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All events are held at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, unless otherwise noted.

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Manz Organ Series Concerts
Thomas Wikman resumes the popular monthly organ recitals on Sept. 2 at 12:15 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. These free lunchtime concerts feature the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ. From September thru May the concerts are held the first Tuesday of the month.

Matthew’s Gospel for the Reformation – free lecture by Timothy Wengert
The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert will present a free public lecture, “Matthew’s Gospel for the Reformation: ‘The Messiah. . . Sent and Manifested’” on Fri., Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. Dr. Wengert is the emeritus Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Reformation History and the Lutheran Confessions at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). He is co-editor, with Robert Kolb of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, of the English edition of The Book of Concord. His English translation of Luther’s Small Catechism is widely used throughout the ELCA. The lecture is part of the Third International Lutheran World Federation Hermeneutics Conference being held at LSTC September 4 – 10. Poster [PDF]

Bishop Eaton preacher at LSTC
On Mon., Sept. 8, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton will preach during 11 a.m. worship in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. All are welcome.

Green Zone “re-creation” activities
On second Saturdays of the month from September – May, the LSTC Green Zone will hold family-friendly activities starting at 9 a.m. Activities will vary, month to month. Contact for more information.

Scherer Lecture: Coptic Mission in a Changing World
The Coptic heritage represents continuity between ancient and contemporary Egypt. The presence of a Coptic indigenous Christian community, the largest in the Middle East, for the last twenty centuries has shaped the identity of Egypt. At LSTC on Mon., Sept. 22 at 4 p.m., Coptic nun and scholar Dr. Lois Farag will present aspects of Coptic presence and witness as mission in present day Egypt. Dr. Farag is an Associate Professor of Early Church History at Luther Seminary. She is the editor of The Coptic Christian Heritage: History, Faith, and Culture. A reception follows the lecture. Poster [PDF]

Music that Makes Community Workshop
Music that Makes Community renews ancient ways of singing together, sharing music as people did before music or words were written. At LSTC, Sept. 25-28, Music that Makes Community will lead worship, guided and collaborative learning sessions that will get you “off the page” and deepening the spirituality of your worshipping community through singing. Everyone present at the workshops will be both learner and teacher. Until Aug. 1, registration for the three days is $25 for students, $110 per person for groups of three or more, $125 per person for two people from the same congregation, and $150 for individuals. For more information and links to video, visit or

LSTC Guild fall meeting
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Esther Menn will be the presenter at the Fall 2014 LSTC Guild meeting on Sat., Oct. 4 at LSTC.  The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. cost is $15, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. For more information email or call 773-256-0712.

Pero Multicultural Center Benefit Concert
Sunday, Oct. 12 is the date for the Third Annual Pero Multicultural Center Benefit Concert starting at 4 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. Proceeds from the concert support programming for the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at LSTC.

Third Annual Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Lecture
The Third Annual Pero Lecture will be held Mon., Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. This year’s topic is “Science, Religion and the Common Good.” Watch for more details or contact

Seminary Sampler
Considering seminary? Need to know more? Come to Seminary Sampler Oct. 26-28 to meet faculty, students, and others discerning a call to ministry. You’ll be able to sit in on classes, learn about financial aid, talk with faculty, and worship with the LSTC community. Housing and meals provided. Click here to learn more or to sign up.

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Richard Perry
The Rev. Dr. Richard Perry, professor of church and society and urban ministry, will give an inaugural lecture as full professor at LSTC. Dr. Perry will present “From Church Spaces to Public Spaces: Lutheran Ethics on the Move” on Mon., Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. It is free and open to the public.

First Annual Vine Deloria Jr. Symposium
November 6 through 8, the Vine Deloria Jr. Symposium, sponsored by the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr Multicultural Center, will be held at LSTC. It will include lectures, workshops, and food. Last November, the Annual American Indian and Alaska Native Symposium at LSTC was renamed and rededicated in honor of Dr. Vine Deloria Jr., one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century and a 1963 graduate of Augustana Theological Seminary. Learn more about Vine Deloria Jr. Save the dates and watch for details about the conference on LSTC’s website.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
On Monday, January 19, come for worship at 11 a.m. and stay of lunch and discussion. LSTC’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is inspiring and edifying – and the food is good, too! Let the Pero Multicultural Center know if you plan to attend by emailing

Trinity Institute at LSTC: Economics and the Common Good
LSTC will be a partner site for the Jan. 22-24 Trinity Institute Conference “Creating Common Good” which focuses on economic inequality. Sessions at LSTC will run from Jan. 20-24 to prepare for and reflect on the conference sessions. For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl Pero, director of the Pero Multicultural Center, at

Montgomery to Memphis screening
See one of the best documentaries on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Montgomery to Memphis will be shown at LSTC on Mon., Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

International Students’ Cultural Night
Members of the LSTC international community share music, stories, and art from their cultures on Thurs., Feb. 26 starting at 5 p.m. All are welcome.

Zygon Student Symposium/LSTC Academic Forum
On Fri., Feb. 27, 2015, students from across the country share their original research on a topic in the area of religion and science during the Zygon Student Symposium. Simultaneously, the LSTC Academic Forum allows students in any LSTC degree program to present their original research. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. For more information, watch

Seminary Sampler
Considering seminary? Need to know more? Come to the Spring Seminary Sampler March 1-3 to meet faculty, students, and others discerning a call to ministry. You’ll be able to sit in on classes, learn about financial aid, talk with faculty, and worship with the LSTC community. Housing and meals provided. Visit our Seminary Sampler page to learn more or to sign up.

World Mission Institute - Mission and Ministry to the Incarcerated
The 2015 World Mission Institute topic is Mission and Ministry to the Incarcerated. The April 9-10 conference will feature faculty from Catholic Theological Union, LSTC, and McCormick Theological Seminary, as well as special guest speakers and presenters. For more information contact Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony at

27th Annual LSTC Gospel Choir Concert
Don’t miss this annual event on Sun., April 12 at 4 p.m. The concert features area gospel choirs and praise dancers along with the LSTC Gospel Choir, led by Dr. Keith Hampton. A freewill offering will be gathered.

Earth Day Worship
American Indian and Alaska Native partners lead this deeply spiritual observance of Earth Day on April 22 at 4 p.m.

Hear great preaching
Finalists for the James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching will present their sermons on Thurs., April 30 at 11:30 a.m. The Echols Preaching Prize is presented at the LSTC commencement ceremony each year.

A Time for Burning screening
On May 4, watch a free screening of the documentary A Time for Burning. Nominated for an Academy Award in 1967 and included in the Library of Congress film registry, it chronicles the 1966 attempts of a white Lutheran minister in Omaha, Neb., to persuade his white congregations to reach out to “negro” Lutherans on the other side of town.

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