IMG_3437Below are the current course offerings for Michaelmas term 2017.


Michaelmas Courses

A WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: SIX REFORMATIONS IN EUROPE, 1517-1648

When the Augustinian friar, Martin Luther, went public with his 95 Theses on the evening of October 31, 1517, he had no idea that his protest against indulgences would turn the Church, the European political landscape and ultimately much of the Western world upside down. Luther’s efforts at reform inspired 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 are often blamed for having unleashed the devastating bloodshed of the Peasants’ War, the Schmakaldic 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?

Dr. Mark Ruff

Instructor: Dr. Mark Ruff, Associate Professor of Modern Germany at Saint Louis University

6-WEEK CLASS

Dates: Mondays, September 25 through October 30, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Location:
Christ Lutheran Church
1 Selma Ave.
Webster Groves, Mo. 63119

Tuition: $86 by September 15, $96 after

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DISCOVERING LUTHER’S DNA IN THE MUSIC OF HIS SPIRITUAL OFFSPRING

Dr. Mark Bangert will present a lecture to follow up on the concert of Reformation music presented by the Bach Society of St. Louis on October 29. Dr. Bangert believes that to fully grasp the depth and grandeur of the music of Bach, or many other composers in the Lutheran tradition, one must explore the roots of such music in Luther’s theology of music. Some themes he will touch on are Luther’s belief in the auditory nature of the Gospel, singing as a mark of the church, and music as holy pleasure.

For your information, the concert is October 29, 2017, 3:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, 100 E Adams Ave, Kirkwood MO 63122.

Martin Luther had a profound and lasting influence on sacred music and even Bach himself! Bach’s Reformation cantata Ein feste burg ist unser Gott and Heinrich Schütz’s Psalm 136 will highlight the program, along with an opportunity for audience participation in joyous Reformation hymns. Guest artists include: soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg, countertenor Jay Carter, tenor Gene Stenger and bass Curtis Streetman. Sponsored in part by Lutheran School of Theology and the St. Louis Friends of Heinrich Schütz. Click here for more information and tickets.

The Rev. Dr. Mark Bangert

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Mark Bangert

The Rev. Dr. Mark Banger is Professor of Pastoral Theology: Worship, and Music, emeritus, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Dr. Bangert has conducted many of J.S. Bach’s sacred, choral works.

AFTERNOON LECTURE

Date: Sunday, November 5
2:30-5:30 p.m.

Location:
Bethel Lutheran Church
7001 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63105

Tuition: $15

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PREACHING MARK: DYING AND RISING AGAIN IN THE DARKNESS

The gospel of Mark has long been considered derivative and defective, in part because it ignores Jesus’ origins and post-resurrection appearances, seems to have no implicit theology of atonement and seems to teach only the cost, not the shape, of a believer’s life. Dr. Niedner will show that its literary structure supports a pure, succinct theology of the cross, a message of hope and a pattern for living faithfully in a world experiencing the darkness of God-forsakeness.

Dr. Fred Nieder

Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Fred Niedner, Senior Research Professor in Theology at Valparaiso University.

ONE-DAY WORKSHOP

Date: Thursday, November 9
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

(This workshop is also offered as webinar. It is both interactive the day of the workshop or may be received as a recording to view later. The price is the same as physical attendance. If a minimum number do not sign up for the webinar/recording option, we will not be able to offer it. Information for signing in to the event in will be emailed to those who register.)

Location:
Aquinas Institute of Theology
23 S. Spring Ave.,
St. Louis, Mo. 63108

Tuition:
(lunch included) $45 by October 25, $50 after
On the payment form, please indicate whether you wish to attend in person or by webinar

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