LSTC Stories

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)
Pandemic has profound impact on Dalton Ruggieri’s internships “I witnessed things that were good and weren’t so good, and how we responded. But I found that to be where I grew the most. It pushed me to grow into my pastoral identity, acting in ways that I didn’t have to in the past…" (September 2020)
Horseback riding provides self care during internship marked by Covid-19 Seminarians are like thoroughbreds—known for their agility, speed and spirit on a racetrack. Stephani Shumaker: “What a gift it is to be a thoroughbred, leading the pack, and challenged to have and give what is required." (September 2020)
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)
Kyle Duff: 'To be salt and light in the world' Public Church curriculum and the Public Church Fellows program became the draw to LSTC. It fit with the strong emphasis within him during college: “to do good as a church, to be salt and light in the world… This is the type of pastoral ministry I feel called to.” (January 2020 student FB profile)
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.”
Patrice Nordstrand: ‘Enjoy what you have, but share that with others’ “I received a fine education at LSTC and am proud to be one of its graduates... in my giving I’m investing in the values, the organizations and the communities that I have shared values with.”
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