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Stories from 2016


LSTC honors seven Distinguished Alumni/ae

On October 12, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will present the 2016 Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards to seven outstanding graduates of the seminary or its predecessor schools. The public awards ceremony begins at 5 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 E. 55th Street, Chicago. A festive reception follows the ceremony.

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LSTC MDiv student Christephor Gilbert named 2016 Joel R. Workin Scholar

Last week Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries announced that Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) master of divinity student Christephor Gilbert has been named the 2016 Joel R. Workin Scholar.

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LSTC invites comments in preparation for reaccreditation visit

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will undergo comprehensive evaluations by two accrediting organizations in March 2017. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will conduct its evaluation March 6-7, 2017. On March 27-30, a team representing the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) will conduct its evaluation.

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2016 Scherer Lecture: Reading the Bible in the Context of World Christianity

As Christian demographics shift, a new way of conceiving, reading and interpreting the Bible is emerging, where the voices of all people shall be heard, especially those on the margins: women, people of color, and the poor. Contextual biblical hermeneutics is most needed for scholarship to remain relevant in global Christianity.

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LSTC launches search to fill Cornelsen Chair of Spiritual Formation

This week, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) begins its search to fill the Cornelsen Chair of Spiritual Formation.

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Keith T. Hampton appointed Cantor to the Seminary Community

Keith T. Hampton has been appointed Cantor to the Seminary Community at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). He started on August 16. Dr. Hampton has been director of the LSTC Gospel Choir since 1997.

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Matthew L. James called to serve as Director of Admissions

The Rev. Matthew L. James has been called to serve as Director of Admissions at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago starting September 1, 2016.

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2016 grad Marissa Tweed finalist for David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award

A few days before receiving her master of divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Marissa Tweed learned that she was one of three finalists for the David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award.

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New book from Vítor Westhelle, “Transfiguring Luther”

Vítor Westhelle considers the effect of Luther’s theology when read and interpreted within contexts that do not share the cultural and political history of Europe.

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LSTC makes major changes in student services

LSTC has reorganized its Office of Vocation, Admissions and Financial Aid as the Student Services Office to better provide services for all students and especially for international students.

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Article by Jan Schnell Rippentrop wins Award of Excellence from Associated Church press

Jan Schnell Rippentrop, Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair of Homiletics at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), received a first-place Award of Excellence from the Associate Church Press (ACP).

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Klaus-Peter Adam selected as a 2016-17 Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology

Klaus-Peter Adam, associate professor of Old testament/Hebrew Bible has been selected as one of six Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology for 2016-17.

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Paul Landahl receives LSTC Confessor of Christ Award

At its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15, LSTC presented the Rev. Paul Landahl with the Confessor of Christ Award.

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St. John’s Lutheran Ministries receives LSTC Community of the Cross Award

At its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15, LSTC presented its Community of the Cross Award to St. John's Lutheran Ministries, based in Billings, Mont.

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Pastor Maceo L. Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Choir to perform at LSTC Gospel Concert April 10

Pastor Maceo L. Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Choir is the special guest at LSTC's 28th Annual Gospel Concert.

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Hendel honored with Festschrift, “Subject to None, Servant of All”

Colleagues surprised Kurt K. Hendel, Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor Emeritus of Reformation History by presenting him with the Festschrift, Subject to None, Servant of All: Essays in Christian Scholarship in Honor of Kurt Karl Hendel.

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The Rev. Dr. Richard J. Perry Jr. to preach at LSTC’s 156th commencement

On Sunday, May 15, the Rev. Dr. Richard J. Perry Jr., professor of church and society and director of the urban ministry program at LSTC will preach at LSTC’s Eucharist and Commencement Service.

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Lutheran Heritage Lecture uses Bugenhagen’s writings to trace formation of first Lutheran churches

The free public lecture will be given on Monday, March 14 at 11:45 a.m. in the LSTC Common Room, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago.

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2016 Gudina Tumsa Theological Forum, “Looking Back, Aiming Ahead: God’s Mission Unfolding in the Missional Church,” at LSTC February 26 and 27

Theologians and scholars from Africa, Europe and the Americas will reflect on the development of mission and the church in Ethiopia at the 2016 Gudina Tumsa Theological Forum.

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Pero Multicultural Center hosts sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day at LSTC

The Albert "Pete" Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at LSTC will host "One Body. Many Members: Celebrating the Dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

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LSTC a partner site for Trinity Institute 2016, “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice”

Racial justice is a matter of life or death; we can’t afford to stay silent and tacitly accept the (mostly) invisible systems that support inequalities, create suffering, and deny human dignity.

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