Public Church

LSTC's curriculum cultivates competencies for leadership in a public church that focuses on community engagement, public witness, and social transformation. Our holistic approach to theological education breaks academic disciplines out of their silos and allows creative collaboration to flourish.

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The videos below feature congregations which found creative ways to respond to needs in their communities.

"Lessons from Peace Camp" features an alternative to Vacation Bible School, developed from a Peace Village Global curriculum by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church on Chicago's south side. The week long camp teaches peaceful ways to deal with conflict.

"Public Worship for a Public Church," developed by Klaus-Peter Adam, associate professor of Old Testament, shows how witness or testimony can be used in worship to address issues in the congregation's community, such as street gang violence in Chicago.

The videos were produced, in part, through a grant from the Association of Theological Schools, and guided by Luther Snow and Ryan Fordice. Jason Chesnut of ANKOS Films edited video recorded by Community TV Network.

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