Luther Seminary’s School for Lay Ministry is open to all people interested in training to more fully serve in a variety of ministry roles in their congregations. Many ELCA synods provide lay schools of ministry that offer certification after training to lay people. The courses below were designed in partnership with the synods of the ELCA of Northeastern, Northwestern and Southwestern Minnesota; and Eastern and Western North Dakota to fulfill some of the requirements for these synods.
What in the world was going on in that church? Together we will get to the know Corinth, some of the Corinthians and their ideas about what it meant to live as Christians. We'll read Paul's Corinthians correspondence with an eye out for their questions, assumptions and new ways of imagining life the world. How did (do) ordinary folk (like us) discern God's will for life in a complex society? The Corinthians had lots of questions and lots of possible answers. Come along for the ride and see how Paul helps them frame their questions and possibly our own as well.
Faith and Firearms
America is in a fight over its guns. And, as is often the case in American society, religion factors into the dispute. Although offensive to some, for many gun enthusiasts, it is quite natural to weave together God, faith, church and Jesus in the same sentence as guns, firearms and weapons. For others, faith provides a rich resource for critically addressing gun violence issues in society. It is no surprise that guns have been integrated into discourses about faith, for guns, like religion, deal with the profound human realities of life, death, will, power and freedom.
The conversation around guns in America, however, suffers from a lack of deep listening and productive conversation, especially when it comes to talking with those on the "other side." As people of faith, it is all the more important that we learn how to engage in contentious conversations in ways that are respectful, loving and productive. All Christians, whatever their political views, have one reality in common: They are graciously gathered by Christ at the cross, where they are both condemned and saved, accused and justified. Life at the foot of the cross, where Christ’s promise is for us, is the broad reality from which we engage in ethical and political discourse.
This course will not only present the qualitative research done as part of the Faith and Firearms Project, but will also use that research as a starting point for deep conversations among class participants about the role of guns in American society and the church. Students should come with open hearts, curiosity, and questions. Every voice on this issue is welcome, as long as it is accompanied by respect.