Community Service Appreciation Award Recipent: Pastor Eric Shafer of Mount Olive Lutheran Church
Award Program and Humanitarian Service Project
Pastor Shafer (Hamma '76, M.Div) has dedicated his life to the service of others and under his leadership, Mt. Olive has also accepted the Students4Students Shelter (formerly known as the Bruin Shelter) at Mt. Olive, the first shelter for homeless college students on the west coast (and the second in the USA). The shelter opened in October 2016 and has attracted media coverage throughout the USA including articles in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times as well as a feature on National Public Radio (NPR). In 2017, Shafer helped lead the shelter through required City of Santa Monica zoning changes and helped solicit grants for the shelter from the City of Santa Monica and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. A short film about this work will be shared at this event and many community leaders will be present to congratulate Pastor Shafer.
Class members of 1973 and 1963
Congratulations on your 40 and 50 year reunions!
We are looking forward to honoring you at the Alumni Dinner on Thursday September 26, 2013. In preparation for this event, we need your help with one item in particular. Every year, the 40 and 50 year reunion classes receive a memory book that features profiles of each graduate. We are planning the same for your reunion class during Trinity Days 2013.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary Alumni Reunion
Attn: Sue Emrick
2199 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43209-2334
If you send your photos in the mail we will return all photos to you after we have added them to your profile page.
See an example profile from last year's book
The last day to submit profile information is August 30, 2013. Please be sure to include contact information in case questions arise during the editing process. We appreciate your timely response so we can get started right away!
Information and registration for Trinity Days will be arriving in the mail soon. You can sign up for the Trinity Days lecture series, the Alumni Dinner, and pay your Alum Association 2013 membership dues all at the same time. *Please note: You must sign up for the alumni dinner through the Trinity Days registration form. Submitting your profile does not register you for the dinner.* Even if you are not able to attend Trinity Days this year, please submit the information for your profile page anyway. Your classmates will want to remember you, and your copy of the memory book will be sent to you if you are not in attendance.
Trinity Lutheran Seminary Alumni Relations
1. Download and save the submission form to your computer (the desktop may be the easiest place to locate it).
Instructions for electronic submission:
2. Fill it out. You will be able to click and enter your information in the fields. *Note: the field will highlight but will not show a cursor*
3. Once you have completed the form. Save it on your computer (again, the desktop may be the easiest place-*if the computer asks if you want to replace the original choose "yes"
5. Attach your saved and completed profile to the message and send the e-mail.
Download the Submission form
Download an example profile page
Alumni hub coordinators are members of the Trinity Alumni Association and they network with alumni in their respective hubs, alerting them to events on campus and inviting them to alumni gatherings scheduled throughout each hub with Trinity staff and faculty. Coordinators also maintain and update accurate contact information for alumni in their hubs, encourage participation in the annual Trinity Days event in late September, and invite participation in four meetings held throughout the year—three via Skype/Google Chat and one on campus at the time of Trinity Days.
Alumni support of Trinity is crucial for any number of reasons. We need our alumni to identify women and men with gifts for ministry and to share contact information for these persons with our Admissions staff. We need alumni to speak well of Trinity and the new initiatives that are changing the shape of theological formation in this place. Finally, we need our alumni to annually support the Trinity Fund at some level. As many of you know, the 20% threshold of alumni support is a key factor in Trinity qualifying for a variety of grants.
Stay tuned for communication that will be coming from the newly-appointed alumni hub coordinators.
Guests attended a thought-provoking lecture by the Rev. Dr. Charles Booth, senior pastor at Columbus’s Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, and a panel discussion moderated by the Rev. Dr. Kevin Dudley, affiliated professor of African-American Studies at Trinity, and featuring the Rev. Dr. James M. Childs Jr., senior research professor; the Rev. Dr. Albert Starr, director of African Descent Ministries for the ELCA; and Pastor Deb Stokes of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. The lectures’ theme and the conversation it generated revolved around issues of racism.
During worship on Thursday morning, four alumni were honored with Distinguished Alumni in Christian Service awards. Those honored include Bishop John Schleicher (’69) of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod of the ELCA; the Rev. Dr. Robin Steinke (’94), dean of the seminary and professor of theological ethics at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg; the Rev. Chrysanne Timm (’85), senior pastor at Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania, Ohio; and the Rev. Ken Wheeler (’82), recently retired senior pastor at Cross Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and formerly the assistant to the bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod.
On Friday, alumni and students took to the gridiron (grassy field across the street on the campus of Capital University), for the much anticipated flag football match-up. This exciting nail biter ended with the triumphant alumni, in gray attire, beating the students, in red, 16 to 14. The spirit of camaraderie prevailed and both students and alumni gathered in Trinity’s Christ the Teacher Courtyard for a cookout following the game.
Stayed tuned for details about Trinity Days 2013, when the seminary will welcome Darrell L. Guder, the Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Trinity Days 2012
Alumni Flag Football Game and BBQ
Stay Connected with Trinity
- On September 23, 2015, Trinity’s new Alumni Council met on Trinity’s campus. The council made one formal decision in support of an effort to increase the number of TLS alums who are part of the Alumni Association. Beginning immediately, individual alums are invited to become lifelong members of the Alumni Association through a one-time contribution of $1,000. Rostered couples (Ordained; A.I.M.; Diaconal Minister; Deaconess) can become lifelong members through a one-time payment of $1,500. As you may know, annual alumni dues support the work of the Alumni Council. This is especially important as we move forward with gatherings of TLS alums in the eight national hubs that have been established.
- The Alumni Council also established three goals for the coming year:
- Each member of the Alumni Council made a commitment to pray for the newly focused work with TLS alumni, in the hope that will strengthen the ties that TLS alumni have to the seminary.
- Each member of the Alumni Council made a commitment to make connections with alumni in her or his hub through email as soon as possible. The goals of these contacts will be to update alumni contact information, provide an update on Trinity’s mission and how alumni can support it and, eventually, invite alumni to events in the respective hubs.
- Each member of the Alumni Council made a commitment to organize an alumni event in his or her hub within a year. These events will be coordinated by a staff member in the alumni affairs office of TLS. For now, that will be Vice President for Advancement Brad Gee.