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The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton is pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Atlanta, GA.

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The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

St. Luke Lutheran Church, Atlanta, GA

The Rev. Dr. Ruth E. Hamilton is pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Atlanta, where she has been serving since October 2012.  Prior to that time, she was director for archives administration (1999-2002) and assistant to the Secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (2003-2012) at the denominational headquarters in Chicago.  She has served at St. John's Lutheran Church, Lincolnwood, Illinois; First Lutheran Church, Moline, Illinois; and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, Chicago.

Pastor Hamilton holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University, and the M.Div. degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  She was ordained in 2005.  Prior to entering seminary, she was a professor of English language and literature, specializing in the Middle Ages.  She has taught at Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University (1980-81, 82-87), and Wartburg College (1987-88).  She also was on the staff of the Newberry Library, an independent research library in the humanities in Chicago (1988-1999).

Pastor Hamilton is the mother of two grown sons, Geoff and Greg, and grandmother to Teddy.

 


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The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton

Ruth Hamilton: Keeping the Sabbath Holy

Luke 13:10-17

14th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 21, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton (ELCA)

 

When I was growing up, Sundays meant church, family, and food. My extended family would gather at our congregation for worship, armed with giant Tootsie Rolls to keep us kids quiet during the sermon. Afterwards, we would head over to my grandmother's house for a quick snack of cream-filled coffee cake. Later we all drove over to the cemetery, where we would tidy up the graves of our relatives: planting, watering, weeding, and sweeping dirt off the headstones. Tired and hungry, we would return to my grandmother's house, where roast pork or roast beef waited--after table grace, of course. Finally, after games of hide-and-seek for us kids and lots of conversation, everyone would go home for bedtime prayers and sleep.

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The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton

Whose Coin Is It?

Matthew 22:15-22

19th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

October 19, 2014

The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton (ELCA)

 

"Answer the question: yes or no? Keep it simple--just yes or no." The situation in the Gospel this week reminds me of a congressional hearing. We've all heard and seen these carefully orchestrated morality plays. Someone in Congress gets riled up about faulty ignition switches in General Motors cars or who the National Security Administration is spying on or what really happened to our embassy in Benghazi and calls for hearings, complete with lots of media coverage. Once the hearing has geared up, though, it's easy to forget its original purpose. Those asking questions do not seem to be seeking information, understanding, enlightenment, or, heaven forbid, truth. They just want to score points with the electorate back home. They are trying to make the witness or a corporation or the other political party look bad. They are playing "gotcha!" And at a key point in the hearing, some questioner, having simplistically reduced the issue to one loaded choice, inevitably asks, "Just answer the question--yes or no?"

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