The day opened with a festival eucharist in Christ Chapel, led by the Bishop Michael Rhyne, from the Allegheny Synod in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
DR. WHITT WELCOMES THE REV. DR. MARY HINKLE SHORE
University President Dr. Fred Whitt introduces the Rev. Dr. Mary Hinkle Shore, LTSS rector and dean, who was greeted by many new faces during Alumni Day.
JOHN L. YOST, JR. LECTURESHIP
The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, ninth senior pastor of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, presented on preaching, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical interpretation. Lose is the author of "Preaching at the Crossroads," "Confessing Jesus Christ," and the popular "Making Sense" series. He is a former president of Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and former faculty member of Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
ABOUT THE JOHN L. YOST, JR. LECTURE
The John L. Yost, Jr. Lecture was established in 1973 as a special part of the seminary's outreach appeal. A gift from a dedicated member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Hickory, North Carolina, initiated this endowed lectureship in honor of the Rev. John L. Yost, Jr. Yost served the congregation of Holy Trinity for more than 16 years.
JAMES R. CRUMLEY JR. ARCHIVES SPRING BANQUET
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's James R. Crumley Jr. Archives also held its spring banquet April 4, at the Lexington County Museum in Lexington, South Carolina.
During the event, the Rev. Dr. Ernest Hazelius, the seminary's second professor, was remembered for his service to the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. LTSS was once known as the Classical and Theological Seminary, and was located in Lexington, South Carolina, between 1832 and 1856.
Hazelius, who was inaugurated as professor April 30, 1834, was a native of Neusalz, Prussia, and immigrated to Pennsylvania to pursue a career in teaching. He taught at three seminaries in Pennsylvania before being recruited by the Rev. John Bachman, founder of the Lutheran Seminary and Newberry College, to teach at the seminary during its time in Lexington.
"Dr. Hazelius gave his students a classical education at the Lexington site of the seminary, thoroughly preparing them for ministry in the Lutheran Church. Records indicate that Hazelius taught his students Hebrew and Greek, the seven liberal arts, sacred geography, sacred chronology, biblical and profane history, and biblical and systematic divinity. A gifted scholar as well, Hazelius is also remembered for having written the first history of the Lutheran Church in America." - Shannon Smith, archivist for ELCA Region 9