Senior Allison Johnson is Ready for the Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge

"The Story Becomes Part of Who You Are"

March 30, 2017

The 2017 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge has invited seminary students to explore new ways of engaging Scripture in a congregational or ministry setting. On April 21, 2017 from 8:30am–4:30pm at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s Brossman Center, four seminarians will share what they have learned in a day-long event. A panel of practitioners, led by keynote speaker Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, will respond to each presentation. The Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera is the event convener.

Gettysburg Seminary M.Div. senior Allison Johnson will present “Being Embraced by The Gospel.” She is an intern at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lutheran Student Center. “My goal was to use biblical storytelling to provide a unique encounter with a particular story in the Bible,” says Johnson. “We spent time learning about the background info of the story in Mark (Mark 4:35-41), looked at the Greek, made comics of the text, and spoke the passage aloud many times. I was really surprised how many students learned the story by the end of the 3 weeks. They really embodied what it meant to know the passage by heart. The biggest thing I learned from this time teaching, storytelling, and sharing is how much the story comes alive when you spend an ample amount of time with it. The story becomes a part of who you are.”

Johnson joins Lauren Heywood, an M.Div. intern at The Lutheran Theological School at Philadelphia, “Dwelling in the Story,” Alyssa Mazzei, an M.Div. senior at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, (Columbia, SC) “Renewed by Nutrition,” and Daniel Gutman, an M.Div. middler at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, (Columbus, OH) “The Sixth Day.”

The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge was launched by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 2015 to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of new examples of faithful, innovative, and effective ways of teaching and learning Scripture. 

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Full event information here.