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January 2016

2016 Gudina Tumsa Theological Forum, “Looking Back, Aiming Ahead: God’s Mission Unfolding in the Missional Church,” at LSTC February 26 and 27

Theologians and scholars from Africa, Europe and the Americas will reflect on the development of mission and the church in Ethiopia at the 2016 Gudina Tumsa Theological Forum on February 26 and 27 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. [more]

Posted Jan 26, 2016

Pero Multicultural Center hosts sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day at LSTC

On Monday, January 18, the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will host “One Body. Many Members: Celebrating the Dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” This is the Pero Multicultural Center’s sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. Worship begins at 11 a.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, followed by a complimentary luncheon and panel discussion about diversity in the church. All are welcome. Please RSVP for the luncheon to afigueroa@lstc.edu. [more]

Posted Jan 12, 2016

LSTC a partner site for Trinity Institute 2016, “Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice”

Racial justice is a matter of life or death; we can’t afford to stay silent and tacitly accept the (mostly) invisible systems that support inequalities, create suffering, and deny human dignity. Rather, we need to have an open dialogue—a process that starts with listening. [more]

Posted Jan 12, 2016

November 2015

Albert “Pete” Pero Jr., first African-American professor at a US Lutheran seminary, dies

Updated November 23, 2015

The Rev. Dr. Albert “Pete” Pero Jr., professor emeritus of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), died on November 18 in Chicago, Illinois. He was 79 years old. Pero became the first African American professor at a US Lutheran seminary when he joined the LSTC faculty in 1977. He was also the first African American to earn a PhD in theology. [more]

Posted Nov 20, 2015

Lutheran Seminaries Explore Shared Learning Exchange

More than 70 representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) eight seminaries convened near Chicago on November 1, 2015 for a two-day session of envisioning what a “common learning exchange” could mean for the church’s theological education network. [more]

Posted Nov 12, 2015

October 2015

Philip Hefner co-author of new book, Our Bodies Are Selves

Philip Hefner, professor emeritus of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and senior fellow of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, recently published his latest book, Our Bodies Are Selves, co-authored with LSTC alumna Ann Milliken Pederson and Susan Barreto. [more]

Posted Oct 6, 2015

Thomas Jay Oord 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

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