One year after the board of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) made the historic decision to lease land on the seminary's campus to neighboring Presbyterian seminary, McCormick Theological, ground was broken for a new McCormick building and shared parking facility. At the January 23 joint worship celebration and groundbreaking, remarks were delivered by H. George Anderson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA) and Syngman Rhee, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), McCormick's governing body. Chicago Alderman Toni Preckwinkle delivered a proclamation from the city. In attendance were dignitaries representing the University of Chicago and other Chicago seminaries.
Since its move to Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in 1975, McCormick has rented classroom space from the Lutheran School of Theology, while its faculty and administrative offices are housed in three buildings several blocks away. The new building will consolidate offices and give faculty members easier access to the academic complex.
Once the building project is complete, the proximity of the two schools will enable them to explore the sharing of select functions such as maintenance, security, phone services and accounting. Currently, in addition to sharing classroom space, the schools have combined library holdings and a joint information technology team.
While both schools will be strengthened financially by the sharing of operations, this move also has tremendous implications for theological education.
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