“How does engaging art help people discover their voices as interpreters of Scripture? How does creativity make meaning and connect Scripture to people's daily lives? How does online study of Scripture have the potential to open up greater access to theological education and engage the whole person? This project compares teaching the Bible in a long-standing, women's 55+ in-person bible study and facilitating an in-depth, intergenerational, online Lenten experience at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church this year. This project follows the tradition of Martin Luther, who harnessed the power of media in his day and proclaimed the Gospel through multiple senses. Therefore, integrating art, creativity and online study of Scripture into congregations has the potential to create wider and deeper engagement with Scripture as a whole.” (Kristi Grieder, 2017)
Kristi presented Labyrinth Learning: Exploring Art, Creativity and Online Study of Scripture at Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) on April 28, 2017, as part of the Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge (HFBFC), a project in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). At the time, Kristi was a student of Wartburg Theological Seminary (Dubuque, IA), serving a congregation during an internship year.
Each year in the HFBFC, one student from each seminary of the ELCA is invited to create an innovative project that invites people to open Scripture and join the conversation in a new way or setting. The students collaborate with pastors, leaders, and congregation members to learn together and present their learnings in a TRED Talk (Theology Religion Education Development Talk) at a culminating event. A team of responders – professors, theologians, pastors – as well as the audience, respond to each presentation.
The next project-sharing event of the Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge (HFBFC) will be held at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) in the fall of 2018. Watch for information at bookoffaith.org