Pictured are students of the Church Interpreter Training Institute (CITI), a joint partnership of Lutheran Friends of the Deaf in Mill Neck, New York, and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
The program was held June 25 to July 3, 2017 on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary with the goal to help student learn and improve their church interpreting skills so that they may go back to their home churches to proclaim God’s Word to the Deaf in sign language. The students interpreted at daily chapel at the seminary and attended classes on interpreting Scripture, sermons, hymns, and liturgy.
CITI, which began more than 30 years ago, is a program led by co-directors, Rev. Thomas Dunseth of Michigan and Deaconess Heidi Sias of Missouri, who both work remotely for Lutheran Friends of the Deaf in New York.