Kristallnacht 2016

Airing of “Joe’s Violin” to Commemorate Kristallnacht

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“Joe’s Violin,” a 24-minute documentary film featuring a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor and a young who receives his beloved violin, will be aired during the annual Kristallnacht commemoration at 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 9, in the Gloria Dei Worship Center at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E. Main Street.

A panel discussion will take place following the screening, which is free and open to the public. Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) recalls the series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9–10, 1938. The program at Trinity is presented in partnership with The Jewish Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation of Columbus, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Capital University.

The film, directed by Kahane Cooperman, tells the story of Joseph Feingold, a Polish Holocaust survivor, who donates the violin he has had for 70 years to a local instrument drive. The violin ends up in the hands of a 12-year-old Bronx schoolgirl and the lives of both Feingold and the girl are forever changed.

2016 Spring Commencement Recap

Commencement for Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Bexley Seabury Seminary was held on Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. in Mees Hall on the Capital University campus. Bishop William O. Gafkjen was this year's Commencement speaker, a copy of his speak can be downloaded here.

Prior to that, there was a Commencement Eucharist at 10 a.m. in Gloria Dei Chapel. Dr. Walter Taylor gave the Eucharist sermon. You can view a copyhere.

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Commencement for Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Bexley Seabury Seminary was held on Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m. in Mees Hall on the Capital University campus.
Prior to that, there was a Commencement Eucharist at 10 a.m. in Gloria Dei Chapel. Dr. Thomas E. Ludwig was this year's Commencement speaker.

For a copy of Ludwig's Commencement address, click here.
Note: Ludwig makes reference in his speech to PowerPoint images which we are unable to include here.

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  • Eucharist in Gloria Dei Chapel.
  • Worship Director Karen Asmus-Alsnauer.
  • President Roger Ferlo of Bexley Seabury Seminary presides.
  • Trinity Lutheran Seminary Professor Joy Schroeder delivers the message.
  • (L-R) TLS President Rick Barger, Bexley Seabury Seminary President Roger Ferlo, and TLS Junior Lecia White.
  • Members of the TLS Choir.
  • President Barger presides over the Eucharist meal.
  • Trinity Lutheran Seminary staff members Allison Wahl, Jane Stolzenburg, and Missy Brown.
  • Senior Luncheon.
  • TLS senior Sean Barrett assists a classmate gown up.
  • TLS seniors Lisa Reshad (L) and Joyce Partyka.
  • TLS students Luke Kuenzli and Beth Jensen pose with the traditional Martin Luther statue.
  • TLS students (L-R) Dan Forehand, Dave Bauser, George Perwo, and Terry Courter.
  • TLS students Karina Calabro and Adele Rapelye.
  • TLS M.A.C.M. student Qian Liu
  • TLS student Leo Jones.
  • TLS student Alexander Sumo.
  • TLS faculty John Karanja, Academic Dean Brad Binau, and Clayton Croy.
  • Some of Bexley Seabury Seminary's finest. (L-R) Nikki Seger, Chris Beasley, Shawn Dickerson, Juan Perez, and Ben Garren.
  • TLS Professor Hank Langknecht.
  • President Barger with Dr. Thomas Ludwig, this year's Commencement speaker.
  • (L-R) President Barger; Dr. Ludwig; Chair of the TLS Board, Melissa Peper-Firestone; and Southern Ohio Synod Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt.
  • Senior Neil Brady leads the procession from Trinity Lutheran Seminary over to Mees Hall at Capital University for Commencement.
  • (L-R) TLS faculty Dean Diane Hymans, Tim Huffman, and Mark Alan Powell
  • TLS and Bexley Seabury faculty including (L-R) Jason Fout, Lisa Dahill, John Karanja, and Paul Numrich.
  • TLS staff members join the procession.
  • TLS faculty members including Mary Hughes, James Childs, and Don Huber.
  • TLS students Lisa Reshad and Joan Slocum.
  • TLS students Kate Venable, Charles Wyatt, and Sean Barrett.
  • TLS student David Bauser, Bexley Seabury student Chris Beasley, and TLS students Ethan Beiler and Libby Buuck.
  • TLS students David Keller and Joyce Partyka.
  • Bexley Seabury students Juan Perez and Nikki Seger, and TLS student John Shailer (middle).
  • TLS students Inge Williams, Mike Brunner, and Leo Jones.
  • TLS student Leo Jones serves as lector for Deuteronomy 11:18-21.
  • Bexley Seabury student Nikki Seger serves as lector for Romans 5:1-11.
  • TLS student Inge Williams serves as lector for Matthew 6:24-34.
  • President Barger conveys an honorary degree on Dr. Thomas Ludwig.
  • Dr. Thomas Ludwig delivers the 2014 Commencement address.
  • Bexley Seabury Seminary Dean Thomas Ferguson (L) and TLS Dean Brad Binau hand over diplomas to graduating students.
  • Bexley Seabury Seminary President Roger Ferlo offers the closing prayer.
  • TLS President Rick Barger offers the Benediction.
  • M.Div graduates (L-R) Neil Brady, Dan Forehand, and David Bauser.

Great Lakes Theological Academy 2017

Grace Episcopal Church
341 Washington Street
Traverse City, Michigan

July 10-July 13, 2017


Join the Rev. Dr. Julie Faith Parker, assistant professor of Old Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, as she helps us explore stories of the Bible's women and girls through drama, poetry, music and art.

Speaker Bio

Parker - Professional PhotoThe Rev. Dr. Julie faith parker

Parker is the Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. She was awarded the Ph.D. with distinction in Old Testament/ Hebrew Bible at Yale University. Dr. Parker is the author of numerous articles and five books, most recently Valuable and Vulnerable, published by Brown University in 2013. (Her edited collection, My So-Called Biblical Life, will be available by summer 2017.) Dr. Parker received her B.A. from Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.), where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn her Masters of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where she received awards for both preaching and theology. She also has a Sacred Theology Masters from Yale Divinity School, as well as a Master of Religion and a Master of Philosophy degree from Yale University. She has studied eleven languages, and is competent in Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, French, German, and Spanish. An ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, she has worked full time as a congregational minister and served for eight years as the Protestant Chaplain at Hofstra University on Long Island. Prior to her current position at Trinity, she taught at Colby College (Waterville, Maine), Fordham University (Bronx, N.Y.), Yale University (New Haven, Conn.), and New York Theological Seminary (New York City), where she taught inmates at Sing Sing prison.
Download the brochure below
Great Lakes Brochure




(Please note: There are many, many options for lodging in Traverse City. These are just a few possibilities we sleuthed out near Bethlehem Lutheran Church. You can likely find cheaper rates outside the city or by using discount websites. Rates listed below are variable. There is no special rate for participants in the Theological Academy.)

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Trinity Days 2013 Highlights

guder d webAlumni and friends gathered September 26-27 for the annual Trinity Days lectures, Alumni Dinner, and flag football game between alumni and students. Approximately 225 alumni, students, faculty, and guests gathered for the annual fall worship, lectures, and celebration.

Guests attended lectures by Darrell L. Guder, the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Guder explained the meaning of the ecumenical vocation of the church from the perspective of “missional theology.” He also showed why the theological definition that the "pilgrim church is missionary by its very nature" shapes the church's commitment to Christian unity and the practice of unified witness.

During worship on Thursday morning, the Rev. Dr. Hank Langknecht, Trinity professor of Homiletics, preached a sermon on the role of wisdom in missions. Three alumni were also honored with Distinguished Alumni in Christian Service awards: the Rev. Leonard Flachman, '62; the Rev. Kurt Kusserow, '89; and the Rev. Dr. Michael Shelley, '78.

The Alumni Reception and Banquet on Thursday evening honored the 50th and 40th reunion classes. Almost 130 alumni, friends, and family gathered in the Koinonia Room to fellowship and listen to Trinity Lutheran Seminary President Rick Barger talk about the future of the seminary and the role of Trinity's alumni in helping to shape students for Christ's church at work in the world.

On Friday, alumni and students crowded the front lawn of Capital University (across the street from Trinity) for the much anticipated flag football match-up. The alumni team won for the third consecutive year, but TLS students fought to keep the spread within single digits. Afterwards, students and alumni enjoyed a cookout under sunny skies in Trinity's Christ the Teacher Courtyard. Game and cookout were sponsored by the TLS Alumni Association.

Stay tuned for details about Trinity Days 2014.

file pdfRead The Rev. Dr. Hank LangKnecht's Sermon

Trinity Days 2013

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  • President Rick Barger
  • Distinguished Alumni Awards
  • Darrell L. Guder signs copies of his books in the Steeple People bookstore.
  • 40th Class Reunion
  • 50th Class Reunion
  • Alumni vs. Students Flag Football Game


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 500 Years of the Reformation

2017 marks five hundred years since Martin Luther posted the Ninety-five Theses in Wittenberg, Germany. As we await this celebration in the church, we prepare for the milestone that 500 years is. In the coming months, we will feature different resources and publications here. We hope to engage you, in conjunction with Hamma Library, in celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! For now, these two websites offer additional information about preparing for the anniversary and about the Reformation's history. 

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