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Dr. Michel Andraos Talks Trauma, Reconciliation and Healing at the 2023 World Mission Institute

Dr. Michel Andraos Talks Trauma, Reconciliation and Healing at the 2023 World Mission Institute In recent years, Christian churches have become increasingly aware of their complicity in the oppression and marginalization of indigenous peoples around the world. Many churches have offered apologies, lamented their sinful collaboration with colonialism, and responded to calls to work for […]

Sweetry Noverlindra hopes LSTC studies help her grow Indonesian church

Sweetry Noverlindra hopes LSTC studies help her grow Indonesian church Sweetry Noverlindra, first-year MA student, first heard about LSTC in 2020 through a webinar LSTC alumni organized. Noverlindra was looking into the possibility of studying abroad but did not know how likely this would be given the context of the pandemic at the time. Still, […]

A Martin Luther King Day Celebration

A Martin Luther King Day Celebration The Pero Center for Intersectionality Studies at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago presents a day of ministry and discussion as we explore the theme, “Where do we go from here?” We invite you to join us for this special chapel service, lunch, and panel discussion commemorating Rev. Dr. […]

‘We need to wake up’: Jepenri Tambunan shares wisdom from rare WCC experience

‘We need to wake up’: Jepenri Tambunan shares wisdom from rare WCC experience LSTC second-year MA student Jepenri Tambunan experienced the global church in an extraordinary way when he served as a delegate to the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Karlsruhe, Germany, Aug. 31-Sept. 8. The WCC Assembly gathers only once […]

Mark Swanson finds joy in encounter

Mark Swanson finds joy in encounter On Mark Swanson’s office door is a quotation from Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, which says, “The call of God is very strange.” Swanson would agree: strange and joyful. “For the first two years that I was reading theology, I didn’t know what it was for,” recalls Swanson, […]

Peter Vethanayagamony’s guiding principles in practice

Peter Vethanayagamony’s guiding principles in practice “I’m so grateful for Christian missions and missionaries,” said Peter Vethanayagamony (2000, ThM; 2006, PhD), professor of Modern Church History. Vethanayagamony’s positive life-altering experience with services (i.e. education, health, discipleship) of Christian missionaries in India during his formative years stands in direct contrast to what he calls the American […]

Witness while walking: Francisco Javier Goitía Padilla on leadership, faith, service

Witness while walking: Francisco Javier Goitía Padilla on leadership, faith, service Church experience for Francisco Javier Goitía Padilla (2014, PhD; 2003, ThM) began early, when his grandmother, a woman of deep faith, took him with her to Roman Catholic services in his hometown in Puerto Rico. “I’ve been a church mouse all my life,” Goitía […]

An Overflow of Abundance: Barbara Rossing and Lauren Johnson

An Overflow of Abundance: Barbara Rossing and Lauren Johnson If you talk to Barbara Rossing about her call to theological education, you’ll hear a word often repeated: abundance. Rossing grew up in Northfield, Minn., with a current population of nearly 21,000. It’s the home of Carleton College, where Rossing studied geology as an undergraduate. She […]

Wisconsin native turned Chicago dweller ready for her future in ministry

Wisconsin native turned Chicago dweller ready for her future in ministry Melissa Hrdlicka toured four seminaries/divinity schools before settling on LSTC, a school she didn’t visit until she arrived as a student four years ago. “LSTC was the best choice for me,” she says confidently. It’s a wonderful place. The first time I was on […]

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