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Centers & Special Programs

A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice

A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) fosters and deepens relations between Christians and Muslims as a significant part of its larger purpose of building bridges of mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of all faiths. It was founded on the conviction that Christians, Muslims and neighbors of other faith traditions, in their humanity, created by and responsible before God, are called to know, respect and learn from one another, despite or even because of our difference. (Visit the Center's website.)

Youth in Mission

Through two different summer programs, Serving Christ in the World and Beyond Belief, LSTC’s Youth in Mission program invites high school students from around the country to explore their vocational calling as they do service for and with their neighbors around the world. YIM provides opportunities for the youth of today to broaden their horizons, deepen their faith, and explore their vocation. (Visit the Youth in Mission website. Make a secure online gift to Youth in Mission now. )

The Zygon Center for Religion and Science

Seeking to harness religion and science in shared purpose, the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS) takes its distinctive name from the Greek root for “yoking” or “joining.” ZCRS is dedicated to relating religious traditions and scientific knowledge in order to gain insight into the origins, nature, and destiny of humans and their environment, and realize the common goal of a world in which love, justice, and responsible patterns of living prevail. (Visit the ZCRS website.) Here's how you can make a gift to the Zygon Center for Religion and Science.

The Multicultural Center

LSTC is committed to multicultural theological education for all of its students and to preparing students from under-represented ethnic constituencies to be visionary leaders in the ELCA and the world.
In 2011, to honor the Rev. Dr. Albert “Pete” Pero’s lifelong work to reform the Lutheran church to be culturally inclusive, an endowment fund has been established to support the Multicultural Center at LSTC. The center is being renamed the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center. (Visit the Center's website). To make a gift to support the Pero Multicultural Center please contact Mark Van Scharrel Mark Van Scharrel or 773-256-0676.

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