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Sept. 11 & 12: Rabbit Hole, a play by David Lindsay-Abaire

Posted by LTSP Communications on August 31, 2015 at 3:26 pm.

The LTSP Players present Rabbit Hole, a play by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 | 8:00 pm
The Brossman Center | 7301 Germantown Avenue | Philadelphia, PA 19119

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Reflecting on the Mingana Qur’an…

Posted by David Grafton on August 30, 2015 at 9:54 pm.

Although several weeks old, the announcement this past July of the extraordinary find of a seventh century Qur’an in the library of my alma mater, the University of Birmingham, is worth reflecting on as we begin a new academic year at a Christian seminary.

On July 22, the University of Birmingham announced that a PhD student in the Department of Theology had found one of the oldest Qur’anic manuscripts to date. The manuscripts have been carbon-dated to between 586 and 645 CE. This would put the Qur’an within the second, or possibly first generation of Muslims. Muhammad died in 632, and the first copy of the Qur’an is long reported to have been compiled in 650 CE.

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Reflecting on the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change

Posted by David Grafton on August 21, 2015 at 7:55 am.

An international Islamic symposium held this week in Istanbul (17-18 August 2015) announced a new declaration on global climate change supporting the Kyoto Protocol. This declaration, while not binding on any particular Muslim community, provides scriptural and theological arguments from the Qur’an for pro-active responses to global climate change. The two important theological assertions are God’s […]

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PS Portions: August 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on August 13, 2015 at 2:50 pm.

In August’s PS Portions: President Lose considers “Coming Alongside,” the Church and Advocacy, UTI is 35!, continuing the discussion in the aftermath of Charleston with LTSP’s the Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard and the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson – and a reflection from the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer, the demise of the Scarlet Oak, fall events, and LTSP and Class Notes.

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From the President: Coming Alongside

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:19 pm.

Of the many unique features of the Gospel of John, one of my favorite is the Fourth Evangelist’s description of the Holy Spirit. Paracletos is the Greek word John employs, and it is translated variously as “Advocate,” “Helper,” and “Comforter.” But it’s really a compound noun perhaps better translated as “the one who comes alongside of” another.

I love this word because I think it captures beautifully the work of the Holy Spirit not to solve our problems, but to come alongside as we struggle, not to grant our wishes, but to come alongside and test our visions and encourage us to work for our dreams.

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Amy Reumann’s public policy ministry includes concerns about hunger, housing, and civil rights

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:45 am.

While growing up on the LTSP campus the first 18 years of her life, the Rev. Amy Reumann explained that it never occurred to her to seek ordination.

“Even though I wasn’t thinking about ordination when I went off to college, the seminary campus served as a great incubator for me. I can’t say enough about what that meant.” She explained she learned a lot from students during formative years. And she learned a great deal from family sabbatical experiences in places like Jerusalem, India, Germany, and England. “Each place had different realities and faith communities. I always came back changed.”

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Associate Professor Charles Leonard reflects on Charleston and recalls his early life ‘pact with God’

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:37 am.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) alumnus and Associate Professor Charles Leonard vividly recalls the morning decades ago when he gave a trial sermon at then Messiah Lutheran Church at 40th and Broad Streets in North Philadelphia. He was a candidate to join the Rev. Michael Merkel on the congregation’s clergy staff. It would become his first call to a congregation.

“A woman in the congregation stood up and said she could not handle having a black man as a pastor in the church,” recalled Leonard, who is associate professor for Integrated Theology and director for Contextual Education at the seminary. He’s been on the faculty for 18 years.

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Plans unfolding for 35th UTI anniversary; Satellite location for UTI certificate offerings

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:31 am.

This fall the seminary’s Urban Theological Institute (UTI) will observe its 35th anniversary with two special events. UTI also introduces, for the first time, a satellite site location in West Chester offering two of its certificate programs.

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Reflecting in the aftermath of Charleston: Quintin Robertson reminds ‘We are one in the spirit’

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:21 am.

“For the past two months I have become enamored by the lyrics to the hymn, ‘We are one on the Spirit, one in the Lord. They will know we are Christians by our love’,” said the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson, director of the seminary’s Urban Theological Institute and Black Church Studies program.

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Scarlet Oak’s demise and removal signals sadness and an occasion for celebration

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:15 am.

Loss of life can inspire wide-ranging emotion — intense sadness and grief, also often occasioned by the opportunity to celebrate a life well lived. Such a unique time is upon the seminary, as the Scarlet Oak on campus became too dangerous to remain standing.

Monday, July 20, 2015, marked an historic loss for the seminary and its family when the majestic Scarlet Oak, located on the campus between The Brossman Learning Center, Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, and Hagan Hall, was taken down.

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August Reflection: The Miracle of Mother Emanuel

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:46 am.

The great German-American Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt said that forgiveness was the greatest miracle, because it interrupts the predictable playing out of the consequences of the past. Forgiveness, she explained, frees both those who forgive and those who are forgiven from being bound by the consequences of a past wrong. Forgiveness initiates something new.

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LTSP Notes – August 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:20 am.

In August’s LTSP Notes: LTSP hosting 17th annual Empty Bowl dinner, Campus Closure Policy, President Lose keynote speaker at NEPA Adult Ministry Festival, and celebrations for Ruth M. Aden, wife of LTSP Emeritus Professor LeRoy Aden, and former LTSP professor Charles R. Streich.

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Class Notes – August 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:36 am.

In August Class Notes: The Rev. Dr. Luka Ilić and wife Angela celebrate the birth of son Massimo, and the deaths of alumni the Rev. Glenn G Neubauer and the Rev. Harry G. Stetser.

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The UTI Certificate program starts September in Mt. Airy AND West Chester!

Posted by LTSP Communications on August 12, 2015 at 9:32 pm.

The Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has partnered with St. Paul’s Baptist Church of West Chester, Pennsylvania, to offer its Certificate Programs in Christian Ministry and Church Leadership at St. Paul’s – and on LTSP’s Mt. Airy campus – beginning September, 2015.

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UTI is 35! Join us! UTI Lecture and Worship Celebration coming Tuesday!

Posted by LTSP Communications on August 11, 2015 at 10:02 am.

The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) celebrates 35 years since its founding with two special days – Tuesday, September 22 – Lecture and Worship Celebration with Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., and Friday, October 23 – Gala Banquet with speaker Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Join us for the events! Become a sponsor!

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Opening Week 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on August 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm.

All are welcome to the beginning of LTSP’s 152nd Academic Year with Opening Invocation on Tuesday, August 25, and the first Eucharist service of the year on Wednesday, August 26.

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Ministry Resource Day, September 17

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 8:12 pm.

“Digital Pluralism and the Death and Resurrection of the Church” Everyone knows the culture has changed – perhaps faster in recent years than at any time in centuries. But what, exactly, has changed? And why does the Church so often feel left behind? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we do about it? Join LTSP President the Rev. Dr.David Lose for for this free event on Thursday, September 19! Info and free registration. Registration closes September 15 – register today!

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