After the tour of the churches today our group had seminar meeting time during which we began to discuss the traditions and purposes of a Lutheran education. Some really amazing discussions took place but here are some of the highlights I heard summarized at the end:
- The arguments that Luther made are very similar to those we present to our students about the value of a liberal arts education
- Luther's writings are filled with rhetorical tensions intended to show that the lived experience is complex and that our lives should be examined regularly
- There is clearly a link between vocation and the whole person
- We should be more humble about what we think we know so that we don't lose sight that we are in a continual state of learning
There were many other intriguing lines of discussion, these are but a sampling of what we talked about. Today was an inspirational day spent immersing our selves in history and tradition, contemplating how we fit in to that tradition and what may lie ahead of us. The day was also filled with humor (mostly at Neil's expense, God love him!) and sweet moments (Kathy's emotional connection during the last song at our church service). Looking forward to tomorrow and all the possibilities that it holds.