New York, NY— Dan Hanson, a graduate of Osage High School and Luther Seminary, and currently serving as a pastor in Hampton, is one of 12 seminary and divinity school students, and early-career clergy, chosen by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) to participate in a two-week program in Germany and Poland this summer, which uses the conduct of clergy and religious leaders in Nazi-occupied Europe as a way to reflect on contemporary professional ethics.
Now in its eighth year of operation, FASPE provides a unique historical lens to engage graduate students in professional schools as well as early-stage practitioners in five fields (business, journalism, law, medicine, and seminary) in an intensive course of study focused on contemporary ethical issues in their professions.
The FASPE Seminary program examines the roles played by the clergy in the Nazi state, underscoring the reality that moral codes governing clergy of all religions can break down or be distorted with devastating consequences. With this historical background, the Seminary fellows are better positioned (and more willing) to confront contemporary issues.
“For me, FASPE is a once in a lifetime opportunity to discern with other leaders of faith how it is we are called to be leaders in our communities concerning ethical and human rights issues of our current time,” said Dan Hanson, who received a master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., in 2016, “I see this opportunity to study with other faith leaders as an invaluable experience to learn together how best to work for justice and peace in the world. I am excited to see how FASPE will challenge me to grow as a leader.”
Hanson, who is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is currently pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton, a small and diverse rural community. He graduated from Osage High School and went on to receive a BA in history and religion from Wartburg College in Waverly in 2012.
Hanson joins a group of 63 FASPE fellows across all five programs who were chosen through a competitive process that drew close to 1,000 applicants from around the world. FASPE covers all program costs, including travel, food, and lodging.
After the program, each fellow will submit an essay focused on a contemporary ethical issue of his or her choice. Select essays are published in the annual FASPE Journal, which showcases work in all five disciplines.