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PS Portions – June 2017, The 153rd Commencement

In PS Portions for June 2017 – The 153rd Commencement Issue, President David Lose reflects on Commencing a New Adventure; story, videos, photos and more from the 153rd Commencement - including individual photos of graduates; information on the June 30 LTSP Closing Service and Reception; Three Days Retreat: Coming together in the midst of liturgy; Asian Theological Summer Institute returns to LTSP for 11th Year; Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge 2017 at LTSP event recap; Reformation 500th Anniversary Prints; plus June Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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Commencing a New Adventure

We held a grand commencement just a few weeks ago. I haven’t checked the records, but I suspect that with more than 100 graduates crossing the podium to receive their degrees and certificates, it came close to setting or breaking any recent commencement records at LTSP. It was a day of joy, of celebration, of thanksgiving, and of beginnings.

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The 153rd Commencement

The 153rd Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia was held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Over 100 certificate and degree recipients were joined by faculty, staff, board members, family, and friends to celebrate the special occasion, which also marked the culminating commencement of the seminary before it joins with Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg to form United Lutheran Seminary on July 1, 2017. View videos, photos, and individual graduate photos...

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LTSP Closing Service and Reception

Join the LTSP Community as we Remember and Commemorate 153 Years of Educating and Forming Public Leaders for Engagement in the World. Friday, June 30, 2017 | 3:00 pm | Ashmead-Schaeffer Chapel – Reception immediately following. Send us your thoughts on video - see the event page for details! More information and reservations...

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Three Days Retreat: Coming together in the midst of liturgy

For a number of years, on and off, liturgy students of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) have traveled to historic Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, Pennsylvania, to celebrate and experience the Triduum, all in one day known as the Three Days Retreat. This year brought a different aspect – with United Lutheran Seminary on the horizon, we were joined by students from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG).

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Asian Theological Summer Institute returns to LTSP for 11th Year

The Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI) at LTSP returned to the seminary campus for the eleventh time from May 30 - June 3, 2017. A unique opportunity for developing scholars, ATSI offers an Asian thematic focus for students who otherwise may not have the help and support of an Asian professor/faculty in their place of study.

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Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge 2017 at LTSP

The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge (HFBFC) was launched in 2015 to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of new examples of faithful, innovative, and effective ways of teaching and learning Scripture. Four students shared their projects and learnings at the April 21, 2017, day-long event. A panel of practitioners, led by keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, responded to each presentation, and the audience was then invited to question the presenters.

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Events

Prospective Student Day! This Saturday, June 17, 10:00 am

Is God calling you to become a leader in the church? Do you feel called to study theology but are not sure what direction to take? Is God calling you to something new? If these questions are your questions, why not come to Prospective Student Day and get input from faculty, staff, and current students to help in the discernment process.

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Greetings from President-Elect Latini

"I look forward to sustained dialogue in the near future about our common calling, about the shape of public theology in North America today, about living into this union of two historic Lutheran institutions, and about the promises of God that uphold us all."

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News

Position Opening: Associate Director of Admissions for United Lutheran Seminary

United Lutheran Seminary (to be launched on July 1, 2017) is seeking to fill the position of Associate Director of Admissions. The starting date is negotiable, but preference is no later than May 1, 2017. Please share this posting!

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Degree Programs

Master of Divinity

The MASTER of DIVINITY PROGRAM (MDiv) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares leaders from 30 denominations for a wide range of pastoral ministries in the Christian church.

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Alumni

2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Announcing the 2016 LTSP Distinguished Alumni Award recipients: The Rev. Roy Almquist '66, the Rev. Paul F. Bosch '56, and the Rev. Harvard Stephens, Jr. ‘87.

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Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL)

Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL) Curriculum

The Distributed Learning (DL) curriculum at LTSP is designed so that you can graduate with your Master of Divinity in as little as 3 years or choose to stretch out your program over 4-5 years. You get to choose...

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Registration and Course Information

Click here for information on how to register for courses.

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The LTSP Experience

Denominations

For persons preparing for servant-leadership in the church, most denominations have a candidacy process that requires contact with the denomination prior to the beginning of seminary.

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Giving

How Your Gift Helps

To realize the seminary’s vital mission requires significant funding. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and supporting synods provide a portion of the funds needed for annual operations. Tuition dollars, which are intentionally modest, also help. However, the...

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Alumni

Spring Convocation 2017 is NEXT WEEK!… Register by Friday! Be part of the Alumni Choir!

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia presents Spring Convocation 2017: REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE… | Join us Monday, March 27-Tuesday, March 28 for a Cookout (families invited) – Worship – Learning Sessions with the Rev. Heidi Neumark and...

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Denominations

Black Church Studies

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) offers theological education to church leaders, representing a range of denominations, that is relevant and upbuilding for the African American community in a number of different areas.

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Admissions

Vocation and Discernment

Good News! God is still very active in this world! Through the Holy Spirit, people of faith are called to be followers of Jesus Christ in their various vocations in life, whether they be plumbers or painters, teachers or...

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Admissions

Admissions FAQ

A brief list of Frequently Asked Questions focusing on Admissions

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Contextual Education

Field Education

The typical MDiv student undertakes a field education assignment for each of four semesters (normally the first two years of a full-time program).

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Denominations

Lutheran Studies Program

If you are planning to prepare for a career in a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, you are encouraged to begin the candidacy process with your synod one year prior to the time you plan to...

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Certificate Programs

Anglican Studies Certificate

For more than thirty-five years Episcopal seminarians have been receiving theological education at LTSP. In today's climate, we welcome those who are seeking formation, education and opportunity in both lay and ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.

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