Sunday, December 26, 2010

What does it mean to be Lutheran?

“What does it mean to be Lutheran?” is the next Quest class offered at CLS. Rev. Lorne Manweiler, Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, Wetaskiwin, AB, will teach on this topic over four Tuesday evenings, beginning on January 27th.
This Quest class is offered as a webcast for distant students. Click here for more details.
  • Date: 7:00pm - 9:00 Jan 25, Feb 1, 8, 15.
  • Cost: $25 per person for the series (in person and via webcast).
To register for the classes contact Sandra Esperanza at development@concordiasem.ab.ca or 780-474-1468, ext. 229

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Seminarians Prepare to Take Wing (and you can help!)

CLS needs two congregations to participate in a weekend of practical experience with a seminarian. Each year, a handful of Western Canadian congregations are matched up with second-year seminarians to share in the Take Wing project which is sponsored by the CLS Guild. Since it began, Take Wing has landed in dozens of Lutheran Church–Canada congregations, from Thunder Bay, Ont., to Vancouver Island and offers students practical experience, assistance for pastors and congregations, and a look at how ministers are made.

On the weekend of January 21st to 23rd, four seminarians are prepared to visit congregations throughout Lutheran Church–Canada. Two congregations have already requested visits, but at this point there is still a need to assign two more. If your congregation would like to participate in this formative and edifying activity, contact Daniel Deyell, the seminary's Director of Development (and coordinator of Take Wing).

Congregations participating in the program are expected to make students feel welcome, greeting them at the airport Friday night and dropping them off Sunday. They are also expected to help students with local transportation and room and board for two nights and the chance to serve.

Guild sponsorship includes cost of travel and a modest stipend for the students.

Congregations are also encouraged to contact the seminary to invite students for future Take Wing experiences.

For more information contact Daniel Deyell at the seminary at 780-474-1468 extension 230.

Friday, December 03, 2010

New Chapel Art

CLS received a unique donation from Cornelis [Neil] Prinsen this summer. Neil is a retired art teacher from Vancouver and a Christian artist who has shown internationally. When he heard about the Seminary's desire to inject art into its physical environment, he offered a relief sculpture that fits wonderfully into the chapel space and brings a focus for reflection as people gather for worship.
“Golgotha” is a triptych in mixed media based on the earlier works of the stations of the cross. Neil uses the tau cross because, he says, “I was afraid the other cross is used so much and has become a cliché. I didn’t want it to be nice. The varnished cross at the front of churches is too nice. I use metal because it’s hard, difficult, tough, like machines of war, hostile. Rough wood is used to keep the image rough. Blackness echoes darkness over whole earth and the darkness of the crucifixion. Red is a reference to blood. I wanted to use text but not to be read. It’s in black on black and runs on in letters to make the words less obvious, they are there to be discovered. The work exhibits a pattern that would every now and then make itself clear.”
The students, faculty, and staff are thankful to Neil for this rich addition to our chapel.
Cornelis [Neil] Prinsen and Golgotha, just prior to installation in the CLS Chapel
 
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