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Sep4

Colleagues remember Paul Landahl's influence on LSTC

Remembering Paul Landahl

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Sep3

LSTC to honor three distinguished alumni during all-virtual Homecoming

LSTC will present its 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards to Angela Shannon, Kyle Severson and Troy Hedrick during Homecoming on Oct. 15.

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Sep2

2020 Scherer Lecture to be delivered on September 29

Dr. Al Tizon to present on peacemaking and challenging racism near and far.

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Aug17

August 2020 Update: LSTC Response to COVID-19 and Plans for Fall 2020

The LSTC Viral Outbreak Response Team released information on August 17, 2020 to all LSTC faculty, auxiliary/affiliate faculty, staff and students regarding the Fall 2020 semester.

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Aug5

LSTC receives Immanuel Vision Foundation grants

The original three-year grant of $225,000 supported contextual education: yearlong internships, Ministry in Context part-time placements in congregations, and the Public Church Fellows program which pairs students with local nonprofit organizations.

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Jul30

Philip Hefner to lead online lecture on Aug. 4 - Writing humanity’s next chapter: A renewed religion and science dialogue

Philip Hefner, professor emeritus of systematic theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) and senior fellow of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, will deliver the inaugural online lecture for the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS) on Aug. 4 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

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Jul22

Letter from the faculty to the International Students, their families, and the community that loves them

Note: Corrected, with an explanatory addition, on July 23

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Jul13

Panel to discuss Eucharist practices in worship during the pandemic

LSTC’s Ben Stewart, Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship, and Erik Christensen, pastor to the community and director of worship, in partnership with leaders from the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA, will be creating virtual space for a panel presentation on Mon., July 27, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Central Time to discuss eucharist practices in worship during the pandemic.

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Jul7

Benjamin M. Stewart appointed director of Zygon Center for Religion and Science

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin M. Stewart, Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship, has been appointed director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science (ZCRS), effective July 1.

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Jun26

Brooke Petersen appointed MDiv/MAM/MA program director, candidacy coordinator, lecturer

The Rev. Dr. Brooke Petersen (2006, MDiv) was appointed MDiv/MAM/MA program director, coordinator of candidacy and lecturer by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Board of Directors.

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Jun26

Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez elected to LSTC faculty as associate professor of Lutheran systematic theology and global Lutheranism

The Rev. Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Álvarez has been appointed associate professor of Lutheran systematic theology and global Lutheranism by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Board of Directors.

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Jun22

Sandra H. Nelson appointed vice president for advancement

Sandra H. Nelson, CFRE, has been appointed Vice President for Advancement by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) Board of Directors starting June 15.

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Jun12

A Theological Statement in Response to the Murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd From the Faculty of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

From the Faculty of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

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Jun9

June 2020 Update: LSTC Campus Response to COVID-19

Effective June 3, Chicago officially entered the “Cautiously Reopen” phase of Mayor Lightfoot’s “Protecting Chicago” reopening framework.

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Jun1

Letter from President James Nieman

In recent months, we have been witnessing a repeated loop of harm and violence toward black persons across America. This culminated most recently in George Floyd’s murder one week ago, but that loop is certainly not ending.

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May8

LSTC 160th Commencement May 17

On May 17 at 2:30 p.m., the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will celebrate its 160th commencement and honor the 39 members of the Class of 2020.

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May8

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago offers Virtual Open House

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) extends the invitation to all discerning their call to ministry or contemplating next steps in their careers to join LSTC’s first ever Virtual Open House, scheduled for May 20, 2020, at 7 p.m. CST.

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Apr23

APRIL 23, 2020 UPDATE: LSTC CAMPUS RESPONSE TO COVID-19

On April 23, 2020 Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker prolonged “stay at home” instructions through May 2020 for the entire state. LSTC will continue to be in compliance with the terms of this order.

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Apr14

Echols Preaching Celebration this Thursday

Three students at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will preach during the seminary’s 2020 Echols Preaching Prize Celebration this Thursday, April 16, at 11:15 a.m.

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Apr13

Stephanie Jaeger to receive Confessor of Christ Award

The Rev. Dr. Stephanie Jaeger (2006, MDiv) will receive the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) 2020 Confessor of Christ Award.

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Mar27

Update: LSTC CAMPUS RESPONSE TO COVID-19  

In compliance with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s “stay at home” instruction, the following changes for the LSTC campus were initiated starting at 5:00pm on Saturday, March 21.

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Mar13

LSTC campus response to COVID-19

On March 12, James Nieman, president of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, announced the school’s plan to respond to COVID-19. The proactive response is made from love and concern for members of the LSTC community and our neighbors. There currently are no reported or confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus.

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Feb11

Herbert Chilstrom remembered, honored by LSTC

It is with both sadness and gratitude that the community of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago mourns the death of the Rev. Herbert Chilstrom, first presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Feb3

LSTC hires new director of strategic marketing and communications

Elizabeth Chentland joined the Advancement staff of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) on Jan. 16 as director of strategic marketing & communications.

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Jan23

Celebrating Blackness in White Spaces: Black History Month at LSTC

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago’s (LSTC) theme for Black History Month is Celebrating Blackness in White Spaces. Free events will be held on campus throughout the month.

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