Rev. Dr. Linda Thomas will bring her personal reflections on key spiritual topics to 30 Good Minutes, a long-standing inspirational program on WTTW, Channel 11. Her first appearance will be Sunday, October 20 at 5 p.m., and she will appear every third Sunday until the season ends December 6. Holding the rank of associate professor of anthropology and theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Thomas will speak on topics such as forgiveness, grace, grief and healing, hope, love and prayer.
A prolific author, her book Under the Canopy: Ritual Process and Spiritual Resilience in South Africa, chronicles field research in a South African village-research Thomas won a Lilly grant to replicate on the south side of Chicago in 2000. Coming from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill., Thomas joined the Seminary's faculty in 2000. Previously, she pastored congregations in White Plains and Brooklyn, N.Y., and was dean of students and a lecturer in spiritual formation at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. After earning the doctor of philosophy degree, she taught at Iliff School of Theology in Denver until going to Garrett in 1997.
30 Good Minutes is known for its line-up of speakers representing a wide ecumenical spectrum. Currently in its 96th season, the program will feature preachers such as Walter Wangerin, Joanna Adams, Tony Campolo, Joan Chittister, John Killinger, Thomas Long, Benjamin Reaves, John Claypool, Robert Edgar and Lewis Smedes. New this year are documentaries of people from Chicago will speak about their spiritual lives.
30 Good Minutes is produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, a religious non-for-profit organization founded in 1908 to positively influence people's spiritual, moral and religious lives. For more information contact Rev. Kathy McNair at (312) 236-4483 or log into the club's Website at www.csec.org.