Ranging in age from 22 to 70 and representing over 40 faith traditions, our student body is the most diverse and inclusive anywhere. Religiously curious and passionately compassionate, our students create a provocative yet nurturing community here in the heart of Chicago.
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Student Organizations

Each CTS student brings her or his own interests and experiences to the Seminary. There are several organizations and programs that fit the needs and interests of most students. Here is a list of the active student organizations at CTS; if you would like to learn more, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Bayard Rustin Society

The Bayard Rustin Society seeks to serve the unique needs of Black GLBT students, while studying and examining civil rights icon Bayard Rustin's organizational strategies to effect social change for Black GLBT people, the Black community and the community at large. It is based upon black liberation theological principles. (Quincy Rineheart)

Charles Shelby Rooks Society

The Charles Shelby Rooks Society honors the first African-American president to lead a predominantly white theological school. This organization celebrates Diasporic ties to Africa, academic excellence, cultural, community, spiritual and social cognizance, and activism. As President of CTS from 1974 to 1984, Dr. Charles Shelby Rooks was committed to theological education, the public responsibility of the church and the training of African American church leaders. (Erica Weather, Jamel Garrett)

CTS Table Tennis Club

The CTS Table Tennis Club aims to build friendship among students and to contribute to students’ school life through the sport activity of table tennis.  The goal of this organization is to provide an informal opportunity for students to share their cultural diversity and to learn from each other outside of the classroom environment. (Hyongju Byon, Sunhee Jun)

Fine Arts at Chicago Theological Seminary (FACTS)

Fine Arts at Chicago Theological Seminary seeks to incorporate fine arts and artistic ability in the worship and everyday community of CTS. Further, FACTS recognizes that fine arts have been used as a vehicle by which social needs are heard and would thus seek to bring awareness to rising social issues. FACTS recognizes that transformative leadership often seeks inventive modes; we can assist students seeking these methods by allowing the community to join in and see the incorporation of fine arts in ministry. (Nicole Gagliardi)

Heyward-Boswell Society

The Heyward-Boswell Society serves as the outreach and support group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community and their supporters at CTS. The society strives to bring its prophetic gifts of witness and education to bear in proclaiming God's work in all lives, regardless of sexual orientation. (Joey Rodil, Kim Deitrick)

International Student Organization (ISO)

The mission of the International Student Organization is to have an all-inclusive international body at CTS, bringing all degree programs together. We want to share our culture, ministry, fellowship, and encourage one another, as well as contribute to CTS community building and towards its goal of preparing 'next leaders' for faith communities and beyond. Our hope is to build religious leadership from the multi-diverse cultural and denominational perspectives, bringing various ministerial and professional skills together and nurturing a global understanding of ministry. (Sunhee Jun)

Latin@ Community Action Ministries/Latin@Comunidad Accion Ministerios (LCAM)

The LCAM mission is to promote Latino/a leadership and ministry and the prophetic transformation of local and global communities. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (MariBeth Welch)

Ph.D. Student Association

This organization fosters a community of learning among Doctoral students and seeks to assist in preparing them for academic positions. (Malene Johnson, Quincy Rineheart)

Student Government

This student government organization consists of six elected representatives of the CTS student body. They serve as liaisons and advocates for the student body to the faculty and administration. They serve on the Academic Council and represent the students to the Board of Trustees. (Nicole Gagliardi, Shea Watts, Kim Deitrick, Krystle Wright, Joey Rodil; Advisor: Rev. Lisa Goods)

Womanist Group

The purpose of Womanist Group is to create covenant community and space for Black women's experiences, stories, issues, and scholarship to be exchanged and nurtured. We will utilize womanism as a means to open the dialogue and break the yoke of silence among Black women in theological education as well as confront intersectional oppression academically, socially, and politically. (Melanie Jones)