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Learn more about lay theology at diakonia meeting

Published: Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

DAILY CHRONICLE

An informational meeting on the diakonia program of lay theological education will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday in the Community Room of First Lutheran Church at 324 N. Third St. in DeKalb.

This two-year program consists of 12 five-week courses on topics such as biblical studies, practical courses in areas such as visitation and communicating the Gospel, and church history.

The Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheram Church in America (ELCA) is one of eight synods to offer the program in the nation.

About 60 students are enrolled in eight locations throughout Northern Illinois, graduating 15 students in the past nine years.

A site in DeKalb/Sycamore began offering courses in 2011, and currently meets on Monday evenings during the school year at First Lutheran Church in DeKalb.

Local Lutheran pastors are involved in teaching courses in their areas of specialization.

The Monday meeting will cover the structure of the program, answering many questions about the commitment required of students, costs, textbooks and opportunities for service after graduation. For more information, contact Denise Rode at 815-756-8321.

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