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Provost Festival of Installation Schedule Announced

Tue Oct 9 2012

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary announces the Festival of Installation for the Rev. Dr. Clayton J. Schmit, founding Provost of the Lenoir-Rhyne University School of Theology that includes the seminary from October 29 through November 4, 2012.

The week-long festival will include events showcasing the seminary’s unique and premiere reputation as a leader in theological education for Lutherans and other Christian denominations. Events will also include the seminary’s Morgan Lecture Series, which will explore Schmit’s passion for theological education, specifically in integrating theology and the liturgical arts, and will conclude with a Service of Installation. Festival events will be held on the seminary’s Columbia campus as well as the University’s main campus in Hickory, N.C.

Special guests from around the country will be coming to the Carolinas to participate in the events.  Included in the festivities are renowned authors, professors, artists, pastors, and theologians including Lloyd Ogilvie, Richard Lischer, William Willimon, Luke Powery, Todd Farley, Danielle Tumminio, John Trump, Vicky Henderson, Patrick Gagliano, Paul Webber, and Edwin Willimington.  Events will also include presentations by Schmit and other seminary and university faculty.

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

Upon his installation, Schmit will become the 18th leader of the 182-year-old seminary and the first under the newly structured LR School of Theology.  In the summer of 2012, the two institutions merged into a single university with a multi-campus School of Theology with the seminary serving as its cornerstone.  The combination of the seminary with the University is the first such arrangement in Lutheran higher education in the United States and is widely considered to be a groundbreaking new model for the future of theological education in North America.

Schmit comes to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and Lenoir-Rhyne University after serving 12 years at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Calif., where he served as the DeKruyter Chair of Preaching and the Academic Director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts.  Prior to his time at Fuller, Schmit served fifteen years as a Lutheran parish pastor in Northern California and North Dakota.

For more information please visit or contact Andrew Boozer, LTSS Director of Communications at or 803.461.3296.


Festival of Installation Schedule:

Experiencing Theology & the Arts:  Theater & Worship

Monday, October 29, 7:30PM
Christ Chapel, LTSS

Provost Schmit welcomes professional actors to campus for the first portion of the lecture series to experience how the art of drama can be an effective tool in presenting God’s Word in the parish.  The troupe will perform original work written by pastor (and professional playwright), the Rev. John P. Trump, pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Columbia, SC, and directed by  Vicky Saye Henderson.  Followed by discussion led by Dr. Schmit.


Exploring Theology & the Arts:  Harry Potter & God

Tuesday, October 30, 7:30PM
Stavros Lecture Hall, LTSS

Provost Schmit welcomes the Rev. Danielle Tumminio, a priest, theologian, and the author of God and Harry Potter at Yale: Teaching Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom, to explore how the Harry Potter series can be used as a tool to explore core theological doctrines, including sin, evil, sacrifice, and grace.  This second portion of the lecture series will be led by Dr. Susan McArver, Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry at LTSS.

Reformation Day Eucharist

Wednesday, October 31, 10:00AM
Christ Chapel, LTSS

The seminary community celebrates the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation at the Reformation Day Eucharist in Christ Chapel.  Included in the service will be special music and a special Martin Luther dramatic monologue by Patrick Gagliano, Theatre Department Chair, Newberry College.


All Saints Eve (Halloween) Family Event

Wednesday, October 31, 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Provost’s Home, LTSS

Provost Schmit and his family welcome the community to begin their Halloween evening at the Provost’s home for fun, food, and fellowship for the whole family.


Religion & the Arts with Clay Schmit & Todd Farley

Thursday, November 1, 2:00PM
Colloquium Room, Rudisill Library, LRU

Provost Schmit welcomes the Rev. Dr. Todd Farley, minister, professor, and mime artist to the Hickory campus for a colloquium on the intersection of religion and art.  Together they will explore their perspectives of their passion for the connectedness of religion and the arts.


All Saints Choral Fest

Thursday, November 1, 5:00PM
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Hickory, NC

Provost Schmit will preach at the 2012 All Saints Choral Fest, organized by the Rev. Paul Webber, D.M.A., Professor of Sacred Music and Director of Choral Programs at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  The Choral Fest will be held at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, adjacent to the University’s campus.

The Future of Preaching & Incarnating the Word

Friday, November 2, 9:00AM
Stavros Lecture Hall, LTSS

The headline event of the 2012 Jacob L. Morgan Lecture Series, named for the former President of the North Carolina Synod, will feature the topic: The Future of Preaching & Incarnating the Word.  Presenting will be the Rev. Dr. Todd Farley along with 3 representatives from Duke Divinity School, the Rev. Dr. Richard Lischer, James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching, the Rev. Dr. William Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, and and the Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of Duke Chapel.  The lectures will be moderated by the Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan, Assistant Professor of Preaching at LTSS.


Hoffmeyer Homecoming

Friday, November 2
Campus Quad, LTSS

The seminary students invite all seminary alumni and friends to the annual Hoffmeyer Homecoming event on Friday evening.  This seminary tradition bears the name of the late Ralph W. Hoffemeyer, Jr. (’82), and is a celebration of community life together for current and former seminary community members.


Service of Installation

Sunday, November 4, 4:00PM
Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Columbia,  SC

President Wayne B. Powell installs the Rev. Dr. Clayton J. Schmit as the first Provost of the School of Theology and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.  This festive worship service with representatives from the university, seminary, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Columbia and Hickory communities, partner institutions, and ecumenical partners will culminate the Festival of Installation.  Guest preacher for the service is the Rev. Dr. Lloyd J. Ogilvie, former chaplain of the United States Senate, and guest choral director is Dr. Edwin M. Willimington, Director of the Fred Bock Institute of Music of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary.


About Lenoir-Rhyne University:  Lenoir-Rhyne University is a private, coeducational university with its primary campus in Hickory, NC and was founded in 1891. Academic programs include 60 undergraduate majors, 14 graduate programs, the Center for Graduate Students of Asheville, NC; and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. Today, over 1,950 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled between the three campuses. Lenoir-Rhyne is affiliated with the NC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. The website is

About LTSS: Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary was established in 1830 to train ministers and impart Christian education for Lutheran churches in the South. The seminary is situated on a 17-acre campus in Columbia, SC. Areas of study include sacred theology, religion, divinity, and ministry. LTSS’s programs draw an ecumenical mix of students preparing for pastoral roles in Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, and Episcopal congregations, as well military chaplaincy.


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