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LSTC Students Elonda Clay and Zachary Parris Receive Fund for Theological Education Fellowships

Posted Sep 19, 2006

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago students Elonda Clay and Zachary Parris each received fellowships from the Fund for Theological Education (FTE) to support their studies. Clay, a Th.M./Ph.D. student pursuing a degree in science and religion, is one of 19 students across the country to receive the FTE Doctoral Fellowship for rising African-American scholars. Parris is one of 40 students from across the country named a Congregational Fellow, which required that he have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrate leadership skills for ministry.

Clay is studying the use of technology in social activism and in the church. She came to LSTC because of the Zygon Center of Religion and Science. Antje Jackelen, the director of the Zygon Center is her advisor.

Parris began his studies in the master of divinity program in early September. He is from South Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Clemson University. Encouraged by his campus pastor to attend seminary and apply for the FTE Fellowship, Parris decided to come to LSTC to expand his experience of the church. He intends to enter parish ministry.


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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