I believe this is where the church is heading – being a catalyst for community revitalization.
SCUPE provides groundbreaking, grassroots theology and is drawing on strong academic resources in Chicago.
Student Profile: Drew Rindfleisch
Dual degree: M.Div./M.A.
Drew Rindfleisch keeps asking the question, “Where is God calling me?” That question drew him to LSTC and its Urban Ministry program. It has also led him to be the first dual degree student at LSTC and the Loyola Institute for Pastoral Studies’ Master of Arts in Social Justice and Community Development.
A Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) course, Drew visited two Chicago churches that have made a profound difference in their communities, St. Sabina, on the south side, and Bethel New Life on the west side. He sensed that God was calling him to learn how to do this kind of congregation-based development.
“I believe this is where the church is heading – being a catalyst for community revitalization,” Drew says. Because he came to seminary after spending time as a community organizer in Denver, Colo., he has taken the time to discern if this is where God is calling him or if he is drawn to what was familiar to him.
“After I met the person in charge of the program at Loyola, I was able to discern that this is where God is calling me,” he says.
During his first year at LSTC, Drew became part of the Chicago grassroots non-profit Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation (SOUL), where he has found a mentor in LSTC M.Div. student Pastor Yehiel Curry. On campus, Drew has helped found Seminarians United for Restorative Reconciliation and Justice (SURRJ).
He’s taken a number of classes with SCUPE – the classes are ecumenical and have an intimate feel because they’re small. “SCUPE provides groundbreaking, grassroots theology and is drawing on strong academic resources in Chicago.”
Drew also knows how to play. He’s part of LSTC’s Liturgical Dance Team which has performed in chapel and at the Gospel Concert. He also had a supporting role, sang and danced in the 2012 Spring Musical, “Katie Luther.”