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PS Portions – September 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on September 27, 2016 at 1:22 am.

In September 2016’s PS Portions: President Lose looks at “Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Church and Culture,” Dean Sebastian Reflects: “A Vision for Theological Education,” LTSP Alumni Association – the year ahead, the UTI Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration brought the Reverend Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard to the lectern and pulpit for the 2016 event – watch the videos, The Augustana Museum is hosting an Open Day, Meet Student Leaders in the Class of 2020 and watch their videos, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Church and Culture

Posted by LTSP Communications on September 26, 2016 at 10:16 pm.

Six hundred empty pulpits. That’s what a recent ELCA study revealed. We currently have 600 pastoral vacancies in churches that want and can afford a pastor. Moreover, and taking into consideration estimates of the number of congregations that may shrink or close in the coming years, that number is expected to grow to 1,000 vacancies by 2020. And those figures only report pastors — and so don’t reflect shortages in youth workers, church musicians, or professional lay leaders in congregations and social ministry organizations — and is focused only on the ELCA, and so barely scratches the surface of the shortage of trained leaders that is besieging the larger church.

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The Dean Reflects: A Vision for Theological Education

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:58 pm.

Dean J. Jayakiran Sebastian reflects: Theological education takes place amidst the joys, frustrations, complexities, messiness, promise, and hope of everyday life. It is here that The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), in its long 152-year history, has encountered a plethora of opportunities and challenges, some met, others lost, that ultimately have made the institution what it is today, and will lead us as a community into our shared future with Gettysburg Seminary (LTSG).

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LTSP Alumni Association – the year ahead

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:47 pm.

After an eventful summer at the seminary and now the beginning of the last academic year as LTSP, the alumni are feeling nostalgic, concerned, and hopeful for the future of seminary education. The Rev. Annemarie Cook (MDiv ’07), President, LTSP Alumni Association considers the year ahead.

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The UTI Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:35 pm.

The UTI Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration brought the Reverend Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard to the lectern and pulpit for the 2016 event. Watch her lecture and sermon:

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Augustana Museum Open Day – October 12

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:15 pm.

The Augustana Museum will observe an Open Day when you are welcome to visit the collection. Open Day is Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:45 am, and again from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

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Meet Student Leaders in the Class of 2020

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 8:09 pm.

New students Charryse Copper, Laura Taddie, Ralen Robinson and Wayne Shipman, members of the Class of 2020, talk about their call to ministry and a seminary education.

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Class Notes – September 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:46 pm.

In September’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Kurt Lammi, the Rev. Matthew James, John Weit, the Rev. Leila Ortiz, the Rev. Rick Summy, the Rev. Dr. Denise Brown, the Rev. Emily Theobald-Rowlands, and the Rev. Craig Miller.

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LTSP Notes – September 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:57 pm.

In September’s LTSP Notes: Faith on the Avenue exhibition opens in Breidegam Connector space, and the latest from Prof. Karyn Wiseman.

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