Friday, December 25, 2009

Live online course for Laity

This winter, CLS offers an online non-credit extension course using a video conference distance delivery format for the first time.
What does this mean? Pres. Manfred Zeuch will be offering a Quest course over four Tuesdays in January and February covering the topic of Christian Ethics for Daily Life. We will bring participants to the class from across the country through the use of video conferencing technology. If you have access to a computer with a browser and high speed internet, you can take part in this course! As a participant, you will log in to the website to see and hear the live lecture each Tuesday, and you will be able to ask questions by typing into an online chat (much like Messenger or Skype). More technical information can be found here. This first trial for online extension courses has a nominal registration fee of $25 per person.
Time & Date: 7:30pm - 9:30 January 26, February 2, 9, 16.
To register for the classes contact Sandra Esperanza at development@concordiasem.ab.ca or 780-474-1468, ext. 229

Friday, December 11, 2009

Seminarians to travel to Thailand and Cambodia

If you heard about a seminary course on parish immersion you would likely visualize seminary students working with a local pastor and congregation; but a different look at parish life is in store for 2nd year seminarians. For the first time, CLS is taking a group of five seminary students to Southeast Asia to see how parishes operate in a very different environment. From December 31st to January 21st, Dr. Edward Kettner, who is travelling to Thailand and Cambodia to teach seminary courses, will accompany the students, Stephen Bartlett, Michael Montague, James Prophet, Darren Dressler and Timothy Schneider as they encounter a new culture. The trip is funded from the seminary’s Missionary Study Centre grant provided by the Marvin M. Schwan Foundation.
Although this is the first time the seminary has taught the parish immersion course overseas, several years ago two students accompanied Dr. Norman Threinen to Ukraine.
“This approach reflects the practical focus of our curriculum,” explained Dr. Kettner, who also serves as academic dean. “From my own experience, I know this experience will play an important role in the pastoral formation of these students.”
“It’s important that LCC’s seminary students have the opportunity to experience a mission field,” noted Dr. Kettner. “Some of them may discover a new area of ministry to which the Lord may be calling them.”
Please pray for a valuable learning and growing experience for these students and professor, and for their safe return as they travel overseas.
 
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