Events

During the academic year we have many events, which address the intersectional issues of racial justice, LGBTQ and gender issues, interreligious collaboration from both a theological as well as an activist lens. Join us for one of our upcoming events or schedule a visit to experience our CTS community.

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A full Listing of Black History Month Events can be found below.

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHAPEL [LIVE STREAMED]
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm

Join us for this special Community Chapel event celebrating Black History Month. The Rev. Michelle Hughes will be the speaker.

 

CONVOCATION – DR. JOANNE MARIE TERRELL [LIVE STREAMED
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm

Lecture title: “Purple Blues”: Womanist Joy Contradicting Sorrow. For more information, please click HERE.

 

POWER IN THE BLOOD: THE CROSS IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE [LIVE STREAMED]
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 5:00 pm

This panel will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking publication of Power in the Blood: The Cross in African American Experience.  Dr. Linda Thomas, Dr. Reggie Williams, Dr. Stephanie Crumpton, Dr. Stephen G. Ray will reflect upon the significance of the work for Womanist Theology, African American religion and society.  A discussion will be moderated by Dr. Stephanie B. Crowder with closing remarks by Dr. Joanne Marie Terrell.

 

VOICES OF RESISTANCE
POSTPONED

We will inform the public of a new date soon.

Join us as we explore Black History through the voices of resistance. This celebration will include spoken word and music fromSpirituals to Hip-Hop. Presented by the CTS Office of Community Life, the Charles Shelby Rooks Society, and the Deirdre Jackson & DeMarcus Jones Center for Hip-Hop Thought & Activism. Free and open to the public.

 

SEMINARY SUNDAY
Sunday, February 25, 2018   |   12:00 pm 

Seminary Sunday is an annual day for churches, worship centers, and organizations to learn more about the value of theological education. Seminaries are educational institutions that educate students in theology, to prepare them to be pastors, ministers, rabbis, or for other ministry or careers. We invite you to learn more about how we connect heritage, culture, and ministry, to further a global understanding of theology and its relevance to society. Click HERE.

 

1ST ANNUAL INTERRELIGIOUS INSTITUTE WINTER LECTURE, FEATURING, REZA ASLAN & HIS NEW BOOK, GOD: A Human History
Thursday, March 15, 2018   |   5:15 pm Reception; 6:30 pm Lecture 

The InterReligious Institute welcomes CTS Board of Trustee, author, TV personality, and religious scholar, Reza Aslan to talk about his new book, God: A Human History. The program is free and open to all. Donations to support IRI programs are kindly appreciated. All attendees must register at donate.ctschicago.edu/WinterLecture

 

VICTOR OBENHAUS LECTURESHIP SERIES [LIVE STREAMED]
Tuesday, March 27, 2018   |   5:15 pm – 6:30 pm 

This lecture series, named for Christian scholar and former interim CTS president, Victor Obenhaus, welcomes Sunhee Jun, PhD student. Lecture title: “The silent Cry: A Feminist Reading of the Women’s Silence in the Markan Ending.” Sponsored by the CTS PhD Program.

 

BAYARD RUSTIN SOCIETY/SDPC CONFERENCE 
Friday, April 6, 2018  |  7:00 am

More info to come.

 

RIOTcon – BELOVED IS A VERB: Challenging Anti-Muslim Bias & Christian Privilege [LIVE STREAMED
Thursday and Friday, April 19-20, 2018 | Time TBA

CTS and the IRI invite activists, students, scholars, religious leaders, artists, and community members for 2 days of dynamic keynotes, workshops, and discussion taking on anti-Muslim bias and Christian privilege. Pre-register for this important event HERE.

 

ANNUAL BAYARD RUSTIN SOCIETY LECTURE & AWARDS [LIVE STREAMED
Thursday, April 26, 2018 |  6:00 pm

More info to come.

 

GILBERTO CASTANEDA LECTURE AND RECEPTION [LIVE STREAMED]
Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 5:15 pm Reception; 6:30 pm Lecture 

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza will be the 2018 Castaneda Lecturer. Lecture topic TBA. Read more about Dr. Henderson-Espinoza HERE. This event is free, but tickets are required; get them HERE.

 

GRADUATE COMMUNITY WORSHIP [LIVE STREAMED]
Wednesday, May 16, 2018  | 12pm

Join us for community worship and celebration of our 2018 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.

 

SPRING FEST
Thursday, May 17, 2018 | 4pm

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 [LIVE STREAMED
Friday, May 18, 2018  | 2:00pm

Commencement will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago. Details on honorees, commencement speakers will come at a later date.

 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS 

BLACK HISTORY MONTH CHAPEL [LIVE STREAMED]
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | 12:00 pm

Join us for this special Community Chapel event celebrating Black History Month. The Rev. Michelle Hughes will be the speaker.

 

CONVOCATION – DR. JOANNE MARIE TERRELL [LIVE STREAMED
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 12:00 pm

Lecture title: “Purple Blues”: Womanist Joy Contradicting Sorrow. For more information, please click HERE.

 

POWER IN THE BLOOD: THE CROSS IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE  [LIVE STREAMED]
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 5:00 pm

This panel will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking publication of Power in the Blood: The Cross in African American Experience.  Dr. Linda Thomas, Dr. Reggie Williams, Dr. Stephanie Crumpton, Dr. Stephen G. Ray will reflect upon the significance of the work for Womanist Theology, African American religion and society.  A discussion will be moderated by Dr. Stephanie B. Crowder with closing remarks by Dr. Joanne Marie Terrell.

 

VOICES OF RESISTANCE
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 6:30 pm

Join us as we explore Black History through the voices of resistance. This celebration will include spoken word and music fromSpirituals to Hip-Hop. Presented by the CTS Office of Community Life, the Charles Shelby Rooks Society, and the Deirdre Jackson & DeMarcus Jones Center for Hip-Hop Thought & Activism. Free and open to the public.

 

 

EVENTS COMING SOON

VICTOR OBENHAUS LECTURESHIP SERIES [LIVE STREAMED]
Tuesday, September 25, 2018   |   5:15 pm – 6:30 pm 

This lecture series, named for Christian scholar and former interim CTS president, Victor Obenhaus, welcomes Quincy J. Rineheart. Lecture title: Addison Gayle: Toward An Aesthetic Of A New Body Politic. Sponsored by the CTS PhD Program.

 

MARILYNNE ROBINSON LECTURE [LIVE STREAMED
Wednesday, November 7, 2018  |  Time: TBD

Novelist and essayist, Marilynne Robinson will join us for an evening lecture. Robinson received the Pulitzer Price for Fiction in 2005, the 2012 National Humanities Medal, and the 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. She is best know for her novels Housekeeping (1980) and Gilead (2004) noted for both their mid-20th century American Midwest setting as well as their thematic depiction of rural life and faith. The subjects of her essay have spanned numerous topics, including the relationship between religion and science, nuclear pollution, John Calvin, and contemporary American politics.