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Linda Thomas on public television

Posted Oct 1, 2002

Rev. Dr. Linda Thomas will bring her personal reflections on key spiritual topics to 30 Good Minutes, a long-standing inspirational program on WTTW, Channel 11. Her first appearance will be Sunday, October 20 at 5 p.m., and she will appear every third Sunday until the season ends December 6. Holding the rank of associate professor of anthropology and theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), Thomas will speak on topics such as forgiveness, grace, grief and healing, hope, love and prayer.

A prolific author, her book Under the Canopy: Ritual Process and Spiritual Resilience in South Africa, chronicles field research in a South African village-research Thomas won a Lilly grant to replicate on the south side of Chicago in 2000. Coming from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill., Thomas joined the Seminary's faculty in 2000. Previously, she pastored congregations in White Plains and Brooklyn, N.Y., and was dean of students and a lecturer in spiritual formation at Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. After earning the doctor of philosophy degree, she taught at Iliff School of Theology in Denver until going to Garrett in 1997.

30 Good Minutes is known for its line-up of speakers representing a wide ecumenical spectrum. Currently in its 96th season, the program will feature preachers such as Walter Wangerin, Joanna Adams, Tony Campolo, Joan Chittister, John Killinger, Thomas Long, Benjamin Reaves, John Claypool, Robert Edgar and Lewis Smedes. New this year are documentaries of people from Chicago will speak about their spiritual lives.

30 Good Minutes is produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, a religious non-for-profit organization founded in 1908 to positively influence people's spiritual, moral and religious lives. For more information contact Rev. Kathy McNair at (312) 236-4483 or log into the club's Website at


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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