The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago continued its observation of Earth Year 2009-2010 by presenting the Confessor of Christ Award to the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire and the Community of the Cross Award to Holden Village Retreat Center. Each award is given by vote of the faculty.
Santmire received his award on April 20, when he was on campus to deliver a lecture for LSTC’s Earth Week activities. Representatives from Holden Village attended LSTC’s commencement ceremony on May 16 to receive the Community of the Cross Award.
Confessor of Christ Award
The Confessor of Christ Award is given to a Christian individual whose commitment to Christ Jesus and the gospel manifests itself through extraordinary personal sacrifice for the sake of Jesus Christ and the gospel or exemplary witness to Christ Jesus and the gospel by selfless service to others.
The LSTC faculty voted to present the award to Dr. Santmire for being a prophetic spokesperson for ecological theology. The award notes that “he has put the church in touch with the resources of the Christian tradition that speak to the modern ecological crisis.”
Community of the Cross Award
This award is presented, by vote of the faculty, to a Christian group whose activities manifest the invitation of our Lord to take up the cross and follow him, and whose service is directed to the world around it, both Christian and non-Christian, and whose satisfaction and honor clearly derive from the Gospel.
Holden Village Retreat Center, in Washington state, received the award for its “practices of care for creation, commitment to social justice, and daily worship (which) have played a profound role in the renewal of individuals and communities across the United States and around the world.”
Assistant to the Academic Dean
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.