Grace Church is pleased to welcome Dr. Arthur M. Sutherland Theologian-in-Residence during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years.
Dr. Sutherland is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland and Class Dean for the Class of 2020. He holds advanced degrees from Yale University Divinity School and Princeton Theological Seminary. He conducted research for his doctoral dissertation in Germany and Switzerland on the early sermons of Karl Barth. He has been awarded fellowships from the Fund for Theological Education, The Association for Religious and Intellectual Life, the Christian Scholars Fund, and the Wabash Center for the Teaching of Theology and Religion. Dr. Sutherland serves on the board of the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, and before moving to Baltimore, he was minister for a small congregation in Windsor, CT.
Dr. Sutherland has made presentations to churches and academic organizations across the United States and has been featured in USA Today and other publications. In his book, I Was Stranger: A Theology of Christian Hospitality, he addresses immigration, exile and violence, among other topics. The book was nominated for the Grawemeyer Award for Religion.
The role of Theologian-in-Residence is to be a sounding board and resource for our congregation in its witness to Jesus. Dr. Sutherland will endeavor to keep before us three questions:
Who are we, really?
Where are we, really?
What do we want, really?
Dr. Sutherland will preach quarterly. While he is with us, he will be writing a commentary on Ezekiel for Westminster/John Knox Press and editing a volume of essays on Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” He plans to share his progress on these projects by soliciting our feedback and facilitating a series of workshops; his first will be on Christian hospitality.
Dr. Sutherland’s wife, Mary, shares his interests in community activism, homeschooling and creating good food from scratch. They are also parents to Ethan (9) and Gabrielle (11).