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April 2014

Chicago advocacy group to receive LSTC Community of the Cross Award

At this year’s graduation ceremony, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will honor a hometown organization, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc. (SDPC) On Sunday, May 18, LSTC will bestow its highest honor given to exemplary organizations, the Community of the Cross Award.  Dr. Iva Carruthers, founding CEO and general secretary, will accept the award as the group’s representative. [more]

Posted Apr 15, 2014

March 2014

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda to preach at LSTC’s 154th Commencement

On Sunday, May 18, Dr. Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda, a leading voice in defining what it means to be a “public church,” 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-five students will graduate from LSTC’s six degree programs. [more]

Posted Mar 19, 2014

February 2014

Internationally recognized theologian Mitri Raheb to speak at LSTC

At the Lutheran School of Theology on Tuesday, April 1, history and theology will come to life. Internationally-acclaimed theologian Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb will speak on his latest book, Faith in the Face of Empire, which draws parallels between the impact of empire in both biblical history and Palestine today. [more]

Posted Feb 26, 2014

January 2014

Esther Menn begins tenure as LSTC dean and vice president for academic affairs

Dr. Esther Menn, the Ralph W. and Marilyn R. Klein Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, began a five-year term as dean and vice president for academic affairs at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) on January 1. Her installation service will be held in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC on Wednesday, February 5 at 11 a.m. [more]

Posted Jan 8, 2014

December 2013

Herman Innovation Fund created to improve teaching and learning

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) has received a gift of $500,000 to promote experimentation and new approaches to education for ministry. The Lyn C. and Stewart W. Herman Jr. Fund for Innovation in Theological Education was established by Dr. Stewart W. Herman III in thanksgiving for the life and witness of his parents. The endowment will provide funding for faculty projects to enrich the seminary curriculum by encouraging the development of bold ideas and new directions in preparing leaders for new forms of ministry. [more]

Posted Dec 10, 2013

LSTC receives Lilly Endowment Grant to examine pathways to lower seminarian debt

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) has received a $250,000 grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. to do research on three pathways to reduce seminary student debt. The grant builds on initiatives and methods used by LSTC that led to a reduction of overall student borrowing by 15% during each of the past two years. LSTC’s study will explore the practices of low debt load students, identify and test approaches to financial aid counseling, and examine ways to develop stronger support by congregations for students. [more]

Posted Dec 3, 2013

November 2013

American Indian & Alaska Native Symposium to be named in honor of Vine Deloria, Jr.

On November 14, the Annual American Indian & Alaska Symposium at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will be renamed in honor of the late Vine Deloria, Jr. Deloria graduated from Augustana Seminary, Rock Island, Ill., a predecessor school of LSTC.
Special guests Susan Power, Elder (Standing Rock Sioux); Father Peter J. Powell, St. Augustine Center for American Indians; and Kirke Kickingbird (Kiowa) will be part of the renaming ceremony that will take place at 8 p.m. in the Refectory at LSTC, 1100 E. 55th Street, Chicago. [more]

Posted Nov 14, 2013

October 2013

Lutheran Heritage Lecture to examine border crossing in an age of border walls

The Rev. Dr. Javier “Jay” Alanis, executive director of the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) will deliver this year’s Lutheran Heritage Lecture, “Lutheran Heritage, Mexican Ancestry and the Future of the ELCA.” The free public lecture will be given on Tuesday, November 19 at 11:30 a.m. in the LSTC Common Room, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. [more]

Posted Oct 29, 2013

Twelve new LSTC students receive full-tuition scholarships

Twelve new master of divinity students at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago have received scholarships that will cover the cost of tuition. [more]

Posted Oct 1, 2013

August 2013

Scherer Lecturer Mary Mikhael to speak on "Christian Presence and the Syrian Civil War"

Civil unrest in Syria has brought unimaginable criminal and brutal violence. Christians, who have historically fared well in secular Syria, are fleeing the country and it is feared that Christianity there may be completely wiped out. More than 350,000 Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon since the crisis began. Refugees living in camps are subjected to violence, rape and bitter cold. Lebanese society is divided about whether to provide aid to these refugees. [more]

Posted Aug 20, 2013

New book edited by alumni honors Vítor Westhelle

Churrasco: A Theological Feast in Honor of Vítor Westhelle is a collection of essays by a wide range of theologians from around the world on the occasion of Westhelle’s sixtieth birthday. Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago alumni Dr. Mary (Joy) Philip and Dr. John Arthur Nunes edited the collection along with Dr. Charles M. Collier. It is available from the Pickwick Publications, and imprint of Wipf and Stock https://wipfandstock.com/store/Churrasco_A_Theological_Feast_in_Honor_of_Vtor_Westhelle [more]

Posted Aug 7, 2013

Class gifts lead to large grants for energy efficiency improvements

Gifts for environmental sustainability from the classes of 2008, 2010, and 2013 have catalyzed grants of over $185,000 for energy efficiency improvements at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). The classes raised and donated nearly $10,000 toward the enhancements, which will be completed by September 2013. [more]

Posted Aug 1, 2013

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