LSTC E.pistle March 2018

Kindness and Hope

One of my spiritual disciplines during Lent was adding poetry to the daily consumption of what I read (especially since the 2016 election).
When I announced my poetry intention on Facebook and asked for suggestions, I was overwhelmed and impressed by all the poems and poets my friends recommended. Clearly, poetry plays a central role in many lives. And after several weeks of carving out quiet time for the likes of Rumi, Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry, I can see why.
Suddenly, I started seeing and hearing poetry everywhere. This week I listened to Krista Tippett’s “On Being” interview with poet Naomi Shihab Nye, who says that when we read poetry, we live in the poem. It’s where we experience healing and hope. As Nye’s father, a Palestinian, taught her, “Insist on hope. What else do we have?”
I was drawn to her poem, Kindness, since kindness seems in short supply these contentious days. She says it is “only kindness that makes sense anymore.” Her poem reminds us of the life rhythm of loss and sorrow, kindness and hope.
May kindness and hope break through for you these first days of Spring, and your final days of Lenten Spring. And in what will likely be the usual busyness of Holy Week, may your awakened senses enable you to receive the proclamation and promise of Easter with joy and hope–and maybe even a poem.

Julie B. Sevig

Communications Specialist


Bishop R. Guy Erwin to preach at 158th commencement
On May 20, the Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, bishop of the Southwest California Synod of the
Bishop R. Guy Erwin
ELCA will preach at LSTC’s 158th Eucharist and Commencement Service. The service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 5472 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago.
“Like many others, I have long admired Bishop Erwin’s remarkable combination of scholarly insight and pastoral heart,” said James Nieman, president. “His ability to speak with clarity and care about some of the most pressing questions for our church and in our society makes him the ideal person to bear the good news to our graduates during the upcoming commencement exercises.”Read more.

Clyde Andrew Walter receives ALDE Jay Bleeke Young Professionals Award

Clyde Andrew Walter, campaign director and major gift officer at LSTC, earlier this month received the Jay Bleeke Young Professionals Award presented by the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE).
The awards ceremony took place during ALDE’s annual conference in Minneapolis, Minn.
Clyde Andrew Walter (center) after receiving the Jay Bleeke Young Professionals Award from ALDE
The Jay Bleeke Young Professionals Award is given to a member of ALDE who is under 40, shows exemplary participation in the organization at the local or national level, and is an inspiration to others regarding greater commitment and involvement. Read more.

LSTC Gospel Choir Concert celebrates 30 years of singing praise to God

It’s a momentous year for the LSTC Gospel Choir.  On April 8 at 4 p.m. they host their 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert, “Stay Connected.”
The goal  for this year’s benefit is to fund a full-tuition Grover Wright Scholarship which will be given to a student of color in any LSTC degree program.

Choir Founder and LSTC Registrar Pat Bartley is making her social media debut encourage choir alumni, alumni and all supporters of the choir to

Pat Bartley

come to the concert, to invite others to come and to make a generous gift to the scholarship fund. Watch (and share) her message on YouTube.  RSVP to if you can join the LSTC Reunion Gospel Choir on April 8. You’ll receive details about the songs and rehearsal schedule as well as alumni fellowship time.

In addition to the LSTC Gospel Choir and Reunion Choir, featured guests for the concert are the Keith Hampton Singers, the Shekinah Chapel Choir, Senaa Debela, and A4L (All 4 Love). Pre-concert praise and worship will be led by Pastor Julia Porter-Maddox.
“Stay Connected” on Sunday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. You won’t want to miss it!
Gifts may be made online now by using the Designation>Other and write in the fund you wish to support.

Come together on 4.18.18 

Get ready to engage with other alumni, donors, students, faculty and staff to support LSTC’s Annual Fund on 4.18.18, our first online Giving Day.
With the theme, “Come together,” we want to engage and reengage alumni in the challenges, affinity groups, social media and online fun on 4.18.18.
There will be class challenges, state challenges, bishops’ challenges. There is even a Jimmy’s Challenge, which unlocks a maximum gift of $300 from a donor who will match your dollar donation if you indicate on your donation that you visited Jimmy’s Woodlawn Tap while a student in Hyde Park.
Though we’re designating April 18 as our Giving Day you can make gifts online (and offline) from that day through commencement on May 20.
Come together and join the fun on 4.18.18. Just 29 days from now!

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.
The next Seminary Sampler Night is Wednesday, April 18. Register here. Spouses, partners and parents are invited to attend. Child care is available.


Discipleship today! 
Anthony Gittins

On Thursday, April 12, Anthony Gittins, Professor Emeritus of Theology and Culture at Catholic Theological Union, and Reggie Williams, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, address “What on Earth Is Discipleship? A Disturbing Question” at the 2018 World Mission Institute.

The Institute runs from 5:45 – 9 p.m. at LSTC,

Reggie Williams
beginning with a light dinner followed by the lecture and response beginning at  6:30 p.m.
The World Mission Institute is sponsored by Catholic Theological Union, LSTC, and McCormick Theological Seminary.
For more information, contact Peter Vethanayagamony at


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

Wild Sparrows – Dr. Lea Schweitz

Liftthescreen – Dr. Philip Hefner

Be inspired by LSTC’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients in this video by Jason Chesnut (2010, MDiv) and ANKOS Films.

Spring semester sermons and testimonies
Hear sermons  and testimonies from Prof. Richard Perry Jr., Chef Jen Powell, student David Rebey, Bishop Munib Younan and others on LSTC’s Soundcloud.

Manz Organ Series Recital
April 3, 12:15 p.m.
May 1, 12:15 p.m.
LSTC Gospel Choir 30th Anniversary Concert
Sun., April 8, 4 p.m.
World Mission Institute
Thurs., April 12, 6:30 p.m. ‘What on Earth Is Discipleship?”
Seminary Sampler Night
April 18, 4 p.m.
Register here or call 773.256.0727
James Kenneth Echols Preaching Prize 
Thurs., April 26, 11:45 a.m.