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Magazine of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

Many Voices, One Story Commencement 2013

PRESIDENT’S LETTER Dear friends in Christ: For me, the close of this fiftieth anniversary year has been full of writing. Along with the regular year-end reports and letters for boards or committees, I’ve drafted new lectures and presentations for special events or audiences. Overall, this writing is enjoyable. I like sharing the story of our fine school—what we’re facing, how we’re changing, where we’re heading— whether to folks who know us well or are just meeting us anew. When I write about LSTC, I feel like I’m starting a fresh conversation about a place that really matters. And then, I look forward to seeing how that conversation will unfold as we talk further. Sometimes the conversations take an unexpected turn. Our board of directors, who surely suffers with more documents than most folks, recently teased me about the vocabulary in my May report. Without trying to be fancy about it, I simply said that LSTC should model a new way for disciples to speak and act “that is thoughtful and irenic.” That last word was just too much. “What in the world does irenic mean?” said one board member. “Yeah, I had to look it up in the dictionary!” jibed another. Their goodnatured complaint made a fair point, of course. Like any teacher, though, I saw their reaction as a perfect learning opportunity. Irenic is just the right word, I said. It’s from the Greek noun eirene, which means “peace,” and not merely like the end of conflict, but with the wholeness, true healing, and abundant life that God alone can give. “Peace” is perhaps the most important word the risen Jesus says to his friends still locked away in shame and fear after the crucifixion. He utters peace and it happens for them, followed by the courage to tell good news, share their abundance, and bring hope to others. If education at LSTC truly seeks to form visionary leaders, it seems to me those leaders should be equipped with just this kind of irenic vision, a peaceful and evangelical way to engage a world that daily sounds ever more crass and combative. If you think I’ve exaggerated the situation, let me share something from just after the May board meeting. A staff member forwarded a Washington Post article about the changing shape of ministry for seminary graduates. In short, fewer are entering fulltime parish calls. At times, this is due to finances. Some churches cannot afford full-time ministers, and some pastors face educational debt that requires additional income. For others, though, not entering

a full-time ministry is an intentional choice. Theological education is used to enrich a ministry they already do in skills and settings beyond the church. These folks hold a lively, expansive sense of ministry that stretches our conventional views. Perhaps it’s James Nieman a glimpse of the future. Interesting as the article was, it was chilling to see what happened next. Very quickly, the reader response blog on the newspaper’s website filled with hostile, hurtful postings about the irrelevance of seminaries, the fraudulence of churches, and the mindless violence that religions supposedly promote. If only the ensuing replies from Christians had been calm and composed, but sadly there was scant difference. How strange. If ever there were an argument in favor of sound theological education, if ever there were a testimony for new forms of engaged ministry featured in the article itself, ironically this blistering blog was it. William Egginton of Johns Hopkins has studied the roots of our public war of words and how religions might change it. His recent book, In Defense of Religious Moderation, claims that fundamentalisms— political, scientific, or devout—assert some sort of special, ultimate “truth” that arrogantly rejects all other ways of knowing. By contrast, religious traditions at their best also claim a truth, but with the generosity to listen to others and the humility to trust in a God whose truth is beyond our grasp. This is the faithful wisdom we should use in forming visionary leaders within our churches and for the world. It’s a language LSTC can model, one that bears Christ’s own mercy, healing, and compassion. In fact, you might even call it…irenic.

James Nieman President



SUMMER 2013 • Volume 43 • No. 2 The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Vision statement LSTC seeks to build up the body of Christ and work for a world of peace and justice that cares for the whole creation. Visit www. or call 1-800-635-1116 for more information about LSTC’s programs, conferences and special events. Editor Jan Boden Designer Ann Rezny Contributors Jan Boden Cynthia Hileman Ralph Klein Ray Legania James Nieman Christine Wenderoth LSTC Board of Directors Michael Aguirre Clarence Atwood, Secretary Myrna Culbertson Gregory Davis Melody Beckman Eastman Kimberlee Eighmy James Fowler Trina Glusenkamp Gould, Vice Chairperson J. Arthur Gustafson Kathryn Hasselblad-Pascale Greg Kaufmann John Kiltinen Mark Klever Susan Kulkarni Dale Landgren Michael Last Roger Lewis Gerald Mansholt Sandra Moody Harry Mueller, Treasurer Melinda Pupillo Gerald Schultz Sarah Stegemoeller, Chairperson Harvard Stephens Jr. Keith Wiens Jean Ziettlow The LSTC Epistle is published three times a year by the Communications and Marketing Office. Printed on recycled paper with soy-based inks Change of address? Please email the Advancement Office at Please give the address as it currently appears followed by your new address. Cover: Kyle Severson leads the recessional for the 2013 commencement service Photo credits: Jan Boden, Ashley Hochhalter, Tricia Koning

Bishop Mark Hanson brings greetings at 50th anniversary celebration

3 News from LSTC Gift enables new vision for JKM Library Cuttino Alexander wins preacher/scholar award Rachel Brocker joins admissions staff

5 Passionate for the Faith: Robert L. Conrad by Ralph Klein

6 What does a wise pastor look like?

M.Div. grads Yehiel Curry, Lynn Bird and Jacob Gawlik

13 Creative response to constructive theology by Jan Boden

14 “What is it you want me to do?” M.Div. grad finds her calling

16 Forming pastoral identity 17 2013 Commencement 20 Celebrating LSTC’s first fifty years

A conversation with Cynthia Hileman and Ray Legania

9 Propelling JKM Library into the 21st century Director Christine Wenderoth casts vision

10 Many Voices, One Story: LSTC 2003–2012 12 Building the Church The Paul and Helen Kinsey Mission Developer Scholarship

Departments President’s letter inside cover Opportunities at LSTC


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Opportunities at LSTC Scherer Lecture: Christian Presence and the Syrian Civil War

the Future of the ELCA,” at LSTC on November 19 at 11:30 a.m. It is free and open to the public. The Lutheran Heritage Lecture Series is designed to provide a contemporary perspective on the Lutheran tradition. For more information about the lecture contact Dr. Kurt Hendel at

Dr. Mary Mikhael presents the annual Scherer Lecture on September 24 at 4 p.m. in LSTC’s Common Room. Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, Dr. Mikhael has been interpreting the consequences of this tragedy for the Syrian and Lebanese people, particularly the Christian communities. More than 350,000 Syrian refugees have poured into Lebanon. Conditions in the refugee camps are little better than the violence and fear experienced in Syria. Dr. Mikhael will examine the conditions in Syria and the global Christian response to the mind-boggling misery there. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Dr. Peter Vethanayagamony at pvethana@ for more information.

Save the dates 2014 Leadership Conference March 10–11, 2014, are the dates for the 2014 LSTC Leadership Conference. Mark your calendar now and plan to be here for a compelling program on leadership and making difficult decisions. More details on speakers, workshops and event times will be in the next issue of the Epistle and at

Seminex 40th Anniversary

Lutheran Heritage, Mexican Ancestry and the Future of the ELCA

2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of Christ Seminary-Seminex. Alumni, friends, and faculty are invited to come to LSTC June 17-19, 2014, to celebrate. If you would like to be part of planning this gathering, contact Mark Van Scharrel at

The Rev. Dr. Javier “Jay” Alanis, executive director of the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, will present the Lutheran Heritage Lecture, “Lutheran Heritage, Mexican Ancestry and

Don’t miss these Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center events October 13, 4 p.m. October 14, 10 a.m. October 14, 11:30 a.m.

Benefit concert 2nd Annual Pero Multicultural Center Lecture: Leading Multicultural Congregations Multicultural Workshop: Christian Education

November 12-14

3rd Annual American Indian/Alaska Native Symposium with conversation and meal

January 6–17, 2014

J-Term course Reading the Bible from Multicultural Perspectives

January 20, 1  1 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Worship & Luncheon Multicultural Workshop: Worship

Augustana Chapel

Hispanic Heritage Month September 9, 5 p.m. Treasures of Peru September 19, 4 p.m. Conversation and meal

Room 350 LSTC Refectory

Arab/Middle Eastern Heritage Month October 17, 4 p.m. Conversation and Meal

LSTC Refectory

American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month November 4, 5 p.m. Travels with Meredith November 12-14 (see Symposium above)


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News from LSTC Gift enables first phase of new vision for JKM Library

L. Cuttino Alexander wins 2013 David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award

Mark and Kathy Helge have made a gift to LSTC that will allow the renewal and renovation of two levels of the JKM Library. Since 2010, the library staff, reference and periodical collections, and study space have been temporarily located in the east wing of the LSTC building. Over the last two and half years, the JKM Library staff have been culling the collection and evaluating library use to get a more accurate assessment of the library’s space needs. Work on reuniting the staff with the collection will continue over the summer. With the improvements made possible with the Helges’ gift, all library operations will be consolidated in the west wing of the building by August 2013. “We are deeply grateful to Mark and Kathy Helge, whose generosity and vision will immediately and directly benefit every student at LSTC,” said LSTC President James Nieman. “The treasures of this library and the staff who curate it, benefit many more students and scholars beyond this seminary community, especially those at McCormick Theological Seminary, our partners in the JKM Library Trust.” Nieman expressed his gratitude to the JKM Library staff for their work over the last several years. Christine Wenderoth, director of the JKM Library, notes that since 2010, technology for and expectations of libraries have changed dramatically. “This move is a first step towards a more integrated use of the library by faculty and students of both LSTC and McCormick as they revise their curricula. JKM Library will provide information literacy instruction that will make students good researchers—that is, able to find the resources they need, not only for their classes, but also for the congregations and communities they will serve.” Mark Helge earned a master of divinity degree from LSTC in 1978. In 2011, the Helges made a two-year matching gift of up to $1 million for new, renewed and increased gifts to the LSTC Annual Fund. In May 2012, the Helges received LSTC’s Distinguished Service Award to recognize their commitment and service to the seminary.

LSTC master of divinity graduate L. Cuttino Alexander is the 2013 winner of the $20,000 David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award, presented by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, N.Y. The award is made annually to a student in the final year of a master of divinity program at a Protestant theological school in the United States or Canada who demonstrates exceptional distinction in both preaching and biblical scholarship and is committed to parish ministry.

L. Cuttino Alexander

“For Cuttino, preaching is an opportunity to assist people in making sense out of God’s involvement in their lives,” said Mark Bangert, John H. Tietjen Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Theology: Worship and Church Music, Alexander’s preaching instructor. “I believe more and more that good preachers begin their formation at baptism and continue to be formed in their lives of faith; the only thing a preaching professor does is help to clear away the unhelpful, the needless as the voice of the preacher begins to become public.” “I want to express my deep gratitude to the faculty and staff at LSTC as well as my internship and field education supervisors for helping me find my

Read more about Christine Wenderoth’s vision for JKM Library on page 9.


Rachel R. Brocker appointed associate director of admissions and financial aid

voice in the pulpit and the classroom. This award has been a thrilling way to end my time in Chicago. Wherever I end up next, I leave here feeling well equipped to proclaim the Gospel,” Alexander said.

LSTC has appointed Rachel R. Brocker as associate director of admissions and financial aid, starting June 15. She has been serving as Seminary Sampler coordinator in the Office for Admissions and Financial Aid since August 2012, while a full-time student in LSTC’s master of divinity program. “When long-time Director of Financial Aid Dorothy Dominiak retired we knew we would never be able to replace her, so we decided to rethink the way this office is staffed,” said Dr. R. Scott Chalmers, director of admissions. “This new position enables us to continue to do the vital financial aid work that students need while reaching out to more local prospective students, particularly those who have been traditionally underrepresented at our seminaries.” “Our recruitment efforts are making a renewed focus on the metropolitan Chicago area and surrounding region, in addition to our existing nationwide profile,” added LSTC’s president, James Nieman. “I am grateful for Scott’s leadership in this strong venture and for Rachel’s sure-footed skills that will help make it happen.”

Preaching with sensitivity to each context L. Cuttino Alexander began to discern a call to ministry while attending the University of North Carolina. A student of history and Russian language, he applied his linguistic gifts serving in the U.S. Peace Corps as an advisor to a non-profit educational program for street children in Gori, Georgia. When war broke out between Georgia and Russia, he returned to the U.S. and enrolled at LSTC. Alexander returned to Georgia for his internship year of seminary, serving as vicar at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tbilisi. There he learned to preach in Russian and helped design multilingual worship services. In a letter for recommendation for the prize, Professor Barbara Rossing wrote, “Cuttino is an outstanding theologian, full of theological and biblical insights relevant to diverse contexts. . .He tailors his sermon for each context, showing great sensitivity and thought to the needs and expectations of his audience.” Alexander graduated from LSTC on May 19. He has been assigned to the North Carolina Synod and is awaiting a full-time call to a congregation.

Focusing on underrepresented communities Rachel Brocker brings a wealth of experience to the position. She has served in congregations as a licensed lay minister, as a youth and family ministry coordinator, and as a director of faith formation. Brocker is a trained mediator and facilitator who has done borderlands ministry in Arizona and Mexico. Her honors include a full-tuition scholarship for coursework at LSTC, a Fund for Theological Education Congregational Fellowship, and Munderloh and Opal Dancey Scholarships. Brocker graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology. “This is an exciting time in the life of LSTC. I am looking forward to joining our admissions and financial aid staff in sharing the vision of the seminary with future leaders of the church,” said Brocker. “Building relationships with local and underrepresented communities is an important piece of this work, and reflects the seminary’s commitment to forming visionary leaders who can serve the church in all its diversity.”

About the David H.C. Read Preacher/Scholar Award Each year, theological schools may nominate up to two candidates for the David H.C. Read Preacher/ Scholar Award. Candidates provide seminary records, biographical statements, recommendations by two professors, two written and recorded sermons (one based on an Old Testament text and the other on a New Testament text) and brief exegetical papers in support of each sermon. A lay committee of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church reviews the materials and chooses four finalists. A panel of distinguished New York City preacher/scholars choose the winner from among the four finalists. The award was established by Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church to honor the Rev. Dr. David H.C. Read (1910-2001), an internationally renowned preacher, scholar, author and ecumenist, upon his retirement in 1989 after 34 years as the church’s Senior Minister.


Passionate for the faith: The life and legacy of Robert L. Conrad Reflections by Ralph W. Klein, Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor Emeritus of Old Testament challenges, but Bob never wavered in dedication or energy. He drove thousands of miles to visit pastors in their ministerial settings and help them capture a vision of a renewed ministry. Bob was passionate about justice, marching at Selma with Martin Luther King and serving on the Freedom of Residence committee in St. Louis. He was deeply involved in the Boy Scouts both at the local and the national levels. After his stroke he visited stroke patients in Chicago and Iowa City to share his story, to say a prayer, and to lend encouragement. Bob knew the value of family life, beginning with his love for Mary Anne, and continuing in the nurturing of their children Joy, Karin, and Christopher, their spouses, and the five grandchildren. Especially after moving to Chicago, our families often celebrated Christmas together—great joy, great fun (spirited games of Pictionary), bonding among their children and ours, and always climaxing in Christmas caroling for shut-ins or at a local Alzheimer’s ward. Bob always dragged along sleigh bells which he rang with gusto. Bob and Mary Anne were, as the KJV put it, “given to hospitality,” especially for international students and advisees. Did I mention that he was passionate about singing? Bob never knew a chorus he didn’t join, from college to seminary to congregation. For many years he was the leader of a faculty barbershop quartet called “The Uncalled Four” (Bob was a champion punster), that sang for faculty banquets and retirement parties, always with sweet and/or corny lyrics composed by Bob. The soloist and the choir at his funeral at Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City were top drawer. Nothing less would do. None of us can choose the moment or the manner of our death. I suspect that if Bob had had a choice, he would have stood and sung passionately, in a clear tenor voice, and in a group, with all of us holding hands:

Robert Conrad, professor emeritus of educational ministry at LSTC, entered life with difficulty on March 11, 1931. In thankfulness for his safe arrival, his mother, much like Hannah of 1 Samuel 1, promised to do everything she could to help Robert Conrad Bob become a pastor if he chose that vocation. Choose it, he did, for fifty-seven years. While weakened by a stroke and other physical challenges after his retirement, he died, suddenly and unexpectedly, on February 27, 2013, in the Conrad retirement residence in Iowa City, Iowa. Bob was one of ten Christ Seminary-Seminex professors who joined LSTC in 1983. After a pastorate at Grace Lutheran in Townsend, Washington, from 1956-1961, Bob began his seminary teaching at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1961. That meant he was fully present during the investigation of and eventual exiling of that faculty in 1974. Bob was passionate about the freedom of the gospel during those troubling years and exemplified in speech and action what it means to be a colleague. Bob had a passion for the Christian education of the whole people of God and for the pastor’s role in that education. To prepare himself for this ministry he earned an M.A. in Education at Washington University and a Ph.D. at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was active in two professional societies devoted to Christian education. Even after his retirement Bob was a leader in educational ministry at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Chicago. Bob was passionate about the constant need for pastors to grow throughout their ministries, and this led the administrations at Christ Seminary-Seminex and at LSTC to appoint him Director of the Doctor of Ministry program and of extension education. For the first five years in Chicago, Seminex remained a separate, accredited seminary, with one degree program, D. Min., and Bob managed that program for Seminex and LSTC until they become one in 1988. Bob continued in that role until his retirement in 1998. Recruitment of pastors for this program and accompanying them along the way were daunting

When we on that final journey go that Christ is for us preparing, We’ll gather in song, our hearts aglow, all joy of the heavens sharing, And there we will join God’s endless praise, with angels and saints adoring.


What does a wise pastor (rostered leader) look like? In his inaugural lecture, President Nieman asked, “What sort of ministerial wisdom is needed to give shape to a fuller witness to the gospel by all the faithful?” This series continues to explore that question Cynthia Hileman (1987, M.Div.) and Ray Legania (1978, M.Div.) serve as associates to the bishop for the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. Pastor Hileman oversees candidacy for the synod and Pastor Legania oversees the development and implementation of the synod’s African American mission strategy. He is also part-time pastor of Bethel-Imani Lutheran Church in Chicago. Cynthia Hileman: There are four things that I think make a wise pastor: love God, love God’s people, be able to tell people what you know about God, and manage your emotions—don’t take things personRay Legania and Cynthia Hileman ally. What I mean when I say “Tell people RL: I’m talking about experiences—learning to see what you know about God” is to have a passion for new adventures in old things—finding new things, telling what you’ve experienced—not just passing on seeing new things, always new things, even though what you’ve learned in the classroom—an integrawe’ve done that before. tion of heart and mind. You can come over here to the seminary and just see the past, say, “I know what’s there, it’s all old Ray Legania: I agree with everything that Cynthia stuff.” Or you can see the newness, the new chalsaid and I’m thinking of biblical characters: the lenges. image of John the Baptist, Simeon in the temple, and Would you say more about “love the people”? Anna in the temple. Wise people are people who have been around CH: Love the people with all of their good points the religious block a number of times, but each time and all of their foibles. Have some empathy for they go around they know there are new experiences them. Sometimes people can be a pain—but they they will have. They see these situations with new know when you love them. eyes. They see things in a fresh way. Underneath that love is a love of God and of Wisdom is also living the best life you possibly them as a child of God. When I love you in that can because you may be the only Bible, the only reliway, I can challenge you. I can say the tough word, gious book that someone may read. I love, in the bapbecause it’s said in love. tismal rite, when we light the candle and give it to the sponsor or the child and say, “Let your light so shine RL: Wise people are like coaches—walking with peobefore others that they may see your good works and ple, encouraging them, not doing the work for them, give glory to your Father, who is in heaven.” and even when they make mistakes, they don’t leave their side. They keep working with them. CH: Would you say more about “going around the block”?


CH: There are some people who do love God, who love the biblical stories, but they don’t like people. It’s also important for leaders to manage their emotions. They have to work through their own pain so they know “it’s not about me.”

Contextual training is important. We get wisdom out of relationships. In the Black church, sometimes, when an older pastor tries to explain something to a younger pastor, the younger pastor doesn’t get it. So the older pastor will say, “Keep on living—you’ll get there.”

RL: That’s why I like the John the Baptist image—he knew that it wasn’t about him. He was making a way for the one who was to come. And then think about Simeon and Anna. Can you imagine being in church all that time, waiting and praying—and Jesus arrives? Simeon says, “There’s nothing else we need to do. It’s been fulfilled in Jesus.”

E: How does wisdom get translated into the living out of the gospel by members of a congregation? RL: Live it—give witness to the gospel that way. CH: God is at work in the world. The good news is out there whether or not our congregations are witnessing or not. My prayer, my sense, is that it’s God’s desire to use us. For some congregations, the means become the end. To say the gospel is only in this building is wrong. God is at work in the world. We need to be vehicles of the gospel out in the world. God’s not at risk. With wisdom comes knowing who you are, whose you are, and what you’re supposed to do out in the world. I like Ray’s comment—he may be the only Bible that others see.

CH: I don’t think wisdom is something that can be taught. Epistle: How do people get wisdom? How do they become wise? RL: Keep on living. It comes with age. CH: It takes mistakes to get wisdom. RL: Mistakes are not really mistakes. We may call them mistakes, but it’s really an experience.

RL: Wisdom, in general, comes with age, with experience.

RL: This is also related to Luke 4, where Jesus says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. . .” The Spirit of the Lord is on all of us, but some of us don’t recognize it. The Spirit is awakened in some and asleep in others. We awaken and see that the Spirit is leading and guiding us—and has been all along.

CH: In our culture, and other cultures, wisdom is associated with age.

E: How can someone discern that it is the Spirit leading and not just the will of the pastor?

E: What would you say to a seminary student who wants to be wise?

RL: That makes me think of something that happened in my congregation. I thought I’d done an awfully good job of working with the congregation on going over the ELCA’s Sexuality Statement and discussing it. I thought they trusted me and that I would do nothing to mislead them on that issue. Then a young woman contacted me about doing her internship in our congregation and asked “Can I bring my wife?” I thought the congregation’s reaction would be positive, so we arranged for the internship. Ninety-five percent of the people were positive and accepted this woman and her wife. But the other five percent made a lot of noise. Some people left and never came back. Others left and came back only after the internship was over. I struggle to this day about whether I used wisdom in trying to get a congregation to see and to

CH: Wisdom comes with experience, openness.

CH: They come with wisdom they have accrued, but it changes over time. RL: I’m not going to call it wisdom—call it knowledge. I would separate wisdom from intelligence. CH: Sometimes we say someone has wisdom beyond their years. But I don’t think seminary can teach it. RL: Let me share with you, Joe Sittler. We would just sit around and listen to him talk. There was something about him that just drew you to him. He was a symbol of wisdom. He gave a sense of living life to the fullest. I don’t think that wisdom can be taught.


understand something. I knew it was the right thing to do—but the fact that some people just couldn’t see that makes me wonder if I was imposing my view on them. The good that came of it is that since then several young people in the congregation have come out as gay.

reflecting on what you’ve done and seeing how you might have done it differently? RL: Again, I think wisdom is just living the best life you can—to keep living. CH: Yes, and don’t be afraid of the love—God’s love for the world.

CH: Don’t you think that part of being wise is

You answered the call! Thank you to alumni, friends and employees who answered the call to meet the Annual Fund Challenge. LSTC’s Spring Phonathon was a great success! We spoke with 229 alumni and friends and nearly half of them made gifts to the Annual Fund.

The challenge continues Another generous couple, inspired by Mark and Kathy Helge’s gift, will be matching all new, renewed and increased gifts from July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014. • Be part of forming visionary leaders for the future of the church. • A strong Annual Fund means a strong and sustainable seminary. Use the enclosed envelope to make a gift to the Annual Fund today. Make a gift online at or call 773-256-0712.


M.Div. student Elise Scott, Phonathon superstar

Director Chris Wenderoth casts a vision for

Propelling JKM Library into the 21st century In August, when the JKM Library opens its doors in the west wing, it will enter the first phase of its new role serving LSTC and McCormick Theological Seminary. The new model provides a larger vision of 21st century library based on instruction and service. Director Christine Wenderoth is emphasizing the instructional role of the library. “We’re moving toward a more integrated use of the library. JKM is working with both schools (LSTC and McCormick Theological Seminary) as they revise their curricula. We hope to be a part of the process and to include information literacy instruction as part of the curricula,” Wenderoth says. This vision is driven by a question asked by the schools’ accrediting agency, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS): “Is information literacy part of your institution’s learning outcomes?” JKM Library will play a large part in making sure LSTC can respond with a resounding “Yes!”

umes out of the collection. “We did not get rid of anything essential. The weeding made the collection more meaningful and gives us more space. Using compact shelving, we are now able to store all of our holdings right here. Plus, we’re making all that is in the collection more accessible,” Wenderoth says. The extra space is part of the new vision for JKM Library, making it a learning commons, a place for people to gather and to get all of their information needs met, “a ‘one stop shopping’ environment where people can work collaboratively.”

Faithful support helps complete projects, move vision forward It is a gift from Mark and Kathy Helge that will allow the JKM Library to move toward fulfilling this vision. Over the years, the Helges have provided faithful support for the library, including its “retrocon” project—converting everything in the card catalog to digital form. Ninety-five percent of JKM Library holdings are now cataloged online. The only remaining items are ones that Wenderoth describes as “uniquely Lutheran and Presbyterian.” “We’ve been busy over the last three years – but during this time we have continued to provide teaching services and gotten rid of some backlogged work, as well,” she says. Wenderoth sees this as a prime time for JKM Library to be opening conversations with other seminaries, particularly in the ACTS consortium, about collaborative work. “Each school offers unique things. We also have the opportunity of working more closely with the Language Resource and Writing Center and collaborating in new ways with the LSTC and McCormick faculties, tailoring our work to the students and their assignments.”

A “both/and” library With the increase in digital resources, libraries and librarians have a significant instructional role, teaching people how to use those resources to find what they need. Wenderoth says, “The old model for libraries was one of ‘curating’ resources—not only processing them but organizing and publicizing them—being good researchers—small ‘r.’ The new vision is about being a good citizen, putting people in touch with the community and how to find things on behalf of lay folks. They also need to be able to teach lay folks how to find the resources for themselves.” Taking on this new role doesn’t mean that JKM Library is discounting the riches it already has. “We are still working to get everything we have into the online catalog. It means we become a ‘both/and’ library.” JKM Library now receives many of its periodical resources through a subscription to JSTOR, a digital library of more than 100 periodicals in the humanities and social services. A subscription to a software service allows JKM Library access to the journals.


Making space for collaborative learning

In the Winter 2013 Epistle, a caption in the “Many Voices, One Story” timeline placed Tanzania in the wrong part of Africa. It is in East Africa.

Over the last three years, while public access to the stacks has been limited, library staff and student workers carefully selected and weeded 75,000 vol-


Many Voices, One Story: LSTC 2003–2012 2003 Augustana Chapel is dedicated May 5 McCormick Theological Seminary moves into its new building at 5461 S. University, sharing LSTC’s campus Youth in Mission sponsors two summer programs for high school youth—Serving Christ in the World and Beyond Belief Enrollment in all degree programs is 365, with 180 M.Div. students; 7% of students are African American, 4% are Hispanic American, 17% are from other countries 2004 Academic calendar changes from quarters to semesters in fall; academic offices move from the second floor to new space on the third floor

President James Echols anoints the altar in the new Augustana Chapel; Wendy Anderson assisted; Bishop Mark Hanson preached

Ruth and Paul Manz Organ installed and dedicated

McCormick Theological Seminary building

2006 Inauguration of A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice and the Harold S. Vogelaar Chair of Christian-Muslim Studies and Interfaith Relations LSTC receives ELCA grant to start a multicultural center

The crew from M.L. Bigelow & Company, Inc., install the Ruth and Paul Manz Organ in the Augustana Chapel

2005 David Miller elected the first Cornelsen Director of Spiritual Formation at LSTC “Black Theology and Womanist Theology in Dialogue” conference at LSTC and University of Chicago LSTC and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science organize the first-ever HIV/AIDS Conference for Medical & Religious Professionals in Chicago The Chapel Music Series, consisting of nine concerts throughout the year, debuts in the fall Professors Harold Vogelaar and Mark Swanson at the dedication of the Vogelaar Chair


2011 James Kenneth Echols resigns as president, the Rev. Dr. Philip Hougen appointed interim and later sixth president of LSTC LSTC and Valparaiso University sign a Memorandum of Agreement for Valparaiso University to open a satellite campus at LSTC LSTC’s Multicultural Center becomes the Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center

Angela Khabeb, Emmanuel Jackson, and Rhonda Pruitt were the first Bridges Scholars at LSTC

2007 Launch of $56 million comprehensive campaign, “Equipping the Saints for Ministry” LSTC students win Lutherbowl in their first time at the competition in Gettysburg, Penn. 2008 LSTC begins to feel the effects of the major worldwide economic downturn

Participants in Youth in Mission before they visit a Chicago mosque

2012 James Nieman elected and installed as LSTC’s seventh president Valparaiso University begins offering master’s in business administration and master’s in health administration courses and operating an immigration law clinic in its satellite location at LSTC

2009 Inauguration of the Gordon A. Braatz Chair in Worship “Earth Year at LSTC” turns the seminary’s attention to environmental issues

Cheryl Stewart Pero received a Ph.D in biblical studies in 2010

2010 150th commencement, numbered from oldest predecessor school, Augustana Theological Seminary, founded in 1860 Cheryl Stewart Pero is the first African American Lutheran woman to earn a Ph.D. in biblical studies Ralph W. and Marilyn R. Klein Chair in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible is inaugurated

James Nieman addresses the congregation during his installation as LSTC’s seventh president


Building the church The Paul and Helen Kinsey Mission Developer Scholarship didates needed special waivers to Paul Kinsey dreamt of building do a mission start. things. He spent his work life “Normalizing mission planting working for an insurance comas congregational ministry is a pany, but when he retired, he huge shift in our understandand his wife, Helen, got to fulfill ing that influences all students,” his dream by becoming Mission says Pastor Kim Beckmann Builders for the ELCA. During (1984, M.Div., 1999 D.Min.), the the winter months they left their Kinsey’s daughter-in-law. “But home in Wisconsin to help build Mission Developers have a cerchurches in southern states. They tain skill set that can be intenwere part of teams that built four tionally nurtured in seminaries new churches. On their final projnow. We want to encourage peoect, Paul was the job foreman. ple who are gifted to do this.” After Paul died in January Pitts was identified as a 2010, his family wanted to honor potential Mission Developer by his passion for building and for Coordinator of Candidacy Paul building the church. They estabLandahl and former Dean of lished The Paul and Helen Kinsey Students Terry Baeder several Mission Developer Scholarship Paul F. Kinsey on Mission Builder site years ago and went through the Fund. The endowment provides screening process in her synod a scholarship to an LSTC student (Metropolitan Chicago) and the ELCA. The Mission who has been identified as a Mission Development Leadership class led by Stephen Bouman and other Candidate. “Paul was very interested in promoting ELCA staff members got her excited about doing mission development,” says Helen Kinsey. mission development or redevelopment. She says, “This scholarship seemed like a fitting way to “It helped me look at the mission of the church in honor my father, who was a model and inspiration relationship to the community—how we bring the for me,” says Pastor Fred Kinsey (1985, M.Div.). word of God to people and develop relationships with In April, the first Paul and Helen Kinsey Mission Developer Scholarship was awarded to M.Div. student them. The church must witness to the word in midst of the things people struggle with in our society.” Kwame Pitts. She begins her internship in the fall at Paul and Helen Kinsey built new start churches. First English Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. “I Their legacy, and LSTC’s mission, is building their am humbled to be chosen as the first recipient of the leaders. Kinsey Mission Developer Scholarship,” Pitts says. “I am so grateful to the Kinsey family and grateful that we were able to meet and break bread together.” Since 2008 seminary students who are approved through an ELCA screening process may pursue mission development as a congregational ministry as part of the master of divinity program. Before that, mission development was considered a specialized ministry within the ELCA and first call canM.Div. student Kwame Pitts (far left) with the Kinsey family


Creative response to constructive theology by Jan Boden much, if not more, work to complete.” “Constructive theology is the final course students must take in the theology sequence at LSTC. They will have had Systematic Theology 1 and 2 and completed internship,” says Dr. Thomas. “The course calls on students to integrate a number of standpoints influencing their lives and minds as they look forward to their first call. The standpoints include not only the professional theologians the students have engaged in classes but also people and experiences that have influenced their faith development and spiritual formation. All students must articulate or build their own constructive theology using sources and norms to state their case. It is a declaration of a person’s rational relationship with God as she or he prepares to serve in ordained ministry.” A self-taught metalsmith, Baseman tried out techniques and textures until he got what he was looking for with his piece. “Experimenting is a good way of being creative, just letting things flow. I tried soldering thin wires onto the body of the cross to give it the texture of bark. It looked okay, but was really too fragile to hold up. When I scraped it off, I liked the texture that the scraping produced.” The design, based on John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches,” juxtaposes death and life: an instrument of torture that becomes life-giving. Baseman wrote a hymn with the same theme to accompany the cross.

Ed Baseman

Senior Ed Baseman pulls what looks like a smooth branch from a paper shopping bag he brought with him. He lays it on the table between us and polished copper leaves entwining a vertical branch glisten in the afternoon light. It is a simple cross, about a foot long—the prototype for a larger processional cross he made as a final project for the Constructive Theology course he took with Dr. Linda Thomas. Baseman used simple materials, copper pipe and wire that he purchased at a hardware store, and transformed it in his basement workshop into an encapsulation of his theology. “For me, this was a richer way of expressing what I think and how I believe,” Baseman says. “It was less structured than a paper but took just as

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God creator, Christ incarnate, Lord of all creation’s start Send your spirit coursing through us Nurture, grow and fill each heart.

You are vine and we are branches, Tender shoot and growing bud. We are grafted, we are nourished, By your body and your blood.

In your fertile word we hear it; By your grace we are set free; Freed from sin and all its burdens, Called to be as we should be.

You are vine and we are branches, Stretching up toward heav’n above; We are grafted, we are nourished Rooted deep in saving love.

Come almighty, come and form us, Prune and tend us as you must. Help us turn from sin and evil, Cultivate our faith and trust.

You are vine and we are branches, We would be your holy fruit; We are grafted, we are nourished By your love; our life, our root.

You have planted, fed and watered, We are what your love has grown In your varied image sprouting, We are cherished as your own.

You are vine and we are branches, Shape us, grow our lives anew. We are grafted, we are nourished, By the truth that flows in you.




“What is it you want me to do?” M.Div. grad finds her calling by Jan Boden As we sit down to talk, Kara Propst’s phone rings. It’s just a few weeks before graduation and call processes are in full swing for many of the graduates. It’s a congregation in Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod that has her paperwork and is inviting Kara Propst her to take the next step in the process by preaching and meeting face-to-face with the call committee. Receiving a call to a parish may seem like the fulfillment of a journey that began four years ago, when Kara entered seminary. But it took her years of searching and asking God, “What is it you want me to do?” Before she discovered her calling and came to LSTC.

‘We saw this coming!’ He, of course, HAD seen it all along, but he never pushed me.” It took Kara a dozen more years before the rest of her call became clear to her.

“Wasn’t there something else I was going to do?” A few years after college, Kara took a job that she thought would last “maybe six months.” It lasted far longer than she expected. “I used to think, ‘God, why did you have me spend seven years in the restaurant business?’ But it was so valuable—I met hundreds of people across the country and from every walk of life. Every label you could put on people, I met them either as an employee or as a guest. I loved it. I soaked it up. I did a lot of traveling opening up new restaurants and training people.” About the time Kara turned 30, she thought, “Wasn’t there something else I was going to do? Oh, yeah, there was the whole theology thing.” Greek had been her favorite class in college and she thought about going to graduate school in order to teach. She admits that a few people had asked her if she would consider being a pastor, but she didn’t think she could do that.

Seeking beyond the valley Kara grew up, and most of her family still lives, in a beautiful valley in West Virginia. But she always had her eye “beyond the mountain. I always wanted to know what was going on ‘over there.’ I always knew there was something beyond the valley.” She chose to go to Lenoir Rhyne University precisely because it was too far away for her to drive home on weekends. Kara started out as a theater major, but soon discovered that it wasn’t for her. Then she tested a host of options. “I considered music, biology, psychology, each for about a week.” In her second semester, Kara took the required religion course. “I loved it! The professor, the content, just reeled me in.” It made perfect sense. Church had been at the center of her life growing up. Kara had spent “countless hours” at the kitchen table talking about religion with her stepfather, Norman, a Lutheran pastor. “When I told my parents what I was majoring in, Norman just laughed. I heard him say to my mom,

Stepping into the pulpit It was the tragedy of her stepfather’s death that changed her mind and her life. Kara says, “Norman had always told his pastor colleagues that I was going to be a pastor—but that I didn’t know it yet. They told him that they just didn’t see it.” Norman died soon after he was diagnosed with cancer. A number of his pastor friends were at the funeral when Kara paid tribute to her stepfather. “I was terrified. I was clutching a cross in my hand. But, where did I go that day? I didn’t go to the lectern. I walked right into the pulpit. I opened my Bible and read the first chapter of John up to the part about John the Baptist. Then I interjected Norman and I talked about him. I said, ‘Norman was not just a good man—the best part of him was that he belonged to Jesus.’ That just flowed out.” After the funeral, several of the pastors told her that they now saw what Norman was talking about.


From that day, they wouldn’t leave Kara alone about her call. But she still didn’t see it. “I was angry with God—and I said, ‘I’m just tired of thinking about what to do with my life! If you can do better, just send me somewhere!’”

After church, while they were driving to dinner, Kara’s mom said, “You could do that—you could work in that church and our pastor could be your mentor.” Kara had been thinking the same thing. “I made some phone calls when I got home and by Wednesday of that week I had a five-page covenant to be the lay leader for the parish for a year. Part of the agreement was that I enter the candidacy process,” Kara says. She worked with “two tiny country congregations” for 14 months before coming to LSTC. Kara began to see that she was called to be a pastor. One of the pastors mentoring Kara suggested she visit LSTC. “My mom and I were in chapel, and I remember staring at the stained glass windows and out onto 55th Street. We both knew that this was where I needed to be. I have loved it! It’s been a challenge and a great place to grow. When I think about who I’ve met and who have become central to my life, I can’t imagine having gone somewhere else.” As the conversation winds down, Kara is working with images for her sermon to the congregation in Pennsylvania. “I have a picture in my head of a crowd of people following Jesus. Jesus makes that crowd bigger. It includes people we don’t expect. In the ELCA and in God’s global church we can become a place where we welcome people that Jesus draws into the crowd. God is renewing the world, renewing people’s lives. We’re blessed to be part of that—to be vessels.”

Finding her call Kara’s pastors invited her to join them on a trip to their alma mater (Trinity). She says, “I didn’t realize that I was having a covert Seminary Sampler weekend!” It was spring, and Kara decided to enroll in seminary for the fall to do a two-year master’s degree. She visited a few other seminaries. “I am really grateful to the guy in the Finance Office at Southern Seminary. We had a conversation about debt and he gave me honest answers. His advice was to work for another year to pay off as much debt as I could before I entered seminary.” Unemployed and living with her mother, Kara was “utterly depressed and thinking about going back to the restaurant, since I knew they would take me back, to earn money to pay off my debts.” Not long after that, Kara went with her mother to a nearby Lutheran church. Her mother was filling in as a lay preacher because the congregation didn’t have a pastor. A synodically authorized minister, a woman with a two-year seminary degree, had served the church for five years, but had recently left.

Creative response to constructive theology The verse has always been significant to Baseman and his wife, Judy. It was the gospel verse used for their wedding. It also was a source of strength and comfort to them when their teenage son died shortly before Baseman began his internship year at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Neenah, Wis. In thanksgiving for his experience on internship, Baseman is presenting the processional cross and hymn to the congregation. “Internship was a huge year for me. The way my supervisor, Pastor Catherine Mode, handled our loss was very freeing. She called me and said, ‘I’m not sure what happens next—if you want to go forward with this internship. What I do know is that you and your family need to take this holy time to work through your grief.’ I did the internship and throughout the year, people would stop and talk with me in a very supportive way about their experiences—sometimes the death of their child. Pastor Mode is a great pastor. She gives great pastoral leadership.”

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Dr. Thomas is one of several LSTC professors who encourage students to use their creativity for their course’s final projects. “My pedagogy encourages students to pull from the deep well of resources within themselves to articulate their constructive theology,” she says. “Throughout the centuries religious art has captured the imagination of people’s relation with God and Jesus Christ. When Ed wrote a proposal for his project that included the processional cross, a written interpretation of it, as well as a hymn he composed, I was thrilled. The project was well outlined, developed and articulated in his proposal. The final product is exquisite. There are many ways to articulate one’s theology and Ed’s theology, his constructive theology, is revealed in this deeply moving piece.” Ed Baseman, who attended LSTC as a commuter student from Appleton, Wis., graduated on May 19. He is awaiting a call in the East Central Synod of Wisconsin.


Forming pastoral identity out,” he says. “The professors, the people I’ve met—I don’t think anywhere else would have taught me the liturgical practices I learned here.” Having grown up in another denomination, LSTC’s ecumenical connections also were important to Chad. His one regret is that he didn’t take a class at any of the other area seminaries. Nevertheless, he still had an ecumenical experience. “I can’t recall a semester when I didn’t have students from the other seminaries in my classes,” he says. “We go out into a very ecumenical world.” Chad knows exactly where he’ll be going next. He and classmate Amanda Weinkauf will serve St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. They are part of the Transition into Ministry Program funded by the Lilly Endowment. The program places recent seminary graduates in congregations for two-year residencies, providing them with an immersion experience and mentoring to “foster pastoral leadership to enrich congregational life.” Pastor Peter Marty will be their supervising colleague. Chad is hoping to be able to use his theater background as part of his pastoral identity. LSTC has already helped shape that pastoral identity. Chad says, “I’m not the same person I was when I came here. I feel a lot more confident in my ability to be a pastor.”

Doing worship well was an important part of what Charles “Chad” McKenna IV wanted to learn when he came to LSTC. “I grew up in a conservative Baptist congregation that didn’t have a structured worship service,” Chad McKenna Chad says. “You never knew what to expect in worship. There was no reliable scripture reading, not really a sermon, and no talk of the symbols of the church. I’m not a very structured person, but I like structure in worship.” Chad moved beyond the classroom and into daily worship at LSTC to learn how to do worship well. During his middler senior years he was part of the Augustana Chapel worship staff. Monday through Thursday, he made sure that everything was in place and ready for the leaders and the community. If he wasn’t part of the procession, Chad was the one who rang the bell, signaling that it was time to begin. Being a pastor was something others encouraged Chad to consider, but he resisted. “I’m the youngest of three, with two older sisters who I really look up to. It just didn’t seem right that I could have a job that my sisters weren’t allowed to have.” Instead, Chad pursued his love of music and theater at Valparaiso University. He joined Valpo’s liturgical theater troupe, Soul Purpose, and traveled with them to different Lutheran congregations. That’s when he experienced a very different kind of worship than he had known growing up. While working in a drama ministry for youth at a Ft. Wayne, Ind., congregation and then as its interim youth director, Chad began to think about becoming a pastor. “I found a theological identity there. I see God’s hand in that,” he says. Chad visited several seminaries and narrowed his choices to Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and LSTC. “My wife, Andrea, had applied to law schools in both cities and she chose Chicago as the place she wanted to be. I’m just so glad this is the way it turned

Nominate distinguished alumni Do you know an LSTC alum who does outstanding ministry? Nominate him or her for a 2014 LSTC Distinguished Alumni Award. The Alumni Board is accepting nominations through August 15. The award categories are: Excellence in Parish Ministry Witness to the World Emerging Voice Specialized Ministry Faithful Servant Called to Lead Find more information and the nominating form at or email Rachel Wind at The awards will be presented March 11, 2014, at the conclusion of the Leadership Conference.


2013 Commencement On a hot and windy Pentecost Day in Chicago, LSTC celebrated its 153rd commencement. The Rev. Dr. James P. Wind, president of the Alban Institute, and a 1978 graduate of Christ SeminarySeminex, preached. The Rev. Dr. Barbara Rossing presided at worship and President James Nieman conferred the degrees of 51 graduates. He also welcomed members of the class of 1963 who gathered for their 50-year reunion. Three academic prizes were awarded that day. Craig Simenson, a Lutheran Year student, received the Edgar Krentz Prize for Biblical Interpretation for his paper, “Speaking God’s Language: The ‘Word of Life’ in John 1:1-2:22.”

Procession to St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

D.Min. grads Craig Mueller, Kelly Faulstich, James Hudson, Malin Strindberg and Eva Edlund M.A.T.S. grads Elizabeth Slaughter, Katie Deaver and David Buller

Graduating M.Div. student Sarah Rohde received the Lutheran Confessions Prize for her paper “A Law-Gospel Ethic for a Free(d) People: An Exploration of the Lutheran Confessional Heritage and its Potential for Informing Contemporary Christian Freedom.” Two students shared the James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching, L. Cuttino Alexander (2013, M.Div.) for his sermon, “But Jesus Hasn’t Gone Anywhere!” and Sara Suginaka, entering her internship year, for her sermon, “The Powerful Empowerer Takes Off the Training Wheels.”

Ph.D. grads Niveen Sarras, Erick Thompson, Jennifer Baldwin, Mervin Boas, and Wiriya Tipvarakankoon


Four members of the class of 2013 completed emphases in addition to their required course work: David Buller, M.A.T.S., in religion and science; Janice Heidlberger, M.Div., in environmental ministry; and M.Div. graduates Chad McKenna and Travis Meier in biblical studies.

Master of Arts in Ministry David Buller Katie Deaver Eric Krasny Elizabeth Slaughter Kathrin Stetter

Master of Divinity

Sara Suginaka served as lector and also received a James Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching

Becca Ajer – not yet assigned L. Cuttino Alexander – North Carolina Edward Baseman – East Central Synod of Wisconsin Lynn Bird – Metropolitan Chicago Yehiel Curry – (already serving) Metropolitan Chicago Sara Freudenburg-Puricelli – not yet assigned Jacob Gawlik – Central/Southern Illinois Matthew Hacker – Nebraska Janice Heidlberger – Nebraska Regina Herman – not yet assigned Peder Hinderlie – not yet assigned Chris Honig – Metropolitan Chicago Shelisa Jones – not in candidacy Chad McKenna – Southeastern Iowa Betty Rendón Madrid – not yet assigned Travis Meier – Southwestern Texas Martha Porter-Reid – Indiana-Kentucky Kara Propst – Southwestern Pennsylvania Sarah Rohde – Metropolitan Chicago Micah Sievenpiper – Greater Milwaukee Arlen Solem – not yet assigned Candice Stone – not yet assigned Nate Sutton – Eastern North Dakota Tim Tahtinen – Greater M.Div. grad Chris Honig Milwaukee Amanda Weinkauf – Southeastern Iowa

Dr. James P. Wind


Master of Theology Ayse Arslan-Cinar Ki-Min Bang Carl-Eric Gentes Emmanuel Penumaka Maranda Schoffstall Jonathan Wilson

Doctor of Ministry – Ecumenical Craig Mueller Ulston Smith

Doctor of Ministry in Preaching Eva Edlund Kelly Faulstich Bryon Hansen Julie Higgs James Hudson David Marz Malin Strindberg

President Nieman congratulates M.Div. grad Amanda Weinkauf

Doctor of Philosophy Jennifer Baldwin Mervin Shinoj Boas Niveen Ibrahim Odeh Sarras Erick Thompson Wiriya Tipvarakankoon Ji Woon Yoo

M.Div. grad Sarah Rohde received the Lutheran Confessions Prize

Ph.D. grad Wiriya Tipvarakankoon with Professors Ray Pickett, Barbara Rossing and Esther Menn

Photos by Tricia Koning


Celebrating LSTC’s First Fifty Years On May 20, LSTC hosted a dinner at the Chicago Cultural Center for Chicago-area donors, the board of directors, and faculty and staff to celebrate the seminary’s first 50 years. ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson brought greetings and thanks for LSTC’s mission in the church. The LSTC Gospel Choir and Andy Tecson Jazz Ensemble provided music for the evening. Many voices recounted highlights from each decade of LSTC’s first 50 years. Kenesa Debela, director of Information Technology Services at Jean Bozeman LSTC and an M.A.T.S. student, served as master of ceremonies. Stewart Herman read several entries from his father’s diary to give a glimpse of the challenges he faced leading the newly-formed seminary in the 1960s. Jean Bozeman, LSTC’s first full-time female faculty member, highlighted the 1970s as the decade women joined the student body in ever-increasing numbers. Larry Tietjen recounted the partnership between Christ Seminary-Seminex and LSTC that led to a unification of the schools in 1987. José David Rodríguez Jr. lifted up LSTC’s contributions to Hispanic/Latino(a) and multicultural ministries before and after the 1990s. Linda Norman shared her experiences at LSTC as a student in the first decade of the 21st century. Sanchita Kisku Stewart Herman expressed her concerns and thanks as an international student in LSTC’s Ph.D. program. President James Nieman drew together past and present as he focused attention on the future of LSTC. Bishop Wayne Miller offered the concluding prayer. During the upcoming fall semester, President Nieman plans to present a “State of the Seminary” address to the LSTC community. View historic photos online in LSTC’s Smugmug Linda Norman and Sanchita Kisku gallery http://lstc.smugmug. com/. Photos by Tricia Koning


Kenesa Debela

James Nieman, JoAnn Post, Christie Tietjen, Larry Tietjen

Jose David Rodriguez

50 year graduates

Back row: Peter DeRuiter, Carl Hansen, Rodney Hill; Front row: Troy Hedrick, Theodore Chell, Neal Davidson, Earl Matson

Front row: Frederick W. and Tecla Reklau, Neal R. Davidson, Theodore E. Chell, Betty and Carl L. Hansen; Back row: Rodney E. and Arlene B. Hill, Earl E. and Nancy Matson, Troy C. Hedrick, Richard N. and Glenda R. Jessen, Peter J. DeRuiter, Phil Hausknecht


FACULTY NOTES Mark Bangert, John H. Tietjen Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Ministry: Worship and Church Music, published a review of “Christian Music: A Global History” by Tim Dowley in Currents in Theology and Mission (April 2013).

Joan Beck, Cornelsen Director of Spiritual Formation and pastor to the community, facilitated table discussions at Eric H.F. Law’s workshops at Lebanon Lutheran Church in Chicago on March 16 and 17. She presented “Praying in Place: Prayer, Worship, and Our Care for Place” on May 5 at St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church, Chicago, for their Adult Formation Series “Locating Our Faith: Conversations on Spirituality and Sense of Place.”

Kadi Billman, John H. Tietjen Professor of Pastoral Ministry: Pastoral Theology; director, M.Div. program, facilitated table discussions at Eric H.F. Law’s workshops at Lebanon Lutheran Church in Chicago on March 16.

Philip Hefner, professor emeritus of systematic theology; senior fellow, Zygon Center for Religion and Science, has initiated an occasional blog, read it at http://philnevahefner. He published “Theology as Interpretation of the World,” in Theologians in Their Own Words, eds. Derek Nelson and Joshua Moritz (Fortress 2013).

Kurt Hendel, Bernard, Fisher, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History, was the homilist for the Bach Cantata Series at Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, Ill., on January 27. He presented an adult forum series, “Reformation Theologians,” at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hinsdale, Ill., on Sundays in February. He published “The Quest for Justice” in Currents in Theology and Mission (February 2013)

Ed Krentz, Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor Emeritus of New Testament, presented an Adult Forum on Acts on the four Sundays in April at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Munster, Ind.

Ralph Klein, Christ Seminary-Seminex Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, published leader and participant booklets for Augsburg Adult Bible Studies: God’s People Worship (JulySeptember 2013).

Carol Schersten LaHurd, lecturer in world religions, led the ecumenical fourweek discussion series “Islamic Literature: From Sufi Poetry to Egyptian Feminism,” February 26-March 19, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Evanston, Ill.

Wilhelm Linss, professor emeritus of New Testament, published a review of “Christ and Caesar: The Gospel and the Roman Empire in the Writings of

Paul and Luke” by Seyoon Kim in Currents in Theology and Mission (February 2013).

James Nieman, president, attended the Western Iowa Synod Assembly April 26-28 in Sioux City, Iowa. He preached at the Founder’s Day Service at Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover, Ill., on April 28. This service commemorated the beginning of Augustana Church, Augustana Synod, and Augustana College and Theological Seminary.

Albert “Pete” Pero Jr., professor emeritus of systematic theology, published “The Nature and Function of God as Interpreted by the Church in a World Divided by Poverty and Plenty” in Currents in Theology and Mission (February 2013).

Cheryl Stewart Pero, director, Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Multicultural Center, published Liberation from Empire: Demonic Possession and Exorcism in the Gospel of Mark (Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2013).

Ray Pickett, professor of New Testament, preached on March 13 for a Lenten Service at First Lutheran Church of The Trinity, Chicago. He was a planner and leader of the SCUPE/IIRON “Theology of Community Organizing Retreat” March 14-15. Pickett, published “‘You Cannot Serve God and Mammon’: Economic Relations and Human Flourishing in Luke,”  in the March 2013 issue of Dialog.


José David Rodríguez, Augustana Heritage Professor of Global Mission and World Christianity and professor of systematic theology, participated in an October 2012 conference held in Wittenberg, Germany, that considered the future of Lutheran theological education. Reports from the conference are at uploads/2012/12/LWI201210-EN-low.pdf.

Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament, was the keynote speaker and led Bible studies for the Pacifica Synod Assembly in San Diego, Calif., May 2–4. She was also the keynote speaker and Bible study leader for the Central States Synod Assembly, Overland Park, Kan., June 6–9. Rossing published Second Lesson lectionary commentaries (on Revelation texts) for the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Sundays of Easter, on www.WorkingPreacher. org, April-May 2013.Her article “That Day and Hour,” was published in Gather Magazine, May 2013. Her, “Living by the Word” lectionary commentaries for May 5 and 12, (Ascension of the Lord and Easter 7), were in the May 1, 2013, issue of The Christian Century. Her article, “End-times,” appeared in the June issue of The Lutheran magazine. A review of Rossing’s The Rapture Exposed appeared in the April 29 Houston Chronicle.

FACULTY NOTES Craig A. Satterlee was elected bishop of the North/West Lower Michigan Synod on May 21. He will be installed on September 22. He attended the academy committee meeting of the North American Academy of Liturgy, March 8-10. Satterlee serves as past president of the academy. He preached at Central Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn., on Good Friday and at Lord of Light Lutheran Church and Campus Ministry, Ann Arbor, Mich., on Easter. Satterlee published “Notice Resurrection” in Currents in Theology and Mission (February 2013).

Lea Schweitz, assistant professor of systematic theology/religion and science and director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, with Pastor Sarah Lang, led a study session and discussion on faith and science with the Lutheran Campus Ministry at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Charleston, S.C., on February 6. She participated in a Wabash Graduate Teaching Initiative consultation at the University of Chicago Divinity School and was an invited panelist for the session, “From Here to There: The Transition to the First Years of Teaching,” for the University of Chicago Divinity School’s Craft of Teaching series on April 12. Schweitz was the representative for the Alliance for Faith, Science, and Technology at an ELCA Theological Roundtable at the Lutheran Center, April 19. She was a co-leader, with Michael Hogue, of an adult formation session, “Reflecting in Place:

Theology, Nature, and Our Urban Place,” at St. Paul and the Redeemer Episcopal Church, Chicago, on April 21, as part of the series “Locating our faith: Conversation on spirituality and our sense of place.”

Benjamin Stewart, Gordon A. Braatz Assistant Professor of Worship, is now a member of the advisory council of the Institute of Liturgical Studies at Valparaiso University. He also is the convener of the Ecology and Liturgy Seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy. Stewart preached for the 160th anniversary celebration of Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Ill., March 17. He was a plenary presenter at the Valparaiso University Institute of Liturgical Studies, “Sing a New Song: The Cosmos in Praise and Lament” April 13–15. He was the keynote speaker for the Pacifica Synod Assembly in San Diego, Calif., May 2–4; his theme was “Keeping Creation.” Stewart published “Living By the Word: Palm Sunday 2013” and “Living By the Word: Easter Sunday 2013” in the March 20, 2013 issue of The Christian Century. His review of “Worship as Repentance: Lutheran Liturgical Traditions and Catholic Consensus” by Walter Sundberg appeared in Theology Today (April 1, 2013). His post, “The Risen Gardener,” was on The Christian Century website, http://www.christiancentury. org/blogs/archive/2013-03/ risen-gardener Blogging Toward Sunday, Easter Sunday 2013. His article, “A Forgotten Body of Knowledge? The Earth as

Tutor in Prayer” appeared in Let’s Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod (Easter 2013) available at

Christine Wenderoth, director, JKM Library; associate professor of ministry, preached and celebrated at the Maundy Thursday service at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, New Providence, N.J. Her article “Theological Reading and Learning” was published in April 2013 in Summary of Proceedings of the American Theological Library Association (June 2012). Her review of “The Child in the Bible” edited by Marcia J. Bunge, Terence E. Fretheim, and Beverly Roberts Gaventa appeared in Currents in Theology and Mission (February 2013).

Vítor Westhelle, professor of systematic theology, attended the Lutheran World Federation Consultation in Eisenach, Germany, March 21–26, where he presented “Luther and the Psalms” on March 22. He served as an honorary professor of theology at Aarhus University from April 18-26, and made the presentation “The Holy and the Saved” at a faculty seminar on April 23 and the lecture “Eschatology and Space” on April 25. He attended the “Inspirations for a Theology of Life” conference in honor of Dorothee Sölle in Hamburg, Germany, April 26–28, where he presented “Befreiungstheologie und politische Theologie.” Westhelle published “Exploring Effective Context: Luther’s Contextual Hermeneutics”


in You have the Words of Eternal Life: Transformative Readings of the Gospel of John from a Lutheran Perspective, Documentation 57/2012, Kenneth Mtata, ed. (Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran University Press, 2012).

Gayle Woloschak, adjunct professor of religion and science; associate director, Zygon Center for Religion and Science, presented “Stem Cell Research: Bioethical Considerations” at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, New Buffalo, Mich., on November 25, 2012. She presented “Perspectives on Evolution” at the St. Irenaeus Institute in St. Louis, Mo., on February 16. On March 24 at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension, Northfield, Ill., she presented “Overview of Science and Religion.” Woloschak presented “Becoming Human: Weaving Together Genetics and Personhood” on April 5-7 at the Goshen Conference on Science and Religion, Goshen, Ind., and “Journey through Great Lent” on April 13 at the Ukrainian Orthodox League annual retreat in Villa Maria, Penn. Woloschak published “Perspectives on Orthodoxy, Evolution and Ecology” in Toward an Ecology of Transfiguration: Orthodox Christian Perspectives on Environment, Nature, and Creation, edited by John Chryssavgis, and Bruce V. Fotz with a foreword by Bill McKibben (Fordham University Press, 2013). Her article, “God of Life: Contemplating Evolution, Ecology, Extinction” appeared in Ecumenical Review (March 2013).

CLASS NOTES 1952 Martin E. Marty (Concordia/Christ Seminary-Seminex, M.Div.; 1954, Th.M.) celebrated 60 years of ordained ministry. On April 14, St. Luke Church, Chicago, held a performance of a Bach Cantata and recognition of Dr. Marty’s witness and service. 1963 Troy Hedrick (M.Div.) received a “Spirit of Caring” award from Crusader

and another 10 as its president. Johnson’s book examines the decade of Kendall’s leadership of Gustavus, especially his commitment to strengthening the relationship of the church and college. Copies are available at 1966 Daniel Erlander (M.Div.) was featured in the April 2013 issue of the Metro Lutheran, in the article “The Gospel according to the prairie dogs.” The story focused on the global reach of Erlander’s books. 1969 Philip Hougen (M.Div.; 1978, D.Min.) is serving as interim bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. The synod will elect a new bishop in fall 2013.

Troy Hedrick

Community Health, an organization that annually serves over 45,000 individual medically underserved patients in Winnebago and Boone counties in Illinois. Pastor Hedrick was recognized for his role in developing numerous community organizations and community health initiatives across the region of Northern Illinois. He retired in 1999 as Corporate Vice President and Bio-medical Ethicist for Trinity Regional Health System of the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa. 1964 Dennis J. Johnson (M.Div.) has published a biography of John Seehoff Kendall (1954 Augustana M.Div.) Kendall was the 12th president of Gustavus Adolphus College. He spent 23 years as a professor at the college

1971 Mark Hoelter (M.Div.) would like to reconnect with classmates. He followed a different path after graduation, first working at the University of Chicago Regenstein Library for eight years while he trained as a Transactional Analytic and Gestalt group therapist. He then completed the core Unitarian Universalist (UU) curriculum at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary and helped turn around dwindling UU congregations in Texas; Ontario, Canada; and Oregon. He co-founded four interfaith groups while serving in the Portland, Ore., area. From 2005–2010 he directed The Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, an interreligious dialogue program in Washington, D.C. He

currently is a part-time chaplain to UU divinity students at Wesley Theological Seminary, a life coach, and adjunct staff for the UU district office in the D.C. area. He blogs at http://www. Contact Pastor Hoelter at or on Facebook. 1984 Cherian Thomas (Th.M.; 1987, Ph.D.), director of the Ecumenical Christian Centre, Bangalore, India, served as editor of the book God of Life: Lead Us to Justice and Peace, published in 2012 (Whitefield, Bangalore). 1991 Kevin Bates (M.Div.) received a doctor of ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in May 2013. Mario M. DiCicco (Th.M.; 1993, Ph.D.) published a review of “Prophetic Jesus, Prophetic Church: The Challenge of Luke-Acts to Contemporary Christians” by Luke Timothy Johnson in Currents in Theology and Mission (April 2013). Terry Kyllo (M.Div.) was featured in the article “Catacomb churches” in the May 2013 issue of The Lutheran magazine. The article describes Kyllo’s efforts to find new ways of forming worshiping communities in a region of the country that is largely un-churched, the Pacific Northwest. 1994 Jill E. James (M.Div.) retired on April Fool’s Day, the 18th anniversary of her


ordination. She served 11 ½ years as Board Certified Staff Chaplain at Randall Children’s Hospital/Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Ore. She looks forward to foreign travel and following her spouse, Brian Brandt (1992, M.Div.) to his next call. 1998 Andrew Arnold (M.Div.) began a new call as pastor of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Maple Valley, Wash., in May. For the last five years he had been serving as associate pastor of Northridge Lutheran Church in Kalispell, Mont. 2000 Kara (Skatrud) Baylor (M.Div.) will be spending the summer on sabbatical. She received a Lilly Sabbatical Grant to pursue the theme “Nourish.” She will be doing a five-day Basic Cooking Boot Camp at the Culinary School of America in Napa Valley, Calif. Then she and her husband will be exploring the theme in a trip to New York City. The family will go to Farm Camp at Stone Barn Farm in Westchester County, N.Y. They will also do a family camp at Outlaw Ranch, where Pastor Baylor will help in the kitchen. While at home in Racine, Wis., she will explore the Eco-Justice Center, Eat Right Racine, and other local healthy eating options in the community. When she returns to her ministry at Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church, the program theme for the year will be Nourish, focusing on how they nourish bodies, souls, and minds.


Ben, Joy, Abenet and Dinkenesh McDonald Coltvet

Joy McDonald Coltvet (M.Div.) and her family were inspired by the LSTC Style video (on YouTube) to show some LSTC style of their own. 2003 William E. Flippin Jr. (M.Div.; 2005, Th.M.) was installed as pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Atlanta, Ga., on April 27. His father, Dr. William Flippin Sr., pastor of Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, preached the sermon and Southeastern Synod Bishop H. Julian Gordy presided at the installation. Tim Knauff (M.Div.) was installed as senior pastor at Christ Lutheran Church, Valparaiso, Ind., on June 23, 2013. Pastor Knauff most recently served Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in South Bend, Ind. Mary (Joy) Philip (M.A.; 2005, Th.M.; 2009, Ph.D.) began her new position as Assistant Professor of Lutheran Global Theology and Mission at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary/Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada on July 1, 2013. See page 28 for more on Dr. Philip. Peter Warmanen (M.Div.) was installed as senior


pastor of House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, on April 21, 2013. Pastor Warmanen most recently served as Lead Pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford, Wis. He is a member of LSTC’s Alumni Board.

Emmanuel Jackson (M.Div.), pastor of Living Word Lutheran Church, Katy, Texas, was featured in an article in the Houston Chronicle on May 31, 2013. The article highlighted his ministry at Living Word.



John Nunes (Th.M.; 2012, Ph.D.) will join the Valparaiso University faculty as the Jochum Professor and Chair. Nunes, will remain president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief until September 1. He has held that position since 2007. The Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair supports the study of Christian values in public and professional life. Nunes will work closely with several areas of the Valpo campus, including Christ College, the English Department, the Theology Department, the International Studies Department, and the Campus Ministries Division.

Emily Carson (M.Div.) published “Preaching Helps: Second Sunday after Pentecost – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost” in Currents in Theology and Mission (April 2013).

Peter Perry (Th.M.; 2009, Ph. D.) published a review of “Jesus and the God of Israel: God Crucified and Other Studies on the New Testament’s Christology of Divine Identity” by Richard Bauckham in Currents in Theology and Mission (February 2013). 2007 Robert Saler (M.Div.; 2009, Th.M.; 2011, Ph.D.) published “The Earth, the Road, and the Tomb: The Mortality of the Earth and Care for Creation” in The Cresset: A Review of Literature, the Arts, and Public Affairs Vol. 76, No. 3.

Kirsten Fryer (M.Div.) published “Preaching Helps: Second Sunday of Easter – The Holy Trinity” in Currents in Theology and Mission (February 2013). Angela Khabeb (M.Div.) served as guest preacher on April 7 for the Renewal Weekend at Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, Ill. Khabeb was a 2008 recipient of the James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching. She is pastor of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Delphos, Ohio. Carrie Smith (M.Div.), senior pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, Ill., received The Beatitudes Society’s 2013 Brave Preacher Award. The theme of the 2013 award was gun violence in America. Eligible sermons are preached throughout the seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, and read and listened to by a small panel of experienced preachers. Criteria for selection included relationship of current context to biblical text, courageous proclamation, and attention to the


preacher’s craft. Read more at our_2013_brave_preacher_ carrie_smith. 2010 Jason Chesnut (M.Div.) began a new call on May 30 in Baltimore, Md. He is starting a new ELCA worshiping community in that city and Jason says, “I’m stoked!” Jennifer Fisher (M.Div.) was installed as pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Riverside, Ill., on April 21, 2013. She had been serving as associate pastor at Living Lord Lutheran Church in Bartlett, Ill. Laura (M.Div.) and Matthew Kamprath (M.Div.) welcomed daughter Anna Renee into the world on March 20, 2013. Laura began a new call in November 2012, serving the Wartburg Parish, with two congregations, St. John Lutheran Church, Campbell Hill, Ill., and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Steeleville, Ill. She was installed in January 2013. Matt is now the full-time solo pastor at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Campbell Hill, Ill. 2011 Matthew Anderson (affiliate) was ordained at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Orange, Calif., on March 23. He has been called to serve at Trinity Lutheran Church, Victorville, Calif. Luanne Bettisch (M.Div.) is serving as pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Morris, Ill. She began her service there in May 2013.

CLASS NOTES Alyce Yorde (M.Div.) has accepted a full-time teaching position in the religion department of the Upper School at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Atlanta, Ga. She will be teaching New Testament. 2012 Robin Caldwell (M.Div.) was ordained on March 17, 2013, at Salem Lutheran Church, Sycamore, Ill. She has been called to serve at St. John Lutheran Church, Joliet, Ill. 2013 Charles (Chad) McKenna IV (M.Div.) was ordained on June 15 at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Ind. He has been called to serve at St.

Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa. Brandon Nelson (affiliate) was ordained June 14 at the Northern Illinois Synod Assembly. He has been called to serve St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, Ill. Nathan Sutton (M.Div.) was ordained on June 29 in the Augustana Chapel at LSTC. He has been called to serve at Sharon Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, N.D. Amanda Weinkauf (M.Div.) was ordained June 23 at Lutheran Church of the Cross, St. Petersburg, Fla. She has been called to serve at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa.

Eight LSTC Alumni receive Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal grants Along with Kara Baylor (2000) (see Class Note, pg. 24), seven other LSTC alumni received Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal grants. The recipients and their congregations are Kendall Koenig (1990, M.Div.), Light of Christ Lutheran Church, Algonquin, Ill.; Daniel L. McKnight (1990, M.Div.), Kaw Prairie Community Church, Lenexa, Kan.; Rebecca J. Bourret (1988, M.Div.), Christ Lutheran Church, Natick, Mass.; David M. Carlson (2000, Th.M.), Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Duluth, Minn.; Michael Ryan (1994, M.Div.), Southwood Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Neb.; and David Poling-Goldenne (1982, M.Div.) and Marta PolingGoldenne (1986, M.Div.), New Song Church, Henderson, Nev. The grants allow congregations to support their pastors for an extended time of renewal and reflection to gain fresh perspective and renewed energy for ministry. Congregations nominate their pastors for the grants of $15,000–50,000. Working with their congregations, pastors design their renewal proposal. Pastors typically take three to four months away from their congregational duties. The program is administered by the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Ind. For more information see

IN MEMORIAM Lowell C. Albee 1930–2013 Augustana Class of 1956 (M.Div.) Lowell Albee served as director of the Krauss Library at LSTC from 1967 until it became the JKM Library in 1980. He served churches in Illinois, the East Coast, and Switzerland, including St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Princeton, Ill., from 1983–1996. Pastor Albee died on March 15, 2013, at Manor Court of Princeton, Ill. He is survived by his wife, Inga-Lill; a daughter, Marianne (Dale) Brevik; a son, Peter; and three grandchildren. A memorial service was held at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church on March 30.


IN MEMORIAM Noah M. Inbody 1928–2013 Augustana Class of 1954

Steve Morrison 1947–2013 Class of 1972

After earning his master of divinity degree, Noah Inbody was ordained in 1954 and served congregations in Manistique, Mich., Rockford, Ill., and Evanston, Ill. He also began a non-traditional church in Palatine, Ill. In 1974, he began a teaching career, serving on the faculty of Morraine Valley Community College, Palos Heights, Ill., and then as professor of Counselor Education at Northeastern Illinois in Chicago. He served as president of the Illinois Association for Counselor Education, as secretary of the national Association of Counselor Education, and as editor of the organization’s newsletter. During his sabbatical, Dr. Inbody began research on the relationship between the brain and addictions. He presented applications for his findings at state and national conventions. Dr. Inbody was active in civil rights issues; he was part of the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 March on Selma. He worked for fair housing and school integration while in Evanston and co-founded the Evanston Ecumenical Council. Dr. Inbody died on April 4, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Audrey; sons Bryce, Eric, and Daniel; daughter, Marcia; and three grandchildren. A Celebration of Life was held on April 20.

Pastor Morrison, a native of Portland, Ore., served Christ Lutheran Church, Yakima, Wash., and Family of God Lutheran Church, Bremerton, Wash. He also served as assistant to the bishop of the Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA. Pastor Morrison died peacefully on March 16, 2013. A memorial/celebration of life service was held on April 7 at Family of God Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sue Morrison, their four children and three grandchildren.

F. Leonard Peterson 1939–2013 Class of 1966 (M.Div.) For 40 years, Pastor Leonard “Len” Peterson served as a beloved pastor in the Chicago area. From 1966–1973, he served at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wauconda; from 1973–1995, he led Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Chicago, and from 1995 until he retired in 2006, he served All Saints Lutheran Church in Palatine. Pastor Peterson was active and served the wider church in many capacities. From 1993–2005 he served as secretary of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. Pastor Peterson died March 31, 2013, after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol. He is survived by two daughters and two sons and their spouses; and by 13 grandchildren. A funeral service was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on April 4.

Pamela Kerschner 1951–2013 Class of 2000 (M.Div.) Pastor Pamela Kerschner died April 11, 2013, after a long illness. Before entering seminary, she served as a nurse in the United States Army, active duty 1973-77 and continued as a reservist until her retirement in 1991 as a Captain. She earned her master of divinity degree and was ordained as a pastor in the ELCA. She last served as pastor at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Racine, Wis. She is remembered for her love of life, commitment, and faith. A memorial service was held April 14 at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home in Racine. She is survived by her brother, Paul Pruessing, a nephew, a niece, three great nephews, relatives and friends.


TRANSITIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS LSTC thanks board members On Monday, May 20, LSTC Board Chair Sarah Stegemoeller thanked four retiring members of the board of directors for their exemplary service. Myrna Culbertson served three three-year terms representing the Northeastern Iowa Synod. She was a faithful and active member who served, most recently, on the Community Life Committee. Susan Kulkarni completed six years of service as the representative of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin. For the last four years she has lived in Jakarta, Indonesia, where her husband is employed. Despite the distance, she rarely missed a meeting, sometimes attending via phone. She served on the Academic Affairs Committee. Michael Last served on the board for two years as the Region 5 Bishops’ Representative. He leaves the board as he retires as bishop of the Western Iowa Synod. He served on the Community Life Committee. Sandra Moody faithfully represented Central/ Southern Illinois Synod for the last nine years. Her skill as a business owner and entrepreneur were put to good use on the Administration and Finance Committee. Thank you for your stewardship and leadership of LSTC.

Welcome new board members Three new board members who begin their service in October 2013 sat in on the May board meeting. They are the Rev. Jane Marr rep-

resenting Northern TexasNorthern Louisiana Synod, the Rev. Twila Schock representing Northern Illinois Synod, and the Rev. Dr. Gordon A. Braatz, a representative appointed by the ELCA Congregational and Synodical Mission unit. Welcome!

many skills and the ways that she and her family have blessed this community.

Staff activities & accomplishments

Vance Blackfox, director, Youth in Mission, attended the Covenant Cluster Meeting in Seguin, Texas, February 7–9; on February 22–24, he attended the board of directors’ meeting of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries in St. Paul, Minn. In March, he attended the ELCA’s Native American Ministry Team meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., the Lilly Foundation meeting for Youth Theological Programs in Indianapolis, Ind., and PeaceJam events and training in Denver, Colo., and Des Plaines, Ill. That month, in partnership with the Global Mission Unit of the ELCA and the Lutheran Seminary Program of the Southwest, he also hosted THE CONFERENCE presented by Youth in Mission, focusing on “Short Term Mission.”

Godspeed to Dr. Joy Philip Dr. Mary (Joy) Philip, Advanced Studies Program Assistant, Assistant to the Registrar, Assistant to the D.Min. Program and our Primary Designated Official/Responsible Officer of Student and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Lutheran Global Theology and Mission at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary/ Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She began July 1. She returns to teaching after a 14-year sojourn in Chicago. Joy Philip had been a zoology professor before she came to Chicago from India with her husband, Philip Mathai, and their two children. They came so Philip could continue his studies, but Joy began taking classes and she earned M.A., Th.M. and Ph.D. degrees. She and Philip became the first couple in LSTC history to graduate from the Ph.D. program in the same year. In her letter of resignation, Joy says, “There is a saying back home that says something like this: In the end all that matters is the places we have visited, the people we have come to love and care about, and the memories we have collected on the way. That goes for LSTC, too.” We are grateful for Joy’s

Emilie Pulver, special projects librarian, published a reviews of two books in The Bulb Garden: Newsletter of the Pacific Bulb Society. In the Summer 2012 issue she reviewed “Plant form: an illustrated guide to flowering plant morphology” by Adrian D. Bell with line drawings by Alan Bryan and in the Fall 2012 issue she reviewed “Glistening carnivores: the stickyleaved insect-eating plants” by Stewart McPherson. Daniel Schwandt, cantor to the seminary community, designed and led a hymn festival on February 10 at First Lutheran Church (LC-MS) in Long Beach,


Calif., in collaboration with Christ Lutheran Church, Long Beach (ELCA). He was the organist for the “Celebration of Ministry” held in honor of Dr. Martin E. Marty’s 60th anniversary of ordination held at St. Luke Church, Chicago, April 14, performing works of Paul Manz, leading hymn singing, and accompanying the Bach Cantata. Schwandt has published the anthem “O Lord of Light, Who Made the Stars” for two-part mixed chorus (MorningStar Music) as part of a larger collection of anthems for the church year entitled “O Lord of Light” and also sold individually. It is available at http://www. viewitem.cfm/item_id/509932.

We got the discount! Portico, the ELCA’s benefits plan, offers employees and employers an incentive for taking the Health Risk Assessment. Employees who take the assessment earn $150 in their wellness account (offsetting the plan deductible). Those who follow through with healthy lifestyle changes earn an additional $350 for their wellness account. If 65% of an ELCA organization’s employees take the assessment by April 30, the organization gets a 2% reduction in its health care premium. LSTC had 83.3% employee participation this year and earned the 2% discount.

Life at LSTC

Clockwise from upper left: Caption: Allison Bengfort (M.Div.) shows off her unusual fiddling skills at the LSTC Talent Show; Dr. James Cone had lunch and conversation with Professor Linda Thomas’s Constructive Theology class; the LSTC Gospel Choir sings at its 25th anniversary concert; students Kristin Klade, Marie Sager and Liesebet Gravley present a liturgical dance based on one they saw in India; final number of the student musical “Paul and the Early Church”; faculty, staff, students and guests at the 2013 LSTC Prom

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Calendar of Events All events are at LSTC unless otherwise noted. Check for details. August 26 Orientation and online registration for fall courses September Hispanic Heritage Month 3 Fall Semester begins 4 Opening Convocation 9 5:00 p.m. Pero Multicultural Center “Treasures of Peru” 24 4:00 p.m. Scherer Lecture, “Christian Presence and the Syrian Civil War”

October Arab/Middle Eastern Heritage Month 13 4:00 p.m. Pero Multicultural Center Benefit Concert 14 10:00 a.m. Albert “Pete” Pero Jr. Lecture “Leading Multicultural Congregations” 14 11:30 a.m. Multicultural Workshop; Christian Education 20–22 Seminary Sampler, contact 21 4:00 p.m. Play: “Defamation” November American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month 11 11:00 a.m. Kristallnacht Observance, Augustana Chapel 12-14 3rd Annual American Indian/Alaska Native Symposium 19 11:30 a.m. Lutheran Heritage Lecture “Lutheran Heritage, Mexican Ancestry and the Future of the ELCA”

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Magazine of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. "Many Voices, One Story. Commencement 2013"