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Leaders For The Next – Chicago Theological Seminary June 2017

Here is a video I produced for 31 Lengths, a New York based ad agency. Our client is the Chicago Theological Seminary. CTS is committed to preparing leaders for the Next generation of ministry by teaching a progressive, forward-thinking, philosophy.

We recorded stories with CTS graduates here in Chicago, Montgomery, Alabama and Portland, Maine.
CTS proactively takes on issues of social justice and helps individuals discern and evolve their faith for the future. Whether your interest is in ministry, social justice, community activism, or serious religious scholarship, CTS will take you to the Next.

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James Nieman installed as LSTC’s Seventh President

On the evening of October 28, 2012 the community of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago installed the Reverend James Nieman, PhD as its seventh President. The Installation service was held at 4 p.m. in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the campus of the University of Chicago. Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson served as the Presiding Minister.

The Director of Liturgy and Dean of Augustana Chapel Dr. Ben Stewart pointed out that the liturgical function of the service was “much like the installation of a Pastor.” The service began with a procession of roughly 75 individuals representing various elements of the seminary community such as faculty, staff, students, alumni, directors, and other ecclesiastical and educational leaders. Rows and rows of brightly colored vestments streamed into the chapel in brilliant contrast to the light grey stonework. The tones of the Cantorei and organ music, under the directorship of Principal Musician Daniel Schwandt, brought the congregation to the purpose of their gathering.

Narrative by Christopher Anderson,
Editor of “The Door”
LSTC’s student newspaper

Videos by Tim Frakes
Tim Frakes Productions

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Seminex: Memories of a Church Divided

This is a preview of a 2015 documentary about a divide in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in the 1970’s.

Order a DVD of the full, 42 minute SEMINEX documentary today for $19. Our Indigogo campaign to raise funds for our next documentary, God’s Glory, Neighbor’s Good: The Story of Pietism ended on March 10, 2015.  However, you can send me a check directly at Box 2004, Glen Ellyn, IL 260137 and I will personally ship you a DVD.

On February 19, 1974, students and faculty at the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s St. Louis Concordia Theological Seminary marched through the campus – out the doors of an institution, church body and well established educational system – and into self-described exile.

This story begins in the 19th Century when a new method of Biblical interpretation known as the “historical-critical method”, tore many Protestant churches apart.

Were Adam and Eve real people? Was Jonah actually swallowed by a fish? Or, did ancient authors reflect their own historical situation when addressing the people of their time and place?

For Missouri Synod Lutherans, the full impact of these theological debates and culturally conservative verses more modern world views came to a head decades after other church bodies had divided and drifted apart.

The debate ruptured the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod at a time of vast American cultural and social upheaval: Viet Nam, the Civil Rights movement and Watergate. For many students, faculty, administrators and Lutherans throughout North America, the events in St. Louis took a personal toll. The walkout would divide families, split congregations and have a lasting impact on the future of the church.

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New Faith Narratives

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago has asked me to participate in their 2009 Leadership Conference as a member of a panel discussion on faith in the movies.

Promotional materials for the event provide the following details…
Movies can open our minds and our hearts to new understandings and enable us to make connections to cultures and patterns of thinking that are outside our own personal experiences. At LSTC’s 2009 Leadership Conference, excerpts from several films will be viewed, explored and discussed to provide a deeper understanding of film in the development and sharing of narratives.

Guest Preacher
The Rev. Otis Moss, III, Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago.

Panel Moderators
The Rev. Dr. Kadi Billman, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Pastoral Theology at LSTC
Dr. Richard Jensen, Axel and Gerda Marie (Swanson) Carlson Professor of Homiletics at LSTC (Emeritus)

Panel Members
Meghan Johnston, Associate Pastor of Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Craig Mueller, Associate Director, Spiritual Formation at LSTC and Pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicago
Tim Frakes, Videographer, and owner, Tim Frakes Productions
Jan Boden, LSTC Director of Communications

For more details contact leadershipconference@lstc.edu or call 773-256-0700.

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Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

This is a new image video I helped produce for the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. LSTC is one of seven seminaries affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Susan Hague from Spring Creative wrote the script and produced. Jim Parks edited. Most of the camera work is mine.


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Feed the Roots of Leadership

Feed the Roots of Leadership is a vision to support seminary education, campus ministry and outdoor ministry in both the eastern and western parts of the Upstate New York Synod of the ELCA.

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