St. Louis seminary to host first 'Homecoming'

Former students from all graduating classes of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, are invited to return to the campus for the school’s first-ever “Alumni Homecoming” on Monday, Sept. 17.

The daylong celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and ends after a reception with faculty scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.  Forty half-price tickets to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game that evening also will be available to homecoming participants on a first-paid, first-reserved, basis.

Other planned Homecoming activities include a morning chapel service; a visit with seminary President Dale Meyer; a tour of the new education technology facilities, with a demonstration of online theological resources; and an opportunity to attend a class.

“With the Martin Franzmann hymn festival on the evening of Sunday, Sept. 16, and the Theological Symposium beginning Tuesday, Sept. 18, we want to offer a day in between for alumni from all graduating years to reconnect with one another and with their alma mater,” said Rev. Glen Thomas, acting director of alumni relations.

The seminary’s annual “Day of Exegetical Reflection” also takes place on Sept. 17, featuring papers by Professors Jeffrey Gibbs, Jeffrey Kloha, R. Reed Lessing, William Carr, David Adams, David Lewis, Bruce Schuchard, Timothy Saleska, and James Voelz.  This year’s theme is “Current Trends in Biblical Studies.”

Participants at the Alumni Homecoming and the Day of Exegetical Reflection will begin and end the day together — with the morning chapel service and the afternoon reception with faculty.

“We really have two different schedule tracks running on Sept. 17 — one for the Homecoming activities, and one for the Day of Exegetical Reflection activities,” said Thomas.  Participants at either event can attend all activities in one track, alternate between activities in both tracks, or attend any of the activities, he said.

Both events are free, but those who wish to attend are asked to register.  Participants are responsible for their own lodging and meal costs.

A mailing with a registration form and more information was sent to all alumni on July 31.  The same information is available on the seminary’s Web site at

For more information about the Homecoming, contact Alumni Relations at (314) 505-7370 or

For information about the Day of Exegetical Reflection, contact Prof. Paul Raabe at (314) 505-7128 or

Posted Aug. 10, 2007

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