Trinity's New Beginnings                                                                                                          April 25, 2018


Under Construction

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. (Psalm 127:1)

If you’ve been on Trinity’s campus in 2018, you’ve seen a lot of heavy equipment and even more mud. Thanks to our new relationship with Capital, some long-deferred maintenance needs are finally being attended to. The biggest project is major repairs to storm drains – repairs that will prevent future water damage and allow us to use some currently unusable areas of Trinity’s buildings again.

Once the structural work is completed, there are plans to redesign the courtyard adjacent to College Avenue. In addition to providing a more accessible entrance to Trinity, new landscaping will create a pleasant space in which to sit, study, talk, pray, and contemplate the goodness of God’s creation.

“Under construction” is also a metaphor for our students whose faith lives and professional lives are developing throughout their seminary education. Last week internship supervisors were on campus for orientation together with the interns who will be joining them in ministry this summer. It was a joy to hear the personal stories of the supervisors for whom their own internship was a powerful growth experience and who are now committed to shaping similar experiences for other leaders.

Dr. Anne Marshall, our Director of Contextual and Experiential Formation, has been hard at work revising our internship manual. The traditional internship evaluation assesses competence in various areas of ministry as the intern prepares to return to campus for a fourth year of seminary studies. With our distinctive two-year internship, Trinity interns have the opportunity to move beyond basic competence to increased levels of expertise during a second year in the same internship setting. Trinity interns develop specific growth goals – addressing weaknesses, strengthening strengths, and expanding into new areas of ministry. Like our storm drains and our courtyard, these students are “under construction.”  As are we all!

I hope to see at least some of you on campus Thursday and Friday for the Nelson W. Trout Lectures, this year featuring womanist theologian Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman from Yale University Divinity School. Details are immediately below.

The Rev. Kathryn A. Kleinhans, Ph.D.
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Nelson W. Trout Lecture - April 26 - 27, 2018
Established in 1991, the Trout lectures honor the Rev. Dr. Nelson W. Trout (1920-1996), a former Trinity professor and the first African American Lutheran bishop in the United States. These lectures bring God's message to life through the rich history and influence of African American Christianity. Featured Speaker and Preacher: The Rev. Dr. Eboni Marshall Turman. Author, theologian and assistant professor of Theology and African American Religion at Yale University Divinity School. RSVP & View the Schedule.
Summer Seminary Sampler - July 15 - 21, 2018
Summer Sampler 2018: Interfaith Dialogue
Do you know a high school student who is thinking about Christian vocation?  We’d love for them to join us July 15 - 21, 2018 for the Summer Seminary Sampler program on Capital University’s campus in Columbus, Ohio. 

This is a week long experience filled with opportunities to explore personal faith, learn about Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and serve the community.  We will assist high school students to think about vocation and how to live out faith. What are you called to be?

While living on campus for one week, high school students will experience three basic components of theological education— learning, serving the people of God in various contexts, and further developing spirituality. 

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Rostered Ministers Spring Mini Retreat - May 9, 2018
Too often the professional tasks of ministry drive our lives. We neglect our prayer life and the hearing of God’s Word. This mini-retreat provides time and space to reflect on God’s still voice. 

Allow the Holy Spirit to soothe your weary bones, inspire your mind, and care for your spirit. Explore the Inner Gifts of Discipleship—to live among God’s faithful people, hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper. 

REGISTRATION: ELCA Ohio Synod’s Websites or 
COST $20.00 for the day, lunch included – pay at the door with check or cash (Option: Consider making housing arrangements to extend your stay for personal study and reflection.) Learn more.

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