Community Life

2017-2018 New Student Booklet

This booklet highlights what students need to know once they are on campus (i.e. parking, technology at Trinity, library/student ID card, billing information etc.), how to get involved (i.e. SEEDS, Reconciling in Christ, Life Together etc.), and all the events that happen every week (i.e. worship, community time, I-Group, FLOTD). It’s really a great resource for students, staff and faculty alike!

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Promise for Life


promise for life sculpture
Following a moving class presentation by Alfred Tibor, a Holocaust survivor and sculptor, then President Dennis Anderson (1990-2000) invited him to his office for a personal conversation. Dr. Anderson asked Mr. Tibor to produce a sketch for a public sculpture that would be placed in a prominent position on the Trinity campus. The president gave Mr. Tibor a theme that proclaims how God confronts and deals with our sin and our hope for life:

“Out of the flames of human hate come the ashes of death.
Out of the flame of God’s love comes the promise for life.”

This theme is engraved on the base of the completed Sculpture.

Within several weeks, Mr. Tibor returned with a sketch of a dramatic bronze flame rising through and above a huddled group of men, women, and children surrounded by barbed wire. At the top of the flame stand a mother and father lifting up their newborn child. Moved by the sketch, President Anderson requested that Mr. Tibor develop a model, which was then displayed for the community. Discussions with the Trinity faculty and Board of Directors led to the approval and establishment of an inter-faith committee to further develop the concept and raise funds for the sculpture. The Promise for Life Committee included representatives of the Jewish, Roman Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran and Methodist communities and Trinity Lutheran Seminary. The formal phase of fund raising began in January 1997. They eventually raised more than $200,000 to fund the sculpture and the surrounding landscape.

Early in the project, those involved requested it be a “living” sculpture. They wanted it to be more than a monument; it must be a stimulus and inspiration for interfaith dialogue. A task force was formed to explore and develop public events for Jewish-Christian dialog. Later, the task force determined that the dialogue should extend beyond Jewish-Christian to include other faith traditions.

The sculpture and garden were dedicated in an interfaith ceremony on May 23, 1999. This was Pentecost Day in the Christian tradition, which symbolizes the gathering of people of many lands and languages and the outpouring of God’s Spirit-giving unity and life. In addition to President Dennis Anderson, Ann Russell and Ward Cornett III and the entire Trinity Community gave support and leadership to Promise for Life. A host of people provided financial support. Under the leadership of Pastor Cornett, who previously served as Trinity’s liaison to the Jewish community, Promise for Life has proven to be a “living sculpture” providing continuing inspiration for interfaith dialogue and understanding.


With its granite base, the bronze sculpture of rising flames reaches a height of 27 feet. The Columbus firm of Allied Fabricating and Welding fashioned the flames from 3/16-inch sheets of solid silicone bronze. Combined with the life-sized bronze figures, cast by Southern Ohio Bronze, the sculpture weighs more than 6,000 pounds. Peter Krajnak, of Feinknopf Macioce Schappa Architects, coordinated a team of contractors and consultants in the creation of an appropriate, dignified environment for Promise for Life. Framed by a backdrop of the seminary’s 1923 brick structures, the sculpture has become a landmark on the corner of the campus. The Jewish Community Center became deeply involved in the project, and eventually College Avenue, which connects Trinity Lutheran Seminary, the Jewish Community Center, and Jewish Historical Society, would be named “Remembrance Way” with the approval of the Bexley City Council.

About the Artist

Many people in Columbus – and throughout the country – have come to know and love the work of artist Alfred Tibor. His sculpture, Hope, is placed at the entry to the James Cancer Clinic in Columbus. Freedom, a gift to the city, is displayed in Battelle Park, and To Life is featured in the Governor’s mansion. Other works are displayed in Indianapolis, Indiana; Clearwater, Florida, and Youngstown, Ohio.

Mr. Tibor and his wife, both survivors of the Holocaust, have dedicated their lives to the establishment of remembrance works, which, while reminding us of the evil power of racial and ethnic hatred, powerfully proclaim the vision of life and hope for all humankind. “Although I survived my imprisonment by hating, once I was freed I knew I would have to give up hating,” says Mr. Tibor. “I want coming generations to understand the concept of brotherhood and give up hate and destruction. We must honor and love each other.”

"Remember” Bricks

The Promise for Life plaza is paved with more than 100 bricks engraved with the word “Remember” in the languages of the world, including sign language and braille—a testament to suffering around the world and the hope for peace and justice. Remember the Holocaust that it never happens again to any peoples anywhere. Individuals, families, and organizations donated $100 for each brick sponsored. This ongoing project helps to fund the sculpture, its upkeep, and the continuing series of events centered on Promise for Life. 

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Continued Funding for Continued Education

Promise for Life stands as the focal point for a series of continuing education events that are free and open to the public. At these events, members of the community can discuss, contemplate, and learn about interfaith issues, issues of peace and justice, and the lessons and consequences of the Holocaust and other instances of genocide. To fulfill the original vision of the Promise for Life sculpture project, and its focus on continuing education, the Living Memorial Committee of Promise for Life seeks to raise $100,000. These funds will permanently endow educational events sponsored by the Promise for Life Program Committee in collaboration with various religious, educational, community, private, corporate, and government organizations. The Promise for Life Endowment Fund is held by the Columbus Foundation and managed by the Promise for Life Board, which consists of persons representing a cross section of the Columbus community. To support the Continuing Education Phase of Promise for Life, contact the Office of Development.

Visitor Information

Area Hotels

Marriott Columbus Airport
1375 North Cassady Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43219
(800) 491-5717

Country Inn Suites and Hotel
2900 Airport Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 478-2900
Ask for the Trinity Lutheran Seminary Rate

Courtyard by Marriott
2901 Airport Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 475-8530
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Staying on Campus

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Local Dining

Within Walking Distance of Trinity

Fine Dining

Giuseppe’s Ritrovo
Italian cuisine, full bar
2268 East Main Street
(614) 235-4300
Entree price scale: $9.00-$22.00


Casual Dining and Fast Food

Mediterranean cuisine
2400 East Main Street
(614) 586-1440

Bexley Pizza Plus
Pizza and subs
2651 East Main Street
(614) 237-3305

Boston Market
Homestyle chicken and turkey entrees
2741 East Main Street
(614) 237-5015

Cafe Istanbul
Turkish cuisine
2455 East Main Street
(614) 237-9920

Tex-Mex burritos and tacos
2484 East Main Street
(614) 236-8733

Donatos Pizza
Pizza, salad, and subs
2800 East Main Street
(614) 235-4477

Graeters Ice Cream
Ice cream and frozen desserts
2282 East Main Street
(614) 236-2663

Jeni’s Ice Cream
Artisan ice cream
2156 East Main Street
(614) 231-5364

Moshi Sushi
Sushi bar
2152 East Main Street
(614) 732-0641

Italian street food
2585 East Main Street
(614) 754-1834

Rusty Bucket
Bar and grill
2158 East Main Street
(614) 236-2426

Coffee house
2450 East Main Street
(614) 237-3283

Breakfast & Brunch
2376 East Main Street
(614) 745-2116

Zen Cha
Tea salon
2396 East Main Street
(614) 237-9690

Further Resources

Map & Directions

Getting to Trinity

trinity buildingComing from the east on I-70: Exit at Livingston Avenue (Exit 103B). Turn left, go under the I-70 overpass and turn right (north) at the next corner, Alum Creek Drive. Go north to Main Street where Alum Creek Drive dead-ends. Turn right on Main Street; go to the second traffic light and turn right onto College Avenue. Turn right from College Avenue into the Trinity Visitor parking lot.

Coming from the west on I-70: Exit at Bexley-Main Street (103A) onto a ramp that circles around to Alum Creek Drive (north). Alum Creek Drive dead-ends at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street; go to the second traffic light and turn right onto College Avenue. Turn right from College Avenue into the Trinity visitor parking lot, just before the yellow caution light at the intersection of College and Mound Street.

Coming from the North or South on I-71: Take I-71 south to I-70 east. Get off at the Alum Creek Drive exit – it says Bexley-Main Street (103A) and circle to the right at the bottom of the exit. Alum Creek Drive dead-ends at Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street; go to the second traffic light and turn right onto College Avenue. Turn right from College Avenue into the Trinity visitor parking lot just before the yellow caution light at the intersection of College and Mound Street.

Coming from Port Columbus International Airport: From International Gateway Road, take I-670 westbound (toward Downtown Columbus). Immediately bear to the right to the Cassady Avenue exit. Turn left onto Cassady Avenue at the traffic light (Marriott by Courtyard is just across the street) and continue south several miles until Cassady Avenue dead-ends onto Main Street. Turn right onto Main Street; continue past the Capital University campus and turn left onto College Avenue. Turn right from College Avenue into the Trinity visitor parking lot just before the yellow caution light at the intersection of College and Mound Street.

Trinity Lutheran Seminary has ramp entrances and elevators. Free parking is available in Trinity's parking lot entered from College Avenue.

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Map & Directions