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September 2015

First year MDiv student Samantha Nichols receives IFYC Mike Hammer Interfaith Leadership Award

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) master of divinity student Samantha Nichols is known as a tireless advocate and ambitious organizer. Those qualities, coupled with her passion for interfaith work on social issues, were recognized this summer when Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) presented her with the Mike Hammer Interfaith Leadership Award. The award is given to individuals who, “through their work with IFYC’s Better Together campaign sought to build a movement and pursued their vision with passion, joy and creativity.” [more]

Posted Sep 1, 2015

August 2015

LSTC Professor Linda Thomas finds signs of hope in Ferguson, Mo.

Earlier this month, Dr. Linda E. Thomas, professor of theology and anthropology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), traveled to Ferguson, Mo., to participate in a conference of black religious scholars held there on the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown. On Sunday, August 9, she and her 15-year-old daughter, Dora, participated in the march in Ferguson. It was filled with signs of hope for Dr. Thomas. [more]

Posted Aug 20, 2015

July 2015

Paul R. Swanson, professor emeritus of pastoral care, dies

The Rev. Dr. Paul R. Swanson, professor emeritus of pastoral care at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), died on July 18, 2015.  He was 87 years old. [more]

Posted Jul 23, 2015

LSTC student Louis Tillman tapped as leader for climate justice

Last month, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago student Louis Tillman joined thousands of marchers to thank Pope Francis for his recent encyclical on climate change. The march, “One Earth, One Family” brought together people of diverse faiths from around the world. It was organized by OurVoices, 350.org, FOCSIV, and others. Marchers carried banners and flew kites in the shape of white doves. Others carried green, leaf-shaped signs inscribed with verses from Scripture about God’s care of creation and the poor. [more]

Posted Jul 20, 2015

June 2015

LSTC PhD student Katie Deaver receives Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) doctor of philosophy student Katie Deaver has received the Nancy A. Hardesty Memorial Scholarship from EEWC-Christian Feminism Today. This is the second time the annual $1,000 scholarship has been awarded. The scholarship provides assistance to a student who wants to be in a leadership role that supports and promotes Christian feminism. [more]

Posted Jun 24, 2015

Kurt Hendel publishes first English translation of Bugenhagen’s writings

Kurt K. Hendel, the Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), has published the first English translations of the selected writings of Johannes Bugenhagen. Fortress Press released Johannes Bugenhagen, Selected Writings, Volume I and Volume II, this week. [more]

Posted Jun 3, 2015

Franklin Sherman receives LSTC Confessor of Christ Award

At its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) presented the Rev. Dr. Franklin Sherman with its Confessor of Christ Award. He was chosen for the award for his visionary leadership when he served as Dean at LSTC and for his lifelong dedication to improving interfaith relations. [more]

Posted Jun 2, 2015

Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford, Ill., receives LSTC Community of the Cross Award

At its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, Zion Lutheran Church of Rockford, Ill., received the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Community of the Cross Award. It was presented the award for the many ways, since its founding in 1883, it has carried out its mission to be a “public church.”  The Rev. Dr. Michael Thomas, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, accepted the award. [more]

Posted Jun 2, 2015

May 2015

From the Epistle: Dear people, Kurt Hendel is retiring

Eight o’clock Monday morning, room 201: a class of mostly juniors is armed with tall, insulated mugs of coffee, laptops open and ready. They’re prepared for a three-hour Lutheran Confessions class with Dr. Kurt Hendel, the Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History. What they may not realize is that this is the last time Hendel will be teaching the course as a member of LSTC’s faculty. On July 1, Hendel will be the last of the nine Seminex professors deployed to LSTC in 1983 to retire. He says, “It’s been a joyous time for me. I’m just surprised that it went so quickly!” [more]

Posted May 4, 2015

April 2015

Harvard Stephens Jr. appointed Pastor of Community and Dean of the Chapel

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) President James Nieman has appointed the Reverend Doctor Harvard Stephens, Jr., as Pastor to the Community and Dean of the Chapel. He will begin a five-year term call beginning July 1, 2015. [more]

Posted Apr 28, 2015

Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, to preach at LSTC’s 155th commencement

On Sunday, May 17, the Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, will preach at the Eucharist and Commencement Service for the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). The service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago. Fifty-seven students will graduate from LSTC’s six degree programs. [more]

Posted Apr 16, 2015

Jan Rippentrop to join LSTC faculty as new Carlson Professor of Homiletics

The Board of Directors of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) has elected the Rev. Jan Rippentrop as the Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Professor of Homiletics effective July 1, 2015. [more]

Posted Apr 9, 2015

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