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Women of the ELCA
Bible Study Seminar

Wartburg Theological Seminary


The Program

2014 Bible study for Gather Magazine

Title: Transforming Life and Faith

A new life partner, a new child, a new home, a new job or retirement: most of us recognize how our lives are changed by these experiences. In this year's Bible study we will consider how our lives and our faith journeys are transformed by the events and people we meet. In both testaments, and especially in the Acts of the Apostles, we will read about people who have life-changing experiences: Paul on the road to Damascus, Moses in the wilderness of Midian, Lydia praying by a river in Macedonia, an Ethiopian man traveling from Jerusalem to Gaza. We will watch them turn to and with God as their minds, hearts, and daily lives are altered. And we will reflect on the ways we, too, have been and will be transformed by life encounters and are called by God to serve God's mission in the world.

Theme verse: "…be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect." Romans 12:2b

Our Speaker

Tex SampleCarol Schersten LaHurd is a lifelong teacher: Red Cross swimming lessons, high school English, parish education, and, for the past 30 years, biblical studies, Islam, and interfaith relations in colleges, seminaries, the church, and the wider community. After degrees from Augustana College (Ill.) and the University of Chicago, she received the Ph.D. in New Testament from University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Carol has published many scholarly articles and book chapters on biblical and interfaith topics and has extensive experience in inter-religious and ecumenical relations. With her family she has lived in Damascus, Syria, and Sana'a, Yemen, where she taught and did research on women in Islam.

She is author of Luke’s Vision: The People of God, the 1998 Bible study for the Women of the ELCA. From 2006-2010 she was coordinator of the Middle East peace-making campaign of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Currently she teaches part-time at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and is educational outreach consultant for the seminary's Center for Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice.

For her own personal transformations, Carol credits close reading of the Bible, a lifetime in a dozen Lutheran congregations, a host of inspiring students and teachers, travel and living abroad, friends of all religions and no religion, her extended family, and especially her husband, Ryan LaHurd; son, Jeremy, and his wife, Maria; daughter, Kristin; and grandchildren Adila and Tecún.


Wednesday, May 21st

 9am-10am  Registration & Coffee  Refectory
 10am-10:30am  Welcome & Introductions  Chapel
 10:30am-12pm   Study  Chapel
 12pm-1pm  Lunch  Refectory
 1pm-1:30pm  Relaxation  
 1:30pm-3pm  Study  Chapel
 3pm-3:30pm  Refreshment Break  Refectory
 3:30pm-5pm  Study  Chapel
 5pm-6pm  Dinner  Refectory
 6pm-7:30pm  Study & Worship  Chapel

 Thursday, May 22nd



 Study  Chapel
 10am-10:30am  Refreshment Break  Refectory
 10:30am-12pm  Study  Chapel
 12pm-1pm  Lunch  Refectory
 1pm-2pm  Discussion/Wrap-up  Chapel

The meal plan includes three meals (2 lunches and 1 dinner) for a charge of $25.00. Meal plans should be purchased at the time of registration, as we need to know the number of people eating in advance so we have an adequate food supply and can secure staff to assist in the kitchen.

Please reserve your own hotel room.

3100 Dodge Street, Dubuque, IA 52003
Host Hotel for the Wartburg ELCA Group on May 21st & 22nd 2014
800-336-4392 or 563-557-8000 - Reserve by April 20, 2014.
$79 plus tax per night which includes a hot breakfast buffet at Champps Americana in the hotel. 
Rooms reserved for Tuesday, May 20th and Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
Be sure to mention event code: Wartburg ELCA to receive discounted room rate.

There may be a limited number of rooms in Mendota guest wing available on-campus for $60 per night. Call Amanda Yarolim, 563-589-0220, for additional information and reservations.

We make every effort to keep the cost of the seminar at a minimum. The cost for materials, staff, and presenters is the same whether you come for part of the seminar or the entire event. If you come for part of the seminar; you will be charged full tuition as a gesture of support for the program. Early bird your registration by May 1st and save!

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Wartburg Theological Seminary
333 Wartburg Place, PO Box 5004, Dubuque, IA 52004-5004
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