LSTC Stories

Maddie Tallman & Corey Bergman: ‘Getting married during seminary was a hoot’ "The church needs leaders who aren't afraid to preach on the sin of racism. By creating leaders with courage, LSTC also has a huge role in creating support systems for leaders as well. We all know we can't do this alone, we need each other. LSTC helped teach me that, and my dream is that it keeps up that goal and shows the world just how a seminary can in fact do and say the hard things without fear." -Maddie Tallman (Summer Epistle 2020)
Adam and Elle Dowd: ‘Our work will always be collaborative’ “Wherever we land—our work will always be collaborative because we live together. That’s just part of it.” -Adam Dowd (Summer 2020 Epistle magazine)
Lora Salley's internships prepared her for Word and Service chaplaincy “What a blessing it is to put theory and theology into practice, to put into action one's love of God and love of neighbor, to be a public church. This experience has prepared me for professional ministry. It’s given me what I need to move forward in the process of becoming a board-certified chaplain.”
MDiv student Julie Grafe is ready for what comes next “I am so grateful for the time at LSTC. I’m glad to be done with this and sad to be done with this. . . and I didn’t do it. It was God working through me. I’m not sure what comes next but I’m ready.” (Summer 2020 Epistle magazine)
Troy Medlin & Ole Schenk: ‘Mutual flourishing’ “We’re committed to each other’s ministry that will likely be shared yet different,” Troy said. “We’ll let the other explore their vocation, and have one another to help us when we’re navigating uncertain challenges that will surely come up in ministry.” (Summer 2020 Epistle magazine)
Kara Baylor: channeling her anger for change “I’m not the first to have this hashtag, but I might be the first to sell t-shirts. In this day and age, people of faith should be angry; righteous anger.” (August 2020)
Craig Mueller shares his 'My LSTC story' “LSTC is a bridge between church and world. It was true when I was a student several decades ago and it continues today with the seminary's Public Church curriculum.”
William E. Flippin Jr. shares his 'My LSTC story' “My goal and hope for Public Church Fellows is continuing the training of public theologians and urban practitioners who can be the headlights of social change and praxis.”
George Zachariah shares his 'My LSTC story' “LSTC’s location on the South Side of Chicago is a constant reminder to be suspicious about the theological reflections, missional models, and ministerial practices that are coming from the locations of power and privilege. This prophetic suspicion is constructive as it re-forms theology and de-centers the Church.”
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