The faculty of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago has chosen the Rev. Dr. Richard H. Luecke to receive the 2009 Confessor of Christ Award. The award will be presented on Sunday, May 17, and the school's 149th commencement ceremony. The award is given, by vote of the LSTC's faculty, to a Christian individual who provides a witness to Christ Jesus and the Gospel by selfless service to others.
Throughout his career as teacher, pastor, advocate and scholar, the Rev. Dr. Richard Luecke has been a model of the committed Christian life. Dr. Luecke has been active in justice issues and community life for most of his career. From 1976 to 1993 he was director of studies for the Community Renewal Society in Chicago, an organization dedicated to empowering people to build just communities by working to eradicate racism and poverty. Prior to that, Luecke served as director of studies for the Urban Training Center in Chicago from 1964 - 71 and as the developer of the Urban Ministry Project in London and Oxford, England from 1970 - 71.
Dr. Luecke's service to the church and the world includes long-standing service on the boards of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions; Protestants for the Common Good, Chicago; and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago.
In addition to a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, Dr. Luecke holds a master of divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, and a master of arts in English from Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. He was professor of philosophy and rhetoric at Christ College, Valparaiso University; visiting professor of political philosophy at the University of Minnesota; and a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has published five books, and numerous journal articles and chapters in books.
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