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This year we continue the series on Lutheran theology and the Lutheran church designed to prepare you for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

Lay School Courses

Fall:   October 10-November 7, 2016 Fall-St. Andrew location:   October 26-November 16, 2016 Winter - St. Andrew location:   January 11-February 8, 2017 Winter:   February 6 - March 6, 2017 Spring:   March 20 - April 17, 2017 Spring - St. Andrew location:   April 17-May 15, 2017

Luther at Home

Fall: October 10-November 7, 2016
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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This course explores Luther in his home environment of Wittenberg. It will consider the physical setting (the city itself) as well as the people who inhabited Wittenberg— Luther's neighbors and students. The course will consider Luther's marriage and family life and its significance for subsequent generations of Protestant clergy. The final class of this course will include a tour of “Martin Luther and the Reformation” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 1:45-3:45 p.m.

 

 

Seminar Leaders:
  • Paul Daniels, Archivist and Curator, Luther Seminary
  • Gracia Grindal, Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric, Luther Seminary
  • Hans Wiersma, Associate Professor of Religion, Augsburg College

 

Faculty:

Mary Jane Haemig, Professor of Church History, Director of the Reformation Research Program

Martin Luther on Romans: The Shaping of a Reformer

Fall: October 10-November 7, 2016
Course Time: MONDAY AFTERNOON 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Martin Luther called Paul's letter to the Romans "the most important document in the New Testament … the gospel in its purest expression … a brilliant light to illumine the whole Bible." We’ll explore Luther's approach to interpreting the Scriptures and this letter's important themes of law, sin, grace, faith, righteousness, flesh and spirit. This deeply shaped Luther and the Reformation, and still has the power to shape our lives today.

 

 

Seminar Leader:

Instructor: James Boyce, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Too Busy to Live?: Finding Quality Life When No One Has the Time!

Fall-St. Andrew location: October 26-November 16, 2016
Course Time: WEDNESDAY EVENING 6:15-8:15 p.m.

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People say they have too many things going on. Life is overwhelming! Drawing upon current research, biblical perspectives, theological concepts and longstanding spiritual practices,we’ll delve into the dynamics of the “overwhelm.” You’ll develop core values and quality lifestyles framed by grace, vocation and Sabbath. Gain an enriched relationship with God and get life back!

This course also includes a copy of "Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time" by Brigid Schulte

Course Hours: 6:15-8:15 p.m.
Location: St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, Minn.

 

 

Seminar Leader:

Roland Martinson, Professor Emeritus of Children, Youth and Family, Luther Seminary

Food and Drink in the Biblical World

Winter - St. Andrew location: January 11-February 8, 2017
Course Time: WEDNESDAY EVENING 6:15-8:15 p.m.

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Food and drink are central to the stories, laws, poetry and images of Scripture. How do food and drink function in encounters, moments of anxiety, divine promise and more in the Bible? We’ll look at the Torah, historical books, the wisdom tradition, the prophets, the Psalms and the New Testament.

Seminar Leaders:
  • Diane Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament
  • Anna Grunner, Ph.D. student, Jewish Theological Seminary

Christians and our Religiously Pluralistic World

Winter: February 6 - March 6, 2017
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Five session will focus on the contemporary situation of our pluralistic religious world, how Christians in America are affected by these trends and the resources we might use to think about them. Session 1: The Global situation—Religion around the World: What are the global trends for religion these days? Session 2: The Local situation—Religion in America: What is the distinctive way in which religion operates within American society? Session 3: Case Study—Christianity and Islam: What are the issues between Christianity and Islam? Session 4: Religion and the New Immigrants to America—What are the religious effects of the most recent wave of immigration to the United States? Session 5: Christian Responses to these new situations—What are the biblical, theological and historical resources for Christians facing religious pluralism in the 21st century?

 

 

Faculty:

Mark Granquist, Associate Professor of Church History

Empire and the Old Testament Webcast available

Winter: February 6 - March 6, 2017
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Nearly all the books of the Bible came into being when the land of Judah was under some form of imperial domination. The political, social and economic realities of imperialism affected all aspects of life in ancient Israel, including religious observance and the production of texts. In this course we will use “empire” as a guiding concept for reading and interpreting the Old Testament. We will review the ancient political powers that held sway over Israel and Judah, and explore how those imperial pressures are reflected in both the style and content of biblical texts. Finally, we will compare and contrast ancient and modern empires, reflecting on how the Bible has been used both to justify and to resist modern imperial projects.

 

 

Faculty:

Cameron Howard, Assistant Professor of Old Testament

Preaching, Prayer and Pastoral Care of Martin Luther

Winter: February 6 - March 6, 2017
Course Time: MONDAY AFTERNOON 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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This course explores three different dimensions of Martin Luther and his work: Luther the preacher, Luther the teacher of prayer and Luther the provider of pastoral care. For each, we will look at key sources and reflect on the meaning of Luther's work both in his time and in our own.

 

 

Faculty:

Mary Jane Haemig, Professor of Church History, Director of the Reformation Research Program

Midway in My Life's Journey: Dante as a Guide to Life

Spring: March 20 - April 17, 2017
Course Time: MONDAY AFTERNOON 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Dante’s “Divine Comedy” is the greatest poem of medieval Christendom, if not of all time. His poem gathers up all of classical Greece and Rome and includes them in the Christian’s journey from the inferno of darkness and Hell, through Purgatory and then the ravishing beauties of Paradise. The class will read through the entire poem during the course, considering it both as a picture of the hereafter, but more importantly, as a guide to our own daily journey in the Christian life. The teacher will have just returned from two weeks of study on Dante’s epic in Florence, Italy.

 

 

Seminar Leader:

Gracia Grindal, Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric, Luther Seminary

Stewardship Through the Back Door Webcast available

Spring: March 20 - April 17, 2017
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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What do you associate with the word “stewardship?” For many of us, stewardship has strong associations with asking for money. But what if the point of stewardship was less about collecting tithes and offerings, and more about relationships—the relationship between us and God, and between us and our money and possessions? Embracing the claim that stewardship first invites us to discipleship (and not simply giving), this course will explore our relationship with money and possessions. Sessions will consider biblical, cultural, congregational, personal and practical points of view. 

 

 

Faculty:

Adam Copeland, Director of Stewardship Leadership

The Emergence of Elderhood

Spring: March 20 - April 17, 2017
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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First there was “childhood,” “adolescence,” “emerging adulthood” and “middlescence”—now comes “elderhood.” When does this life stage begin? Who are elders? What role do they have in families? In the church? In society? What are the possibilities? Participants will “hear” the voices of more than 50 people aged 55 years to 105 years who are taking on life day to day, and, in so doing are forging new pathways of presence, purpose and power in their own lives and the lives of their families, communities, churches and world. The fourth commandment, biblical wisdom, vocation and gifts of the Spirit will be set alongside emerging “folk wisdom” and current research to explore and expand the rich possibilities and responsibilities of elderhood’s strengths and fragility.

 

 

Seminar Leader:

Roland Martinson, Professor Emeritus of Children, Youth and Family Ministry, Luther Seminary

Lutherans and the Word of God

Spring - St. Andrew location: April 17-May 15, 2017
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Martin Luther read the Word, translated it into the common language, put it to music—and the world exploded with Holy Spirit energy. Lutherans have characteristic ways of reading, understanding the Word and living with the Word, which is at the heart of our lives and our congregations. This course will introduce and develop the Lutheran understandings of God's Word for us.

 

Faculty:

Rolf Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament and The Alvin N. Rogness Chair of Scripture, Theology and Ministry

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You may register online or complete and mail the printable form along with payment in full. Early registration is encouraged.

  • The fee for each course is $70, or $60 per course (includes webcasts ) when registering for three or more courses at one time.

  • The fee for congregation or groups to attend a course via webcast is $125.
  • New to Lay School? Choose your first class for just $35.
  • Two locations this year - see class offerings for location
    • Luther Seminary, Olson Campus Center, 1490 Fulham Street, St. Paul, Minn.
    • St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 13600 Technology Drive, Eden Prairie, Minn.