Chicago Theological Seminary

CTS is a leader in transformative religious studies. Our mission is to educate and inspire the next generation of religious leadership. Justice lives here.

As a historically Protestant and now multifaith seminary, our vision is to build the beloved community together. To work toward this reality, we are guided by a series of intersected ethical and spiritual commitments. At the front of this list are our commitments to racial and social justice, to gender equality and LGBTQ rights, and to deep interreligious engagement.

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Chicago Theological Seminary 07/08/2024

Have you explored the Jackson Oral History Project? There's a treasure trove of materials to go through. From the oral archives themselves and the exhibition in partnership with the Chicago History Museum to video of the launch celebration and links to the podcast Our 7 Neighbors, there's an incredible amount of material to comb through. We highly recommend it!

Chicago Theological Seminary The Rev. Jesse Jackson Oral History Project was conceived by Chicago Theological Seminary as a way to preserve the stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Chicago. Virtual Exhibition in Partnership with the Chicago History Museum         […]

Religion, Civil Rights, and the Ongoing American Transformation - Chicago History Museum 07/03/2024

CTS, in partnership with the Chicago History Museum, presents an online exhibition featuring the under-told story of Rev. Jesse Jackson and other civil rights activists working in the Chicago Breadbasket Movement, documenting the birth of this movement in Chicago and highlighting the importance of CTS as an incubator in that movement. Narrators featured include: Rev. David Wallace, Rev. Janette C. Wilson, Rev. Martin Deppe, Dr. Hermene Hartman, Mrs. Betty Massoni (wife to late activist Rev. Gary Massoni), and Rev. Jesse Jackson. This virtual exhibit is part of CHM’s permanent collection and will be continuously available to the public.

Religion, Civil Rights, and the Ongoing American Transformation - Chicago History Museum The Chicago Theological Seminary conducted the Jackson Oral History Project in 2022 to preserve stories of Chicago's Civil Rights Movement that represented the potential power and social impact of faith in action.

07/02/2024

CTS PhDs Phil Wingeier-Rayo and Michael Montgomery flank Dr. JoAnne Marie Terrell at the Ecclesiological Investigations conference held at CTS. Dr. Terrell was the keynote speaker, while the others presented papers.

Photos from The InterReligious Institute at CTS's post 06/25/2024

CTS community had the honor of visiting the Zoroastrian Dar-e-Mer in Burr Ridge last weekend after our 3 virtual class sessions (free!) offered by Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Chicago - ZAMC What an amazing opportunity to explore this ancient religion and its influence on other traditions.

06/19/2024

Happy Juneteenth!

Our online exhibition on Google Arts and Culture in partnership with Chicago History Museum is LIVE! It is titled: "Religion, Civil Rights And The Ongoing American Transformation." Take a look. It includes historical photos, stories and quotes from our six narrators of the Jackson Oral History Project ands share our commitments of who we are at CTS.

https://artsandculture.google.com/story/MQUxyFjqgSg8gA

Users can click on the images to learn and read more about them via the information icon that is often in the upper left corner of the screen. Each narrator's name is hyperlinked to the short video clips. Be sure to click.

We are proud of our history at CTS as an incubator in the Chicago civil rights movement.

06/16/2024
06/07/2024

The first session of our FREE class on Zoroastrianism begins tomorrow at 11am CDT -- and there's still time to sign up! Visit https://bit.ly/ctszoro to join us.

06/04/2024

Happy Pride!

06/03/2024

This is your LAST CHANCE to register for the 2024 Castañeda-Jennings Lecture and Award, being held TOMORROW, Tuesday, June 4, at 7pm CDT. Don't miss Dr. Xochitl Alvizo on “Church: A Q***r, Feminist, Antiracist, Decolonial Listening to the Gospel According to Mark.”

https://bit.ly/castaneda2024

05/28/2024

Time is running out to register for the 2024 Castañeda-Jennings Lecture and Award, being held NEXT TUESDAY, June 4, at 7pm CDT! Don't miss what promises to be an incredible discussion from Dr. Xochitl Alvizo entitled, “Church: A Q***r, Feminist, Antiracist, Decolonial Listening to the Gospel According to Mark.”

Register today! https://bit.ly/castaneda2024

05/23/2024

There's still time to sign up for our FREE Introduction to Zoroastrianism class, held Saturdays, June 8, 15, and 22 from 11am to 12:30pm. Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to learn more about this underdiscussed religion.

This event is FREE, but registration is required. Visit https://bit.ly/ctszoro to sign up today!

05/17/2024

Did you know that short videos from the Jackson Oral History Project are now available? These quick videos run around a minute and a half and give valuable insight into the beginnings of Rev. Jesse Jackson's ministry and the foundation of Operation Breadbasket. Check it out at the link below!

Jackson Oral History Project These clips discuss the beginnings of the Chicago movement.

05/15/2024

Don't miss the 2024 Castañeda-Jennings Lecture on Tuesday, June 4, 2024! Our featured speaker is Dr. Xochitl Alvizo, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, California State University Northridge! Dr. Alvizo will be giving a lecture entitled, "Church: A Q***r, Feminist, Antiracist, Decolonial Listening to the Gospel According to Mark." This event is FREE, but registration is required. Visit bit.ly/castaneda2024 to register today!

05/06/2024

Don't miss the 2024 Castañeda-Jennings Lecture, being held VIRTUALLY on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, at 7pm CDT!

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Xochitl Alvizo, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Northridge, to deliver an address entitled "Church: A Q***r, Feminist, Antiracist, Decolonial Listening to the Gospel According to Mark."

Registration is FREE, but an RSVP is required.

JOIN US: https://bit.ly/castaneda2024

05/02/2024

🙏Today, we unite in prayer for ! 🙏

Join us in prayer for our nation, communities, and loved ones.

Together, we seek guidance, healing, and strength to stand with the oppressed and foster positive change. Let's extend love and compassion, striving for a more just and merciful world.

Photos from Chicago Theological Seminary's post 04/24/2024

Celebrating 100 Years of Teaching Excellence!

04/24/2024

Join ICNY and the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute of Franciscan Friars of the Atonement on 5/1 for a conversation with distinguished scholars and bridge-builders

of Trinity College Dublin, of the Chicago Theological Seminary, of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, and Tarunjit S. Butalia of Religions for Peace USA

Free registration at https://bit.ly/we-dwell-in-common.

04/23/2024

Tomorrow! Join us at 12pm CDT (in-person at CTS if possible!) to celebrate Drs. Haldeman, Seo, Stone, and Terrell in a very special Wednesday Gathering.

For those who can't join in person, the event will be livestreamed at https://ctschicago-edu.zoom.us/j/97135339976

Did you know that among them, Drs. Haldeman, Seo, Stone, and Terrell have been in academia for 100 years? We are pleased to celebrate these four professors who are so vital to the CTS community at our Wednesday Gathering on April 24 at 12:00pm CDT.

This event will be hybrid. The in-person portion will be followed by community lunch. We *strongly* encourage in-person attendance for this event!

Join us: https://ctschicago-edu.zoom.us/j/97135339976

04/23/2024

We wish all who are celebrating pesach this week Chag Sameach!

04/16/2024

Don't miss this special FREE Interfaith Engagement opportunity on Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 1:00pm EDT/12:00pm CDT! Rabbi Dr. Rachel S. Mikva will be part of a panel discussion that will also include Dr. Zeyneb Sayilgan, Muslim Scholar, Institute for Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Studies (Baltimore, MD); and Dr. Tarunjit Singh Butalia, Executive Director, Religions for Peace USA.

Register today: https://bit.ly/we-dwell-in-common

Please join ICNY and the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute on May 1 to explore strategies for bridge-building within, across, and beyond faith lines.

International, interfaith panel with speakers from Trinity College Dublin, Chicago Theological Seminary, Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, and Religions for Peace USA
Free registration at https://bit.ly/we-dwell-in-common.

04/16/2024

We are saddened to announce that Robert Mayer Grossman, former CTS trustee and the first Jewish trustee in CTS's history, has passed away. Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, Fran Grossman; three children, Ted (Bonnie), Tony (Allison), and Kate (Peter) Grossman; and six grandchildren, Malcolm, Myrrh, Sam, Ben, Talia, and Alex. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Frances Grossman, and two siblings, Mitchell (Marie) and Carol (Marvin).

Bob was a cherished member, lawyer, writer, and advocate for Jewish-Christian dialogue and interfaith understanding. He was also a committed community volunteer and supporter of Democratic politics. A loving husband, father, and grandfather, he will be greatly missed.

04/12/2024

The Victor Obenhaus Lecture Series allows CTS PhD students to present their work to the community. These important lectures delve into topics important not only to the students and their research but to the world at large. This is the public theology of CTS at work.

Please join us for an Obenhaus Lecture on Wednesday, April 17 at noon in the Skyline Chapel at CTS or online. The lecturer will be Aisha Subhan, delivering a talk entitled, "Towards Life, Liberation, and Light: A Feminist/Womanist Reading of a Mystical Community in Palestine. "

This event will be hybrid.

Join us:

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04/08/2024

Don't miss this week's Wednesday Gathering, as we salute our 2024 Distinguished Alum, Paul Kittlaus! Join us this Wednesday, April 10, at noon central!

https://bit.ly/wednesdaygatherings

04/03/2024

In association with the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Chicago, CTS is excited to offer a FREE virtual course on the Zoroastrian religion this June! Register today at https://bit.ly/ctszoro

This three-session course, taking place entirely online (with an optional in-person visit to a Zoroastrian place of worship the week after the class concludes), will provide students with a brief introduction to Zoroastrianism and its doctrines, rituals, practices, and history, giving the student a window into Zoroastrianism and its influence on other succeeding faiths and raise appreciation of this ancient, relevant, and living faith in our modern society.

WHEN: Saturdays, June 8, 15, & 22 (with optional visit to Dar-e-Mehr, Burr Rudge, on June 29)
TIME: 11:00 am CDT - 12:30 pm CDT
LOCATION: Virtual Event
COST: No Cost, but Registration Required

Open to the public; registration required.

Register today at https://bit.ly/ctszoro

03/31/2024

Happy Trans Day of Visibility to all our trans siblings!

03/31/2024

Today marks the celebration of Easter in Western Christianity! For Christians, this is the most sacred day of the year, the day that Christ rose from the dead, defeating the sin of humankind.

Of course, today is not the only celebration of Easter. Eastern Christians will celebrate Easter more than a month from now, on May 5. Interestingly, in 2025, Eastern and Western Easter lines up, with both falling on April 20.

Because Easter is not on a fixed date, controversies arose about the actual day of celebration from the earlliest days of Christianity. In fact, the churches of the Roman province of Asia insisted at one time that Easter be a fixed date, celebrated by ending the Lenten fast on Nisan 14 of the Hebrew calendar, rather than the following Sunday, as the churches of Alexandria and Rome did. These "Quartodecimians" were threatened with excommunications, though the threat was eventuallly rescinded, and Quartodecimianism eventually died out.

More recently, the government of the United Kingdom passed the Easter Act of 1928, officially moving Easter to a fixed date of the first Sunday after the second Saturday in April. However, this law has never been enforced, as churches throughout the United Kingdom have insisted on the more traditional variable date.

03/28/2024

A meal for your neighbor. A thank you from a stranger. A donation to your favorite charity. These acts of generosity shape a life. Inspired Generosity invites Muslim Americans to share stories of generosity that have shaped your life. Share your story today at https://inspiredgenerosity.org

Jackson Oral History Project: Launch Celebration Panel 03/27/2024

On February 9, 2024, CTS partnered with our friends at present an evening with leaders of the Chicago Civil Rights Movement and Operation Breadbasket. Included on the panel are Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Martin Deppe, Mrs. Betty Massoni, Mrs. Hermene Hartman, and Rev. David Wallace.

Jackson Oral History Project: Launch Celebration Panel On February 9, 2024, CTS partnered with our friends at present an evening with leaders of the Chicago Civil Rights Movement and Opera...

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CTS is committed to preparing leaders for the next generation of religious leadership...whatever that may be. A leader in social justice, CTS is committed to LGBTQ and gender issues, interreligious understanding, and racial justice.

CTS is an affiliated seminary of the United Church of Christ. Since its founding in 1855, CTS has pushed at the growing boundaries of the church in order to make faith more relevant and transform society towards greater justice and mercy. The student body now represents more than 40 different faith traditions, perspectives, and denominations.

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Episode 1 of our third season drops tomorrow! Find us everywhere you find your podcasts and at www.our7neighbors.com
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