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Local congregation taps LSTC resources to study Jewish, Christian, and Muslim relations

Posted Aug 28, 2007

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Park Ridge, Ill., will co-sponsor a six-session study, "Children of Abraham: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Today's World" starting Sunday, September 23. Each session, held from 9:45 - 10:45 a.m. at St. Luke's, 205 N. Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, will be led by a different scholar of interfaith relations.

This collaborative venture between LSTC and St. Luke's is part of a pilot project intended to explore new forums for lay education contributing to inter-religious understanding. The series is funded in part by a major Henry Luce Foundation Grant, awarded to LSTC for the purpose of supporting the work of the seminary's new Center for Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice.

The Rev. Dr. Michael Shelley, director of A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice and visiting professor of Christian-Muslim relations at LSTC, will present "Toward Understanding Islam" on September 23.

The Rev. Dr. Mark Swanson, Harold S. Vogelaar Professor of Christian-Muslim Studies and Interfaith Relations at LSTC will present "Keeping the Faith: Being Christian in the Middle East," on September 30.

On October 7, Dr. Michael Trice, ELCA director for Ecumenical Formation and Inter-religious Relations will discuss how the ELCA works with interfaith partners and identify the major issues affecting interfaith dialogue at this time.

Dr, Esther Menn and Rabbi Laurence Edwards will present "Jewish-Christian Relation: What's New?" on October 28. Menn is professor of Old Testament and director of Advanced Studies at LSTC. Edward is Rabbi of Congregation Or Chadash and teaches at Chicago Theological Union and Loyola University in Chicago.

The Rev. Robert Smith, Continental Desk Director for Europe and the Middle East for the ELCA Global Mission unit, will present "Christian Zionism and the Middle East" on November 4.

On November 11, the series ends with "Is Middle East Peace Possible?" presented by Dr. Carol Schersten LaHurd, coordinator of the ELCA Global Mission unit's "Peace Not Walls" initiative.

For more information about the series, visit LSTC's web site,


Esther Menn
Director of Advanced Studies

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provides resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.

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