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Online Course Instructions

We're delighted to offer selected Lay School courses online. These instructions will help you get set up and get connected to your course.

Lay School webcasts

Lay School Courses

Fall:   October 10-November 7, 2016 Winter:   February 6 - March 6, 2017 Spring:   March 20 - April 17, 2017

Coping with Change (when you're not in charge) Webcast available

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

Individual Registration  (webcast or classroom)
Group Registration  (webcast only)

In five weeks together, we'll look at the New Testament to catch a glimpse of how early communities of believers in Jesus tried to live as disciples of their Lord in the complex and sometimes hostile atmosphere of the Roman Empire. Many of the questions that continue to beset us--how far do we go in accommodating to the values of our larger social world; how do we and when must we speak from our Christian values; how do we discern the need for a variety of behaviors in a variety of contexts to beset us. With Scripture as our guide, we'll enter the world of early believers, subjects of the Roman Empire, in order to learn more about our own discipleship.

 

 

Seminar Leader:

Instructor: Sarah Henrich, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Empire and the Old Testament Webcast available

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

Individual Registration  (webcast or classroom)
Group Registration  (webcast only)

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

Stewardship Through the Back Door Webcast available

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

Individual Registration  (webcast or classroom)
Group Registration  (webcast only)

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

Course handouts online

View course handouts for current Lay School courses.

How do I connect to my online course?

You will need a broadband (cable or DSL) connection to receive the audio and video broadcast for your webcast. A minimum speed of 2.5 Mbps is required. To verify the speed of your connection select "Begin Test" at: https://joincheck.gotowebinar.com/

The video and chat connection web address will be emailed to you 5-7 days before the webcast begins. You can test your setup with a sample video stream.

2016 - 2017 Lay School course offerings