Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) 2021 graduate Katrina Steingraeber, associate pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Rockford, Ill., will present “Looking at Today’s World Through the Psalms,” Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. CDT. It is her project for the Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge. She is one of four seminarians or recent ELCA graduates chosen to participate in the 2021 challenge. Register here to attend her online presentation.
This year, under the theme “Imagining Scriptural Encounters in the New Normal,” the Hein-Fry Challenge will probe “the new normal” as it unfolds and experiment with ways to help participants deepen their encounter with Scripture and strengthen their relationship with God.
The four online presentations are:
- Kaylie Ines from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., will present “Hope Remains: A Creation Care Faith Study” on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. Pacific time.
- Aneel Trivedi from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, will present “Return to Baptism, Return to a New Normal” on Friday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m. Central time.
- Katrina Steingraeber from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will present “Looking at Today’s World Through the Psalms” on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 10:00 a.m. Central time.
- Melissa Harris from United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa., will present “Environmental Stewardship: Reconsidering the Creation Narratives in the 21st Century” on Friday, Oct. 29, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.
The Rev. Dr. Diane Jacobson will serve as online host.
About the Hein-Fry Challenge
Presented by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the annual Hein-Fry Challenge seeks to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of faithful, innovative and effective ways to teach and learn Scripture. The event is sponsored by the seven ELCA seminaries, the Hein-Fry planning team and the ELCA Book of Faith Initiative.
Every year, one student from each seminary is invited to develop and present a class or series for people both familiar and unfamiliar with biblical texts. In follow-up, the students are invited to report their findings.
The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge is an endowed theological lecture series established after the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) merged into the ELCA in 1988. The series combines the ALC’s Dr. Carl Christian Hein Memorial Seminary Lectures and the LCA’s Franklin Clark Fry Theological Lectures.
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