LSTC E.pistle January 2018 – A season of mercy

It’s not liturgical, of course, but singer/songwriter Carrie Newcomer calls these winter days “A season of mercy.”

“Now is the quiet of winter with its short days and longer nights. There is a bit of a relief to the open space of this time after the crowded days at the year’s end. But this is when the gardens rest and the trees prepare,” she writes.

We live in a culture that encourages “every corner of our days to be ablaze with light and activity,” Newcomer noted, encouraging us to slow down so that we hear the small voice that’s easier to hear in the moments of winter. Drink tea slowly, read poetry and enjoy art, love the small sacred things of daily life: “Listen, there is a voice in the wilderness of your inner landscape saying, ‘breathe just a little, then breathe a little deeper, there is a season of mercy when all will be well, and all manner of things will be well. [Julian of Norwich]’ “
But with a New Year of possibilities and resolutions stretched before us, it can be difficult to slow down. There are closets to clean, a new fitness routine and healthier eating to be followed. Maybe even a new Strategic Plan to tackle–ask any of us here at LSTC. All these things take time.
Here on campus it is J-term, which is its own “season of mercy.” Fifteen are at Holden Village learning about “Liturgy and the Cycles of Creation.” No doubt they’re able to breathe deeply in those magnificent Cascade Mountains surrounding Lake Chelan.
But wherever we are, let us also pay attention to our inner landscape. Sip tea, read poetry, enjoy and create music and art, and love the small sacred things of daily life that remind us “all manner of things will be well.”
Julie B. Sevig
Communications Specialist
Copley-Spivey appointed Director of Development
Rickey W. Copley-Spivey joined the LSTC Advancement Office  as Director of Development on Dec. 11. Copley-Spivey most recently served as director of business development at Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants.
In his new positon, Copley-Spivey will be responsible for building the annual giving program, driving a cohesive communication strategy for all areas of giving, and cultivating a portfolio of leadership donors as LSTC prepares for its comprehensive fundraising campaign. In developing and implementing gift strategies, Copley-Spivey will work directly with the Advancement leadership team, volunteers and board members in identifying, cultivating and soliciting leadership giving prospects. Read more.
LSTC adopts new strategic plan focused on forming leaders that form communities
LSTC has adopted a new three-year strategic plan that will map the process for becoming ‘a community to form leaders to form community.’ Strongly informed by present circumstances in our church and world, the plan recognizes the need to form leaders who are adept at forming faithful communities. Such communities are needed as signs of hope in our time of strained trust and a diminished sense of belonging and such leaders must themselves be formed in faithful community.
Read LSTC’s 2018-2020 Strategic Plan
A Community to Form Leaders 
to Form Community

Come see how you fit at LSTC
Do you know someone who is considering seminary? The best way to discern a call or figure out if LSTC is the seminary for them is to attend a Seminary Sampler. This 2.5-day event covers classes, community, financial aid, and much more.
The Spring Seminary Sampler will be Sat/-Mon., Feb. 24-26. And for those who can’t spare the 2.5 days,
there are two Seminary Sampler Nights  to choose from: Mon., Mar. 19, and Wed., Apr. 18. Go to the Visit page to register. Spouses, partners and parents are invited to attend. Child care will be available on Sampler Nights.

Consider this New Year’s Resolution: Join the President’s Circle!
Any gift of $1,000 qualifies you for the President’s Circle.* As a member of the circle, YOU will:
  • Give students access to education, enabling them to pursue their call to ministry without accruing tremendous debt.
  • Ensure that LSTC offers those students high quality education and formation experience.
  • Enable our seminary to have an innovativeedge in theological education and faith leadership development.
  • Provide a healthy and up-to-date environment that supports our educational program.
  • Strengthen LSTC as it continues to form leaders who leave this place to form community.
Benefits to members:
  • Special reports from the president
  • Correspondence with the president through the President’s Circle.
  • Annual LSTC event and invitations to special events in your area.
*Advancement staff will assist you with gifts mad e by check, online, stocks/bonds and property, even monthly payments of $84.34.

LSTC Gospel Choir sets visionary goal to celebrate 30th anniversary
This year, for its  30th anniversary, the LSTC Gospel Choir has set itself the goal of being able to award a Grover Wright Scholarship that will cover a full year of tuition. They also want to fund a Carol A. Burns Scholarship that will cover a semester of tuition.
Since 1994, they have awarded 34 Grover Wright Scholarship to students of color or whose first language is other than English. And since the 2004-05 academic year, 10 Burns Scholarships have been awarded to female African American LSTC students.
The annual Gospel Concert, which features choirs and individual musicians, has been their biggest fundraiser to support the scholarships. But this year there will be an online campaign as well as an appeal to the wider LSTC community.
Don’t wait to get a letter — gifts can be made onlineby using the Designation>Other and write in the fund you choose to support. Your generous support is much appreciated.
The 30th anniversary concert with the theme, “Stay Connected” is on Sun., April 8, at 4 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. You won’t want to miss it!

LSTC Gives 18 on 4.18.18 
April 18 is the date for LSTC’s day of online fun and giving. Get ready to engage with other alumni, donors, students, faculty and staff to support LSTC’s Annual Fund.
Watch for more details as April 18 draws near.

New book from Herb Chilstrom

In When a Father Loses a Son, Herb Chilstrom shares a journey he has been on for more than 30 years, coping with the death by suicide of his son, Andrew.

He writes of how the Bible and especially the Lament Psalms were  helpful in his sorrow. He shares this journey now with the aim to help fathers in particular with the loss of a child.

When a Father Loses a Son is available for $21.95 (includes shipping) from Chilstrom Books, 635 Park Centre Ave. #2121, Green Valley, AZ 85614-6280. All income from the sale of the book goes to student scholarships at Lutheran seminaries and colleges.

‘Electric Dreams’ now on amazon
Last June, some of LSTC’s campus was transformed into Glenn Runciter High School, a setting for “Safe and Sound,” the sixth episode of Philip K. Dick’s science fiction anthology “Electric Dreams.”
The series was released last week and is now available on amazon video. Viewers may recognize the LSTC grand hallway, refectory and library, as well as the outside of our building.
Students from the futuristic high school stand in the grand hallway.
Every gift you make to the Annual Fund supports new leaders for our church who will bring faith into the public sphere.
Thank you for making a gift and for making a difference for LSTC students and for the church.


We Talk. We Listen. Conversations About Diversity – Dr. Linda Thomas

Wild Sparrows – Dr. Lea Schweitz

Liftthescreen – Dr. Philip Hefner


Martin Luther King Jr. Day sermon by Minister Jane Ashley Colvin, Let Justice Roll Down, preached Jan. 15 in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC.

Zygon Center Symposium Lecture by Archbishop Antje Jackelen,
Reformation and Responsibility in the World,” presented at LSTC Nov. 27.

VIne Deloria Jr. Symposium presentations
Daniel Wildcat’s keynote, Gordon Straw’s Cornelsen Chair for Spiritual Formation inaugural lecture, and Vance Blackfox’s sermon and presentation from earlier this month are now available.

50th Anniversary of LSTC building dedication
What did it and what does it mean for this seminary to be at 55th & University on Chicago’s south side?
Hear reflections of current students Reed Fowler and Dafne del Risco-Nolla, alum and former president Philip Hougen and alumni panelists Martin MartyJose David RodriguezRichard Perry Jr.Kim BeckmannPeter Vethanayagamony, and Jessica Nipp Hacker.

Ecumenical preaching series
In observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, LSTC invited outstanding preachers from other Christian traditions to preach during worship in the Augustana Chapel. They were asked to consider “What does the Protestant Reformation mean to other ‘heirs’ of the tradition?” Listen to:

Steed Davidson, United Methodist
Tom HaverlyEpiscopal
Mark Francis, Roman Catholic
Joanne Lindstrom, Baptist


Manz Organ Series Recitals
Feb. 6, 12:15 p.m.,
March 6, 12:15 p.m.

Spring Seminary Sampler
Sat., Feb. 24 – Mon., Feb. 26. Register here or call 773.256.0727.

Seminary Sampler Nights
Mon., March 19, 4 p.m.
Wed., Apr. 18, 4 p.m.

World Mission Institute
Thurs., April 12, 6 p.m.
“What on Earth is Discipleship? A Disturbing Question,” Dr. Anthony J. Gittins, Catholic Theological Union, presenter; Dr. Jennifer McBride, McCormick Theological Seminary, responder.