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When God Speaks Through Change Book Talk and Signing

Posted Apr 13, 2005

Craig A. Satterlee, author of When God Speaks Through Change: Preaching in Times of Congregational Transition (2005, Alban Institute), will give a talk on the book on Thursday, May 5 at 4:00 p.m. in the Common Room at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Satterlee will sign copies of his book at a reception in the LSTC Book Center from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. that evening. Both events are free and open to the public.

When God Speaks Through Change is the collected wisdom of pastors who have led or are leading congregations through significant transitions. Research for the book was funded through a grant awarded to LSTC by the Louisville Institute, a Lilly Endowment program for the study of American religion. To discover how preaching can help congregations in transition, Satterlee led a consultation of leaders identified for their preaching and leadership. The insights and conclusions in his book were tested and refined through courses offered in LSTC's Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry programs.

Satterlee is associate professor and holder of the Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair of Homiletics at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. In addition to teaching and writing, he serves as Dean of the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Program of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS). He served congregations in upstate New York and Michigan before being called to LSTC.

Satterlee holds a B.A from the University of Michigan; an M.Div. and S.T.M. (pastoral care) from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio; and an M.A. and Ph.D. in homiletics and liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of three books and co-author with Lester Ruth of Creative Preaching on the Sacraments. Satterlee serves as editor of Homily Service published by The Liturgical Conference, and "Preaching Helps" in Currents in Theology and Mission.


Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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