LSTC News Release
The Rev. Benjamin Stewart to join LSTC faculty
Posted Apr 8, 2008
The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Board of Directors has elected the Rev. Benjamin Stewart to be assistant professor of worship at the seminary. He is scheduled to begin teaching in the spring semester 2009 after completing his Ph.D. degree at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
Stewart will receive his Ph.D. in theological studies with a focus on liturgical theology. He holds degrees from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Capital University. Stewart has served as pastor of a small ELCA congregation in the Appalachian region of Ohio and of Holden Village in Washington. He has taught “Introduction to Public Worship” at the Candler School of Theology.
A commitment to the relationship of worship and ecology guided Stewart in both his dissertation topic, “The Easter Vigil and the Liturgical Generation of Eco-Theology” and his forthcoming book from Augsburg Fortress, tentatively titled, The Church on Earth: Worship and Ecology. His articles have appeared in Worship, CrossAccent, and Liturgical Ministry.
The search committee’s recommendation described Stewart’s love of the study and practice of worship. “His approach to the study of worship, which is grounded in ecumenical tradition and Lutheran theological perspective, transcends liturgical texts to consider how worship is embodied.”
The Rev. Dr. Kathleen D. Billman
Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs
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.