Dr. Sleeth poses with LSTC SSA liaisons: (from left) Jim Schall, Richard Perry, Barbara Rossing, Matthew Sleeth, Ben Stewart, Bob Berridge
On February 17th and 18th, Dr. Matthew Sleeth and Laura Leavell spent several days at Chicago-area Seminary Stewardship Alliance institutions. The morning of the 17th, Dr. Sleeth spoke at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago’s chapel service. After the service, Dr. Sleeth and Laura were joined by liaisons from Garrett-Evangelical, LSTC, and Northern Seminary for a luncheon where the dozen attendees discussed the creation of a Chicago-area SSA cohort. This group will likely work with North Park and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary as well to plan regional gatherings in Fall 2014 and 2015.
Later that evening, Dr. Sleeth spoke for about an hour and a half to Dr. Barbara Rossing’s Future of Creation class and Dr. Richard Perry’s Church and Society class. The group was especially interested in how to share the Biblical basis for creation care with reluctant congregations.
The next day, Dr. Sleeth and Laura travelled over to Northern Seminary in Lombard, on the outskirts of Chicago. They met with the President’s Cabinet where they discussed Northern’s current creation care projects and ways that Northern might become further involved in the Seminary Stewardship Alliance. Dr. Sleeth preached a chapel sermon, then Laura and Dr. Sleeth joined the Northern community for a lunch, where they enjoyed locally grown and produced chili and vegetable soup. Christie Linsner, Northern’s finance officer and one of the SSA liaisons, grew and canned most of the vegetables included in the dishes.
Laura and Dr.
Sleeth left Chicago excited about the future possibilities there involving seminaries, the Church, and creation care.