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LSTC presents awards to Paul Santmire and Holden Village

Posted May 19, 2010

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago continued its observation of Earth Year 2009-2010 by presenting the Confessor of Christ Award to the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire and the Community of the Cross Award to Holden Village Retreat Center. Each award is given by vote of the faculty.

Santmire received his award on April 20, when he was on campus to deliver a lecture for LSTC’s Earth Week activities. Representatives from Holden Village attended LSTC’s commencement ceremony on May 16 to receive the Community of the Cross Award.

Confessor of Christ Award
The Confessor of Christ Award is given to a Christian individual whose commitment to Christ Jesus and the gospel manifests itself through extraordinary personal sacrifice for the sake of Jesus Christ and the gospel or exemplary witness to Christ Jesus and the gospel by selfless service to others.

The LSTC faculty voted to present the award to Dr. Santmire for being a prophetic spokesperson for ecological theology. The award notes that “he has put the church in touch with the resources of the Christian tradition that speak to the modern ecological crisis.”

Community of the Cross Award
This award is presented, by vote of the faculty, to a Christian group whose activities manifest the invitation of our Lord to take up the cross and follow him, and whose service is directed to the world around it, both Christian and non-Christian, and whose satisfaction and honor clearly derive from the Gospel.

Holden Village Retreat Center, in Washington state, received the award for its “practices of care for creation, commitment to social justice, and daily worship (which) have played a profound role in the renewal of individuals and communities across the United States and around the world.”


Cheryl Hoth
Assistant to the 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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