Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has issued a $25,000 grant to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) to enlarge its donor base. The grant will fund a new donor constituencies initiative aimed at increasing the seminary's support among African-American, Asian, and Latino/Hispanic Lutherans.
"The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago has been a leader among Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) seminaries in preparing candidates for rostered ministry who are persons of color and persons whose primary language is other than English, said Rev. James Kenneth Echols, president of LSTC. "We believe we have an excellent opportunity to encourage Lutherans from these racial and ethnic communities to become partners in support of the seminary's mission."
"Theological education is of vital importance to the future of the Lutheran church," said Jim Yagow, leader of Lutheran community relations for Thrivent Financial. "We are delighted to support this initiative by the Lutheran School of Theology to inform and engage more individuals in the work and ministry of the seminary."
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is the new organization that was formed from the merger of Aid Association for Lutheran and Lutheran Brotherhood. The mission of Thrivent Financial is to improve the quality of life for its members, their families and communities.