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Aug7

Kim Beckmann Appointed Interim Director of Contextual Education

The Rev. Dr. Kim Beckmann (MDiv, 1984; DMin, 1999) has been appointed interim director of contextual education at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for the 2018-2019 academic year, effective July 15, 2018.

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Jul10

LSTC student Lydia Hernández-Marcial receives HTI/Lilly doctoral fellowship; Louisville Institute honorary fellowship

The Rev. Lydia Hernández-Marcial, a doctor of philosophy student at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), has been selected to receive the Hispanic Theological Initiative/Lilly fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year. She is also an Honorary Fellow with the Louisville Institute for the same period.

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Jun6

Year of re-envisioning for A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice

A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) is entering a year of re-envisioning the Center’s priorities and direction.  The Rev. Dr. Michael Shelley retires June 30 after leading CCME since 2006 and Dr. Ghulam-Haider Aasi, distinguished affiliate professor of Islamic studies, plans to step back from regular teaching in 2019. Ms. Sara Trumm will serve as interim director during this transitional year. Trumm has served as CCME’s program coordinator since 2008.

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Jun1

Andrea Finnegan elected LSTC Vice President for Finance

On May 22, the Board of Directors of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) elected Ms. Andrea Finnegan to be the school’s Vice President for Finance effective June 1, 2018.

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May30

Faith in Place receives LSTC Community of the Cross Award

At its commencement ceremony on May 20, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) presented its Community of the Cross Award to Faith in Place. The faculty conferred the award for the ways it Faith in Place empowers people of all faiths in Illinois to be leaders in caring for the Earth.

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May29

Ingrid Christiansen receives LSTC Confessor of Christ Award

At its commencement ceremony on May 20, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago presented its Confessor of Christ Award to Ingrid Christiansen. The LSTC faculty honored Ms. Christiansen for her life's work on justice and service for marginalized people in society.

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May23

Gordon J. Straw receives honorary doctorate from Wartburg Seminary

Gordon J. Straw, associate professor and Cornelsen Chair for Spiritual Formation at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity during commencement exercises at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, on Sunday, May 20.

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May15

LSTC gives thanks for the life and witness of Professor Vítor Westhelle

On April 5, the Board of Directors of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) elected Mr. Marvin E. Wickware Jr. to the faculty as assistant professor of church and society and ethics. This is a three-year, tenure-eligible position. Mr. Wickware will receive the doctor of philosophy in religion degree from Duke University this summer. He will begin teaching at LSTC during the fall 2018 semester.

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Apr27

Kimberly R. Wagner elected to faculty as assistant professor of homiletics

On April 5, the Board of Directors of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) elected the Rev. Dr. Kimberly R. Wagner to the faculty as assistant professor of homiletics. This is a three-year, tenure-eligible position. Dr. Wagner successfully completed the doctor of philosophy degree in homiletics at Emory University this spring. She will begin teaching at LSTC during the fall 2018 semester.

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Apr26

Marvin E. Wickware Jr. elected to LSTC faculty as assistant professor of church and society and ethics

On April 5, the Board of Directors of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) elected Mr. Marvin E. Wickware Jr. to the faculty as assistant professor of church and society and ethics. This is a three-year, tenure-eligible position. Mr. Wickware will receive the doctor of philosophy in religion degree from Duke University this summer. He will begin teaching at LSTC during the fall 2018 semester.

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Apr25

Eunyung Lim elected to LSTC faculty as assistant professor of New Testament

On April 5, the Board of Directors of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) elected Ms. Eunyung Lim to the faculty as assistant professor of New Testament. This is a three-year, tenure-eligible position. Ms. Lim, who is scheduled to complete the doctor of theology degree in New Testament and Early Christianity at Harvard University in May, will begin teaching at LSTC during the fall 2018 semester.Eunyung Lim elected to LSTC faculty as assistant professor of New Testament

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Apr3

LSTC Guild transforms to Village

For over 70 years the Guild provided support for students first at Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary in Maywood, Ill., and for the last 55 years at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Now the Guild has changed its name and the way it carries out its mission through its transformation into Village.

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Mar15

Bishop R. Guy Erwin to preach at LSTC’s 158th commencement

On May 20, the Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will preach at the 158th 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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Mar14

Clyde Andrew Walter receives ALDE Jay Bleeke Young Professionals Award

On Friday, March 2, Clyde Andrew Walter, campaign director and major gift officer at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) received the Jay Bleeke Young Professionals Award presented by the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE). The awards ceremony took place during ALDE’s annual conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Jan25

William E. Lesher, fourth president of LSTC, dies

The Rev. William E. Lesher died January 23. He served as president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) from 1978-1997, the seminary’s longest-serving president.

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Jan10

‘Let Justice Roll Down’ theme of 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 eighth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on January 15 starting with worship at 11 a.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago.

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Jan4

LSTC adopts new strategic plan focused on forming leaders that form communities

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) has adopted a new three-year strategic plan that will map the process for becoming ‘a community to form leaders to form community.’

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