ELCA Southern Ohio Synod Lay School of Theology Autumn 2015 offerings

The Southern Ohio Synod of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) invites Lutherans and Episcopalians from throughout southern Ohio to participate in the autumn 2015 offerings of its Lay School of Theology (LST). This shared endeavor offers an opportunity for Lutherans and Episcopalians to learn and discuss together for the sake of the Common Mission to which we are called.

Since 2006, the LST has provided education/formation opportunities designed both for lay ministers and for the average person in the pew. Its offerings allow participants to engage in “theological studies with their peers and with encouragement and guidance from a faculty consisting of seminary professors and members of the clergy and lay staff of congregations.” The days are “filled with quality lectures, animated discussion groups, good food, and a little time for relaxing conversation.”

The fall series at the Dayton-area location (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, at the corner of Stroop Rd. and Ackerman Blvd. in Kettering) will be an “Introduction to the New Testament,” led by the Rev. Mike Kreutzer, rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Dayton. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, September 19, October 17, November 7, and December 19. The cost for the series is $50. The host church will provide lunch for all participants, with free-will offerings welcome. The book, which will serve as a starter for the instruction and discussions, is Mark Allan Powell’s Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey (Baker Academic, 2009).

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, September 19, October 24, November 14, and December 12, the LST will be offering another series at Calvary Lutheran Church, 74 Main St. in Chillicothe. The Rev. Steve Kimpel, a pastor in the Southern Ohio Synod, will be leading a series examining “The Prophets Then and Now.” The cost for the series is $50. The host church will provide lunch for all participants, with free-will offerings welcome. The books to be used are Marvin Sweeney’s The Prophetic Literature (Abingdon Press, 2005) and Walter Brueggemann’s Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks (Eerdmans, 2014).

Please visit http://www.southernohiosynod.org/aws/SOS/pt/sp/faith_lay_school to print a registration form for either series. For more information about the Dayton series, please contact the Rev. Mike Kreutzer at 937.256.1082 or makreutzer@ameritech.net. For the Chillicothe series, please contact the Rev. Steve Kimpel at 937.269.2863 or s_kimpel@yahoo.com.