Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Courses and Fees

Browse 2016-2017 classes

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

Spring:   March 20 - April 17, 2017 Spring - St. Andrew location:   April 17, 24, & May 1, 2017

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.

Professor Grindal will use John Ciardi's translation and teach from it.

Seminar Leader:

Gracia Grindal, Professor Emeritus of Rhetoric, Luther Seminary

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, 24, & May 1, 2017
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 6:30-8p

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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. 


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.