Making Meaning – 

The Intersections of Faith in Today’s World.

Over the coming year, LST will be offering classes centered on the ways our faith helps us to make meaning of the world around us. Especially in times that feel tumultuous and unsettled, we turn again to our scripture and theology that is rooted in God’s love and brings about wholeness and life that really is life. 


We are guided by questions like: how do we make spiritual and theological meaning of what is happening around us; how do we understand a world that often feels chaotic and unstable; how is God yet at work among us bringing restoration and new life? 

The year begins with a biblical studies class on the Hebrew Bible, probing the intricate connections between Israel’s story and Israel’s theology, with an eye toward how each is critical for interpreting both Hebrew and Christian scriptures and theology today.

In partnership with Crossings we are offering a course entitled “Hearing A Good Sermon Even If One Might Not Be Preached” This course will introduce “The Crossings Method” as a tool for the theological interpretation of Scripture so that course participants will not only be able to preach the Gospel but also know how to hear the Gospel, even when it is not preached. 

Registration is now open for a course on Worship in conjunction with Central/Southern Illinois Synod. The mechanics of worship preparation will be taught as arising from the context of the meaning and purpose of worship. 

Please check back here often for information on additional theological and biblical courses that enhance our meaning-making in 2022 as the year unfolds.

If you would like to receive occasional emails with information on classes as they are added, let us know at lststlinfo@gmail.com.

Upcoming Classes:

Hope: A Lens for Living Now, And For The Future

Hope: A Lens for Living Now, And For The Future With: Rev. Kristin Johnston Largen, Ph.D Thursday: 5/26 9:00am – 2:00pm CST Hope: A Lens for Living Now, And For The Futurewith the Rev. Kristin Johnston Largen, Ph.D., President of Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. In-person only; there is no zoom option REGISTER NOW

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An Evening of Poetry with Christopher Kempf

An Evening of Poetrywith Christopher Kempf Monday 5/2: 7:00pm Online via Zoom An Evening of Poetry with Christopher Kempf REGISTER NOW LST invites you to a poetry reading and discussion as part of our 2022 focus on Making Meaning. We are honored to welcome Dr. Christopher Kempf to lead us on Monday, May 2 at

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What is worship?

What is worship? Why do we worship? How do I plan and lead worship? If these are your questions, this is the class for you. SATURDAYS: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 5/14, 5/28 Online via Zoom SPRING 2022: INTRODUCTION TO LUTHERAN WORSHIP Presented by Lutheran School of Theology and Central/Southern Illinois Synod

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Hearing A Good Sermon Even If One Might Not Be Preached

Hearing A Good Sermon Even If One Might Not Be Preached (Principles from The Crossings Method to Help Preachers and Listeners) THURSDAYS: 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 7:00 PM – 8:30pm CST Hearing A Good Sermon Even If One Might Not Be Preached: (Principles from The Crossings Method to Help Preachers and Listeners) Registration: $75

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UNDERSTANDING THE HEBREW BIBLE Instructor: Rev. Dr. Fred Niedner Saturdays: 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19 9:00 am – 12:00 pm CST UNDERSTANDING THE HEBREW BIBLEInstructor: Rev. Dr. Fred Niedner Registration: $75 to audit REGISTER NOW Registration: $150 to meet PMA requirements. REGISTER NOW Rev. Dr. Niedner taught biblical studies in Valparaiso University’s Department of

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Video Class Available Now:

Lament and Sustenance Registration

Lament and Sustenance in the COVID-19 Wilderness series REGISTER NOW The video series we present here for use by individuals or study groups is of timeless value. It was originally titled Lament and Sustenance in the COVID-19 Wilderness and offered in June 2020.While there will be some references to this disastrous pandemic, the teaching provided

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Previous Classes 2021:


Intersectionality Taught by Dr. Linda Thomas, Full Professor of Theology and Anthropology at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago The concept of Intersectionality considers overlapping oppressions, such as race, class, gender, sexuality, ableism, and many other things, as they are experienced and suffered by marginalized persons.   This concept is a vital tool to name multiple, intersecting

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Themes in the Gospel of Luke

Themes in the Gospel of Luke, taught by Dr. Eunyung Lim REGISTER NOW This class explores a set of main themes and key passages in the Gospel of Luke, aiming to contextualize them in our contemporary context as we prepare for Year C this fall. Focusing on stories about women, children, and social outcasts, we

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Womanist Biblical Interpretation

Womanist Biblical Interpretation By Dr. Wil Gafney Wednesdays: 9/22, 9/29, 10/6 7:30pm – 8:30pm CST Womanist Biblical InterpretationTaught by Dr. Wil Gafney, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX Lutheran School of Theology St Louis is pleased to present aWomanist Biblical Interpretation Colloquium via Zoom in 3 sessions withThe Rev. Wil Gafney,

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Previous Classes 2020:

Lutheran Confessions – Dr. Robert Kolb
Christian Decision-Making in the Digital Age – Rev. Amy Zeittlow
Wrestling with the Old Testament Texts (Ordinary Time) –Dr. Kathryn Schifferdecker
Lament and Sustenance in the COVID-19 Wilderness –Dr. Fred Niedner
Church History: The Story of Christianity –Dr. Chris Repp (co-sponsored w/Central
Southern Illinois Synod)
Themes in the Gospel of Mark – Dr. Mark Allen Powell