• Participants in the 2013 Ministry Conference (Krista Kutz, MDiv’12 in orange; Jana Gonwa, MA’13 in blue)
  • Elijah Kindred, MDiv student, speaking with Amy Frykholm at the 2013 Ministry Conference
  • Larry Greenfield, Executive Minister at American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago, preaching at the 2013 Ministry Conference
  • Michael Le Chevallier (MDiv’11) with fellow PhD student Bryce Rich.
  • Amy Frykholm, associate editor of The Christian Century speaking at the 2013 Ministry Conference.

Annual Ministry Conference

Students envision, plan, and run this conference to engage issues related to the practice of ministry. Check back for news on our 2013-2014 conference.

"Thinking at the Edge"

Friday February 6
1:30-5:30pm, Lutheran School of Theology, room TBA

This workshop will be co-facilitated by Donata Schoeller and Elena Lloyd-Sidle. This training will help seminarians articulate key aspects of their historical tradition as it relates to positions they take in a community that may or may not share this tradition. 


May 2, 2014

Our final event of Widening the Circle will synthesize theory and identity as participants hear from Anton Flores-Maisonet, an individual immersed in the activity of solidarity. Through joint critical reflection, we hear resonances of how both theory and identity have informed his approach to solidarity with individuals who are undocumentable from Mexico and Central America. After the discussion, we will conclude and celebrate the work done together through food and a multifaith worship service with Rev. Neichelle R. Guidry Jones from Trinity United Church of Christ.

Schedule of the day:
9:30-10:00am: Registration
10:00-11:30am: Keynote address (third floor Lecture Hall)
11:45am-12:45pm: Lunch (catered by LSTC's Refectory, in the Common Room)
1:00-2:00pm: Worship (third floor Lecture Hall)


Please register by April 25th, 2014 to be included in the meal.

Fair as the Moon, Terrible as an Army: Sexual Beings in Religious Community
Keynote speakers Margaret Farley, author of Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, and Amy Frykholm, associate editor of The Christian Century




On the Edge of Glory: Making Disciples in a "Secular" Age 
Keynote speaker Mark Chaves, professor at Duke Divinity School




Ministry: Left, Right, and In-Between
Keynote speaker Rev. Sandya Jha, author of Room at the Table: The Struggle for Dignity and Unity in Disciples History




Worship in Crisis 
Keynote speakers Peter Rollins and Siobhan Garrigan 



From the Ends of the Earth: Christianity and the 21st Century
Keynote speakers Kwok Pui Lan, professor at Episcopal Divinity School; William Dyrness, professor at Fuller Theological Seminary; and Betta Mengistu, founding member of Beza International Ministries in Ethiopia

From Dust to Steel: Human Being as Creature and Creator
Keynote speaker Rev. Heidi Neumark, author of Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx

Through a Glass Darkly: The Church and Popular Culture in the Media Age
Keynote speaker Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God