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.

Cost: No registration fee - donations welcome.

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

Upcoming Quest Courses:

Spring 2019 : Heroes & Heretics in the Early Church

This spring Quest course focuses on the value of knowing ancient church history while considering both the heroes and the heresies of the 4th and 5th centuries A.D.

Through the drama of emperors, councils, creeds, bishops, priests, monks, and lay people, we will discover the heart of the Trinitarian and Christological controversies that shape our faith even today. For what was at stake, for heroes and heretics alike, was nothing less than the clarity of the gospel itself.

Our sessions will be led by Alex Marque, who is PhD candidate in the history of biblical interpretation at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and this semester's full-time visiting instructor at Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton

Time & Date: March 19, 26 and April 2, 9, Tuesday, 7-9 pm.

  • March 19

A Battle Fought at Night: Alexander and Athanasius against Arius at the council of Nicaea

  • March 26

And We Believe in the Holy Sprit: A Trio of Heroes for the Trinity of Persons in God at the second Ecumenical Council

  • April 2

Mary Mother of God? Cyril of Alexandria against Nestorius on the oneness of Christ at the council of Ephesus

  • April 9

Jesus Wept: Eutyches' misunderstanding of Cyril and the reaffirmation of Jesus' Humanity at the council of Chalcedon

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

Access the live videoconference here:

Minimum equipment requirements can be found here.

Previous Quest Courses:

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

  • Fall 2018 : Ministry Beyond. Dr. Jennifer Frim, Rev. Mark Dressler, Michael Gillingham
  • Winter 2018 : From Luther's Reform to the Reformation, 1521-1530 , Dr. John Maxfield
  • Fall 2017: Marin Luther's Road to Reformation, 1483-1521, Dr. John Maxfield
  • Winter 2017: Narnia for Adults: Introduction to the Chronicles of Narnia, Dr. Joel Heck
  • Fall 2016: HIS-story: God and His People in the Old Testament, Dr. Chambers, Dr. Vern Raaflaub, Rev. Jonathan Kraemer, Rev. Darren Dressler, and Dr. Gimbel
  • Winter 2016: Nazism and Religion, Dr. John Hellwege Jr.
  • Fall 2015: Religion and Pop Culture, Dr. Bill Anderson
  • Winter 2015: Defending the Faith, Dr. Jonathan Strand
  • Fall 2014: Our Legacy of Faith: Relationships with God, Dr. Jim Gimbel
  • Winter 2014:A Man for our Times: Bach's Music and Theology for a New Millennium, Rev. Lorne Manweiler
  • 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