On Sunday, May 19, Alban Institute President James P. Wind will preach at the Eucharist and Commencement Service for 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. Fifty-six students graduate as LSTC concludes a year-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of its founding.
“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Wind, who not only graduated from one of our six predecessor institutions but has also distinguished himself as a national leader in strengthening pastors and congregations,” said LSTC President, James Nieman. “I have followed his professional career and accomplishments for many years with deep admiration, and am so grateful he can join us for this signal celebration of our fiftieth year under the banner of LSTC.”
About James Wind
The Rev. Dr. James P. Wind has served as president of the Alban Institute since 1995. His is a prominent voice in the wider conversation about the role of religion in America and the value of congregations. He was recently elected chairperson of the National Interfaith Cable Coalition (NICC), America’s largest multifaith media organization. He also serves on the board of directors of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, the board of the Cathedral College of Washington National Cathedral, and the advisory board of Religion & Ethics News Weekly, the PBS weekly news program.
An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Dr. Wind served as a pastor (full- and part-time) at Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Ill., from 1978 to 1990. Prior to coming to the Alban Institute, Dr. Wind served as Program Director, Religion Division, at Lilly Endowment. He is the author of The Bible and the University: The Messianic Vision of William Rainey Harper and Places of Worship: Exploring Their History. He is the co-editor of five other books, including Carriers of Faith: Lessons from Congregational Studies and Clergy Ethics in a Changing Society. In addition to publishing numerous articles and reviews in a wide variety of journals and magazines, he writes “The Leading Edge” column forCongregations magazine. He co-authored the Alban Institute Special Reports Becoming a Pastor: Reflections on the Transition into Ministry, The Leadership Situation Facing American Congregations, and Finding a New Voice: The Public Role of Mainline Protestantism, which was written in conjunction with the Aspen Institute.
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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.