One of the greenest seminaries in the United States for the last 20 years, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will observe Earth Year during the 2009-2010 academic year. The entire community will focus on care of creation including sustainability, environmental justice, congregational activism on behalf of the earth, and theological themes related to creation.
"Earth Year will be LSTC's first theme year, with the purpose of fostering engagement between the seminary and issues confronting the world," said Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathleen D. "Kadi" Billman. "Observing a theme year focused on our care of the earth allows us to challenge ourselves to even greater engagement through our ministries with this urgent need."
LSTC professors will incorporate the theme in all areas of LSTC's curriculum (biblical studies, ministry, worship, theology). Several special courses related to the theme will be offered during the year.
Annual lectures and events such as the Lutheran Heritage Lecture, the Leadership Conference, and the annual interfaith scripture conference will have themes related to Earth Year. The theme year will also be integrated into new and returning students' orientation, worship planning, and the work of LSTC's centers (Zygon Center for Religion and Science, A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice, the Multicultural Center, the Language Resource and Writing Center).
Dean of Community Terry Baeder, Ph.D. student Rob Saler, and faculty member David Rhoads are leading the theme year planning. They will work with students, faculty and staff to foster involvement in the year's activities, particularly through service projects.
An events page, Earth Year at LSTC, is posted on Facebook. To find the page, type "Earth Year at LSTC" in the Facebook Search box. Details on events will be posted on Facebook and on LSTC's web site.
Earth Year Coordinator
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.