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PS Portions – November 2015

In November's PS Portions: President David Lose talks about "Change in the air." Stories and reports include Preaching Days 2015: Learning - Worship - Fellowship; UTI 35th Anniversary Gala CelebrationBanquet with keynoter Jeremiah Wright, Jr.; LTSP Prof. Karyn Wiseman reflects on her New Associate Dean position; and Dean J. Jayakiran Sebastian continues the conversation on Black Lives Matter - plus November LTSP and Class Notes.

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Change is in the Air

Anyone paying even a little attention knows that it’s been a difficult few years for theological education. It’s a hard time to be in theological education, and we at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) have felt the challenges personally and poignantly. And yet….

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Preaching Days 2015: Learning – Worship – Fellowship

This October saw the return of the popular Preaching Days to the LTSP campus. For three days, attendees were rewarded with lectures fro five outstanding preachers along with worship opportunities, workshops, and opportunities for fellowship and reflection.

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UTI is 35! Gala Celebration Banquet

The Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is celebrating its 35th Anniversary, and a highlight of the anniversary year was the Gala Celebration Banquet, keynoted by the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.'s address. Watch video of Dr. Wright's address, view photos from the Gala, and read about the celebration...

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Annual Tree Lighting Friday, December 4

5:30 pm | William Allen Plaza
* Caroling * Refreshments * Christmas Ensemble from the Salvation Army, Philadelphia Citadel * Bring unwrapped toys for children ages newborn to 11+ years *

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January 2016 Learning Opportunities!

LTSP offers a January Term full of learning opportunities! Why not take advantage of these outstanding course offerings to build and sharpen your skills? Here are one week offerings for continuing education and personal enrichment by auditing a class...

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Alumni Board & Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations now open

LTSP alumni! Now is the time to submit your nominations for Alumni Board members and Distinguished Alumni 2016. Make your submissions online now!

Spring Convocation: Monday-Tuesday, April 11-12, 2016 – Save the Date and join us!

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The Annual Advent Vespers – Sunday, December 6

Advent Vespers is "coming home" this year to our own Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel! We will be able to enter beneath our reconstructed bell tower, and hear the lovely chapel bell calling us to prayer and tolling during the "Our Father." Sunday, December 6 | 4:30 pm Vespers | Reception featuring good food and musical entertainment by "The Groove Grace Group" playing Advent and Holiday (Christmas) music, with a swing feel, to follow (all are welcome, please RSVP online)

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Peace Not Walls Convocation and Exhibit – December 1

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is working for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel through our campaign, Peace Not Walls. Through accompaniment, advocacy and awareness-raising, Peace Not Walls connects ELCA members to our companions and promotes dignity, full respect for human rights, healing and reconciliation. This convocation and accompanying exhibit are designed to raise awareness and provide background on the major issues of the conflict.

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The Institute of Lifelong Learning at LTSP

Whether you are a lay person, neighbor, leader in the church, or someone who is curious about faith in the world and has a desire to deepen your understanding, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia offers a wide selection of courses and workshops, taught by internationally acclaimed faculty and speakers, that are available in various formats — on-campus and online — to meet your busy schedule and satisfy your theological curiosity.

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The LTSP Experience


For persons preparing for servant-leadership in the church, most denominations have a candidacy process that requires contact with the denomination prior to the beginning of seminary.

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The Community

Asian Theological Summer Institute

An annual mentoring program for doctoral students of Asian heritage. The 2016 Institute is Tuesday, May 31 – Saturday, June 4, 2016 - Applications accepted through February 1, 2016.

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How Your Gift Helps

To realize the seminary’s vital mission requires significant funding. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and supporting synods provide a portion of the funds needed for annual operations. Tuition dollars, which are intentionally modest, also help. However, the...

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The Community

Institute for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Dialogue

The overall objective of the Institute is to encourage and facilitate conversation and communication among persons of different traditions in order to promote cooperation and understanding.

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Vocation and Discernment

Good News! God is still very active in this world! Through the Holy Spirit, people of faith are called to be followers of Jesus Christ in their various vocations in life, whether they be plumbers or painters, teachers or...

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Admissions FAQ

A brief list of Frequently Asked Questions focusing on Admissions

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LTSP is an excellent place to work. The seminary's park-like campus in the Mt. Airy section of Northwest Philadelphia is convenient to both Septa Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West lines. We currently have the position of Vice...

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Degree Programs

Master of Sacred Theology

The MASTER of SACRED THEOLOGY (STM) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) emphasizes academic accomplishment, providing fuller mastery of an area or discipline of theological study.

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The LTSP Experience


LTSP's online bookstore with makes it possible for students to do "one stop shopping" for all of their textbooks. You can order your books online, get cash back at the end of the semester, charge books to...

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Anglican Studies Program

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has long expressed an ecumenical partnership with the ECUSA through a relationship with the Diocese of Pennsylvania. For more than thirty-five years Episcopal seminarians have been receiving theological education at LTSP.  In today's climate, we welcome those...

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Krauth Memorial Library

History of the Library

A major component in the seminary’s educational program is the 200,000 volume Krauth Memorial Library. It boasts one of the finest scholarly collections of any Lutheran institution in America and it houses archives of five of the seminary’s supporting...

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150th Anniversary Celebration

The 150th Gala Celebration was one of a fabulous series of events! See stories, photos, and videos in the October 27 edition of PS Portions. Read the special commemorative edition of PS magazine online.

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Contextual Education

Internship and Practicum

Internship is not an academic requirement for the MDiv degree but is an ecclesiastical requirement for ordination by the ELCA and some other denominations. Students needing internship should plan to do it between the second and third academic years.

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Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Public Leadership

The MASTER OF ARTS in PUBLIC LEADERSHIP (MAPL) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) trains those committed to making a difference in the world through public leadership.

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The Community

Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel

The gathering of the LTSP community around Word and Sacrament stands at the core of our life together, continuing to shape who we are and how we live, learn, and serve. Music and liturgy frame our engagement with the...

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Visit LTSP

Is God calling you to become a leader in the church? Do you feel called to study theology but are not sure what direction to take? Is God calling you to something new? LTSP offers many opportunities, from Prospect...

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Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate Programs

Now on the LTSP campus and in West Chester! The UTI Certificate Programs are an initiative of The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant...

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Contact the Registrar

Have questions about Courses, Credits, and Test-Outs?

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Alumni Giving

As an alumnus/a of LTSP, you know the value of your education and experience while here on campus. Consider joining fellow alumni in making a gift to the seminary.

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