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PS Portions – October 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

In October’s PS Portions: President David Lose addresses the words “We see you,” and what that means: we know about your faithful ministry … and are appreciative. Stories and reports include Remembering Businessman and Philanthropist DeLight Breidegam, Jr.; Dr. James Forbes – special guest for the Annual UTI Lecture and Worship Celebration; video and report from the “From Conflict to Convergence” convocation with Prof. Timothy Wengert; A “Global” Ministry with Seafarers; Continuing the Conversation: A Year After Ferguson; October Reflection: A Muslim Reformer and His Community Comes under Fire (Again); and An Appreciation of Mark Staples – plus October LTSP and Class Notes.

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Peace Not Walls Exhibit – through December 7

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:25 pm.

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 exhibit is designed to raise awareness and provide background on the major issues of the conflict.

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We See You

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:19 am.

Last week we hosted the rejuvenated Preaching Days on the LTSP campus. At the close of that event, I shared some words with those in attendance that I want to address also to you: “We see you.” I don’t mean that in an ominous or intrusive way, and certainly not in the sense of watching to make sure you’re minding your Ps and Qs. What I mean is that we know about your faithful ministry … and are appreciative.

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Remembering Businessman and Philanthropist DeLight Breidegam, Jr.

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:17 am.

Berks County, Pennsylvania, businessman and philanthropist DeLight E. Breidegam, Jr., along with his wife Helen, have been faithful in their philanthropy to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He recently died at age 89, leaving a legacy at LTSP and elsewhere in Pennsylvania and around the world.

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Dr. James Forbes was special guest for the Annual UTI Lecture and Worship Celebration

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:57 am.

The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in the City of New York, brought powerful speaking and preaching to Philadelphia on September 22 for the annual UTI Lecture and Worship Celebration, which this year kicked off the UTI’s 35th year. Read the reports and watch the videos of the lecture and worship celebration.

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A Call for “Transformation” – Dr. James Forbes

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:54 am.

The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., deeply inspired a lecture audience September 22, 2015, on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the Urban Theological Institute’s (UTI) Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration, at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). His topic, based on a reading of I Kings19: 11-16 was “A Fresh Anointment for a New Appointment.” Forbes brought remarkable energy to his delivery, moving among the audience, alternating his evocative delivery style from loud to soft phrases, his large Brossman audience hanging on his every word.

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UTI Worship Celebration Preacher James Forbes Urges “Seeing Each Other Differently”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:46 am.

“Prophetic Ophthalmology” was the sermon title delivered by the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Tuesday, September 22, when he preached at the Urban Theological Institute’s (UTI) Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration. Earlier in the day, he had lectured at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). For his sermon title, Forbes quipped that in teaching homiletics he often advised his students to avoid using “big words” in sermon titles. But this time he could not resist.

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“From Conflict to Convergence” – Prof. Timothy Wengert

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:44 am.

LTSP Professor Emeritus the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert presented this special convocation, “From Conflict to Convergence,” exploring the continued re-development of the relationship between the Lutheran church and other denominations and the Roman Catholic Church post-Reformation. The convocation was held Tuesday, October 6, 2015, a short time after Pope Francis left Philadelphia after the World Meeting of Families 2015.

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A “Global” Ministry with Seafarers

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:37 am.

An LTSP seminarian movingly describes his field work interaction with seafarers from around the world and pays tribute to those who deliver at great risk and cost to themselves the goods on which we depend.

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Continuing the Conversation: A Year After Ferguson

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:19 am.

LTSP Alumni Association president the Rev. Annemarie Cook (MDiv 2007) in this video reflects on her experience in a suburban Philadelphia congregation on how congregations can carry on conversations about Ferguson, Charleston, #Black Lives Matter, and the continuing challenge of racism in America.

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A Muslim Reformer and His Community Comes under Fire (Again)

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:56 am.

In this Reflection, Dr. Jon Pahl writes: Turkey is in trouble. The recent bombing of a peace march in Ankara is only a symptom. Among the many threats facing the birthplace of Saint Paul, and the center of so much of historic Christianity, is internal dissension. Especially troubling is a recent smear-campaign against and political persecution of the Turkish Muslim Reformer Fethullah Gülen and those inspired by him.

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An Appreciation of Mark Staples — an Esteemed Colleague and Friend

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:20 am.

LTSP Director of Communications and PS Portions editor Merri Brown writes: I reluctantly accepted our seminary writer Mark Staples’ letter of resignation the end of August with a heavy heart. Mark had been very forthright about his fluid situation with his health and family responsibilities, and future plans, and I appreciated his honesty and professionalism — his trademarks for as long as I have had the pleasure of knowing and collaborating with him.

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LTSP Notes – October 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:43 am.

In October’s LTSP Notes: an update from the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, Luther Bowl’s 50th Anniversary, Chapel Bell Tower Restoration complete, and seminary writer Mark Staples shares a fond farewell reflection.

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Class Notes – October 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:22 am.

In October’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Dana Heiserer, the Rev. Judith VanOsdol, the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, and the Rev. Dr. Jack DiMatteo; Bishop Emeritus Harold Weiss (BD 1955) celebrating 60th Anniversary of Ordination; and deaths of the Rev. Paul H. Feil, the Rev. Milton C. Mann, and the Rev. Jan C. Walker.

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Nov. 11: Book Presentation and Q&A Session! Pr. Heidi Neumark’s “Hidden Inheritance”

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 12, 2015 at 10:50 am.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 | 7:00 pm
“I’m a Lutheran pastor, but I’m not the same one I was six years ago.” says Heidi Neumark (MDiv ’82). “That’s when our daughter was up late Googling family names and called out: ‘Mom! Do you know you’re from a prominent Jewish family and your grandfather died in a concentration camp?”

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