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Kathleen 'Kadi' Billman

Kathleen "Kadi" Billman

'James Scherer

James Scherer

Wilhelm Linss

Wilhelm Linss

Philip Hefner

Philip Hefner

 

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50th Anniversary Forum: LSTC from 1962-1982


LSTC emeriti faculty share their memories of LSTC’s first two decades in a lunchtime forum on Thursday, October 18. What was it like to move three campuses into a new and very different location? What were the major challenges for the new seminary and what got it through those challenges? How did those first 20 years shape LSTC and how it fulfilled its mission?

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1) Introductions and LSTC Beginnings by Moderator Kathleen “Kadi” Billman, John H. Tietjen Professor of Pastoral Ministry: Pastoral Theology; Director of the M.Div. Programn. [Download and listen to MP3 file] Or press the arrow below to begin streaming audio.

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2) Comments by James Scherer professor emeritus of world mission and church history, 1970-1992; Dean, School of Missions at Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary (Maywood) and LSTC, 1957-1970; missionary to Japan, United Lutheran Church in America, 1952-1956.
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3) Comments by Wilhelm Linss, professor emeritus of New Testament, 1957-1992; director of admissions, 1968-1978; registrar, 1968-1970.
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4) Comments by Philip Hefner, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology; director of graduate studies, 1978-88; founder and director of Zygon Center for Religion and Science, 1988-2003; editor, Zygon Journal of Religion and Science, 1990 – 2009.
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5) Question and Answer Session.
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About the speakers

James Scherer, professor emeritus of world mission and church history, 1970-1992; Dean, School of Missions at Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary (Maywood) and LSTC, 1957-1970; missionary to Japan, United Lutheran Church in America, 1952-1956

Dr. Scherer began his teaching career in China in 1946, teaching English at the Yali Middle School in Changsha. He returned to the United States in 1949 and enrolled at Union Theological Seminary where he studied with Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich. He was ordained in 1952 and commissioned for missionary service in Japan. There he gained grassroots experience in parish evangelism, radio outreach, and student evangelism. In 1956 returned to the U.S. to become the dean of the newly created School of Missions at the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary (Maywood). 

Wilhelm Linss, professor emeritus of New Testament, 1957-1992; director of admissions, 1968-1978; registrar, 1968-1970

Wilhelm Linss was born and raised in Germany, where his family were faithful members of the confessional Lutheran church. At 18, during World War II, he was drafted into the German army. In 1945 he was taken a prisoner of war by American forces. While a prisoner in France, he began his studies at the Theological School for Prisoners of War in Montpellier. After his discharge, he completed his studies at Erlangen University and was ordained in the Bavarian Lutheran Church. He completed a Th.D. at University of Boston School of Theology in 1955. 

Dr. Linss joined the LSTC faculty in 1967, when Central Theological Seminary in Fremont, Neb., was merged into the school by the Lutheran Church in America. Before teaching at Central, Dr. Linss was assistant professor of philosophy and Christianity at Gustavus Adolphus College.  Although he had many roles at LSTC – admissions director, registrar, faculty marshal, acting director of graduate studies – he was, first and foremost, a teacher. In his 35 years of teaching at Central and LSTC, he witnessed and adapted to many changes.

Philip Hefner, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology; director of graduate studies, 1978-88; founder and director of Zygon Center for Religion and Science, 1988-2003; editor, Zygon Journal of Religion and Science, 1990 – 2009

Dr. Hefner joined the LSTC faculty in 1967, the year the seminary opened its doors in Hyde Park. He has said, “Wild horses couldn’t have kept me away. . .it was so exciting to be starting a new seminary. . .”

Phil Hefner is a historian and theologian whose “hobby” in religion and science came about by chance. In 1962, was invited to speak about science during Hartwick College’s religious emphasis week. He invited a friend with a degree in physics to join him and, the rest, as they say, is history. Dr. Hefner kept getting invitations to speak on what he calls his hobby: religion and science. He sees himself as a theologian who thinks about science. For the next 35 years, he became best known for his “hobby” – as director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science and editor of Zygon Journal.

 

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