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Remembering Richard H. Luecke

The Council notes with sadness the death of the Rev. Dr. Richard H. Luecke, trustee emeritus of CPWR.

Dr. Luecke was active in justice issues and community life for most of his career. From 1976 to 1993 he was director of studies for the Community Renewal Society in Chicago, an organization dedicated to empowering people to build just communities by working to eradicate racism and poverty. Prior to that, Luecke served as director of studies for the Urban Training Center in Chicago from 1964 – 71 and as the developer of the Urban Ministry Project in London and Oxford, England from 1970 – 71.

Dr. Luecke’s service to the church and the world included long-standing service on the boards of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions; Protestants for the Common Good, Chicago; and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Chicago.

He was professor of philosophy and rhetoric at Christ College, Valparaiso University; visiting professor of political philosophy at the University of Minnesota; and a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Information about his receiving LSTC’s Confessor of Christ Award in 2009 is available online at

He is survived by by his son Christopher, and a daughter-in-law and grandson – David. His wife, Joan, and daughter, Magdalen, preceded him in death.

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