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 Seminary events can also be found on our Community Calendar.

 

2018 SPRING/SUMMER SEMESTER EVENTS:

 

CHICAGO INTERFAITH CONFERENCE ON DRONE WARFARE  Registration Closed
Thursday, June 7, 2018  |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Interreligious Institute, Chicago Theological Seminary, and the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare, join us as we delve into questions around drone warfare, like; Why is the faith community concerned about drone warfare? Are civilians protected in drone warfare? What is the effect of drone warfare on drone operators? What does it mean to say: “Kill one terrorist and create 10 more terrorists?” Speakers will be, Colonel Lawrence B. Wilkerson (U.S. Army retired) Former chief of staff to General Colin Powell, Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite, Past President, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Bishop Richard E. Pates, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines and former chair of the International Justice and Peace Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Two films produced by the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare for congregations will be screened Registration is free, but a free-will offering will be taken. We will break at midday for Dhuhr prayer for those who wish to pray. For those not observing the Ramadan fast, a light lunch will be offered. For more information, please call 609-924-5022 or visit the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare website.

THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN POST-REVOLUTIONARY EGYPT  RSVP HERE
Monday, June 25, 2018  |  12:00 pm Lunch; 1:00 – 2:30 pm Forum with Q&A 

Chicago Theological Seminary’s InterReligious Institute, in partnership with Global Ministries of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), is welcoming a delegation from Egypt and hosting an interactive dialogue, “The Role of Religion in Post-Revolutionary Egypt.”

This public forum will be held Monday, June 25 at CTS, 1407 E. 60th St., (at Dorchester) in Chicago. The program will begin with lunch at 12 Noon followed by the program and question and answer period from 1-2:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. Register at ctschicago.edu/role-of-religion-egypt.

Presenters include Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki, President of the Protestant Churches of Egypt; Mr. El Sayed Mahmoud Ahmed Hussein Elsherif, Member of the Ashraf Council and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Mr. Hamdy Rizk, Editor in Chief, Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Additional sponsors of this event include the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) and Hands Along the Nile Development Services (HANDS).

CTS PASTORS’ EXPERIENCE CONFERENCE  |  RSVP HERE 
Tuesday, July 17 & Wednesday, July 18, 2018  |  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

The CTS Pastors’ Experience is an event rooted and grounded in the African American cultural experience. The purpose of the gathering is to inquire and engage pastors, provide essential skills and professional development and address issues of importance to the African American church and community. Everyone is welcome to attend, but registration is required. Please RSVP your attendance HERE.

AMPLIFY YOUR VOICE WORKSHOP  Register through our Partner, here
Saturday, August 18, 2018  |  8:00 am – 3:45 pm

A one-day “toolbox” for Muslim activists and organizations. Join us as 5 organizations share their stories, expertise, and services to help empower you in your mission to further the Muslim community. Learn how to tell your personal/organizational story; access needed services; and grow your organization’s funding.

 

INSTALLATION EVENTS OF PRESIDENT STEPHEN G. RAY JR.

Chicago Theological Seminary cordially invites you to the special events for the Installation of our 13th President, Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr. The events are free, but registration is required. RSVP HERE.

AN EVENING WITH ARTIST, MICO (hosted by President Ray) [LIVE STREAMED
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – 5:15 pm Reception • 6:00 pm Lecture  |  Chicago Theological Seminary

Please join us for an exhibition of works by Michael Benson. MiCo, as he is known, was born and raised on the West Side of Chicago. These poor neighborhoods provided the rich inspiration and back-drop in many of his pieces. He also draws inspiration from his Christian upbringing. His art often transfuses racial and religious symbolism with black vernacular themes as a way of celebrating and giving narrative to the African American experience. This is given voice in the simple yet complex, and sometimes cartoon-like depictions in his drawings.

C. SHELBY ROOKS 12TH ANNUAL LECTURE (with the 13th President of CTS) [LIVE STREAMED
Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 5:15 pm Reception, 6:30 pm Lecture  |  Chicago Theological Seminary

Join us for this annual lecture named for CTS president, C. Shelby Rooks, the first African American to serve as president of a predominately white theological school. This year’s lecturer is Rev. Jaqueline J. Lewis, PhD, senior minister of Middle Collegiate Church in New York’s East Village. Middle Church is a dynamic 1000-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation in which everyone is welcome just as they are. Lewis is also the executive director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society.

INSTALLATION OF PRESIDENT STEPHEN G. RAY JR.  
Friday, October 12, 2018 – 3:00 pm  |  Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago

Since 1855, Chicago Theological Seminary has pushed the boundaries of theological formation and education. Join us as we welcome the 13th President in our rich 164-year legacy. Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr. will be formally installed on Friday, October 12, 2018, with pre-Installation events on Wednesday and Thursday leading up to the ceremony. Please plan to be in Chicago to honor President Ray, and celebrate the vibrant legacy of CTS.

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.

SEMINARY LIFE DAY [REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, October 10, 2018  |  8:00 am

Twice a year, CTS opens up its campus – and classes – to prospective students. We invite you to experience a full day in the life of a seminary.  Participate in coursework. Attend chapel. Dine with students. Meet with faculty members. And discuss your personal journey with our admissions team.

Seminary Life Day is a full day experience that could transform your life. Our first Seminary Life Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Please see our Seminary Life Day page for full details and to sign up.

C. SHELBY ROOKS 12TH ANNUAL LECTURE (with the 13th President of CTS) [LIVE STREAMED
Thursday, October 11, 2018 | 5:15 pm Reception, 6:30 pm Lecture  |  Chicago Theological Seminary

Join us for this annual lecture named for CTS president, C. Shelby Rooks, the first African American to serve as president of a predominately white theological school. This year’s lecturer is Rev. Jaqueline J. Lewis, PhD, senior minister of Middle Collegiate Church in New York’s East Village. Middle Church is a dynamic 1000-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation in which everyone is welcome just as they are. Lewis is also the executive director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society.

MARILYNNE ROBINSON LECTURE [LIVE STREAMED
Wednesday, November 7, 2018  | 5:15 pm Reception, 6:30 pm Lecture  |  Chicago Theological Seminary

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.