In December, the president of CLS sent a response to the Board of Directors of Lutheran Church–Canada, outlining the faculty’s concerns about certain statements made in the Final Report of the Task Force on Cost-Efficient, Sustainable Seminary Education. This response focused on three areas which the seminary faculty believes need to be addressed. First is the question of bias and inaccuracies. The faculty believes that the tone of the document makes it appear that the financial situations in Edmonton and St. Catharines are equally in crisis. Second is the issue of pastoral formation. The Report focuses almost exclusively on course delivery, and gives only brief mention to other issues surrounding the formation of pastors, such as character development and pastoral skills, which can take place only with extensive personal contact. Third, the Report falls short in dealing with the practical implications involved in implementing its recommendations. Read the full report here (PDF).
LCC's Board of Directors announced a Feb. 10 deadline today for "any additional written submissions to the board" in regard to the Task Force on Cost-Efficient, Sustainable Seminary Education's Final Report.
CLS encourages all pastors and members of LCC congregations to read the full report and write a response to the Board of Directors before this four-week period has passed. (E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or send to 3074 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3K 0Y2)
*New* SPIRITUALITY Lecture Series begins in January 2011 - open invitation to lectures on campus and LIVE online web cast. Six consecutive lectures will be offered on alternating Thursday afternoons, beginning on January 27. All lectures will take place from 1 - 3 pm at Concordia Lutheran Seminary, and will be available live at www.concordiasem.ab.ca/CLSTV.php January 27: Spirituality and Human StrifeDr. Colleen HammermasterFebruary 10: Spirituality and Musical ArtsDr. Joy Berg and Dr. John HooperFebruary 24: Eastern Christian Spirituality as expressed by Ukrainian Catholics in CanadaFather Greg Faryna, Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, Edmonton AB.March 17: The pastor and PrayerRev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, LCC presidentMarch 31: Aboriginal Spirituality and Christian Faith in Canada Dr. Patricia McCormack, Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta.April 14: Elements of a Lutheran Spirituality Dr. Manfred Zeuch, president of CLS.