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The Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones has died – updated with arrangements information

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm.

(this article has been updated 6/3/2015 with additional arrangements information) The Rev. G. Daniel Jones, DMin, DD, long time Chair and Chair Emeritus of The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s Committee of Advisors (UTICA) died on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Dr. Jones was Pastor Emeritus of Grace Baptist Church […]

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PS Portions: May 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm.

It’s been a busy month at LTSP – Spring Convocation, Commencement, and stories of ministry are all part of the May issue of PS Portions. Watch, read, and view stories, photo collections and more…

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From the President – Sending out leaders

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:34 pm.

Under the sunny skies of a beautiful, warm (but not too warm!) May day, and in the beautiful sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, the staff, faculty, and Board of Trustees of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia were pleased to send fifty-two leaders into lives of service and ministry.

As we were lining up and getting ready to process, I thought about the number of lives these fifty-two graduates would touch over the course of their careers through their leadership in congregations, social ministry agencies, Synod staffs, seminaries, advocacy groups, and more. We’re talking, quite literally, about hundreds of thousands of people who will be touched by the Gospel through the words and deeds of these leaders.

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Fifty two graduates receive degrees and certificates at the 151st Commencement

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:17 pm.

Fifty-two seminarians were awarded degrees and certificates during the 151st commencement exercises May 19, 2015 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
In addition to the awarding of degrees and certificates, highlights included memorable remarks from Palestinian Lutheran Pastor Dr. Mitri Raheb, a presidential welcome from the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, an address by Senior Class President Mark David Johnson, and a welcome to the graduates by Alumni Association President the Rev. Annemarie Hartner Cook. The seminary choir offered two selections under the direction of Dr. Michael Krentz and Sheila D. Booker.

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Lutheran Pastor and Palestinian Mitri Raheb describes ministry of hope in an occupied land

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:05 pm.

Before presenting the address at the 151st Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, commencement speaker the Rev. Dr.  Mitri Raheb took some from his schedule to talk about his ministry and life: Palestine, the land where the Bible seeds were planted, has always been an occupied land since 722 B.C., explained the Rev. […]

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The Class of 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:49 pm.

(Click any image to go to the photo gallery and purchase copies – proceeds benefit the Leadership Fund) Certificates and Degrees were awarded to the following individuals at the 151st Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 19, 2015:   UTI Certificate of Church Leadership Viola Clark Ramona l. Holcombe Chevelle […]

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Reflections on ministry in a city gripped by the explosive pain of racial injustice

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:18 pm.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in April, four seminary alumni commented on the challenges to their respective ministries in the painful days and weeks that have followed.
“The Freddie Gray case is not the first of its kind in Maryland,” said the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. “Did you know that in the past three years in Maryland 109 prisoners have died while in police custody, most of them African American males?”

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Being a “Church-for-Others”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:11 pm.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of Freddy Gray while in police custody in April, four seminary alumni commented on the challenges to their respective ministries in the painful days and weeks that have followed.
“The Freddy Gray case is not the first of its kind in Maryland,” said the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. “Did you know that in the past three years in Maryland 109 prisoners have died while in police custody, most of them African American males?”

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Co-op Program enjoys strong first year, anticipates expanding

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:06 pm.

The idea of the program is that Co-op students can immediately apply their classroom learning to a congregational setting simultaneously. The initiative makes sense financially too: we can give seminarians more financial support through remuneration where they serve and complete their seminary training in three years rather than four. We’re finding that to be a really positive development, and so are the students.

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Living on the edges theme, alumni awards, and harpsichord dedication mark Spring Convocation

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:44 pm.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Spring Convocation 2015 featured numerous highlights including three presentations about “Living (and worshiping) on the Edge as a Church,” awards honoring three distinguished LTSP alumni, and the heartwarming dedication during Easter Vespers of the refurbished harpsichord originally built in the early 1970s by the late Dr. Robert Bornemann, Anna Burkhalter Professor of Old Testament and originator of the seminary choir.

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Agnes Bornemann’s birthday gift, her late husband’s harpsichord, restored for chapel use

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:21 pm.

God initially blessed the dedication of the late Professor Robert Bornemann’s  restored harpsichord (built in 1970) by sending snow to postpone the originally scheduled ceremony. The new date set for the dedication, April 28, 2015, was also the birthday of his beloved widow, Agnes Bornemann, now a resident of Vermont. She was able to be […]

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Distinguished Alumni Awards and President’s “State of the Seminary” report mark Spring Convocation banquet

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:50 pm.

Gratitude for service extended to the Rev. Louise Johnson and the Rev. Kathleen Ash-Flashner During The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Spring Convocation 2015’s annual banquet, the seminary presented Alumni Awards for Distinguished Service to the Rev. Marie Jerge, ’78, the Rev. Rick Summy, ’85, and the Rev. Roger Zepernick, ’68. Those in attendance […]

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Elizabeth Brunton first staff recipient of Class of 2015 Award of Appreciation

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:57 am.

Elizabeth Brunton, a recent MDiv graduate of the seminary who serves as the school’s Director of Financial Aid, was chosen as the first recipient of the Class of 2015 class gift. The modest grant was presented during an April chapel worship.
“In academic institutions, a significant number of people work behind the scenes. Unfortunately, sometimes their work goes unrecognized – even though they often have a very formative impact on the students. The LTSP Class of 2015 wishes to give back to the supportive staff of the seminary. In place of a traditional gift, this year’s senior class would like to announce the Class of 2015 Award!”

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Class Notes: May 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:10 am.

The Rev. Keith Anderson, (STM 2002), Author; Pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Ambler, PA Pastor Anderson’s new book, The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (May 2015, Morehouse Publishing), was released earlier this month. An excerpt from the book, “Canterbury Cathedral c. 1167,” was published on the Day 1 website. Pr. Anderson’s […]

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LTSP Notes: May 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:32 am.

LTSP part of “Art Gallery along Germantown Avenue” The corner of Gowen and Germantown Avenues is the northern edge of the LTSP campus along the avenue, marked by one of the signs identifying LTSP and The Brossman Center. The sign recently was joined by a part of the Inside Out Exhibit assembled by the Philadelphia […]

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Congratulations to the Graduates!

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 21, 2015 at 8:59 am.

Congratulations to the 52 certificate and degree recipients at LTSP’s 151st Commencement on Tuesday, May 19. Full stories, videos and photos coming in May’s PS Portions – sign up to receive Portions on the PS Portions page. Check out the photo gallery on Facebook! Lots more photos to come in Portions! Read the story from […]

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The 151st Commencement: Tuesday, May 19

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 6, 2015 at 5:29 pm.

Commencement will feature remarks by Middle East peace advocate Dr. Mitri Raheb. In addition, 53 seminarians are scheduled to receive either degrees or certificates. Senior Class President Mark David Johnson will offer remarks on behalf of his classmates.

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