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Jun26

PhD student Denise Rector chosen for panel, forum attendance

In late July, Denise Rector, who began her PhD studies at the Lutheran School of Chicago (LSTC) this past academic year, will be part of a three-person PhD panel at the Association of Teaching Theologians (ATT) convocation at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. The theme of the convocation is “Unearned Privilege as Cheap Grace.”

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Jun25

Clyde Walter appointed LSTC’s Vice President for Advancement

At its Spring meeting, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Board of Directors named Clyde Andrew Walter as Vice President for Advancement, effective July 1. Walter had been appointed by President James Nieman as interim Vice President last fall and has served in that capacity for the last ten months.

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Jun17

Eric J. Kyle appointed Director of Contextual Education

Dr. Eric J. Kyle was appointed as Director of Contextual Education at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) starting July 1. As a regular member of the faculty, Kyle will administer and adapt a framework for contextual education that is integrated with LSTC’s public church curriculum.

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May29

LSTC awards Madres por la Paz the Community of the Cross Award

Madres por la Paz (Mothers for Peace), a group of mothers in Chicago’s Back of the Yards and Little Village neighborhoods who lost their children to gun violence, was awarded the Community of the Cross Award by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on Sunday, May 19, during commencement ceremonies.

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May22

LSTC awards Vítor Westhelle the Confessor of Christ Award

At its 159th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) presented its Confessor of Christ Award posthumously to the Rev. Dr. Vítor Westhelle, a valuable member of the LSTC faculty and international scholar and teacher who died May 13, 2018.

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May15

LSTC holds Baccalaureate, Commencement this weekend

On Sunday, May 19, Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr., president of Chicago Theological Seminary, will speak at the Lutheran School of Theology’s commencement ceremony.

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May9

John Damm, pastor, professor, president, dies at age 92

The Rev. Dr. John Silber Damm, pastor, professor and seminary president, died May 4 in his assisted living apartment at Wartburg Place in Mount Vernon, N.Y. He would have been 93 years old on June 21.

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Apr23

Student from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago chosen for Auschwitz fellowship

Carolyn “Care” Lawrence, a Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) MDiv student, is among the 14 seminary and divinity school students, and early-career clergy, chosen for the 2019 Seminary Program of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE).

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Mar26

‘Public Church, Public Youth,’ 2019 Lutheran Heritage Lecture

On Monday, April 1, Dr. Jeremy Myers, whose research and teaching focus on young adults and theology, will give the 2019 Lutheran Heritage Lecture at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago. The free public presentation begins at 11:45 a.m. A light lunch will be provided.

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Mar8

‘Dual belonging’ topic of 2019 World Mission Institute

Is it possible for people simultaneously to belong to more than one religious tradition? The 2019 World Mission Institute explores the theme of “dual belonging” at its annual gathering the evening of March 21 at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago. The Institute is free of charge and open to the public.

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Mar7

LSTC Lenten devotional invites reflection, action on climate justice

Students, alumni, faculty and staff of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) invite action and hope in a new Lenten devotional guide, ‘40 Days of Climate Justice,’ available as a pdf online.

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Feb19

Jennifer Thomas among class of fund raising executives

The Rev. Jennifer Thomas, deployed gift officer/alumni relations at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, is among the recent class of Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFREs). She is one of 180 graduates who join more than 6,300 professionals around the world who hold the CFRE designation.

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Feb15

LSTC doctoral student Brach Jennings receives Eric W. Gritsch Memorial Fund Fellowship for Reformation Studies

Brach Jennings, a doctoral student in systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) has been awarded the Eric W. Gritsch Memorial Fund Fellowship for Reformation Studies for 2019. The $5,000 fellowship will support Jennings’s studies with Dr. Jürgen Moltmann in Tübingen, Germany, from April thru July 2019.

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Jan15

‘Healing in Such a Time as This’ theme of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at LSTC

The Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will host its ninth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on January 21 starting with worship at 11 a.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago.

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Jan12

Memorial services scheduled for James Kenneth Echols, Gordon J. Straw

Memorial services have been scheduled at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), for James Kenneth Echols, 67, former president of the seminary, who died December 22, and Associate Professor Gordon J. Straw, 59, who died January 5.

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Jan11

LSTC sponsors training that addresses Islamophobia

Faith Over Fear training, to be held February 1-2 at the Mecca Center in Willowbrook, Ill., offers participants information about Islam and the opportunity to develop skills to address Islamophobia.

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Jan5

LSTC gives thanks for the life and witness of Gordon J. Straw

The Rev. Gordon J. Straw, Cornelsen Chair for Spiritual Formation at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), died at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Ill., on Saturday, January 5. In the fall of 2018, he was diagnosed with an aggressive lymphoma and died of complications related to his treatment. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Soto Straw, and their daughter, Amanda.

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Jan3

Jürgen Moltmann will co-advise LSTC student Brach Jennings’s doctoral studies

World renowned theologian Jürgen Moltmann has agreed to serve as co-advisor with womanist theologian and anthropologist Dr. Linda E. Thomas for Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Ph.D. student Brach Jennings. Moltmann will serve on Jennings’s qualifying exam panel in February. Then Jennings will travel to Tübingen, Germany, to do an independent study with Moltmann from April through July related to Jennings’s upper-level field exams and doctoral dissertation.

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