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Reflecting on resources for Terrorism…

Posted by David Grafton on December 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm.

Ever since 13 November, and the Parish attacks by DAESH, there has been a spike in the fear of terrorism. This has resulted in reactive public rhetoric of anti-Muslim speech, acts and crimes. There have also been those individuals and communities that have reached out to local Muslim communities in friendship and support. American Christians continue […]

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PS Portions: December 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on December 16, 2015 at 10:36 pm.

In December’s PS Portions: President David Lose considers “Acts of Hope,” Advent Reflections, Dr. LeRoy Aden has died: Emeritus Professor taught Pastoral Care at LTSP for 30 years, Peace Not Walls: Advocacy for Palestine, Annual Tree Lighting, Sounds of Advent Vespers fill Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, Continuing the Conversation: “Thoughts and prayers”
– what is enough?, Faculty Reflection: Dr. Erik Heen on Advent, plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes.

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Acts of Hope

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:11 pm.

From the President: Advent is the season of hope. We look forward to the coming the Christ child as God’s sure sign of commitment to and love for the world. We prepare to welcome Christ into our hearts, homes, and faith communities as the light of the world, the light that the darkness cannot overcome.

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Advent Reflections

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 6:20 pm.

Members of the LTSP community – alumni, seminarians, staff, and faculty – share thoughts on Advent, and you are invited to share yours.

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Dr. LeRoy Aden, Emeritus Professor who taught Pastoral Care 30 years at LTSP, has died

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:45 pm.

The Rev. Dr. LeRoy H. Aden, the Luther D. Reed Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Care at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) for nearly 30 years, died December 3, 2015, after a brief illness. He lived in Atlanta, Georgia, in retirement. His wife, the former Ruth Meyer, a long-time teacher at Germantown Academy (just outside of Philadelphia) before retiring, predeceased Dr. Aden earlier this year. (in the photo: Ruth and LeRoy Aden)

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Peace Not Walls: Advocacy for Palestine

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:30 pm.

The ELCA Peace Not Walls exhibit came to the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in early December to share the story of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) campaign to bring “positive peace” to the Holy Land. The campaign is part of a greater effort which brings together Israelis, Palestinians, and international workers in an effort to bring long term peace and justice to the area, which is connected to the traditions of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Learn more and watch a slide show of the exhibit…

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Annual Tree Lighting

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:17 pm.

What better way can you think of to get the community together than to have a community tree lighting and carol singing? That’s the idea of the annual Tree Lighting on William Allen Plaza! Read more and watch a slide show from this year’s celebration.

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Advent Vespers fills Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel with sounds of the season

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:55 pm.

After a number of years of services at churches in other parts of Northwest Philadelphia, the annual Advent Vespers “came home” to LTSP’s own Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on Sunday, December 6, 2015. With the end of an important restoration, the assembly was able to enter beneath the chapel’s reconstructed bell tower to fill the chapel and heard the lovely chapel bell calling all to prayer, and tolling during the “Our Father.” More on the story, plus photos of the service and reception…

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Continuing the Conversation: “Thoughts and prayers” — what is enough?

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:41 pm.

LTSP Professor Katie Day considers whether “thoughts and prayers” are enough after acts of violence in America, plus UTICA member the Rev. Dr. Kevin Johnson reflects on the Laquan McDonald case.

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Faculty Reflection: Dr. Erik Heen on Advent

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:52 pm.

LTSP Prof. Eric Heen reflects on Advent: Like Lent, Advent is a season of preparation that interrupts the flow of the church year. It is a “betwixt and between” place where extraordinary things can happen. In it Christian hope is born, a hope that is certain about the promises of God’s coming to us, for us.

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LTSP Notes – December 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:06 pm.

In this month’s LTSP notes: Seminarian will be part of ELCA live webcast, Matthew O’Rear leaving LTSP, and updates on Dean Jayakiran Sebastian, the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, and Alexandra Reid.

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Class Notes – December 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:14 pm.

December’s Class Notes include updates on Bishop Dwayne Royster, the Rev. Dr. Wylie W. Johnson, and the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, two pairs of podcasters sharing ministry and learning, and the deaths of seminarian Phillip J. Harris and the Rev. Henry G. Fromhartz.

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Reflecting on “Having the bags packed…”

Posted by David Grafton on December 9, 2015 at 8:37 am.

In November of 2001 we were living in Cairo working for the ELCA. I was serving as the pastor of St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo, an international congregation with a large refugee ministry in the heart of downtown Cairo. The U.S. and its allies had just started bombing Afghanistan in response to the events […]

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LTSP Responds to El Aqsa incident

Posted by LTSP Communications on December 8, 2015 at 4:03 pm.

In response to the the detestable incident perpetrated at Al Aqsa Mosque in Philadelphia during early morning prayer on December 7, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post, we, the faculty of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, engaged in love of God and neighbor through the love of Jesus Christ and […]

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