Concordia Lutheran Seminary


Quest is a continuing education program presented by CLS. Each series offers lifelong learning classes especially for lay people. The topics address every follower who needs to better understand his or her personal faith and religion. Seminary faculty and guest speakers present a short series of classes on subjects relevant to the day-to-day faith living of contemporary Christians. The classes are designed to be informative and enlivening, comprehensible and relevant, compact and budget-priced. Evening non-credit classes are scheduled in the Fall and the Winter.

Quest courses may also be made available online. Minimum equipment requirements can be found here. Contact the Development Assistant to the President for more information.

Upcoming Quest Courses:

Winter 2014

A Man for our Times: Bach's Music and Theology for a New Millennium with Rev. Lorne Manweiler

Feb. 4, 2014 Handout

Feb. 11 Handout #1 (Slide notes)

Feb. 11 Handout #2 (Cantata Score for BWV 61)

Feb. 11 Handout #3 (Cantata Text and Translation BWV 61)

Feb. 11 Handout #4 (Chorales to sing)

Feb. 18 Handout (Presentation slides)

So often, J.S. Bach is held up as a paragon of the high Baroque and of an even higher church music. It may be surprising to many that Bach dealt with the same grass-roots challenges the modern church worker and church musician faces: chronic lack of resources, doctrinal inconsistency, cultural pressure, few capable parish musicians, and often antagonistic working relationships. These four sessions will examine Bach’s philosophy and theology of church music practice historically, musically, practically, and theologically, and translate those principles into the new millennium. The course caters to the non-musician and musician, theologian and layperson alike.

Rev. Lorne Manweiler is pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Edmonton, AB, instructor of organ and resident organist at Concordia University College of Alberta, Edmonton, and accompanist for the Concordia Community Chorus. A winner of organ performance and improvisation competitions, he has performed in concert with Canadian orchestras and choral ensembles and as a solo performer in major churches and concert halls in North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

This Quest class is offered as a webcast for distant students.

Access the live videoconference here:

Time & Date: 7:00pm - 9:00 Feb 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2014.

Cost: No registration fee - donations welcome.

To register for the free classes contact Rhonda Buck at or 780-474-1468, ext. 225

Some Previous Quest courses can be found on our YouTube Channel.

Previous Quest Courses:

  • Fall 2013: Christianity and the Movies: A Lutheran Approach to Media Consumption Rev. Ted Giese
  • Fall 2012: Back to the Future: Missionaries of the Past and their Relevance for Canada's Mission Challenges Dr. Glenn Schaeffer
  • Winter 2012: Where does the Bible we use today come from? Prof. Jonathan Kraemer
  • Fall 2011: “The Stones Cry Out”: Jesus and Archaeology
    Dr. Stephen Chambers
  • Winter 2011: What Does it Mean to be Lutheran?,
    Rev. Lorne Manweiler
  • Fall 2010: World Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Dr. Edward Kettner