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All events are open to the public and held at Chicago Theological Seminary, unless noted.
Events are free, but often registration is required; see event detail, below, for links.

FEBRUARY

SPRING CONVOCATION I [LIVE STREAMED]
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 12:00 pm
Rev. Dr. Bo Myung Seo has returned from sabbatical and will deliver the CTS Spring 2017 Convocation Address, "Some Thoughts on Theology in the Posthuman Age." Dr. Seo's address will be streamed live on the CTS' YouTube channel, at youtube.comctschicagohd. After Convocation, join us for Community Lunch-- free for students; others- $5 suggested donation.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHAPEL [LIVE STREAMED] 
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 12:00 pm
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Lee Butler. After the discussion, join us for Community Lunch-- free for students; others- $5 suggested donation. 

CROSSING THE SEA TOGETHER – INTERFAITH CELEBRATION OF SHABBAT SHIRAH
Friday, February 10, 2017 – 6:15 pm
Join Chicago Theological Seminary and Mishkan Chicago for a night of sharing dinner, conversation and songs about liberation. The weekend of February 10th is "Shabbat Shirah" for Jews, the week we remember crossing the Red Sea from slavery to freedom. What better way to celebrate than coming together with diverse religious communities to share the songs that tell our liberation stories? To register, visit our Eventbrite page.

Special Advance Screening: CNN's Believer with Reza Aslan
Monday, February 20, 2017 – Doors open at 5:45 pm - 6:00 pm Screening
Please join us for an Advance Screening of CNN's Believer Followed by a conversation with Reza Aslan & CTS Assistant Prof. of Theological Field Education and New Testament, Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder. Reserve your seat today for this exciting evening! To read more, click HERE. To register, click HERE.

HAITI STUDY TOUR COMMUNITY CHAPEL [LIVE STREAMED]
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 12:00 pm
Students share reflections from their Haiti study tour from January 2017, led by Professor JoAnne Marie Terrell and Dr. Emily Vogt. After chapel, join us for Community Lunch-- free for students; others- $5 suggested donation.

BLACK HISTORY CANTATA WITH THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY CHORUS    
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6:30-8:00 pm
Join us for this musical celebration of Black History Month featuring The Chicago Community Chorus. Presented by the CTS Office of Community Life.

SEMINARY SUNDAY 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Seminary Sunday is an annual day for churches, worship centers, and organizations to learn more about the value of theological education. Learn how CTS connects heritage, culture, and ministry, to further a global understanding of theology and its relevance to society. If you have questions about how CTS can work with your church to mark Seminary Sunday, or if you are a CTS Student wishing to participate, please contact Chad Schwickerath, Manager, Annual Fund & Alumni Relations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 773.896.2434.

MARCH

LOUDER THAN A BOMB: PURIM BASH
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 6:30 pm
In conjunction with the world-famous festival, Louder Than A Bomb, it’s an evening of poetry and spoken word performance where people connect texts and teachings from their spiritual traditions to the most compelling issues of our day. Inspired by the proximity to the Jewish holiday of Purim, with its irreverent seriousness, and resonant themes from the Book of Esther. With Young Chicago Authors. 
 

THE VICTOR OBENHAUS LECTURESHIP SERIES [LIVE STREAMED
Thursday, March 28, 2017, 5:15-6:30 pm
This lecture series, named for Christian scholar and former interim CTS president, Victor Obenhaus, welcomes Theresa Smallwood. Sponsored by the CTS PhD Program.

G. CAMPBELL MORGAN PREACHING AWARD CHAPEL [LIVE STREAMED
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 12:00 pm
Join us as we announce the recipient of the 2017 G. Campbell Morgan Preaching Award. The recipient will share their winning sermon. After chapel, join us for Community Lunch-- free for students; others- $5 suggested donation.
 

 

APRIL

DINE ‘N DIALOGUE with SU’AD KHABEER
Monday, April 3 2017, 5:15 pm
Join us for a fireside chat with author and scholar Su’ad Khabeer. Dr. Khabeer will discuss her latest book, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip-Hop in the United States.
 

FIELD EDUCATION COMMISSIONING CHAPEL SERVICE [LIVE STREAMED
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 12:00 pm
This is a blessing ceremony for students and their supervisors as they begin field placement and clinical pastoral education. After Chapel, join us for Community Lunch-- free for students; others- $5 suggested donation.

HOLY WEEK/PASSOVER COMMUNITY CHAPEL [LIVE STREAMED
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 12:00 pm
This special Community Chapel will honor two major holidays in Christianity and Judaism. After chapel, join us for Community Lunch-- free for students; others- $5 suggested donation.

THE VICTOR OBENHAUS LECTURESHIP SERIES [LIVE STREAMED]
Thursday, April 25, 2017, 5:15-6:30 pm
This lecture series, named for Christian scholar and former interim CTS president, Victor Obenhaus, welcomes Jean Murphy, “The Prophetic Voice of Delores S. Williams:  Beyond Sisters in the Wilderness.” Sponsored by the CTS PhD Program.

MISCHLINGE EXPOSÉ with CAROLYN ENGER
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:00 pm
Join us for a chapel service that features a thought-provoking multimedia performance dealing with the concept of mixed-religious Germans during the Holocaust. In observance of Yom haShoah.
 
COMMUNITY CHAPEL: THE CENTER FOR JEWISH, CHRISTIAN, AND ISLAMIC STUDIES [LIVE STREAMED
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 12:00 pm
Join us for community worship featuring JCIS. After Chapel, join us for Community Lunch-- free for students; others- $5 suggested donation.
 
 

MAY

COMMUNITY CHAPEL: LATINO/A COMMUNITY ACTION MINISTRIES [LIVE STREAMED
Wednesday, May 3, 2016 12:00 pm
Join us for community worship featuring LCAM at CTS. After Chapel, join us for Community Lunch-- free for students; others- $5 suggested donation. Sponsored by the Latino/a Community Action Ministries at CTS.

GILBERTO CASTAÑEDA LECTURE [LIVE STREAMED
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 5:15 pm Reception, 6:30 pm Lecture
Jay Michaelson, CTS Affiliated Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, will deliver this celebrated annual lecture on LGBTQ issues. The Castañeda Scholar Award will also be announced. Join us!

2017 COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATION EVENTS:

GRADUATE CHAPEL [LIVE STREAMED] & COMMUNITY LUNCH 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:00 pm Chapel, 1:00 pm Lunch
Join us for community worship and celebration of our 2017 graduates. Family and friends are welcome! After Chapel, stay for Community Lunch. CTS Community Lunch is free for students; for others, a donation of $5 is suggested.

2017 LUNCHEON
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:00 pm
Prior to Commencement, CTS will honor the recipient(s) of the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. The 2017 Luncheon is a CTS tradition where we invite graduates, their families, and members of the CTS community to gather together and celebrate the achievements of the graduates and the recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Details regarding honorees and registration to be posted soon.

SPRING FEST
Thursday, May 11, 2017 4:00-8:00pm
Spring Fest is our annual end of the academic year family celebration.  Food, music, dancing, karaoke and a children’s play area.  Bring your family and celebrate the end of the semester with your CTS Community.

COMMENCEMENT 
Friday, May 12, 2017 2:00 pm
Commencement will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago. Details on honorees will be posted soon.

JUNE

CTS@SYNOD
June 30-July 4, 2017 in Baltimore, MD
CTS will participate in General Synod, a biannual event that brings together thousands of faithful members of the United Church of Christ for formal church witness, inspirational worship, and fellowship with friends (new and old). Will you be there? Let us know so we can keep you posted on the CTS Luncheon, Pub Crawl, Exhibit Booth, and more! Contact Chad Schwickerath, Manager, Annual Fund & Alumni Relations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 773.896.2434.