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PS Portions – July 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on July 14, 2015 at 11:06 pm.

July’s PS Portions opens with LTSP President David Lose reflecting: “What do I know about racism? Really. Yes, I think I understand racism intellectually, as a concept and idea and theory. And, yes, perhaps from time to time I’ve even experienced some measure of prejudice, of being judged ahead of time because of assumptions people hold based on what they see. But, really, these occasional moments of prejudice or bias are not the same as racism.” We explore further with LTSP alumni Rozella White and Bishop Dwayne Royster, Professor Karyn Wiseman, and “Mourning Charleston.”

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“This is a kairos moment in time…”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 6:31 pm.

“A lot of people are upset about all the upheaval that’s going on after Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, but I’m not one of them,” says LTSP alumnus Bishop Dwayne Royster.

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From the President: Knowing and Understanding

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:11 pm.

What do I know about racism? Really. Yes, I think I understand racism intellectually, as a concept and idea and theory. And, yes, perhaps from time to time I’ve even experienced some measure of prejudice, of being judged ahead of time because of assumptions people hold based on what they see. But, really, these occasional moments of prejudice or bias are not the same as racism.

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Alumna Rozella White describes her pioneering ELCA work with millennials in today’s world

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:03 pm.

Rozella White (MAR, 2010) wrote in a recent blog post (and follow up) that she considers herself “a bit of a unicorn — a Black Puerto Rican, third generation Lutheran. I was baptized, confirmed, married, educated, and called to ministry in this church [the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America].”

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“God is breaking through” in Charleston’s aftermath, believes seminary alumnus Dwayne Royster

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:36 pm.

In the aftermath of the recent mass murders around a Bible study table in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) alumnus Bishop Dwayne Royster believes the culture of America is in a “kairos moment.”

“A lot of people are upset about all the upheaval that’s going on after Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, but I’m not one of them,” Royster said.

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Mourning Charleston: LTSP community joins the nation

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:23 pm.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) community continues in mourning with the nation as funerals are held for Pastor Clementa C. Pinckney and the eight other persons killed while engaged in Bible study and prayer June 17 at historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The community continues to ask and respond to the question: What can, and must, people of faith, and a community whose mission is to raise leaders in the world, do to address not only the deaths but also the underlying issues raised — again — by this act, an act that took the lives of people engaged in learning about God, singled out because they were African American — for the church, for the nation, for the world, for God’s creation.

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July Reflection: Preaching in context … Even when it is difficult

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:19 pm.

One of the first things that I teach in my intro to preaching course is the importance of being true to the CONTEXTS of preaching — the plural nature of that word is absolutely intentional. I remind students that realtors may talk about the importance of “location, location, location.” But in preaching it’s “context, context, context.”

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LTSP Notes – July 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:48 am.

LTSP Notes for July include construction project updates, administrative staff realignment update, former president The Rev. Dr. Philip D. Krey is called to congregational ministry, and faculty updates for the Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, and the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman.

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Class Notes – July 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:44 am.

July’s Class Notes include updates from the Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, the Rev. Roxi Kringle, the Rev. Dr. Denise Brown, the Rev. Kevin Shock, the Rev. Byron Schmid, the Rev. Leslie Scanlon, and Carol Rowehl, and remembering the Reverend Dr. James E. Gunther (BD 1959).

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