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.

To Live Stream with us, simply click the live stream link next too the event listings below.

Looking to reserve a room for your event? Please click here.

A full listing of Seminary events can also be found on our Community Calendar.

 

 

2018 SPRING SEMESTER EVENTS:

 

#MLK 50: WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE [LIVE STREAMED]
Wednesday, April 4, 2018   |   12:00 pm; 3:00 – 6:30 pm

Please join us this Wednesday for a very special commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This is open to the public. CTS will also host one of the official Watch Parties of the Civil Rights Museum ceremonies. #MLK50

Questions? Reach out to Lisa Goods. Or for more information, click here.

 

SEMINARY LIFE DAY 
Wednesday, April 18, 2018   |   ALL DAY  |   Sign up to attend

Explore Chicago Theological Seminary at Seminary Life Day and RIOTcon from Wednesday, April 18th to Friday, April 20th!

RIOTcon is the biennial conference hosted by the InterReligious Institute (IRI) at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS). Come a day earlier to attend Seminary Life Day! This is a great opportunity for newly admitted students, prospective students, or anyone thinking about seminary to experience CTS, meet faculty and staff, and have lunch with current students.

Inquire with the admissions team about housing and registration scholarships.

 

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

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza will be the 2018 Castañeda Lecturer. Lecture topic Tales of Becoming: Whispers of Our Ancestors. Read more about Dr. Henderson-Espinoza here. This event is free, but tickets are required.

 

MEET BRIAN SMITH AND PRESIDENT RAY 
Tuesday, May 8, 2018  |  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  |  Free Tickets Here

CTS alumni, current students, and religious leaders, especially members of the black and African-American communities, are invited to join Brian E. Smith, Director of Advancement & Strategic Partnerships, and CTS President Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr. for an evening reception on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 6pm-8pm.

The Office of Advancement is thankful to host this event in partnership with CTS student organizations: the Bayard Rustin Society and the CTS Womanist Group.

The event is free, but registration is required. Refreshments will be served.

 

GRADUATE COMMUNITY WORSHIP [LIVE STREAMED]
Wednesday, May 16, 2018  | 12:00 pm

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  |  4:00 pm

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. Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr. will be the 2018 Commencement Speaker. Be sure to check out the official Commencement page for updates on our Distinguished Alumni & Honorary Degree recipients.

 

2018 FALL SEMESTER EVENTS:

 

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 Prize for Fiction in 2005, the 2012 National Humanities Medal, and the 2016 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. She is best known 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.