The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Board of Directors has elected the Rev. Benjamin Stewart to be assistant professor of worship at the seminary. He is scheduled to begin teaching in the spring semester 2009 after completing his Ph.D. degree at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
Stewart will receive his Ph.D. in theological studies with a focus on liturgical theology. He holds degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Capital University. Stewart has served as pastor of a small ELCA congregation in the Appalachian region of Ohio and of Holden Village in Washington. He has taught “Introduction to Public Worship” at the Candler School of Theology.
A commitment to the relationship of worship and ecology guided Stewart in both his dissertation topic, “The Easter Vigil and the Liturgical Generation of Eco-Theology” and his forthcoming book from Augsburg Fortress, tentatively titled, The Church on Earth: Worship and Ecology. His articles have appeared in Worship, CrossAccent, and Liturgical Ministry.
The search committee’s recommendation described Stewart’s love of the study and practice of worship. “His approach to the study of worship, which is grounded in ecumenical tradition and Lutheran theological perspective, transcends liturgical texts to consider how worship is embodied.”
The Rev. Dr. Kathleen D. Billman
Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs
The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.