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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 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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