The Lay Bible Institute by Concordia Seminary professors

Lay Bible Institute

NOTE: Our apologies but this event has been canceled. We hope to offer this topic at our annual summer workshops or via an online offering. Our next Lay Bible Institute is set for Feb. 10, 2018. Check back later for more details.

Fall Lay Bible Institute

Thursday, Sept. 28, and Oct. 5, 19 and 26
Sieck Hall 202
7-9 p.m.
Registration: $30
Registration deadline: Sept. 22, 2017

The Arts in Worship: Past, Present, and Future


Dr. James Marriott

Dr. James Marriott
Director of Musical Arts
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Professor Sarah Bernhardt

Professor Sarah Bernhardt
Director of Intersect Arts Program
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, St. Louis

Throughout the centuries of Christian worship and discipleship, the arts have been a significant bridge between the Gospel and culture. In this four-week series, we will explore matters of theology, culture, inculturation, tradition and worship practice through the lens of three specific artistic forms: visual art, architecture and music. This series will be co-led by Dr. James Marriott, Director of Musical Arts for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and Professor Sarah Bernhardt, who teaches various art courses at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as the director of the Intersect Arts Program at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis.

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