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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12th Annual Lecture on World Religions & Interreligious Dialog

"Challenges and Opportunities in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Perspective from Pakistan" 

April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The Rev. Canon Dr. Titus Presler will give the Twelfth Annual Lecture on World Religions and Interreligious Dialogue, sponsored by the Theological Consortium of titus preslerGreater Columbus, at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 5101 Johnstown Road, New Albany, Ohio, 43054. Dr. Presler will address “Challenges and Opportunities in Christian-Muslim Relations: A Perspective from Pakistan.”

Dr. Presler has wide experience in theological education and cross-cultural mission in the Episcopal Church and the global Anglican Communion. He has served as president of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, academic dean of General Theological Seminary in New York City, and principal (president) of Edwardes College in Peshawar, Pakistan. He specializes in the interaction of gospel and cultures, Christian-Muslim relations, and Christianity in Africa and south Asia. He has taught at Episcopal Divinity School, Harvard Divinity School, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He chaired the Episcopal Church’s Standing Commission on World Mission and served as a consultant to the Anglican Indaba Project (Indaba is a Zulu word for community deliberation on controversy).

Dr. Presler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, a Master of Divinity degree from General Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Theology degree from Boston University. He is the author of Going Global with God: Reconciling Mission in a World of Difference (Morehouse Publishing) and Transfigured Night: Mission and Culture in Zimbabwe’s Vigil Movement (University of South Africa Press). Among his recent writings are “Why Has Pakistan Become So Intolerant?” in The Daily Beast and “Witness, Advocacy, and Union: Anglicanism’s 20th-Century Contribution to Minority Christianity in South Asia” in the forthcoming Oxford History of Anglicanism. He blogs at

Dr. Presler was raised in a missionary family in India. He and his wife, the Rev. Canon Jane Butterfield, were missionaries of the Episcopal Church in Zimbabwe in the 1980s.

The lecture is free and open to the public

The Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus is a collaborative effort of Trinity, Bexley Hall Seabury Western Theological Seminary Federation, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and Pontifical College Josephinum. For information about the Consortium or the lecture series, please contact Dr. Paul Numrich, Professor in the Consortium, at 740-362-3443 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For information about the location for this year’s Lecture, please contact All Saints Episcopal Church at 614-855-8267 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Faith-based Community Organizing Training

 june 19-24

Trinity is excited to offer this skill-building, experiential course focused on the basic tools of community organizing as practiced in a faith-based setting. Participants are given the opportunity to theologically and personally reflect on topics of power, self-interest, political analysis, creating team, organizing work, and leading systemic change. Based on the methodology of national organizing groups such as Gamaliel, National People’s Action, PICO, DART, and others, these tools can be effective within a congregation and in the wider community.
Instructor: Sister Becky Swanson. Prerequisite: None. Notes: Course begins on Sunday, June 19.
This course is highly participatory and the intensive, communal nature of the schedule provides the time needed for building skills and relationships. Participants must attend all sessions to receive CEUs.
Schedule: Sunday 6-9 p.m.; Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 E. Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43209
Registration includes lunch, dinner and snacks. No refunds after May 1. Registration is transferrable.

Register here

Six-Week Leadership Training 

April 8-May 14

Leadership is a complex process by which the leader influences others to perform and achieve. This six-week course examines the various models of servant leadership used to improve both personal and professional relations. Lectures and exercises will focus on understanding emotional intelligence (EI) and ministerial dynamics from a Biblical perspective, and will provide keys to improving leadership effectiveness from a faith-based perspective.

Kickoff rally featuring Bishop C. Shawn Tyson will be held on April 8
Classes begin April 9.


Register before March 26 for a cost of $265 (cost includes the 6-week course and a certificate of completion)
Registration after March 26 is $300.
Special Sessions April 16 for a cost of $50
Women Only Special Session
Lady Krista Tyson

Men Only Special Session
Dr. Keith Troy

All graduates will receive a certificate of completion.

Register here

 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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