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Registration opens for October Lay Bible Institute

Workshop will focus on mental health

Registration is now open for the Oct. 5 Lay Bible Institute, “Christian Caregiving for People Suffering with Depression and Anxiety.”

Participants will come away with practical skills drawn from the Christian tradition of providing care and comfort to those in mental distress through the use of scriptural teachings and insights from Martin Luther.

“The struggle of mental illness, in its various forms, has been with us for centuries. Christians are, of course, not immune from it, and many of us have known its suffering. Recent research is showing that wise teachers of the past knew something about this, which today has been largely forgotten: Mental illness involves more than just the mind. It is also physical and, very importantly, spiritual,” said Dr. Stephen Pietsch, associate professor of Practical Theology. “Christian soul care teachers of the past can help us cope with issues like depression and anxiety from within the counsel of God and His Word. Our whole life, including our mental health, is held in His care, and there is strength, joy and hope in Jesus Christ, the great physician and comforter of souls.”

Open to anyone interested in the study of Scripture and proclamation of the Gospel, the workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in Sieck Hall 202 on campus, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105. The registration deadline is Sept. 23. Cost is $20 per person (free for Seminary students) or $35 with lunch.

The Seminary’s Lay Bible Institute, offered three times a year and led by faculty members, is an ongoing study of the Bible and how it relates to today’s life and events.

For more information or to register, visit csl.edu/lbi or contact Continuing Education at 314-505-7286 or [email protected].

About Concordia Seminary

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit csl.edu.