Press & Media

As a historically innovative seminary, CTS has a number of press-worthy events and stories each year. We welcome the Media to this page and invite you to learn more about the progressive institution that is Chicago Theological Seminary.

Below, you will find assets and releases about recent happenings at CTS. Please feel free to help yourself to these materials. Also, feel free to follow up for a more in-depth conversation.

Nov 212019
CHICAGO- November 21, 2019 – Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) is pleased to announce that Professor Najeeba Syeed will be joining the CTS faculty as Associate Professor in Muslim and Interreligious Studies effective July 1, 2020. Currently serving as Associate Professor of […]
Nov 12019
Audrey Williams-Lee Joins Board at Chicago Theological Seminary
CHICAGO- October 28, 2019 – Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) is pleased to welcome Audrey Williams-Lee, SVP Human Resources, Talent Acquisition & Philanthropy at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, to its Board of Trustees. “My focus on making a difference through serving others and belief […]
Jul 52019
CTS, Bayan Claremont announce new academic partnership
CHICAGO – July 5, 2019 – Chicago Theological Seminary and Bayan Claremont, an Islamic graduate school at Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California, have entered into a new academic partnership to offer both master of divinity (MDiv) degrees with […]
Jun 122019
CTS Receives Approval to Offer Accredited Master of Sacred Theology Degree Completely Online
CHICAGO- June 12, 2019 – Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) received approval from The Association of Theological Schools to offer a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degree entirely online. This approval makes CTS the only seminary in the country where students […]
Jun 42019
Heesung Hwang joins CTS Faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Education
CHICAGO- June 4, 2019  – Chicago Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Dr. Heesung Hwang, children’s pastor, ordained deacon, author, and scholar, as visiting assistant professor of religious education. Dr. Hwang, who was awarded the prestigious […]
May 82019
Carole Browe Segal to Receive Honorary Degree From Chicago Theological Seminary; Rev. Susan B. Thistlethwaite, PhD Named Commencement Speaker
CHICAGO – May 8, 2019 – Chicago Theological Seminary’s (CTS) 2019 Commencement exercises will introduce the next generation of leaders, thought provokers, pastors, religious scholars, and community leaders. Crate & Barrel co-founder and CTS Trustee Carole Browe Segal will receive an […]
Apr 162019
CTS to celebrate life and legacy of G. Campbell Morgan with Public Worship and Preaching Award Ceremony
CHICAGO- April 16, 2019 – Chicago Theological Seminary will celebrate the life and legacy of evangelist, preacher, Bible teacher, author, and alumnus Rev. Dr. G. Campbell Morgan (DD 1902) at a public chapel service to be held at the Hyde […]
Mar 42019
CEO of Chicago History Museum Named to CTS Board of Trustees
CHICAGO- March 4, 2019 – Chicago Theological Seminary’s (CTS) Board of Trustees welcomed its newest member, Gary T. Johnson, President of the Chicago History Museum at the February 7-8 meeting. “I am humbled to know that I can help out […]
Feb 62019
Life & Legacy of Kenneth B. Smith, Sr., Chicago Public Leader and Former President of Chicago Theological Seminary to be Honored at February Lecture
 2019 – Join Chicago Theological Seminary and the CTS Center for the Study of Black Faith & Life as we honor the life and service of the legendary Chicago community leader, and former CTS President, the
 late […]
Dec 62018
Retired Chicago Public Schools Educator-Turned-Graduate-Student Awarded InterReligious Leadership Award
CHICAGO – December 6, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary awarded Susan Steinmiller the 2019 Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman InterReligious Leadership Award. The award is an initiative of the InterReligious Institute (IRI) at CTS where Steinmiller is a first-year master of […]
Oct 192018
Chicago Theological Seminary Trustees Elect Brian Clarke, Chair and Welcome New Trustees
CHICAGO, IL – October 19, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary announced the election of Brian Clarke as chair of the CTS Board of Trustees. Clarke was elected by the unanimous vote of Seminary Trustees on Thursday, October 11, 2018. Clarke, […]
Oct 112018
CTS Receives Lilly Endowment Funding For Thriving in Ministry Initiative
CHICAGO – October 11, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) has received a grant of $1 million over five years to help establish Thriving in Ministry at CTS. This initiative is part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Thriving in Ministry, an […]
Sep 272018
Presidential Installation of Stephen G. Ray Jr., Celebrated With Trio of Public Events 
 Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) will celebrate the installation of Rev.
Jr. as the institution’s 13th president. With only 12 predecessors over CTS’ 163-year history, Ray’s installation marks both a significant […]
Sep 132018
Pulitzer-Prize Winning Author Marilynne Robinson to Launch Public Square Lecture Series
CHICAGO – September 14, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary will welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. Robinson is the inaugural speaker for the seminary’s Public Square Lecture Series. The public is welcome to attend; tickets are […]
Aug 292018
Chicago Theological Seminary Names Dr. Uzma Jamil Fellow in Muslim Studies for the InterReligious Institute
CHICAGO – August 29, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary today announced the appointment of Dr. Uzma Jamil as Fellow in Muslim Studies for the InterReligious Institute. Dr. Jamil’s appointment will help the seminary better intersect academia, theology, and the public square in […]
Aug 272018
Chicago Theological Seminary names new Chapel Coordinator
CHICAGO – August 27, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Jasmin Taylor as chapel coordinator for the 2018-2019 academic year. Taylor will be responsible for organizing the weekly chapel experiences and special event […]
Jul 132018
CTS names Dr. Kate Lassiter Director of Theological Field Education
CHICAGO – July 13, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary today announced the appointment of Dr. Kate Lassiter as the director of theological field education, filling the role vacated by Rev. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, PhD, upon her appointment as academic dean. […]
May 152018
Matt Garretson and Dawson B. Taylor Named to Seminary Board of Trustees
 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary’s (CTS) Board of Trustees welcomed two alumni as the newest members of the Board at its May 3-4 meeting: Matt Garretson (MA ‘17) and Rev. Dr. Dawson B. Taylor (DMin ‘12). “We […]
May 102018
Professor W. Dow Edgerton bestowed ‘Emeritus’ status by Board of Trustees
 2018 – Rev.
 Edgerton, an ordained minister, scholar, author, and former academic dean has concluded his phased retirement agreement with Chicago Theological Seminary and has been named Professor of Ministry Emeritus by the Board […]
May 82018
Rev. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, PhD Elected Dean of Chicago Theological Seminary
CHICAGO- May 8, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary board of trustees and tenured faculty unanimously and enthusiastically elected Rev. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, PhD as the new academic dean & vice president of academic affairs, effective July 1, 2018. Crowder most […]
Apr 202018
CTS PhD Students Receive Prestigious Doctoral Fellowships
CHICAGO – April 23, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary is pleased to announce PhD students Whitney Bond and Malene Johnson have been selected to receive a 2018 Doctoral Fellowship from the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). FTE awarded its Doctoral […]
Apr 162018
Chicago Theological Seminary Announces 2018 Commencement Speaker, Honorary Degree Recipient
CHICAGO, April 16, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary’s 2018 Commencement will introduce a new cohort of dynamic religious scholars, activists, and community leaders. All are invited to attend the Commencement activities at 2pm on May 18 at Trinity United Church […]
Feb 282018
CTS Receives Gift from Muslim Philanthropists to Build Bridges, Combat Islamophobia
CHICAGO, February 28, 2018 –  Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) and its newly launched InterReligious Institute (IRI) are pleased to announce a 3-year, $450,000 gift commitment from a family of Muslim philanthropists to fund interfaith initiatives to build bridges across faith […]
Jan 242018
The Reverend Dr. Stephen G. Ray, Jr. Named President of CTS
CHICAGO, January 24, 2018 – Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) today named Rev. Dr. Stephen G. Ray Jr., as its new president, succeeding Rev. Dr. Alice Hunt, who announced her retirement last February. Ray will become the 13th president in the […]
Nov 132017
Vanessa Gomez Brake awarded Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman InterReligious Leadership Award
CHICAGO – November 13, 2017 – Chicago Theological Seminary is pleased to announce Vanessa Gomez Brake as the winner of the 2018 Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman InterReligious Leadership Award, an initiative of the InterReligious Institute (IRI) at CTS. Over seventeen […]
Oct 182017
Chicago Theological Seminary Elects Three to Board of Trustees; Names Jennings ‘Professor Emeritus’
CHICAGO, OCTOBER 18, 2017 – Chicago Theological Seminary’s (CTS) Board of Trustees has granted emeritus status to Dr. Theodore Jennings, and elected three new trustees to the Board; Zack Shah, Kashif M. Shaikh, and Reverend Mark Winters. Shah and Shaikh […]
Sep 182017
Chicago Theological Seminary Welcomes Lisa Notter, Vice President of Advancement
CHICAGO, September 18, 2017 Chicago Theological Seminary is proud to announce the appointment of Lisa Notter as Vice President of Advancement, effective September 18, 2017. Notter brings extensive experience in both fundraising and higher education. She earned her Bachelor of […]
Aug 182017
A Statement from CTS Acting President & General Counsel, Donald C. Clark
CHICAGO, August 18, 2017 Chicago Theological Seminary has been on the right side of history for over 162 years, preparing religious leaders who transform the world against hate, intolerance, oppression, and injustice of any kind. In response to the events […]
Feb 72017
Chicago Theological Seminary Receives Lead Gift for the InterReligious Research Institute (IRI)
Chicago, February 7, 2017 – Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) is pleased to announce it has received a $425,000 grant from The Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Fund For Theological Education. These funds will support the InterReligious Institute (IRI), which will advance the pursuit of […]
Feb 52017
Chicago Theological Seminary Awards 2016 Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Interreligious Leadership Award to Student Activist
CHICAGO, February 5, 2017 – Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) is proud to announce the winner of the Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Interreligious Leadership Award: Teresa Pasquale Mateus, who is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity degree at CTS.  Mateus won the […]
Feb 12017
Don Clark Assumes New Role at Chicago Theological Seminary During Alice Hunt’s Research Sabbatical
CHICAGO, February 1, 2017 – Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) President Alice W. Hunt will embark on an 18-month sabbatical beginning January 1, 2017. During this time Dr. Hunt will continue her work around leadership for transforming the world for the flourishing of […]
Oct 282016
André LaCocque Book Event
CHICAGO, October 28, 2016 – students, faculty, and guests gathered at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS) to discuss the historical Jesus and the role Judaism played in his life with Dr. André LaCocque, Hebrew Bible scholar and author of the new book: […]
Sep 212016
The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development Highlights CTS for Faith & Ecology Courses
CHICAGO, September 21, 2016 – After investigating 231 North American theological schools, The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development (ICSD) has highlighted Chicago Theological Seminary as offering one of the widest ranges of faith and ecology courses available today. The Report on Faith and Ecology […]
Jun 92016
Chicago Theological Seminary Welcomes New Faculty Member Zachary Moon
CHICAGO, June 9, 2016 – Chicago Theological Seminary is proud to announce the appointment of Zachary Moon, PhD/ABD as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care, effective July 1, 2016.  Moon brings extensive experience in both theological education and chaplaincy. He […]
May 22016
Chicago Theological Seminary Commencement Welcomes Jasiri X and Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Grant
CHICAGO, May 2, 2016 – Chicago Theological Seminary’s 2016 Commencement will introduce a new generation of dynamic religious scholars, activists, and community leaders. All are welcome to attend the ceremonies at 2pm on May 13 at Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago.  […]
Feb 262016
Chicago Theological Seminary Welcomes Bexley Seabury Seminary to Hyde Park/Woodlawn, Chicago
CHICAGO, February 26, 2016 – Bexley Seabury, one of 10 accredited seminaries of the Episcopal Church, today announced that effective July 2016 it will operate from a single site, at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS), 1407 East 60th Street, Chicago, becoming the sixth seminary in […]
Apr 202015
CTS Selma Conference Partner Chicago Sunday Evening Club Hosts Keynote Speaker Michelle Alexander in Provocative Conversation on “Things Not Seen” Program
CHICAGO, April 20, 2015 – Award winning author Michelle Alexander was featured on the Chicago Sunday Evening Club (CSEC) radio program “Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith,” in anticipation of her plenary address at “Selma at 50: Still […]