On Sunday, May 18, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will present the Rev.Dr. Justo González with the Confessor of Christ Award. Dr. González is a one of the most respected Latino scholars in the United States and a contributor to the development of a Latina/o theology. The award will be presented during the school’s 154th commencement service at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago.
About Justo González
After becoming the youngest person to earn a Ph.D. in historical theology at Yale, Justo González taught at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, and later at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is the author of more than 100 books, including the popular History of Christian Thought and The Story of Christianity.
González is an ordained Methodist minister, an educator, and a developer of leaders. He is a founding member of the Association of Theological Education for Hispanics (AETH), which promotes theological education among Hispanic Americans. It established the Justo González Center, which provides a forum for addressing theological topics related to Latino/a ministry and communities. He also helped found the Hispanic Summer Program, the Hispanic Theological Initiative, and Apuntes, the first academic journal of Latina/o theology.
The Confessor of Christ Award
The Confessor of Christ Award originated at Christ Seminary-Seminex, a predecessor school of LSTC. When the Seminex faculty joined LSTC, the award transferred to this seminary. 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.”
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