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CHICAGO THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AUGUST 2014

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Orientation Weekend Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Welcome, DMin in Preaching Students! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
In and Around Hyde Park and Woodlawn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Streaming Chapel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
A Students Perspective: J osh Simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
=most helpful for face-to-face students =most helpful for online students

ORIENTATION WEEKEND SCHEDULE

If you are coming to Orientation Weekend at CTS,
the full schedule is still in the works, but heres what
to expect. On the day of the Orientation to the
Institution (Aug. 22), arrive at 8:00 a.m. for a light
breakfast, and lunch and dinner will also be
provided, so plan to stay through the early evening.
On the day of the Orientation Retreat (Aug. 23),
arrive at 8:00 a.m. for a light breakfast, and lunch
will also be served (but no dinner), so plan to stay
through the afternoon.

WELCOME, DMIN IN PREACHING STUDENTS!

CTS welcomed our five new Doctor of Ministry in
Preaching students to Chicago for their annual
three-week intensive this J uly. Our DMin in
Preaching students meet as a cohort annually for
three summers and complete coursework and
assignments throughout the year while engaged in
their ministries. Though they operate on a schedule
opposite most of our students, we are delighted to
welcome this vibrant group of preachers, worship
leaders and prophetic voices. We look forward to
their engagement and participation in wider CTS
events through the coming year.

CHECKLIST

So youve been accepted. Now what? By now
you should have received a message from me
in your personal email account containing
important information on how to log in to your
accounts and what forms to send in. That
message contains all you need to know, but to
help you keep track of it all, heres a checklist
of what you need to complete:

Access your CTS email and send the
Faculty Assistant a test email. Feel
free to forward your CTS email to your
personal account.
Access Moodle and go through the
orientation process there.
Fill out and return the New Student
Information Form.
Snail mail a passport photo for your
CTS ID card.
Send a copy of a government ID, such
as a drivers license.
Fill out and return the Immunization
Form.
Add Orientation Weekend (August
2223) to your calendar and fill out the
Orientation Form.
Talk to Howard Nelson about financial
aid (optional).

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IN AND AROUND HYDE PARK AND WOODLAWN
Whether you are moving into an apartment in Hyde
Park or Woodlawn, or you will just be coming into
the neighborhood for classes and events, here are
some good things to know:
Getting Around
1. Public transportation to and around CTS: To get
to Hyde Park and Woodlawn, befriend Google Maps
to get directions for CTA, and check out the CTAs
website to find maps, fare prices, and status
updates for trains and buses. The 6 and 28 buses
run between Hyde Park and downtown, and the
Metra goes both north and south, with a stop right
by CTS. Within Hyde Park, CTA buses 170, 171,
172, and 192 go around the Hyde Park/Kenwood
area, and you must pay regular fares for those.
However, the NightRide shuttles, which start at 5:00
p.m. and run into the early morning every day, are
available to anyone for free.

CTA has a bus stop right in front of CTS.
2. Walking to CTS: Check the weather before you
leave, as you might need to carry an umbrella or
layer your clothing. Keep your cell phone and other
valuables in your pocket and out of sight, just to be
safe, but be sure to enjoy the fantastic scenery and
architecture as you walk!
3. Driving to CTS: Parking on the Midway is free,
and theres a free parking lot on Stony Island and
60th St., but plan to arrive early in order to snag a
spot, especially when the University of Chicago is in
session. If you want guaranteed parking every day,
CTS offers parking in our parking lot for
$140/semesterspace is limited however, so its
first come, first served. In addition, consider
carpooling with your classmates. This is a great way
to debrief after class, and its better for the planet.



The Press Building next door to CTS has good food and coffee.
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Eating and Drinking
There are all kinds of unique restaurants in Hyde
Park and Woodlawn. So where do you go when you
have a fifteen-minute class break and need coffee?
Where is a good place to celebrate a birthday or
take out-of-town guests? Here are some ideas:
1. Youre at CTS and you need a quick meal:
CTS has a new caf on the fourth floor. You
can get great food without even leaving the
building.
The U of C Press Building next door has
sandwiches and prepared meals for
breakfast and lunch.
57th St. has a nice row of restaurants,
including Medici, Noodles Etc., Subway,
Edwardos Natural Pizza, Z&H Market Caf,
and Salonica.
BGabs Goodies behind CTS serves raw
vegan food, smoothies, juices, and teas.
2. You need caffeine in a hurry:
Theres usually some coffee already made
or ready to be made in the student lounge
on the third floor of CTS.

Go to the student lounge if you need a quick coffee fix.
The Press Building next door serves
Intelligentsia coffee.
If youre willing to walk a little farther, Medici,
Z&H Market, and Caf 57 on 57th St. serve
good coffee, and Robust Coffee Lounge at
Woodlawn and 63rd does too.
For major coffee chains, check out the
Starbucks on Woodlawn and 55th St. and
Einsteins Bagels inside the U of C Reynolds
Club on the corner of 57th St. and
University.
3. You just aced your finals, and its time to
celebrate with drinks or dessert:
J immys Woodlawn Tap on Woodlawn and
55th St. (next to the Starbucks) is a nice chill
bar. Theyre cash only, but they have an
ATM.

57th St.'s restaurants are a short walk from CTS.
Grab some food and drink and go bowl at
Seven-Ten Lanes on 55th St.
Einsteins Bagels in the Reynolds Club on
the corner of 57th St. and University has $1
milkshakes every Wednesday!
4. Youre done for the day and want a nice dinner:
Leonas at the shopping center on 53rd and
Kimbark. You must try the mozzarella sticks.
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Shinju Sushi on 53rd. Theyve got a great
dinner special.
Cedars Mediterranean Kitchen in the
Kimbark shopping center at 53rd and
Woodlawn.
Hyde Park Produce in the Kimbark shopping
center at 53rd and Woodlawn. Go here to
pick up tasty pre-made meal in the deli case,
or buy affordable fresh produce & make a
good homemade dinner!

Seven Fun Things to Do in Hyde Park/Woodlawn
1. Go to the Lake; at some point, be sure to have a
picnic on Promontory Point on 54th St. Dont forget
the beach and the Lakefront Trail, too!

Promontory Point offers an unparalleled view of the lake.
2. Check out the Oriental Instituteits free and a
short distance from CTS.
3. Bookstores galore! Seminary Co-op Bookstores
new location at Woodlawn and 58th St. is beautiful.
But check out 57th Street Books and Powells
Bookstore, too (just to name a few).
4. An eclectic assortment of shops and even a
movie theatercheck out 53rd St., Harper Court,
and 55th & Lake Park.
5. The Midway right in front of CTS is a beautiful
park. When the weathers nice, take a jog there!
6. Rockefeller Chapel offers terrific concerts and
artistic events throughout the year, in addition to
church and meditation services weekly.

Rockefeller Chapel's beautiful architecture is a must-see.
7. The Museum of Science and Industry is a great
place to visit, and while youre there, check out the
Osaka Garden just south of it.

The Osaka Garden is a great place to find
some peace and quiet.
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STREAMING CHAPEL: YOU DONT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO PARTICIPATE

A key part of community life here at CTS is our
weekly chapel service. Each week, a different
group comes together to plan a service of
meditation, worship, and/or celebration for the
community. Throughout the semester, a variety of
these services are streamed live (broadcast live
online)helping to make chapel accessible for
those who may not be able to attend physically but
can be at CTS electronically.
And chapel services arent the only things
accessible online from CTSvarious workshops,
lectures, and other events are also either streamed
or recorded during the school year. These
streamed services and events are available via the
CTS website to our online students, our alumni, and
other friends. These online community life offerings
are a great way for us to celebrate, learn, and
worship together as one community. We may be
separated by distance, but thanks to the online
format, we can continue to gather around our
common pursuits.
Check your email and CTS Facebook page for the
next chapel service to be streamed.

MA student Jae Seon Jo runs the camera for the annual
Casteeda Lecture.

A STUDENTS PERSPECTIVE: JOSH SIMON ON TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

Im a third-year Master of Divinity
student; you will love Chicago
Theological Seminary. I look
forward to meeting, learning, and
hanging out with you over the
next several years.
When I first started here as a first
year student, one of the best
pieces of advice I received from
a second-year MDiv student
came when she noticed that I
had not worn a fall jacket on a
rather unexpectedly cool day. I mentioned that by
the time I realized it was going to be cold, I was
already out of the house and couldnt turn back.
She responded with, Self-care is important. Now,
to keep the practice going, I give you this advice: to
make your experience here successful, you need to
practice self-care. You cannot care for others if you
do not take care of yourself.
Chicago Theological Seminary
will challenge you in many ways;
it can be really easy to lose
yourself in your academic and
church responsibilities and
completely forget your own self-
care. I suggest spending time
with other seminarians outside of
CTS, making friends outside of
the seminary setting, and
exploring Chicago, which truly is
an amazing city to people watch.
Our community at CTS is an
awesome community for learning and growth, but it
is vital for you to spend time outside of seminary
and religious activities. Finally, do not forget to take
time to be by yourself, take time to reflect on the
preceding week. See you soon!
Josh Simon, MDiv student