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The Rev. Dr. Ted Peters The Rev. Dr. Ted Peters is an ordained ELCA minister and the Research Professor Emeritus in Systematic Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

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TED PETERS (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is Research Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary at California Lutheran University and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California.

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. Ted Peters' teaching portfolio includes the field of theology in the 20th and 21st centuries for both doctoral level students and for students preparing to serve in the ordained clergy. He is a Lutheran theologian-an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America--teaching in an ecumenical and inter-religious institution with students from an array of differing denominations and religious traditions. He is author of GOD-The World's Future: Systematic Theology for a Postmodern Era (Fortress, 3rd edition 2015) and Sin Boldly! Justifying Faith for Fragile and Broken Souls (Fortress, 2015). He served as editor-in-chief of Dialog, A Journal of Theology from 1993 to 2007.

SCIENCE AND RELIGION. Ted Peters serves now as co-editor with Robert John Russell of the journal, Theology and Science, published by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the GTU. He worked as area editor for "Science and Religion" for the 4th edition of Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Volumes IV-VIII, and for the 2nd edition of The Encyclopedia of Religion (Macmillan 2005). He is author of Anticipating Omega (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006) and Science, Theology, and Ethics (Ashgate 2003). Peters edited Science and Theology: The New Consonance (Westview, 1998). He co-edited with Gaymon Bennett and Kang Phee Seng Bridging Science and Religion (SCM and Fortress, 2003) which has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, and Indonesian Bahassa. He co-edited with Nathan Hallanger, God's Action in Nature's World: Essays in Honor of Robert John Russell (Ashgate 2006). His frontier area of research is Astrotheology, reflections on space exploration.

THE EVOLUTION CONTROVERSY. For a decade Ted Peters has sought to clarify the issues surrounding the evolution controversy and advocate "theistic evolution." He is author of The Evolution of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Life (Pandora 2008). With Martinez Hewlett he co-authored Evolution from Creation to New Creation (Abingdon 2003) and Can You Believe in God and Evolution? (Abingdon 2006), followed by A Scientific and Theological Commentary on Darwin's Origin of Species, (Abingdon 2008) marking the 150th anniversary edition of Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species. Along with Gaymon Bennett, Martinez Hewlett, and Robert John Russell, Peters is co-editor of The Evolution of Evil (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008).

GENETICS AND SOCIETY. Ted Peters served as Principal Investigator for a research project funded by the National Institutes of Health on "Theological and Ethical Questions Raised by the Human Genome Initiative" hosted at the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, 1990-1994. Based on his research he has written Playing God? Genetic Determinism and Human Freedom  (Routledge, 2nd ed., 2002). He edited the findings of the CTNS-NIH project for publication in a multi-author book titled, Genetics: Issues of Social Justice  (Pilgrim 1998); and  he authored The Stem Cell Debate (Fortress 2007). Along with Karen Lebacqz and Gaymon Bennett, he is co-author of Sacred Cells? Why Christians Should Support Stem Cell Research  (Roman and Littlefield, 2008). He currently serves on the Scientific and Medical Accountability Standards Working Group for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CRIM) and the Genetics Task Force of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

BIOETHICS. As a member of the research team on the "Religion, Culture, and Family" project sponsored by the University of Chicago, he wrote For the Love of Children: Genetic Technology and the Future of the Family (Westminster John Knox Press, 1996). He served as a member of the Ethics Advisory Board for the Geron Corporation, 1998-2002.

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The charge of the parish pastor is threefold: Preaching, Teaching, and Counseling, or, pastoral care. Of course, there is more to the weekly ministry than these three alone. Preaching takes place within a planned worship setting with liturgy and the celebration of the sacraments. Teaching involves administering a Christian education program and overseeing Bible studies. And counseling is only the core of conversation taking place during hospital visitation, home visitation, and numerous other opportunities for inter-personal engagement. A faithful pastor finds precious little time to stop, read, think, meditate, pray, and discern. Yet, this is the inescapable lot for those who feel they have been called by the Holy Spirit to ordained service.

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