Today, Mark S. Hanson was presented with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Confessor of Christ Award. The Confessor of Christ Award is given, by vote of the faculty, 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. Bishop Hanson was honored by LSTC for his a leadership in the church through a lifelong commitment to speaking out on behalf of the poor, oppressed, and marginalized.
The award reads: "Mark S. Hanson has given courageous public witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ by working for peace, justice, and transformation, living out the call to action in Micah 6:8, ‘And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.'"
"As presiding bishop, he has been a prophetic voice heard in the ELCA as well as throughout the world. Bishop Hanson has called on the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to recognize and repent of the systemic racism present in the church. He has faithfully led the ELCA through difficult discussions about human sexuality.
"He has worked with interfaith leaders around the world for peace and justice in the Middle East and has met with and called upon U.S. government officials to promote economic and political equity. He has regularly issued statements and pastoral letters which provide guidance to the faithful and challenge the powerful on the political and social issues of the day."
Hanson received the award at the LSTC annual Leadership Conference, where he was a keynote speaker on the theme, "No Easy Answers: Active Engagement with Challenging Texts."
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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.