Center for the Advancement of Lutheran Liberal Arts
The Center for the Advancement of Lutheran Liberal Arts works to develop and implement standards of educational excellence that are rooted in biblical theological truth and that reflect an ongoing commitment to a classical understanding of Liberal Education.
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rediscovering the lutheran liberal arts

As a Christian university founded in 1864, Concordia University Chicago (CUC) is shaped and guided by its mission, “As a distinctive, comprehensive university of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and based in the liberal arts, Concordia University Chicago equips men and women to serve and lead with integrity, creativity, competence and compassion in a diverse, interconnected and increasingly urbanized church and world.” Since its beginning, Concordia University Chicago has sought to serve the Church and society, both on our campus and around the world.

In the LCMS and other Christian communities there is a vibrant and growing interest in Classical Education with its deep historic roots for teaching and learning in the liberal arts. In service to Christ and His people, CUC desires to provide a Center for research and the gathering, sharing and dissemination of resources for those who seek to explore this rich heritage as a means to further the Christian faith.

To this end, the Center for the Advancement of Lutheran Liberal Arts (CALLA) at Concordia University Chicago has been established. CALLA is charged with executing the mission of the University through the following functions:

  • Support and conduct research and scholarship related to Classical Lutheran Education primarily for educators but also for the benefit of parents.
  • Provide advocacy and professional development resources for Classical Teachers in the field.
  • Serve as a general clearinghouse for data and additional resources from related organizations and experts.

CALLA will work within the College of Innovation and Professional Programs within the university structure.

Meet the Director

Thomas Korcok, PhD, is an associate professor of theology at Concordia University Chicago. He is broadly experienced, having studied educational models and theology in the United States, Canada, Scotland, and Holland. Dr. Korcok developed and taught in a classical school in Ontario, Canada. He currently teaches courses on classical education, catechetics, and Christian formation. He is the author of Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future. Dr. Korcok has been instrumental in developing Concordia-Chicago’s emphasis on Classical Education.
 
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