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College Question

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Regardless of how far you are from graduation day, college is the perfect time to begin thinking about seminary. It's also the perfect time to begin visiting seminaries to get a sense of the distinctive context and the community vibe of each. Being on campus during the heart of the academic year is an ideal way to picture yourself here. We would love to have you schedule a visit with us.

High School Question

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High School students who are sensing a call to ministry are encouraged to let us know of your interest. We would love to be a part of this journey you are on. One amazing opportunity for High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors is the Summer Seminary Sampler Program. Samplarians, as they are called, come to campus for a two-week experience in either June or July. The Sampler program will give you another community in which to think about your gifts, and how God might be calling you to put them to work in the world.

Lutheran Question

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Trinity students come from a variety of denominational backgrounds. To be sure, as a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest number of Master of Divinity (M.Div.) students on campus are ELCA students. While the student body is always in transition, we often have more than a dozen different denominations represented.


Undergrad Question

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The Association of Theological Schools in Bulletin 2010, states “as many as 15 percent of students in the M.Div. degree program may be admitted without possession of the baccalaureate degree or its educational equivalent, if the institution can demonstrate by some objective means that these persons possess the knowledge, academic skill, and ability generally associated with persons who hold the baccalaureate degree. Admission of such applicants should be restricted to persons with life experience that has prepared them for theological study at the graduate level.” The Admissions Office can provide additional information about Trinity’s implementation of this ATS standard.

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Thank you for your interest in Trinity Lutheran Seminary.We are happy to answer any additional question you may have.

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Why Trinity?

Jeff Ogonowski
"My pastor, Ted Rust, attended Trinity. President Barger presided at a pastoral retreat where he ran into my pastor. This interaction found its way to my pastor's next sermon and from there I was locked into the certainty this was the place I was meant to be."
Kate Fann
“I chose Trinity because of the amazing community I could sense during my short time as a visitor. It is obvious that God is doing beautiful things on this campus and that this community is feeding all of the students.”
Camren Harris
"I chose Trinity Lutheran Seminary because of the alums who I know personally who have attended Trinity. They are all dynamic pastors/preachers. Each one has credited Trinity for properly equipping them with the knowledge & skill-set to lead & serve their congregations."
Thomas Lyons
"As soon as I stepped on the campus of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, I knew I was in the right place. After meeting the faculty & staff, I knew Trinity was a place that cared about the spiritual formation of any student who walked through the door would receive."
Rachel Patterson
"In a way I feel like Trinity chose me rather than the other way around. When I eventually came to visit, the place just felt right and I have not second guessed my decision to move here. I love Trinity's community and the faculty is absolutely incredible. Everyone here truly has a passion for what they are doing."
Corey Wagonfield
"My background is not extremely academic (hence an acting degree and working at camps), so the strong emphasis placed on Contextual Education through the 2+2 model at Trinity really appealed to me. The academics here are pretty rigorous as well."
Tucker
"I was influenced by my pastor to consider Trinity & grew increasingly comfortable with the seminary as I visited others and truly felt comfortable at Trinity."
Christine Beckmann
"It felt like home & I felt the presence of the Spirit the first time I came to campus. The sense of the community continues to be very strong, affirming my decision."
Michael Opfermann
"I first learned about Trinity from my pastor, however I chose this seminary for two reasons: the sense of home I felt during my first visit to campus, as well as their mission and determination to truly form the best leaders for God's church."
Debbie Pinnegar
"I was first drawn to Trinity because of the academics. Visiting the community is what secured the decision in my mind."
Kristen Buss
"My discernment process and movement in call has been marked by many aspects of community, and in discussions around seminary Trinity consistently is named as the "school of community."
Kim Cooper
"Beautiful school in a beautiful city."
Kristin Boris
"I chose Trinity Lutheran Seminary because the sense of community is truly unlike any other school I have ever visited. The warm feeling of welcome is compelling and it feels like home. I also really love the aspect of the 2+2...2 years of classes, 2 years of internship. I think learning through actually doing is such an effective way to learn and I'm excited to have the extra year of experience through internship."
Evan McVann
"I chose Trinity because I love the community here."
Wilberforce Amaning
"I believe this is the best place for me to accomplish my dream."
Robert Eller
"I was first drawn to Trinity because they are on the leading edge of MDiv programs with the Spanish for ministry and 2+2 programs. The community here is what sealed the deal for me. When I visited, I could sense how big community is here."
Darci Porter
"I chose Trinity because of the intimate MACM program as well as the wonderful sense of community I felt every time I stepped onto campus prior to applying."
Joshua Krenz
"My pastor at CLC went here along with a retired pastor and suggested it. When I visited the campus, the welcome and the great sense of community was really what made my choice."

2016 Summer Schedule

 Summer Term 2016: June 6-24


ONE-WEEK COURSES

WEEK ONE: JUNE 6-10


HTS2450 Theology of Public Church, 1:30 - 3:45 P.M.      

This course will examine biblical and theological resources for the public vocation of the church in the world, including models for the church's public witness and engagement with public issues that affect the common good, such as advocacy and community organizing. [One credit hour. Prerequisite: none. Notes: When taken in conjunction with MN2450 Prophetic Communication for a Public Church [Week Two] students may also register for HTS2451 Public church Independent Study (one credit) and complete additional coursework to satisfy an Ethics/Church in Society Option.]
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Peterson 


MN2175 BUILDING PARISH MUSIC MINISTRIES, 1:00 - 4:30 P.M.      

Provides practical strategies for evaluating the current music program and developing strong parish music ministries. Includes exploration of various models of music ministry, development of music resources (repertoire, choirs, budget, personnel, and equipment) and building positive working relationships. [Two credit hours. This course fulfills concentration core for MACM.]
Instructor: Professor May Schwarz and Guest Presenters

MN2765 INTRODUCTION TO DRUMMING IN WORSHIP, 4:45 – 7:00 P.M.

Introduces basic drum set technique and rhythms as applied to the drum set and global drums in worship settings. Students will learn the fundamentals of drum set as a class, rotating through quiet practice pads and drum sets. Students will also play traditional conga rhythms from Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad and Puerto Rico, samba percussion from Brazil, and djembe / djun djun drumming of West Africa. In small group projects, the class will play these rhythms with existing/recorded music to assess the effectiveness for worship music and choral application. Participants will come away with an experiential understanding of effective sound production on the instruments, performance practice, and application of basic drum set rhythms in accompaniment of worship music. In addition to the survey of basic drum set and global hand drumming rhythms, students will differentiate technique for sound production, create graphic notation for drum parts, analyze graphic notation for rhythm, sounds and sticking (hand order), apply drum set and culturally specific rhythms to music in worship. [One credit hour. Prerequisite: None. Notes: Students must bring an additional material fee of $10 to the first class (checks made out to Capital University). All instruments and sticks will be provided (Remo Inc. World Percussion and Yamaha). Students enrolled are expected to engage in out-of-class work (listening to and assessing audio / video examples, reading articles, writing short reflections) related to course material. Location: Crist Room, Capital University. One credit hour.]
Instructor: Eric Paton, Assistant Professor of Music, Capital University

MN2771 SACRED VOCAL REPERTOIRE, 4:45-7:00 P.M. 

This literature course will focus on sacred repertoire for the solo singer, with particular emphasis on the American Sacred Song (1750-present). We will explore more contemporary works as time allows. This is a survey course designed to expose students to this body of repertoire. [One credit hour. Prerequisites: None.]  
Instructor: C. Andrew Blosser, Senior Lecturer of Voice, The Ohio State University



WEEK TWO: JUNE 13-17

MN2638 emotional intelligence for life in the parish, 1:00 - 3:15 p.m. 

Parish leaders—church musicians, educators, youth advisors, as well as clergy—generally receive extensive education and skills training over many years.  While knowledge and technical skills are foundational for today’s parish leaders, alone they are insufficient.  To deal with people well in these swiftly changing times, one needs emotional intelligence (EI).  In fact, among those who are otherwise alike in abilities and expertise, EI is what distinguishes outstanding leaders from the pack.  This course is designed to help students to understand and develop their EI and to sustain their relationships.  Students will 1) learn the concept and component competencies of EI, 2) consider their own EI, and 3) begin to develop plan for enhancing their leadership throughout their career and life.  [One credit hour.  Prerequisites:  None.] Instructor: Lynn Nakamura

MN2172 AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC AND WORSHIP, 1:00 – 4:30 P.M.

This course provides a study of music and worship forms of the African American Christian tradition, with emphasis on historical development, an understanding of the African American aesthetic, and practical applications for congregational music and worship. Includes paper/project to be completed outside of class. Paper/project not required for auditors. This course fills concentration core for M.A.C.M. students and music option for Trinity M.Div. students. [Two credit hours. Prerequisites: None.]
Instructor: Raymond Wise, Affiliated Professor of Church Music, Trinity Lutheran Seminary; Faculty, Afro-American Studies, Indiana University

MN2450 Prophetic Communication for A public Church, 1:30 – 3:45 P.M.

This course will consider how leaders and communities establish and publicly communicate positions on contemporary social issues. Participants will discuss how published sermons, official statements, letters, and social media communications name principalities and powers, account for ambiguity, address resistance, call communities to action, and proclaim the Gospel for all. [One credit hour. Prerequisite: None. Note: When taken in conjunction with HTS2450 Theology of Public Church [Week One] students may also register for HTS2451 Public Church Independent Study (one credt) and complete additional coursework to satisfy an Ethics/Church in Society Option.]
Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Henry J. Langknecht

MN1704 PERSPECTIVES IN CHORAL CONDUCTING, 4:45 - 7:00 P.M.

Explore conducting and rehearsal techniques, and focus on repertoire. Provides opportunity to put conducting techniques into practice. Course may be repeated. May be credited toward applied study in M.A. C. M. curriculum. [One credit hour. Prerequisite: None. Notes: MN1704 may be repeated for credit.]
Amy Johnston Blosser, Director of  Choirs, Bexley Middle and High School; Director of Music, Bexley United Methodist Church; National Chair, ACDA Repertoire and Standards

WEEK THREE: JUNE 20-24

MN3747 ORGAN MASTERCLASS: SHORT AND SERVICEABLE SCORES, 1:00 - 3:15 P.M.   

This course will focus on brief but substantial hymn-based music that can be used for a variety of liturgical occasions. Music to be surveyed and practiced will range from the early Baroque to the present, including some pieces also playable on piano or harpsichord. Each participant will receive a list of pieces to be discussed, and will be expected to practice and perform at least two of the pieces. This class will be taught at St. Joseph Cathedral (96 rank Paul Fitts organ). [One credit hour. Prerequisite: None. Notes: MN3747 may be repeated for credit.]
Instructor: Robert Wisniewski, AAGO; Principal Organist, St. Joseph Catherdral, Columbus

MN2761 GUITAR CLASS, 1:00 - 3:15 P.M. 

The course is designed to help students gain a basic understanding of the guitar. Focus is on chord accompaniment and reading melodies in treble clef and applying this information to music including, but not limited to, hymns and liturgies. General music theory concepts will be discussed in relation to the instrument and the musical selections. A background in reading music and/or the guitar in general are not required. One semester hour. 
Bret Burleson, Lecturer, Ohio Wesleyan University and The Ohio State University

MN2373 ENGAGING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN WORSHIP, 3:45 - 6:00 P.M.

This course will help worship leaders gain practical ways to deepen the worship experience for their congregation by including children as active worship participants. We will explore ways of incorporating youth in hymns and songs, worship activities, children’s choirs and drama. We will discuss ways of coaching youth readers that will strengthen understanding of the text by both the reader and the congregation. This course includes material on the developmental needs of children and how to create the type of environment where a child’s participation supports their spiritual growth and the growth of the congregation. [One credit hour. Prerequisite: None.]
Instructor: Sally Beske, Assistant Organist/Director of Youth Choirs, First Community Church, Marble Cliff

MN2721 MUSIC TECHNOLOGY FOR CHURCH MUSICIANS, 6:15 - 8:30 P.M.   

Introduces basic use of music technology for worship. Topics include music notation software, live sound reinforcement, audio recording and digital video editing. Technology classroom facilitates a “hands-on” experience. [One credit hour. Prerequisite: None.]
Instructor: Justin Riley, Adjunct Instructor, Trinity Lutheran Seminary


THREE-WEEK COURSES: JUNE 6-24

HTS1021 THEMES IN CHURCH HISTORY, 8:00 - 10:15 a.M.

A survey of selected topics of the Christian Church, Special attention is given to significant individuals, events, moments, and institutons. [Three credit hours. Prerequisite: None. Notes: M.T.S. students with a History of Christianity concentration should instead take HTS1024 and HTS1025.]
The Rev. Dr. John P. Karanga, Professor of Church History, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

LITURGICAL CHOIR,  10:20 - 11:45 A.M.

Designed to give students the opportunity to direct the liturgical choir and integrate classroom learning in the context of worship. Provides opportunities for collaboration with worship planners and musicians, exploration of diverse and multi-cultural choral repertoire, and further skill development in choral conducting, worship planning, rehearsal organization, leadership, communication and music ministry. Involves participation in daily summer chapel services. Available for credit only for M.A.C.M. students who have demonstrated basic conducting skills through audition with the director of the M.A.C.M. program. All other summer students are welcome to sing in the choir, no registration required. [One credit hour. Prerequisite: Available for credit only to M.A.C.M. students who have demonstrated basic conducting skills through audition with the Director of the M.A.C.M. program.]
May Schwarz, Professor of Church Music; Director M.A. in Church Music Program, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

Summer Greek Intensive: JUly 6-August 12

Greek 1,  9:00 a.m. - 12:30 P.M., m-F

An introduction to New Testament Greek. Required for all M.Div. students and for M.T.S. students with a concentration in Biblical Studies who have not completed the equivalent by other routes. M.Div. students are strongly advised to complete LA1021 Greek I as a Summer Intensive in advance of their first Fall semester. Final course paper will be due 8/19 unless the syllabus specifies otherwise. [Three credit hours. Prerequisite: None. Notes: Special Tuition Rate: $2,400 (credit) or $675 (non-credit).]
The Rev. Dr. Wray Bryant, adjunct professor of Biblical Languages




 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. 

        elca500        lutheranworld

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