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February Leadership Conference at LSTC focuses on finding faith and grace in film

Posted Sep 23, 2008

Movies have the power to open hearts and minds to new understandings and to make connections to cultures and patterns of thinking outside of our own experience. On Tuesday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 11, the annual Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Leadership Conference, "The New Narratives: Finding Faith and Grace in Film" will explore the spiritual aspects of four recent films, "Crash," "Juno," "Atonement," and "Lars and the Real Girl." Conference fees are $80 per day or $155 for both days. Recent LSTC graduates (2006- 08) may register for $100 for two days.

Each day, participants will see excerpts from two of the films, hear reflections from panelists, and share their own insights in small group discussions.  Doug Wallace will present theological reflections on Academy Award nominated films for 2009.

The Rev. Otis Moss, III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, will preach at worship both days and the Rev. Dr. Craig A. Satterlee will preside at Wednesday worship. Panelists include the Rev. Dr. Richard Jensen, Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair Emeritus of Homiletics; Dr. Kadi Billman, LSTC dean and vice president of academic affairs; Meghan Johnston, associate pastor of Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Tim Frakes, owner, Tim Frakes, Productions; Jan Boden, LSTC director of communications and marketing; and the Rev. Craig Mueller, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chicago.

On Tuesday, February 11, an alumni reception and banquet honoring the 2009 Outstanding Alumni will be held. Banquet tickets are $25 each and must be purchased by February 1, 2009.

For more information, email, visit or phone 773-256-0684.



Anne & Mark Wiberg
Leadership Conference Coordinators


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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