LSTC Learning Communities

What are Learning Communities?

The LSTC Learning Communities is a series of theological education programs, hosted in the spring and fall of each year, that were developed to enhance lay theological education, enrich parish learning programs, and build a stronger relationship between the seminary and its constituent congregations.

All Sunday sessions are held live via zoom with the teaching faculty member. Wednesday sessions are facilitated by an instructor who will use a recording of a Sunday session.

Launched in 2021-22, the program was created and steered by a group of LSTC volunteers and LSTC and supported by LSTC faculty.

Join the Learning Communities series, Spring 2023

Why We Should Care about Luther: Martin Luther on the Holy Spirit and Christian Life

Headshot of Candace Kohli

Register for the Spring Learning Communities here.

We invite you to join us for an extraordinary 4-part series, sponsored by LSTC Learning Community series, that explores the topic, “Why We Should Care about Luther: Martin Luther on the Holy Spirit and Christian Life.”

Dr. Candace Kohli, assistant professor of Lutheran Systematic Theology and Global Lutheranism at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, will lead this dynamic course Sunday for 4 Sundays, beginning February 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Or you can join a facilitated session using Sunday’s session recording, beginning March 1 on Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 8:30pm.

As a Luther scholar and esteemed member of the LSTC faculty, Dr. Kohli (pronounced Ko-lee) is an enthusiastic fan of Martin Luther. As she tells her students, “Luther’s cool for multiple reasons. Unlike other theologians, he’s animated, and you get a sense of his personality. He’s rude, he’s bawdy, he talks about excrement and there’s something amusing about him. You get a sense of him as a person. His ideas are totally revolutionary, and they literally changed the world.”

Whether pastor, follower, or parishioner, join Dr. Kohli as she takes us on a journey to explore Luther’s ideals and ideas as they translate into today’s modern society, and you’ll discover … or rediscover, why we should all care about Luther.

Session 1 
Sunday, February 26 (live)
Wednesday, March 1 (facilitated)

This session will explore the following questions:

  • What was Luther doing?
  • What was Luther’s reform all about?
  • How does it translate into today’s modern society?

Session 2
Sunday March 5 (live)
Wednesday March 8 (facilitated)

This session will explore the following questions:

  • What does Luther say about the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit’s role in the Christian life?

Session 3
Sunday March 12 (live)
Wednesday March 15 (facilitated)

  • What were Luther’s spiritual practices?  
  • How did he fan those “spiritual” flames?  
  • What were Luther’s prayer practices?  
  • What are some other prayer practices in the Christian world?

Session 4
Sunday, March 19 (live)
Wednesday March 22 (facilitated)

  • What do you do with what we’ve learned? 
  • Why should we care about the Spirit?  
  • Are we aware of the Spirit in our everyday lives?

How Can I Support LSTC Learning Communities?

As we continue the development of Learning Communities, your support is essential to reach the full potential of the program. The next phase of development includes:

  • Expanding the breadth of the course offerings
  • Improving the “delivery system” to make the classes more accessible and to allow sufficient time for interactive learning
  • Scaling the program so that it can easily expand to more networks and more congregations
  • Establishing a financial support structure that will fund the program without making it prohibitively expensive

For the past two years the Learning Communities have been largely funded by a small group of “underwriters”. Over the next two years we would like the Learning Communities to become fully self-funding and more significantly, potentially contributing to a scholarship fund for future seminarians and LSTC students. To realize this vision, we humbly request that you become a subscriber to LSTC Learning Communities by making a 3 year $100/year contribution.

Please use the form below to make your pledge online. To view instructions for mailing a check or other ways to donate, visit this page.

For more information on Learning Communities at LSTC, please visit our facebook page here. You can see the event on facebook here.

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