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Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge 2017 at LTSP

Hein-Fry Presenters with Dr. Wengert

The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge (HFBFC) was launched in 2015 to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of new examples of faithful, innovative, and effective ways of teaching and learning Scripture.

For 2017, HFBFC invited seminary students to explore new ways of engaging Scripture in a congregational or ministry setting, with a particular interested in projects that engage our reformation heritage and its influence on our reading of Scripture. Four students shared their projects and learnings at the April 21, 2017, day-long event, with a similar event held later at Luther Seminary. A panel of practitioners, led by keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, responded to each presentation, and the audience was then invited to question the presenters.

Dr. Timothy WengertThe day began with keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert presenting on Luther’s 95 Theses. Dr. Wengert, an ELCA pastor, is professor emeritus of Reformation History at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Author or editor of more than 25 books, including Reading the Bible with Martin Luther (Baker, 2013), he has recently published a new translation and commentary of the Ninety-Five Theses (Fortress, 2015).

The event then moved on to the student presenters, listed with their seminary, their project, and their project site:

Allison Johnson, MDiv, Senior – Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA
“Being Embraced by the Gospel,” project site University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lutheran Student Center

Alyssa Mazzei, MDiv, Senior – Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC
“Renewed by Nutrition,” project site Pisgah Lutheran Church, Rd Lexington, SC

Daniel Gutman, MDiv, Middler – Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH
“The Sixth Day,” project site St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sidney, OH

Lauren Heywood, MDiv, Intern – The Lutheran Theological School at Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
“Dwelling in the Story,” project site Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lehighton, PA

Hern-Fry Presenters

Audience commentary

Each presenter used media content, including photos and videos, to illustrate their project, and brought along a mentor from their project site who helped to tell the story of the projects. In the case of Lauren Heywood, whose project was a bible study program with youth, members of the group contributed an enactment of a bible story. While sitting in the audience as Heywood spoke, the youth were free to contribute comments – visible only to the audience – by writing on hand held white boards and showing them – randomly – when they felt inspired.

The engaging presentations were followed by Dr. Wengert leading worship in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel.

The event was coordinated at LTSP by the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry and Director of the Latino Concentration. Mr. Kyle Barger, Director of Information and Learning Technology, welcomed the presenters, panelists, and guests.

Kyle Barger and Nelson Rivera

The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge events were recorded by the organizers, and video will be available at a future date. Visit the Book of Faith website for more information.

Here’s a slide show from the day:

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