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55th & UniversityEmmanuel Penumaka

The Rev. Emmanuel Penumaka
(2013, Th.M.), Ph.D. is a student in
systematic theology from India and
Hong Kong.


May May Latt

May May Latt, from
Burma (Myanmar) earned a Ph.D. in
Biblical Studies (Old Testament).


Niveen Sarras

Niveen Sarras from
Palestine earned a Ph.D. in Biblical
Studies (Old Testament).



Photos: Tricia Koning



The Guild
of the Lutheran School
of Theology at Chicago

News: View this article (on page 4 of the pdf) that appeared in the August 2014 Metro Chicago Synod supplement to The Lutheran magazine.

Founded in 1945 at Chicago Theological Seminary (Maywood, Ill.), the Guild is an organization of women from the Metropolitan Chicago Synod and beyond.  Since the beginning, Guild projects have enhanced the lives of students at LSTC. The Guild meets twice a year, spring and fall, to learn about LSTC through presentations from faculty, staff members, and students. 

In recent years, the Guild has focused on service to the International Student Community.

The Guild

  • supports The Duty Free Shop, an exchange of secondhand clothing and housewares available for free to students and their families
  • provides funds for winter clothing, medical kits, and household items
  • appeals to churches for help meeting immediate student needs identified by the International Student Coordinator
  • funds summer vacation retreats for international students and their families at the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, Ill.

LSTC plays a crucial role in preparing leaders for the world church.

  • In 2013-14 41 international students representing 15 countries and 10 faith communities studied at LSTC
  • Most of LSTC’s international students leave established careers in their home countries to pursue advanced training, enabling them to serve their churches in new ways.
  • Many international LSTC graduates now serve in pivotal roles in their home churches:  as seminary professors or presidents, bishops, leaders of regional church bodies, or leaders in organizations like the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches.

International students face challenges

Funding sources for international students have decreased dramatically in recent years.  Visa restrictions prohibit students and their spouses from holding jobs while they are in the U.S., except for jobs at LSTC itself.

The cost of living--even modestly--in Chicago is very high compared with the students’ home countries.  The cost of health insurance is an additional burden.

Your gifts to the Guild help international students at LSTC

You are invited to join the Guild and our efforts to increase the quality of life for LSTC’s international students and their families. Guild projects are made possible entirely through gifts from individuals and congregations.

--$100 will provide winter coats for an international student family.
--$200 will provide the basic necessities to furnish a student apartment.
--$300 will furnish a student apartment and fill the refrigerator to welcome a new family.

Download The Guild brochure, with the Guild Membership and Giving Form - PDF

Plan now to join us for our next Guild event:

Plan now to join us for our next Guild event:

The Guild convenes two gatherings annually: spring and fall.  The fall gathering will be held at LSTC on Saturday, October 4, 2014.  We are delighted to announce that our speaker will be Esther Menn, LSTC's new Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The tentative schedule is:

9:30 a.m. - Registration and Continental Breakfast
10:15 - Welcome and introductions
             Installation of new Guild board members and officers
10:45 - Devotions, led by an international student
11:00 - Presentation and conversation with Dr. Esther Menn
12:00 - Catered lunch (details to be arranged)


For more information about the Guild, please contact Jean Nye, President of the Guild via

Office: 773-256-0690
Fax: 773-256-0782


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