For over 70 years the Guild provided support for students first at Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary in Maywood, Ill., and for the last 55 years at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC). Now the Guild has changed its name and the way it carries out its mission through its transformation into Village.
Under the direction of Dr. May May Latt, international student services coordinator, and the International Students Association, Village will sponsor projects to enhance the life of seminary students. While Village will continue to have several projects only for international students, Latt emphasizes that the new organization will support all LSTC students.
“The motto of Village is ‘gift to give, gift to receive,’” said Latt. “Duty Free is a good example of that. It’s a place where all students can go to get donated household items and clothing for free. It’s meant to benefit everyone.”
Duty Free is an on-campus exchange filled with gently used or new items donated by Chicago area congregations and individuals. Students may take what they need. It is especially helpful to international students and their families who often come to LSTC with just a few suitcases containing their belongings. Once they arrive, they must outfit an apartment with linens, pots and pans, and other necessities as well as clothing appropriate for Chicago’s changing seasons.
As the Guild had done, Village will have special projects for LSTC international students and their families. It will seek donations for winter clothing and medical kits and funding for an annual family retreat at the Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center in rural Illinois.
Mutuality is at the heart of Village: what each gives and what each receives. Village seeks to deepen the relationship between LSTC students and congregations. It also wants to strengthen ties with and support from LSTC alumni.
“If people would like to support Village, there are a couple of ways to do that,” Latt said. “One way is by donating kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom items – and shoes – to Duty Free. The second is by writing a check or making a donation online.”
Those who wish to support Village with a financial donation may make checks payable to LSTC with “International Student Program Fund –the Village Fund” in the memo line and mail them to Office for Advancement, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615. Gifts may be made online at www.lstc.edu/giving/make-a-gift, using the Designation box to choose “Other” and writing “International Student Program Fund – the Village Fund” in the comment box.
May May Latt
International Student Services Coordinator
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The Lutheran School of Theology (LSTC) is dedicated to bearing witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Based in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, it is the leading urban Lutheran seminary training students for purposeful vocations in the global community. Aligned with its Lutheran heritage and built on a foundation of intellectual rigor, LSTC’s innovative, nationally recognized curriculum gives students skills for visionary Christian leadership in the public sphere.