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Religion and Identity in the Middle East: the Rise of Islamic Radicalism – Course starts Thursday Online or On Campus! Register Today!

Posted by LTSP Communications on February 20, 2016 at 10:44 pm.

Five consecutive Thursdays, March 31-April 28, 2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm — Live on the LTSP campus OR online webinar — The “Middle East,” as it is commonly known by Americans, has been a land of fascination, frustration, and fear. Many Americans find the tapestry of its peoples, languages, cultures, and religions to be confusing, and yet the Middle East is so prominent in our news and media. These five sessions will look at the cultural perspectives of the people of the Middle East, the Arab Spring, and the rise of Islamic Radicalism as protest movements, including al-Qaeda and (ISIS). The purpose of this course is to help North American Christians move beyond fear to become creatively engaged as peacemakers and responsible citizens in our own communities. Learn more and register today!

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Congregational Hospitality: How to Really Welcome the Stranger – Presentation Videos

Posted by LTSP Communications on February 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm.

As a visitor to a different congregation almost every Sunday since September 2002, Beth Lewis, President and CEO of Augsburg Fortress, the ministry of publishing of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has developed a strong sense of what works and what doesn’t in terms of how congregations reach out to visitors and prospective members. You will come away from viewing these sessions with specific, practical ideas for helping children, youth, and adults live out our Biblical mandate of welcome and improve hospitality for mission in your congregation. Watch the presentation…

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Reflecting on “World Interfaith Harmony Week” and the role of religious leaders…

Posted by David Grafton on February 12, 2016 at 8:40 am.

Like many positive stories regarding Christian-Muslim Relations, World Interfaith Harmony Week (February 1-7) passed without much fanfare or acknowledgement. Proposed by King Abdullah of Jordan to the U.N. way back in 2010, the week has not gained much traction. Recently, the Rev. Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation and Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran […]

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Philadelphia and Gettysburg Seminaries Offer Tuition-Free Education

Posted by LTSP Communications on February 11, 2016 at 1:57 am.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG) today announced a dramatic increase in the amount of financial aid each school is giving students, including making full-tuition scholarships available to all new full-time, ELCA rostered leader candidates studying in residence. “In partnership with the ELCA, our supporting Synods, and many faithful congregations and individuals, we decided the time is right to make seminary education far more affordable for our students,” declared Presidents Michael Cooper-White (LTSG) and David Lose (LTSP). In addition to this generous offer for new students, the schools also expect to increase scholarships for all current full-time enrollees.

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“Our God” and “Your God”: Christian Faith Among Other Faiths – On Campus and Online starting Feb. 18!

Posted by LTSP Communications on February 4, 2016 at 9:40 am.

Five consecutive Thursdays, February 18-March 17, 2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm — Live on the LTSP campus OR online webinar — Presenter: The Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar, Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology, LTSP — This short course explores some of the challenges in Christian relations with people of other religions in a pluralistic society, examining a number of critical theological issues. Learn more and register today!

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