Some people may hope for a return to normal after the world-changing events of the last 18 months, but sociologists tell us our future will revolve around living into a “new normal.” Presented by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the 2021 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge will probe this new normal. Under the theme “Imagining Scriptural Encounters in the New Normal,” four online presentations by ELCA seminary students will help participants deepen their encounters with Scripture and strengthen their relationships with God in a time of extreme and continuous change.

The annual Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge is an endowed theological lecture series that seeks to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of faithful, innovative and effective ways to teach and learn Scripture. The event is sponsored by the seven ELCA seminaries, the Hein-Fry planning team and the ELCA Book of Faith Initiative. 

Every year, one student from each seminary is invited to develop and present a class or series for people both familiar and unfamiliar with biblical texts. The students are then invited to report their findings.

Diane Jacobson will host four online premieres, each featuring a student presentation. Please register for the premiere(s) you plan to attend; each presentation has its own registration link, and you may register for as many presentations as you would like. There is no charge for these events.

Read about the student presenters and their projects

Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
1:00 p.m. (PDT)
Register for Kaylie Ines presentation

Wartburg Theological Seminary
Friday, October 22, 2021
2:00 p.m. (CDT)
Register for Aneel Trivedi presentation

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Thursday, October 28, 2021
10:00 a.m. (CDT)
Register for Katrina Steingraeber presentation

United Lutheran Seminary
Friday, October 29, 2021
1:00 p.m. (EDT)
Register for Melissa Harris presentation