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The LSTC Epistle magazine is published three times a year by the LSTC Marketing and Communications Department. Content and photography showcases the dynamic LSTC community, including student, alumni, donor, faculty and staff features. Each issue also includes a letter from President James Nieman, alumni notes, obituaries and upcoming events being planned by LSTC community members.

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Dec3

Museum follows LSTC’s lead in returning rare manuscript to Greek Orthodox Church

Following LSTC's 2016 return of a rare 9th century manuscript, the American Bible Museum in Washington, D.C., will return a 10th-century gospel to the Greek Orthodox Church.

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Dec2

David L. Lindberg, professor emeritus of world missions and world religions, dies

David L. Lindberg, professor emeritus of world missions and world religions and director of field education at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), died Nov. 16. He was 90 years old. A memorial service will be held via Zoom Sat., Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

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Nov30

Antje Jackelén online talk Dec. 9, ‘Technology, Theology and Spirituality in the Digital Age’

Antje Jackelén, Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, will give an online talk, “Technology, Theology and Spirituality in the Digital Age,” Dec. 9, noon U.S. Central time.

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Nov20

LSTC Feature: Erik Boss strives to be "exceedingly patient through understanding"

Learn more about first year MDiv student Erik Boss.

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Nov19

Update: LSTC CAMPUS RESPONSE TO COVID-19  

LSTC continues to monitor and stay in compliance with coronavirus restrictions.

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Nov13

LSTC Feature: Liz Kuster is "glad to be on this journey within this community"

Learn more about first year MDiv student Liz Kuster

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Nov6

LSTC community mourns, remembers Rev. Dr. Cheryl Stewart Pero

Cheryl Stewart Pero, former director of the Albert "Pete" Pero Multicultural Center at LSTC died Oct. 28.

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Oct30

David Martinez keynote speaker for Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium

The 2020 Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium will discuss Vine Deloria Jr.'s historical significance and ongoing relevance to today’s Native American sovereignty movements with particular attention to his work at the intersection of environmental justice, tribal sovereignty, and tribal rights.

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Oct29

LSTC invites extended community to Kristallnacht commemoration service

The Kristallnacht commemoration service will take place virtually November 9, 2020 from 11:15 - 11:45 a.m, and will be lead by Rabbi Shoshana Conover and Cantor Sheera Ben David of Temple Sholom of Chicago. LSTC is humbled to also welcome Lucille Wolf, survivor of the Holocaust, to share her experiences with the community. In addition, currently enrolled students in the fall Hebrew course will lead a special reading. Registration is now available.

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Oct27

Clarence Atwood Jr. to receive LSTC Distinguished Service Award

One November 11, LSTC honors Clarence Atwood Jr. for exemplary service to the seminary.

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Oct20

LSTC forms Antiracism Transformation Team

Antiracism Transformation Team will develop a plan to move LSTC toward becoming an antiracist and interculturally competent institution.

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Oct13

Karl Anliker's Hein-Fry presentation Oct. 28

‘Look for the women’ topic inspired by Women in Genesis class

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Oct8

LSTC collaborates to offer panel on the future of Latinx Lutheran leadership

Panel Presentation to take place October 22, 2020 in partnership with Asociación de Ministerios Latinos de la ELCA, and Domestic Mission – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Oct2

Chris Huang joins LSTC as director of institutional effectiveness and registrar

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Sep22

LSTC, Augsburg University form partnership for five-year BA/MDiv degrees

New partnership with Augsburg University announced.

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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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