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"Stewardship as Restoration" looks at Jesus as a vision for an alternative lifestyle

Posted Oct 1, 2009

On Saturday, October 31, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Professor of New Testament, Ray Pickett, will lead a workshop exploring stewardship in terms of the biblical themes of restoration and covenant renewal.

Pickett will focus on Gospel narratives, particularly from Luke, that present the story of Jesus as a vision of an alternative lifestyle that challenges social systems and negative cultural practices. Discussion will relate the biblical theme of restoration to the multiple environments of our lives – nature, neighborhood, parish, and home. Robert Saler, a Ph.D. student in systematic theology at LSTC, will provide a response to Dr. Pickett’s lecture.

The workshop, which runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., will be held at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street. It is sponsored by the Tithing and Stewardship Foundation and costs $10 per person or $25 per congregation. The fee includes lectures, presentation materials, lunch, and a gift.

Pre-registration is required by Friday, October 23, 2009. Register online at For more information, call 773-256-0679 or email tithing

Ray Pickett is professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He taught at the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest and the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest for 12 years. He was a parish pastor of eight years. Pickett is the author of The Cross in Corinth: The Social Significance of the Death of Jesus and has written on Paul’s letters and the Gospels. He is currently writing a book on the Gospel of Luke. It emphasizes practice and transformation.

Robert Saler is a doctoral student in systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He is currently serving as the Joseph Sittler Fellow and coordinator for “Earth Year at LSTC: 2009-2010.” His research interests include ecclesiology, theological methods, and ecological theology.

The Tithing and Stewardship Foundation at LSTC offers programs and shares information that promote the practice of proportionate giving, encouraging greater spiritual growth in the sharing of all our talents and gifts.


Laura Wilhelm
Coordinator for Continuing Education


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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