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Elonda Clay and Venice Williams explore sustainability and spirit at LSTC's second annual Women's Day event

Posted Jul 22, 2008

On Saturday, September 27, 2008, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago hopes to gather 200 women and men from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana for "Fertile Ground: Women, Spirit, and Sustainability," the second annual Women's Day Event. The event celebrates how the Holy Spirit works through women and men to support the life and ministry of God's people. The day features two speakers, five workshops and worship.

Elonda Clay, a Fund for Theological Education doctoral fellow at LSTC, who holds degrees in the physical and information sciences, a master of divinity and a master's degree in religion and science,  will speak on "Grassroots Gardens and World-Healing Work."

Venice Williams, executive director of SeedFolks Youth Ministry and the Kujichagulia Lutheran Center in Milwaukee, Wis., and coordinator of several community gardens, will deliver the second keynote address, "Environmental Justice Is Spiritual and Cultural Justice."

Pastor Susan Gaeta of Divine Word Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wis., will preach and preside at closing worship.

Registration for the day begins at 9:30. Workshops led by LSTC alumni, staff, and friends will be held in the morning and afternoon. The cost per person is $25, ($10 for young women, ages 12 - 18)  and includes lunch. For more details and registration forms, see or call Ruth Ann Deppe at 773-256-0712 or email her at


Ruth Ann Deppe
Advancement Office


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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