A theological mega campus is being established on the South Side of Chicago as the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary relocate to the campus of Catholic Theological Union. On Wednesday (May 10), the Lutheran School of Theology, an evangelical seminary affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, entered into a lease agreement with Catholic Theological Union. Additionally, McCormick, a graduate school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has also expressed its intention by signing a letter of intent with the Catholic graduate school of Theology and Ministry. Both schools will maintain their independence through their own identity, governance and mission. Classes on CTU’s campus will start this fall.
Church Leaders reports:
CHICAGO (RNS) — The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary are moving into available space on the campus of Catholic Theological Union, creating a theological megacampus on the South Side of Chicago.
The Lutheran School of Theology, a seminary belonging to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, signed a lease Wednesday (May 10) with Catholic Theological Union, CTU announced that day in a press release.
McCormick, a graduate school belonging to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), also has signed a letter of intent with the Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry.
Sister Barbara Reid, president of CTU, said in the press release that the Catholic institution was “delighted” for the two mainline schools to join its campus in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
“Sharing our space with LSTC and McCormick will bring numerous benefits to our schools, building on our existing modes of collaboration through the Association of Chicago Theological Schools,” Reid said.
Each school will remain independent with its own identity, mission and governance. The two mainline institutions are expected to begin holding classes on CTU’s campus this fall at the start of the 2023-24 academic year.
The move comes as a slew of seminaries across the United States plan to sell part or all of their properties to remain nimble as the religious landscape continues to shift.
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