Lutheran School of Theology in St. Louis Spring Courses 2018

CHRIST AND CULTURE THROUGH THE AGES: Our Faith and Current Issues

How have Christians over the centuries related to their societies? How does our faith relate to what is going on in our country and world today? To help with this, the class will first make use of H. Richard Niebuhr’s classic Christ & Culture with its five different models for engaging the world. Dr. Crews will then offer some new approaches.

The teacher is The Rev. Dr. Warren Crews, Adjunct Faculty, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.; Priest Associate, Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Webster Groves, Mo.

This is a four week class meeting on Tuesdays from April 24 through May 15 from 7:00 to 9:30 p. m.  It will meet at Christ Lutheran Church 1 Selma Ave., Webster Groves, MO 63119.  Tuition is $59 if paid by April 15 or $64 after.

Register at www.lststl.org/courses, by phone at 314-918-2556 (leave a message), or by mail with check to LST, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119.

 

PORTALS TO THE DIVINE: The Role of Art in Indigenous Belief, Myth and Ritual

Humans of diverse and completely unconnected cultures have come to strikingly similar conclusions about life, death and spirituality – and for many, art objects, from tribal masks to ornate baskets of ancestral bones, play a central role in interpreting the human experience and influencing the divine.   

Making abundant use of rich images of objects made by peoples from all over the world, and over scores of centuries, this class will explore the beliefs and practices of indigenous religions, the creation and use of sacred objects, and their surprising parallels in Christianity.

The instructor is The Rev. Richard Wehrs, ELCA pastor and artist in Peoria, Ill.  He has a Master of

Fine Arts degree in studio art, with a minor in art history focused on indigenous cultures of pre-Christian Africa, the pre-Columbian Americas, and Oceania (New Zealand, Micronesia, Polynesia, etc.).

This half-day workshop is Saturday, April 28, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., at Christ Lutheran Church, 1 Selma Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63119.

Tuition is $25 by April 20, and $30 after.

Register at www.lststl.org/courses by phone at 314-918-2556 (leave a message), or by mail with check to LST, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119.

 

A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: The Reformations in Europe, Part 2

When Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the evening of Oct. 31, 1517, he had no idea that his protest would turn the Church, the European political landscape and much of the Western world upside down. Dr. Ruff, having covered the German Reformation in a previous class,  will examine in this class the upheaval created by five subsequent waves of reform--the Swiss, Radical, Calvinist, English and Catholic reformations.  They complicated already fraught relations between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Europe. New religious ideas ware often blamed for having unleashed the devastating bloodshed of the Peasants' War, the Schmalkaldic Wars, the Thirty Years War, and the English Civil Wars. But how much of the ensuing conflict stemmed from political tensions? And how did religious change upend the political structures of Europe?

The instructor is Dr. Mark Ruff, Professor of History at Saint Louis University.  The three-session class will meet Thursdays, May 3 through 17 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 1 Selma Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63119.

Tuition is $42 by April 25, $47 after.

Register at www.lststl.org/courses by phone at 314-918-2556 (leave a message), or by mail with check to LST, 475 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119.

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