Nearly 70 students will graduate from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago when it holds its 150th commencement ceremony on May 16, 2010. Although LSTC has existed for only 48 years, it counts its number of graduating classes beginning with its oldest predecessor school, Augustana Lutheran Seminary.
Pastor Susan K. Ericsson will be the preacher at the commencement service to be held at 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 South Kimbark, Chicago. Pastor Ericsson is a leader in urban ministry who currently serves as senior pastor of Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Devon, Pa.
She graduated from Yale Divinity School after spending part of her senior year at LSTC. Ericsson served an inner city congregation in Detroit for 11 years before joining the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod staff as Assistant to the Bishop for Urban Ministry. During her 13 years in that position she worked with urban congregations and leaders in the synod’s redevelopment strategy.
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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.