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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 (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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