Save the date! Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will celebrate its 175th anniversary on Friday, October 10, 2014. The event will kick off with a special chapel service, and there will be food, beverages, live entertainment, special lectures and exhibits, campus tours, and fun for the whole family.
Concordia Seminary was founded in 1839 by German immigrants in Perry County, Missouri; after the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod was formed in the late 1840s, the Seminary was given as a gift to the LCMS and moved to a more central location, which was on South Jefferson in St. Louis. As the city of St. Louis grew, so did the Seminary; it moved to its current 72-acre location in Clayton in 1926.
Since its founding, Concordia Seminary has trained more than 12,000 LCMS church professionals, including pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars, and church leaders. Over the years, the Seminary has started many programs to address the needs of a changing world, including MissionShift, the Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS), the Deaf Institute of Theology, and the Ethnic Institute of Theology (EIIT). Concordia Seminary continues to be dedicated to the theological education of church leaders in a modern world.
Friday October 10th Schedule of Events
|9:35am -10:35am||Chapel Anniversary Service|
|1pm-8pm||Library Exhibit and Rare book display and book fair|
|1:30pm – 2:30pm||Campus tours|
|1:30pm – 2:30pm||Anniversary Lecture – Dr. Charles Arand: “The Lutheran Confessions for the Next Generation”Anniversary Lecture – Dr. Jeffrey Kloha: “The Centrality of the Scriptures for the Next Generation”|
|2:45pm-3:45pm||Anniversary Lecture – Dr. Leo Sanchez: “The Next Generation of Lutheranism and the International Context”Anniversary Lecture – Dr. Joel Elowsky: “Days of Future Past: Listening to the First Generations of the Church”|
|4:00pm-4:45pm||Anniversary Lecture – Dr. Gerry Bode and Dr. Erik Herrmann: “The True Light Shines: Concordia Seminary 1839–2014”|
|4pm-8pm||Kids Corner Open (bounce houses, pumpkin decorating, caramel apples)|
|4pm-8pm||Expo booths with local Lutheran partners|
|4pm||Witten Eva Cup soccer game
Concordia Seminary vs. Covenant Seminary
|5pm-6:30pm||Food and beverage available|
|5:30-8:30pm||Joe Pollach and the St. Louis Express Band|
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Concordia Seminary 175 Years
In this hour-long video, Dr. Gerhard Bode talks about Concordia Seminary’s 175-year history from its humble beginnings in a log cabin in Perry County to its current campus in Clayton, Missouri. You’ll hear interesting facts about the early days of the Seminary, as well as see historical photos and documents that help illustrate its deep roots within the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.