Jan. 16: Lecture to Discuss 'Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of Cancer'

Event Details


Date: January 15, 2012

Times: 2 p.m.

Location: Prairie Center, Avera Campus, located at 1000 E. 23rd St., Sioux Falls

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

The Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel, professor of Pastoral Theology and Care and director of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pa., will present "Chance, Necessity, Love: An Evolutionary Theology of Cancer" at 2 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 16, at the Prairie Center, located at 1000 E. 23rd St. on the Avera Campus in Sioux Falls.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The event is organized by Augustana's Interim Civitas class, "Human Reproduction" (taught by Dr. Ann Pederson, professor of religion; and Dr. Maureen Diggins, professor emerita of reproductive biology) and the Interim Capstone class, "Life's Cycle: Birth, Death, and the History of Medicine" (taught by Dr. Peg Preston, associate professor and chair of history; and Dr. Jennifer Gubbels, assistant professor of physiology and cancer immunology).

A leader in the field of pastoral theology, Hummel previously taught at the Divinity School of Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn. He is an ordained member of the ELCA, and has received theological training at Yale University Divinity School, Luther Seminary, and Boston University, from which he received his Ph.D. in pastoral psychology. His book, "Clothed in Nothingness: Consolation for Suffering" (2003, Fortress Press), tells the story of seven individuals whose faith helped them in coping with suffering, one of several areas of Dr. Hummel's interest and research. Previous to teaching at Vanderbilt, Dr. Hummel gained hands on experience as the pastor of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Dorchester, Mass. He also brings extensive experience in medical and mental health clinical settings. He is currently working with an evolutionary biologist from Gettysburg College on a book on evolution and cancer.

This lecture is funded by the Thomas F. Staley Foundation and the Augustana College Department of Religion, Philosophy and Classics.


Dr. Ann Pederson
Professor of Religion
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