that deal with religion globally and nationally. Within the US the recent presidential campaign set religion in high relief both as a rallying factor and as a factor in determining who enters the US. Dean Sterling will address the role of religion as a source of conflict and as a source of peace. He will discuss how religion can serve as a means to build bridges rather than walls and will share how Yale Divinity School is preparing future leaders for this new reality as an example of how communities of all types can flourish together.

Gregory E. Sterling, Ph.D. is Dean of Yale Divinity School and holds the Reverend Henry L. Slack Dean and the Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament. A New Testament scholar with a specialty in Hellenistic Judaism, Dr. Sterling has concentrated his research on the writings of Philo of Alexandria, Josephus, and Luke-Acts, with a focus on the ways in which Second Temple Jews and early Christians interacted with one another and with the Greco-Roman world. He assumed the deanship in 2012 after more than two decades at the University of Notre Dame, where he served in several capacities at the College of Arts and Letters before becoming the first dean of the independent Graduate School. He is the author or editor/co-editor of seven books and more than seventy scholarly articles and essays. He is the general editor for the Philo of Alexandria Commentary Series (E.J. Brill),  co-editor of the Studia Philonica Annual, and a member of the editorial board of Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft. He served as editor of the Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Series (University of Notre Dame Press) for twenty years. He has held numerous leadership positions in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Studiorum Novi Societas, and the Catholic Biblical Association. He is a minister in the Churches of Christ and serves in several leadership roles for his own denomination in addition to his other responsibilities.

For more information, contact Rudy Hokanson at or 651.249.8283.

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Sponsored by the Yale Alumni Association of the Northwest (YAANW) in collaboration with the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas.

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