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Profiles in Goodwill: Tarris Rosell

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Tarris Rosell is professor of pastoral theology – ethics and ministry praxis at Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Where did you grow up?

I was raised on our family’s small dairy farm, a half-mile out of Rose City, Minnesota, population 22, not including us.

  • What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

Micah 6:8 is a favorite.

In part, because it has been the inspiration for a Christian ethics assignment at Central Seminary – probably the most effective thing I have done as a teacher – for which seminarians invest at least 20 hours in a project doing justice with kindness and godly humility.

  • What is your favorite movie? Why?

The 1982 historical drama, “Gandhi,” was highly influential while I was still a seminarian, but the multi-part documentary, “A Force More Powerful” (featuring Gandhi’s “Salt March” in one segment), is particularly useful now for teaching nonviolent conflict transformation with doctor of ministry students in Myanmar.

  • Who are three people you admire?

Not just three, as I admire greatly each of my four millennial children: Karis, Nehemiah, Hannah and Josiah.

  • What is one little-known fact about yourself?

As I turn 62, my newest vocational goal is to retire as an artist (and a grandpa!) – creating pottery, poetry, music, photography and possibly fiction.