PROSPERITY — Did Jesus really mean what he said about divorce or not worrying or other “hard sayings?” How do art and faith connect? Just what information is contained in the Lutheran confessions and how does that shape Lutheran belief?
These topics and more will be discussed in January at the Heartland Conference School of Religion, which meets for its 20th year at Grace Lutheran Church in Prosperity.
The school is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Tuesday in January. Sessions include a break for refreshments and fellowship. The School of Religion is open to all denominations. It is designed to help laypersons and rostered leaders apply biblical and theological foundations to their congregational ministries and personal life in the world.
In 2014, the school focuses on Bible Study, God’s presence in the creative process, worship and other life issues.
Courses are taught by retired seminary professors, Newberry College faculty, laypeople and rostered church leaders. Admission is $10 for adults and free for students.
This year, the Rev. Dr. Charles P. Sigel, professor emeritus of New Testament at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, will teach Part II of the hard sayings of Jesus course he taught in 2013. His course examines how the early church treated these “hard sayings” of Jesus and what, if anything, they mean for us.
Grace Lutheran Church’s Heather Harris is teaching an Arts and Faith Together course where students explore creativity and how it relates to God, noticing the use of color in our landscape, skies, seas and under the seas. Harris will provide all supplies but students need to bring their own black ink pen if possible.
Dr. Christina Wendland, professor of religion at Newberry College, will teach a course on Lutheran Confessions, parts of the Augsburg Confession, Small and Large Catechisms, Formula of Concord, and The Smalcald Articles.
This course will look at these confessions within the context of the Protestant Reformation and pay attention to the ways in which they have shaped Lutheran beliefs through the last 500 years. Wendland will explore what makes Lutherans “Lutheran” and what Lutherans believe about Scripture, justification, sin, and salvation.
The youth class will be team taught by Stephanie Stoudemayer, coordinator of Youth Ministry for the S.C. Synod, and Lynn Grimsley, chorus director at Mid-Carolina High School.
The sessions will include time to sing a variety of praise and worship songs, including contemporary Christian songs as well as a variety of new and traditional hymns. Inspiring stories behind the song will also be included throughout the course of the workshop.
The Bible Study answers questions and relates to issues that young people must face today. The class is for grades 7 and up and youth need to bring their Bibles.
Call Kevin Boozer at 803-924-7177 for more information.