Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS)
Chicago has more people studying theology than any other city except Rome, Italy. The 11 Chicago-area seminaries that make up the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) make up the largest portion of those students. LSTC students may cross-register for any courses offered by ACTS members.
In 2020, Augsburg University and LSTC announced a collaborative BA/MDiv five-year degree program called Public Church Scholars. At Augsburg University, public church scholars learn to practice and lead accompaniment, interpretation, discernment, and proclamation. This framework supports their preparation to be pastors and leaders in the church. This work is enhanced and deepened at seminary by LSTC’s commitment to Public Church that cultivates competencies for leadership that focus on community engagement, public witness, and social transformation.
Currently LSTC is working with Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism (CROAR) to create a permanent Antiracism Transformation Team (ATT) to help LSTC become an antiracist institution. Since the late 1990s, LSTC has regularly held antiracism training for faculty, staff and students, first with Crossroads and now with CROAR.
Claret Center is an organization based in Hyde Park, Chicago, whose focus is to provide resources for self-care, spiritual practices, spiritual direction and psychotherapy. Through LSTC's Student Services, students have access to referral services for counseling, psychotherapy and spiritual direction at the Claret Center. A sliding scale may be available for LSTC students.
Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE)
FTE offers diverse young adults, students and partner organizations financial support and opportunities to develop leadership in the face of complex shifts in the church, economy and theological education. FTE provides grants and scholarships to doctoral students of color, and also provides opportunities for student networking, mentoring and training.
Hispanic Summer Program
LSTC is a partner seminary in the national Hispanic Summer Program, where Latinx seminary students regularly come together for an ecumenical educational experience that deals with the issues and experiences of Latinx churches and communities. Apply for the 2021 Hispanic Summer Program before February 15, 2021 to be considered for the June 2021 courses.
Hispanic Theological Initiative (HTI)
LSTC is a member seminary in the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium of 24 seminaries and universities across the United States. HTI regularly supports Hispanic PhD candidates at LSTC through scholarships and fellowships.
Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest
The Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest (LSPS) is a program of Wartburg Theological Seminary and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Its core mission is to prepare leaders for Hispanic ministry contexts in the the Southwest and other cross-cultural ministries across the nation. Students in the program develop skills and sensitivity to serve diverse communities, adapt their ministries for changing congregations, and address cultural composition across communities served.
The OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership
The OMNIA Institute for Contextual Leadership is a tremendous resource for all LSTC students, but especially for those concentrating on urban ministry and those with interests in international ministry opportunities.
University of Chicago (U of C)
Our affiliation with U of C enriches the LSTC community through access to its libraries, facilities, and academic and cultural programs.
LSTC’s dual degree program with the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration makes it possible for master of arts or master of divinity students to complete both the AM degree (equivalent of a master’s in social work) and their LSTC degree in one year less than it would take to earn them separately.
Urban Clinical Pastoral Education Consortium
The Urban Clinical Pastoral Education Consortium is a partnership of 13 urban sites and five theological schools committed to clinical pastoral education with a focus on urban/public ministry that includes the pastoral and prophetic dimensions of ministry.