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New schedule, reduced registration fee for February 2010 Leadership Conference

Posted Jan 20, 2010

"Inch by Inch: Growing a Green Congregation," the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago’s annual Leadership Conference, will be held one day only, Tuesday, February 9, 2010. The new registration fee is just $85, with a reduced rate of $52.50 for retirees and recent LSTC graduates.

Part of LSTC’s Earth Year observance, the Leadership Conference is designed to give church leaders practical and concrete ways individuals and congregations can care for creation. Participants will learn how environmental issues are tied to social and ethical issues, how to increase awareness of environmental concerns facing our world, and ways worship can increase our appreciation of the sacredness of creation and deepen our desire to treat it with dignity and respect.

The Rev. Dr. David Rhoads, professor of New Testament at LSTC and a leader in environmental ministry, is the keynote speaker for the event. Four workshops will be held:

  • "Greening Your Congregation" led by Pastor Steve Jerbi
  • "Earthbound: Created and Called to Care for Creation" led by the Rev. Richard Bruesehoff
  • "How to Talk with Lutheran Congregations without Sounding like a Pagan: Joseph Sittler on Ecology and Theological Language" led by LSTC Ph.D. candidate Robert Saler
  • "The Church on Earth: Worship and Ecology" led by the Rev. Dr. Ben Stewart

LSTC alum Pastor Sarah Olson-Smith will preach during worship.

For more information or to register, go to or contact Laura Wilhelm at 773-256-0741 or



Laura Wilhelm
Coordinator of Lifelong Learning

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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