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A joyous, in-person 2022 commencement

A joyous, in-person 2022 commencement The weather cooperated and being together in person to mark the accomplishments that led to this day provided an air of satisfaction and joy. Eleven alumni from the Classes of 2021 and 2020, who had been invited back to walk, were among the honored graduates. Paul C. Pribbenow, president of […]

School in motion: A letter from President Nieman

School in motion: A letter from President Nieman After a two-year hiatus, our journey resumed. From the chapel we went outside, turned north on University to 54th Place, walked one block east, then south on Woodlawn and due east again to the doors of St. Thomas the Apostle. Commencement returned to our Hyde Park home […]

Commencement 2020: A year of asking, and now facing, ‘What’s next?’

Commencement 2020: A year of asking, and now facing, ‘What’s next?’ In campus apartments and in homes well beyond Chicago, LSTC 2021 graduates gathered around screens to “officially” graduate on Sunday, May 16, as they watched the seminary’s 161st commencement video released on YouTube and Facebook. This was the second year the global pandemic prevented […]

Maddie Tallman & Corey Bergman: ‘Getting married during seminary was a hoot’

Maddie Tallman & Corey Bergman: ‘Getting married during seminary was a hoot’ Maddie Tallman, from Maryland, and Corey Bergman, from Minnesota, met on a CTA bus as their Orientation groups returned to campus from excursions showing students how to use public transit.   They had a lot of classes together and their core group grew closer, “especially as we navigated […]

Adam and Elle Dowd: ‘Our work will always be collaborative’

Adam and Elle Dowd: ‘Our work will always be collaborative’ Adam and Elle Dowd came to seminary together—Elle on the track for an MDiv since age 7, Adam with not nearly that destination history.  They met as undergrads at Iowa State in an Old Testament class. Adam was an art and design major who had […]

MDiv student Julie Grafe is ready for what comes next

MDiv student Julie Grafe is ready for what comes next The weekend of May 16-17 was a big one for Julie Grafe. On May 16, she learned that she is approved for ministry by the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Candidacy. And on May 17, she graduated from LSTC’s master of divinity program.   Frankly, she had expected the weekend to be even bigger. Because […]

Troy Medlin & Ole Schenk: ‘Mutual flourishing’

Troy Medlin & Ole Schenk: ‘Mutual flourishing’ Troy Medlin and Ole Schenk weren’t looking for love during Orientation Week, but they trace their relationship back to the fall of 2016. “Like so many people, we weren’t looking for someone, but while you’re out in the quad during orientation who knows what happens?” Troy said. “When […]

Ian and Sarah Coen-Frei: Refectory proposal

Ian and Sarah Coen-Frei: Refectory proposal Though they didn’t graduate together this year, Ian (2020, MDiv) and Sarah Coen-Frei (2018, MA) were first-year seminarians together. In May they celebrating Ian’s graduation from their home in St. Paul, Minn., where they began sheltering in place together in mid-March following the announcement that seminary classes were moved […]

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