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Thursday, October 11th, 2007
1:57 pm
So this comm seems pretty dead...
Hey, I created a new LJ community to discuss the weekly texts!  Want to come take a look at <lj user="textstudy"> and see if you want to join?
Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
9:40 pm
Prayer request

Please include my Pastor and her family ( along with our congregation and community) in your prayers, she is not expected to live through the night.  I can not come to tyoe adequately the situation so I am pasting the e-mail I received from my other Pastor...

Dear Family in Christ,
       It is 4:00 pm on Tuesday (Jan.9).  I have just returned from being with Pastor Amy and her family at the James Hospital (Ohio State University).  Her doctors have informed them that Amy is expected to die "within hours or days."  She is able to recognize her family and speak faintly to them.  Tom asked me to share this most recent information with you.  Your prayers, care, concern and love are of tremendous support to the Fauquet's.  As you might expect, Pastor Amy is strong in faith and the Spirit.  She knows that soon she will see Jesus "face to face."
The Lord's richest blessings of comfort and peace be with us all,    Pastor Bill

i apologize to those who have already seen this since i cross posted in a couple of communities

Current Mood: doesn't even fully describe th
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
5:04 pm
Status Confessionis
We had a conversation in class today about the dangers and PR benefits of equating various political/ethical viewpoints with the Gospel, i.e. "If you don't think _____ you aren't a Christian." What do you think about this? Are there things you'd put on that list?
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
8:08 pm
October, 31, 2006... You know what this means!

Just curious as to what you did today to celebrate.

-Jeshohiah, from
Sunday, September 10th, 2006
8:45 pm
The Kyoto Declaration on Confronting Violence and Advancing Shared Security
August 2006


Representing all major religious traditions and every region of the world, more than eight
hundred religious leaders from over one hundred countries convened in Kyoto, Japan as
the Eighth World Assembly of the World Conference of Religions for Peace to address
the theme, “Confronting Violence and Advancing Shared Security.” We, the Assembly
Delegates, come from the global Religions for Peace network of local, national, regional,
and international inter-religious councils and groups, as well as networks of youth and
women of faith. We recognize and build on the significant contributions and statements
of youth and women of faith made in their respective assemblies.
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Friday, August 25th, 2006
12:42 am
What is your opinion on the baker encyclopedia on christian apologetics?
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
7:30 pm
This "Community" Thing
I started at a Lutheran seminary this past winter, and one of the things that I've encountered that is completely alien to me (I am not a Christian) is this whole community thing.

I really don't know exactly what question to ask about it. It just seems pretty foreign to me and I am not sure how it actually works. I still feel pretty marginal at the seminary. Since I am not Christian, there are some things there that I won't be involved in.

I've always been a bit of a loner, with no more than one or two friends in my life. So I don't know what to make with everyone knowing each other and doing everything together.

On the one hand I would love love love to be part of a community, but on the other hand I am a bit of a loner and it does not really occur to me to be doing things in a group with people simply because we are labeled "part of the same community".

What does this phrase mean, anyway? I understand its importance theologically, but what does it all entail? Surely one can't be expected to like everyone. I've already met a couple people that I dislike (though not many).

I just don't know how a church community works and what it is all about, I guess.
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
4:36 pm
Calling all Library Sciencers
Working here at Lineberger Memorial Library at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary I have encountered a number of problems obtaining books from Gettysburg Seminary in Pennsylvania. I heard from my supervisors that Gettysburg is badly short-staffed and in need of regular staff as well as people with more advanced degrees in the Library Sciences. They prefer someone with both a Library Science degree as well as some Theological education, but at this point I don't think they're beeing too picky. I just figured that this message might find someone who is looking for that line of work.

Current Mood: chipper
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
5:35 pm
Shortage of Pastors ELCA
I have been trying to find clear statistics on how many parishes are without pastors in the ELCA. I can find if an individual church is without leadership and could theoretically go through them all and do the statistics myself but does anyone know if there are good statistics published anywhere?
Monday, April 24th, 2006
12:49 pm
Is there anyone here from either WELS or ELS?? New to the site and I am just looking.
Thursday, April 20th, 2006
2:20 am
Strange Question
I have a strange question. How often do people resist their call before they accept it or is a true call so moving that you embrace it straight out?
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
7:38 pm
A friend and I, who are both Lutherans although different denominations, have been having a discussion about pastors today and their roles in the church and their parishes. She has put forth the idea that contemplative pastors more in the catholic tradition are fine, especially if they have a wife who is very friendly. I however have put forth the idea that it is more important that they be the friendly spiritual caretakers who is always there for people when they need a smiling face. While certainly an ideal pastor would be everything but unfortunately no one is perfect. So what are others opinions on the subject.
Thursday, March 23rd, 2006
9:51 pm
Prayers for LTSS
This Monday evening a young man, Derick Grooms and his sister were walking across campus when another man, who was hiding in the bushes shot him five to seven times. A classmate of mine witnessed the event. Other students heard the gunshots and ran out to help Derick. Many of the students here are second-carreer people, one of them was a nurse, another an emt. Needless to say, it was a late night for many. Some accompanied Derick's mom and sister to the hospital, others gave statements to the police, others prayed, others laid awake unable to sleep. I didn't hear about this until the next morning.
Later that day we gathered in daily chapel and were given the news that Derick had died. He left behind his mother, sister, friends, family, and a fiance.
Tonight we had a service for the restoration of peace held immediatly after our usual Thurday evening service. Many of the victim's family and friends attended. After we were dismissed from the first service we gathered at the baptismal font and processed out to Arlington street on which the event occurred. We sang, handbells were played, we sprinkled the area with water and incense and for the next 30 minutes you could hear the hopeless screams of the bereaved.
It's not like on T.V., folks. As my coworker said tonight "You can't fake a scream like that."
Pray for Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, for it's students and professors
Pray for the victim's family that they may find hope
Pray for the Eau Claire neighborhood, that joy may be restored even yet as we keep this event in our rememberance
Pray finally, for the perpetrator of this horrible crime and for those who surround him, that the Light of Christ may break through the dark cloud that they wander through each day.
Saturday, March 11th, 2006
8:24 am
Are there any Lutheran seminaries in Italy? I can't seem to find any on the net. Thanks.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2006
12:45 am
first year
Hey...just found y'all.
I'm a first year student in Chicago. I'm MDiv right now and i've been doing alright my first year. I'm glad i'm here...but i'm finding it difficult to stay here. Mostly just because of finances. Anyone else having the same problems? Does anyone know any good funding sources besides "The Fund"?

Also...i'm just curious...what do other people take their first year? Here's a run-down of my course load my first year:
Pentateuch and Wisdom Literature
Church History I (up to Reformation)
Beginning Greek
Leadership in Public Life
Lutheran Confessions
Jesus and the Gospels
Issues in Urban Ministry
Pastoral Care and Counseling

Glad I found y'all and hope that this community stays lively!
Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
5:30 am
Talk to me here people
Okay so I asked this type of question in a different group but tried to be discreet about how it relates to me and what the real issue is, which is silly as I prefer to just cut to the point and be blunt so that’s what I'm going to do here. Well first off I'm LCMS. I have a few people who are very close and dear to me who left the LCMS church due to conflicts with the pastor (not doctrine) and went to an ELCA church that they say is conservative and believes in the same things as the LCMS does. Now they are trying to convince me it's okay to switch over to the ELCA church and that it doesn't matter that the ELCA denomination has conflicting views with our beliefs. To say the least they are wearing me down, so I'm looking for what you guys have to say on the subject. Am I actually going too far by refusing to go to an ELCA church because of what the denominations beliefs are and not the congregations? (Distance to a different LCMS church is not a factor or problem in the situation if you were thinking that, as I myself have switched over to a different LCMS church)
Monday, January 2nd, 2006
12:42 pm
Hello all, I start at a Lutheran Seminary tomorrow! Thought I would say hello. I'm not Lutheran (or Christian, actually), but I think I will fit in pretty well there.
Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
4:29 pm
I can't remember the last time I saw something posted here, so I thought I'd post something...

Advent 2 + Luke 21:25-36 + Vicar Charles Lehmann

Comments welcome, as always!

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Friday, October 28th, 2005
5:07 pm
discernment process
Hi all,

I stumbled across this site and thought I'd join. I'm currently in the discernment process for rostered/ordained ministry with the ELCA. I'm very uncertain as to whether or not becoming clergy is really what God has in store for me but I'm trying to be open and explore my options. Part of my uncertainty lies in the fact that I am gay. Yes, I understand this is a "hot button" topic and I don't wish to get into the arguments of whys and wherefores or otherwise argue about it here. I already understand the difficulties I would face in regard to the ELCA's current policy as well as how divided people are even within the ELCA about GLBT involvement in the church, period. I merely seek some understanding companions on the journey. May the Lord bless and keep you all.

Thursday, September 15th, 2005
3:25 pm
new here...
Hello, all!

I don't know why I'm spending so much time putzing around on the computer today - I certainly have enough to do! However, I found this community and couldn't pass it up. My name is Alissa and I'm a second-year student at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, though not sure if I intend to stay here for the long haul or not. Just looking to keep in touch with some like minds and maybe meet some peers and colleagues.

Well, off to another engaging supervisory meeting at my Ministry in Context (MIC) parish!

Current Mood: bored
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