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Ph.D. student Elonda Clay named a GreenFaith Fellow

Posted Oct 21, 2008

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago student Elonda Clay has been named a GreenFaith Fellow, joining over 20 Fellows from diverse religious backgrounds to prepare for religiously based environmental leadership. Clay will take part in three-day residential sessions in ecologically varied settings - urban, rural, and suburban - and will receive extensive education and training in eco-theology, "greening" the operations of institutions, environmental advocacy, and environmental justice.

"I consider participation in the GreenFaith Fellowship Program as critical to my development as an effective community-based environmental advocate and as a religion scholar," Clay said. "I want to heighten public awareness of urban environmental issues and provide vital support for grassroots environmental organizations and individuals."

Each Fellow will carry out a leadership project in their community, mobilizing religious leaders in relation to an environmental issue.  Upon graduating, they will join the Fellowship's alumni/ae network and mentor other emerging leaders in this field.

Clay is completing her Ph.D. in religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She 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. Clay holds a B.S. in physical science, an MLIS in information science, a Master of Divinity, and a Th.M. in religion and science. She is a Fund for Theological Education doctoral fellow, a United Methodist Women of Color Scholar, and a graduate of the Summer Leadership Institute of Harvard University.

The GreenFaith Fellowship Program is a nationally recognized initiative. Fellows represent over ten religious denominations including Roman Catholic; mainline Protestant; historically Black churches; and Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Jewish.  Fellows work in a wide variety of settings, including congregations, universities, campus ministries, NGO's, and denominational organizations. For more information about GreenFaith and the GreenFaith Fellowship Program, visit


Kathleen D. Billman
Academic Dean


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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