Monday, October 30, 2006

Dr. Roland Miller discusses loving your neighbour

Dr. Miller was in Edmonton last week as a guest lecturer at Concordia University College of Alberta on Thursday, October 26. The topic of his lecture was "Christian-Muslim Relations: Dealing with Memories, De-Radicalizing the Present, Constructing the Future". Dr. Miller is an alumnus of Concordia University College of Alberta, a professor emeritus from three institutions and a former missionary in India.

After completing his theological studies in St. Louis, Dr. Miller received M.A and Ph.D. degrees in Islamic Studies from the Hartford Seminary Foundation. Dr. Miller served as an ordained missionary of the Lutheran Church in India from 1953 – 1976, residing in the Muslim-majority community of Malappuram, Kerala. An internationally known Islamicist with a specialization in Indian Islam, he is regarded as the leading authority on the Mappila Muslims of Kerala.

From 1976 – 1993, Dr. Miller was Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Luther College at the University of Regina. In 1993 he received the university’s Award for Excellence in Under-graduate teaching. From 1993 – 1999, Dr. Miller was a visiting professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, where he directed the institutions now well-known graduate program in Islamic Studies. For ten years (1992 – 2002), he chaired the Lutheran World Federation’s Dialogue Program – Islam Section, during which time he traveled extensively throughout the Muslim world.

Dr. Miller is the author of several books and many articles in the fields of Islamics, India Studies, Christian Thought and Missiology. His most recent books include Muslim Friends: Their Faith and Feeling; Christian-Muslim Dialogue; Theological and Practical Issues and Muslims and the Gospel: Bridging the Gap. He is currently working on a volume entitled "Mappila Muslim Culture" which will be published in India.

On Friday morning, faculty and students at the seminary had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Miller and ask him questions in a more intimate setting.

He told the seminarians that his mission felt very unsuccessful for the first 13 years, until a respected teacher asked him, "Do you really love the Muslims?" He didn't mean 'love' as a sociological concept, but real love - the desire to be a friend, to care about them as people. The turning point was when he became interested in their culture and in them as people.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

1 week 'til Reformation Day

The Seminary community is observing Reformation Day on Tuesday, October 31st with a Reformation Service in the Seminary Chapel at 7:30 pm. Professor Jonathan Kraemer will be preaching. All are welcome!

Friday, October 20, 2006

Director of Development position

The seminary is currently seeking candidates for the position of Director of Development. The director, under the general direction of the president, shall be the chief administrative officer to develop and conduct short-term and long-term gift income and public relations programs and activities for the seminary. The director shall assist the president in interpreting and conveying the image and needs of Concordia Lutheran Seminary to the church and the public thought institutional publication and news releases, and shall assume responsibility for the success of achieving gift income objectives. The director shall identify research, qualify and cultivate, and personally visit legitimate prospects for capital, endowment, and legacy gifts. The director shall be responsible for the efficient operation of any support staff assigned to the development and public relations office. Applicants for the position should have a bachelor's degree and experience in the areas of fund raising and public relations. Advanced training in public relations and/or fundraising would be helpful. Commitment to the mission of Concordia Lutheran Seminary and Lutheran Church-Canada is essential. Resumes, including educational background and three references, should be sent to the presidents' office, Concordia Lutheran Seminary, 7040 Ada Blvd, Edmonton, AB T5B 4E3, or emailed to The application deadline is November 30, 2006, and interviews for the position will start shortly thereafter.

Upcoming Event!

Next Friday, October 27, the seminary will be hosting two special
educational events!

From 1:30 to 3:00pm there will be a Round-table discussion on "The Formation of Lutheran Church-Canada: The Inside Story." Members of the roundtable will include Dr. Edwin Lehman (First president of LCC as an autonomous church body), Mr. Ian Adnams (LCC Director of Communications), and Dr. Norman Threinen. This event is sponsored by the Lutheran Church-Canada Cultural Properties Committee, and will be held in the Seminary Chapel.

From 3:15 to 5:00pm there will be a book launch for Dr. Threinen's newest book, "The Religious-Cultural Mosaic: A History of Lutherans in Canada" . This event is sponsored by the Concordia Lutheran Seminary and the Lutheran Historical Institute, and will be held in the Seminary Library. Come meet the author and stay for refreshments.

Both events are open to the public.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

QUEST Begins Tonight

Dr. Kettner leads “Responding to Cults
Tuesdays at 7:30
Oct. 17 & 24; Nov. 7 & 14
Call 474-1468 for details

Monday, October 02, 2006

Thank You!

Several gifts from the Concordia Lutheran Semiary Guild were celebrated in our chapel service today.

In following with its annual tradition, the Guild presented first year students Jeff Dul and Ling Pui Yeong with copies of The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (Kolb/Wengert) and The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel (C.F.W. Walther).

A special gift of a Baptismal font, made by Stuart Jansen, husband of Guild Chair Marilyn Jansen, was also presented to the whole seminary community, and dedicated during the service. The font has two primary purposes: to help pastoral students prepare to administer and celebrate in the parish the gift of baptism, and to remind all worshippers in the seminary chapel of their own baptism. The silver bowl inside the font was previously used by Bethel Lutheran Church in Edmonton, and had been presented there by the Jr. Confirmation class in May of 1972. Posted by Picasa
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