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Sep21

LSTC launches searches to fill two faculty positions

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) has begun searches to fill faculty positions in New Testament and in Church and Society and Ethics. It will soon begin a search to fill a third position in Homiletics.

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Sep19

LSTC honors six distinguished alumni

On October 11, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will present the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards to six of its outstanding graduates. Through their various ministries, the recipients of the 2017 awards exemplify public church by bringing faith into the public sphere. The presentations begin at 5 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago.

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Sep14

2017 Scherer Lecture: Mission – The Call into Life of Transformational Community

On October 4, the Rev. Dr. Patricia Cuyatti Chavez will present the 2017 Scherer Lecture at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. The free lecture begins at 4 p.m. in LSTC’s Common Room, 1100 East 55th St., Chicago. A reception follows the lecture and discussion.

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Sep12

New PhD student receives WomenLead Scholarship

The Rev. S. Helen Chukka, a new doctor of philosophy student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) has received a WomenLead Scholarship from the InFaith Community Foundation. The scholarship “seeks to propel the extraordinary leadership of diverse women of faith to lead change by using their talents to teach, advocate and activate.”

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Aug15

Katie M. Deaver appointed new Associate Director of Admissions at LSTC

Katie M. Deaver has been appointed as Associate Director of Admissions at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), starting today.  She will be responsible for helping to recruit students to all of LSTC’s six degree programs.

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Jul31

Theologians gather at LSTC for ATT Global Lutheranism convocation

The Association of Teaching Theologians (ATT) holds its annual convocation, “Global Lutheranism: Vitality and Challenges,” at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) starting today and continuing until Wednesday afternoon.

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Jul25

The Rev. Erik Christensen called as Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship

The Rev. Erik Christensen has accepted a call to serve as Pastor to the Community and Director of Worship at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC).  He will begin his service early in the fall semester.

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May24

James Kenneth Echols awarded LSTC honorary doctorate

At its commencement ceremony on May 21, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) presented the Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, to the Rev. Dr. James Kenneth Echols, who served as the fifth president of the seminary. He was honored for his more than 37 years of dedicated service in parish ministry, theological education, ecumenical and interfaith work, to communities of color in the United States and the Caribbean, and his distinctive work across the global Lutheran communion.

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May24

Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance receives LSTC Community of the Cross Award

At its commencement ceremony on May 21, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago presented its Community of the Cross Award to the Logan Square Ecumenical Alliance (LSEA). The LSTC faculty honored LSEA for the many ways it carries out its mission to be a “public church.”

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May11

LSTC student Hans Becklin receives A.R. Wentz Prize in American Lutheran History

Third year master of divinity student Hans Becklin has won the 2016 A.R. Wentz Prize in American Lutheran History presented by the Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic. His winning paper is titled, “Herbjørn Gausta’s Good Shepherd (1895) at First Lutheran Church, Decorah, Iowa: Printed American Visual Culture as Painted Norwegian-American Propaganda.” Becklin said that he is truly honored to receive the prize.

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May10

Nathaniel Ramsey new Director of Financial Aid at LSTC

Nathaniel Ramsey was named Director of Financial Aid at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), starting April 3, 2017. He is responsible for the policies and procedures of the Financial Aid Office, where he will work closely with students to finance their education at LSTC.

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Apr19

LSTC student Lydia Hernández-Marcial receives Forum for Theological Exploration doctoral fellowship

The Rev. Lydia Hernández-Marcial, a doctor of philosophy student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), has received a doctoral fellowship from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). The fellowship is for Latino/a, Asian and First Nations full-time doctoral students who are at the dissertation stage of their studies. Hernández-Marcial is one of only six scholars to receive this award in 2017.

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Apr18

Professor Linda E. Thomas inducted into Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College

The Rev. Dr. Linda E. Thomas, professor of theology and anthropology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College on March 30.

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Apr12

The Rev. Gordon J. Straw elected to Cornelsen Chair for Spiritual Formation

The Board of Directors at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) on April 10 elected the Rev. Gordon J. Straw to fill the Cornelsen Chair for Spiritual Formation as Associate Professor effective July 1, 2017. In addition to teaching courses and working with the entire LSTC community in spiritual formation, Straw will serve as the Coordinator of Candidacy at LSTC.

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Mar16

Lutheran Heritage Lecture examines Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theological confrontation with white supremacy

On April 3, Dr. Reggie Williams, associate professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, will deliver the 2017 Lutheran Heritage Lecture, “Becoming Human: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Theological Confrontation with White Supremacy.” The free public lecture begins at noon in the East Conference Room at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th St., Chicago. A soup lunch will be served. The Lutheran Heritage Lecture provides a contemporary perspective on the Lutheran tradition.

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Mar13

Professor Ray Pickett named as Rector of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary

Raymond Pickett, professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), has been named to serve as Rector of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, a graduate school of California Lutheran University.  His service there will begin 1 June 2017.

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Mar2

Seminaries issue joint policy statement regarding immigration enforcement

On March 2, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) and McCormick Theological Seminary issued a “Joint Policy Statement Regarding Immigration Enforcement.” In an email to their schools, LSTC President James Nieman and McCormick President Frank Yamada outlined the seminaries’ shared “commitment to the well-being of immigrants and refugees in our midst, especially in light of recent actions by the executive branch that may threaten their safety and security.”

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Feb28

World Mission Institute spotlights Protestants of the Global South to commemorate 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The popular narrative about the Protestant Reformation is that it was a European event. The 2017 World Mission Institute, Protestants of the Global South during the Long Reformation, 1517-1700, challenges this narrative. The World Mission Institute is March 9, 5- 9 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel.

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Feb7

Rafael Malpica Padilla to preach at LSTC’s 157th commencement

On May 21, the Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director of the Global Mission program unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will preach at the 157th Eucharist and Commencement Service of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). The service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago.

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