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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

March 2015

LSTC names 2015 Distinguished Alumni/ae Award recipients

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will present the 2015 Distinguished Alumni/ae Awards to seven of its outstanding graduates on Wednesday, June 17 at 5 p.m. This year’s honorees exemplify courage, service, creativity, innovation, and leadership. Recipients of the 2015 awards are the Rev. Dr. Robert Buckley Farlee, the Rev. Tom Gaulke, Ms. Inge Lempp, the Rev. Dr. Craig Mueller, the Rev. Dr. Martin Seltz, The Rev. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, and the Rev. Dr. James Wind. The awards ceremony begins at 5 p.m. A festive reception will follow to celebrate these outstanding alumni. [more]

Posted Mar 25, 2015

February 2015

New and old partners join with LSTC Gospel Choir for upcoming concerts

For the first time, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Gospel Choir and the Lutheran Choir of Chicago will unite for concerts on March 14 and 15. On April 12, the LSTC Gospel Choir will host its 27th Annual Concert with Chicago area gospel choirs in songs of praise. [more]

Posted Feb 24, 2015

LSTC welcomes visiting professor Barbara Lundblad

The new semester brings a new professor to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. This spring, the Rev. Barbara Lundblad serves as visiting professor of homiletics, guiding students in the art of preaching the gospel. Lundblad offers two courses for students hoping to become better preachers, Sermon as Meeting Place: An Introduction to Preaching, and an advanced course, Preaching for Social Transformation. [more]

Posted Feb 12, 2015

Dr. Cain Hope Felder to preach at LSTC’s Ash Wednesday service

The Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) is hosting the Rev. Dr. Cain Hope Felder as preacher for the seminary’s Ash Wednesday worship service at 11 a.m. on February 18. Dr. Felder is professor of New Testament Language and Literature and editor of The Journal of Religious Thought at Howard University School of Divinity. All are welcome at the worship service at 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago. [more]

Posted Feb 5, 2015

ELCA Seminary Leaders Respond to Open Letter Call To Action on Matters of Race and Social Injustice

Responding to a national call to action from African American leaders in theological education, ELCA Seminary leaders pledged to speak out and act on current issues of racial injustice. In a statement [PDF] released February 2, 2015, the presidents and deans, representing all eight Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) theological schools, recognized the continuing racial oppression and injustice, and made a commitment to publicly confront lingering examples of injustice “in vigorous and prophetic ways in our schools.” [more]

Posted Feb 2, 2015

January 2015

Clyde Andrew Walter joins LSTC Advancement Office

Last week, Mr. Clyde Andrew Walter joined the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Advancement Office as Campaign Director and Major Gift Officer. He will direct the seminary’s upcoming comprehensive campaign; help to manage annual, major and planned gift programs; and work with donors at all gift levels. [more]

Posted Jan 30, 2015

LSTC to be a partner site for Trinity Institute’s Theological Conference, Creating Common Good: A Practical Conference on Economic Equality

Chicago, IL– Many Christians worry about being complicit in a system that perpetuates economic inequality, a system that conflicts with deeply held religious values about social justice. But there are those who believe solutions are possible and that economic inequality represents a core justice issue that can be a vital focus for preaching, teaching, and social action.  [more]

Posted Jan 13, 2015

Fifth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration and Luncheon at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Chicago, IL– The Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will present the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration and Luncheon on Monday, January 19 in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago. Worship begins at 11 a.m. [more]

Posted Jan 6, 2015

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