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[October 10, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – On September 10, 2017, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary opened its new academic year and held a theological symposium marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
The event saw the installation of two new assistant professors: Rev. Dr. Harold Ristau, who has previously served in the chaplaincy of the armed forces, and Rev. Esko Murto, who has already served in the seminary as a visiting scholar since August 2015.
The conference featured Rev. Dr Jobst Schöne, Bishop Emeritus of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (SELK) of Germany, as guest …


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[October 5, 2017 | No Comment | ]

EDMONTON – Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS) launched its “Reformation Minute” program on September 18, 2017. The program features CLS faculty presenting on some of the people and ideas that renewed the heart of Christ’s church, starting in earnest in the fall of 1517.
These talks take place every weekday through the fall semester, and are available to view through the CLS website or through CLS’ YouTube channel. It can also be viewed through the seminary’s app, which is available from Apple’s App Store or Google Play.
Each day has its own theme:

Monday: …


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[August 25, 2017 | One Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
Rev. Dr. Norman J. Threinen, professor emeritus of Concordia Lutheran Seminary (Edmonton) has recently released his latest book, Landestreu, An Odyssey: The Story of a Family over Time (available from Friesen Press). In this work, Threinen recounts the story of his own ancestors, tracing their journey from Germany in the late 18th century first to Galacia (in what is today Ukraine), and then, more than a century later, to Canada.
While the book focuses especially on Threinen’s own family, the journey is one that countless Germans undertook in the …


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[August 7, 2017 | No Comment | ]

UPDATE (August 8): Police have now confirmed that there was no threat connected with the delivery.
LOUIS, Missouri – The bomb squad was called to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri on August 7, 2017 following the discovery of a suspicious package in the mailroom. Several buildings were evacuated and the campus was put in lockdown.
Bomb technicians determined the package was not explosive but initially said it was a “threatening package” and “meant to cause alarm.” Police backtracked that assessment later, saying the package was in fact an expected delivery …


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[July 4, 2017 | No Comment | ]

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario – As part of this year’s celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (St. Catharines, Ontario) will hold a conference exploring the Reformation’s impact on parish life. The conference “The Reformation of Worship and Preaching” will take place September 10-11, 2017.
Two guest speakers will headline the event: Rev. Dr. Jobst Schöne, Bishop Emeritus of the Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany and Rev. Dr. Fredrik Sidenvall, Principal at L.M. Engstöms Gymnasium, Lutheran High School in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The conference will begin following the …


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[May 29, 2017 | No Comment | ]

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) two seminaries have held their annual convocation services for 2017, during which time pastoral candidates received their first calls. Vicars also received their vicarage assignments, and one diaconal student received her placement.
Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS – Edmonton) held its Sacred Convocation for their 33rd Academic Year on May 25, 2017. Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS – St. Catharines, Ontario) held its annual Call Service on May 27, 2017. First calls for graduating pastoral candidates are as follows:

Andrew Cottrill (CLTS) to Zion Lutheran (Yorkton, Saskatchewan)
Kirk Radford …


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