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October 2015

joins Zygon Center for Religion and Science as 2015-2016 Theologian/Artist in Residence

Renowned theologian and photographer Thomas Oord will spend three residencies at the Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) during the 2015-2016 academic year as a Visiting Theologian and Artist in Residence. [more]

Posted Oct 2, 2015

September 2015

Two LSTC professors receive Enhancing Life Project grants

Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament, and Lea Schweitz, associate professor of systematic theology/religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), are among 35 international scholars to receive grants to participate in The Enhancing Life Project. The Project is a collaboration of the University of Chicago and Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany. It is supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation to “explore essential aspirations of human beings that move persons and communities into the future.” [more]

Posted Sep 29, 2015

LSTC public church curriculum among most innovative in North America

Featured at Reimagining Theological Education summit in Chicago

Convergence US recently named the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) master’s level public church curriculum as one of the “most innovative and outside-the-box programs in theological education in North America.” The curriculum was launched in fall 2014 and cultivates competencies for leadership in a public church, focusing on community engagement, public witness and social transformation. At the Reimagining Theological Education Summit to be held in Chicago October 9-11, 2015, LSTC Academic Dean Esther Menn and other faculty members who worked on the new curriculum will participate in a panel and deliver a TED-style talk highlighting its most compelling features. [more]

Posted Sep 22, 2015

LWF General Secretary Martín Junge to deliver Scherer Lecture on Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue

In many places around the world, Christians have already begun to observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. On October 13, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) begins a series of Reformation Anniversary events by welcoming Lutheran World Federation General Secretary Martín Junge to deliver the 2015 Scherer Lecture. In “From Conflict to Communion – a Prophetic Witness in a Fragmented World,” Junge will explore the contents of From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, a report of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. The Very Rev. Thomas A. Baima, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Seminary and Graduate School at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, Mundelein, Ill., will respond to the lecture. [more]

Posted Sep 8, 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,, 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

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