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PS Portions: March 2017

In the March PS Portions President David Lose considers "The God We Do Not Expect," LTSP Director of Donor Services Kathie Afflerbach talks about "Grand Jury: Public Witness," Preaching with Power's 35th Anniversary, Paul Hanson presents thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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The God We Do Not Expect

In Lent this year, we are treated to four weeks of readings drawn from the Gospel According to John. “Treated” is the operative word in that last sentence for me because I so much enjoy John’s evocative imagery, rich symbolism, and depth of theology. As I have been reading once again through these stories of Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well, the man who receives his sight (let’s name him for what he has become, not what he suffered!), and Lazarus, I was struck by the element of surprise in each of them.

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Grand Jury: Public Witness

LTSP Director of Donor Services Kathie Afflerbach (MAR 2009), a deacon in the ELCA, reflects on her experience serving two years on a county grand jury, and how her service was informed by her faith and seminary education. Watch our conversation...

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Preaching with Power’s 35th Anniversary

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Urban Theological Institute's Preaching with Power promised to be a series of memorable events, but a late winter snow storm was not the type of event planned as part of the celebration!

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Paul Hanson presents thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture

Paul D. Hanson, BD, PhD, Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School, presented a thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics at LTSP on February 21. Professor Hanson brought his expertise and thoughts on the role of church and faith in society, especially in the current political context, to an audience of guests and students, and opened the floor to the audience for an engaging discussion.

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“On the Way to United Lutheran Seminary” Webinar LIVE Monday, April 3

Register now for the Monday, April 3 live webinar “On the Way to United Lutheran Seminary” with Presidents David Lose and Michael Cooper-White sharing the latest information on ULS. Bishop Claire Burkat will be the moderator. The webinar will be live from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT, and space is limited. There is no cost to attend the webinar.

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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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United Lutheran Seminary Sees Both Visible and Invisible Progress

Announces New Logotype, Official Action by Accreditors and Dept of Ed
United Lutheran Seminary marked both visible and invisible progress as it introduced its new graphic mark and typography today and noted recent action by two accrediting agencies and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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2017 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge is April 21

The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert will be keynote speaker at the all-day Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge at LTSP on April 21. The challenge invites seminary students to explore new ways of engaging Scripture in a congregational or ministry setting. Four students share their projects and learnings at this day-long event. A panel of practitioners, led by keynote speaker Dr. Wengert, will respond to each presentation, and those in attendance will be invited to respond. The day is free and open to the public - lunch included, registration required!

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Nelson Rivera Appointed Associate Professor of Theology at Moravian Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry, and Director of the Latino Concentration, will join the Moravian Theological Seminary faculty this fall as Associate Professor of Theology.

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Housing and Campus Life

LTSP offers a variety of housing opportunities for non-commuter students. Full time students can find accommodations in the Wiedemann Center and historic buildings on the periphery of campus.

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Contact information for the staff of LTSP's Office of Advancement. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Take a Course

Adults of all educational and religious backgrounds are welcome to take courses at the seminary for personal and professional enrichment or to find out if seminary is right for you through LTSP’s Adult Learning offerings.

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Academic Calendar

This is the academic calendar that contains all dates of note for the current academic year.

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Krauth Memorial Library

History of the Library

A major component in the seminary’s educational program is the 200,000 volume Krauth Memorial Library. It boasts one of the finest scholarly collections of any Lutheran institution in America and it houses archives of five of the seminary’s supporting...

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UTI Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate in Church Leadership

The CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in CHURCH LEADERSHIP prepares clergy and lay leaders to administer church programs, and to lead faithfully and effectively in today’s challenging contexts. The Certificate Program in Church Leadership is a ministry of the Urban Theological Institute...

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LTSP 150th Anniversary Timeline

LTSP 150th Anniversary Timeline

As part of its 150th Anniversary, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has created an interactive timeline website to share the story of the seminary - WITNESS TO A CHANGING WORLD: BUILDING ON OUR DYNAMIC PAST. Learn more about...

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Anglican Studies Program

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has long expressed an ecumenical partnership with the ECUSA through a relationship with the Diocese of Pennsylvania. For more than thirty-five years Episcopal seminarians have been receiving theological education at LTSP.  In today's climate, we welcome those...

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The LTSP Experience

Campus Safety and Security

The primary responsibilities of the LTSP Security Office are: Protection of life and property Prevention of crime Providing service to members of the seminary community while concurrently preserving an environment conducive to the pursuit of educational goals and personal growth

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Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate Programs

Now on the LTSP campus and in West Chester! The UTI Certificate Programs are an initiative of The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant...

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The Community

Multicultural Mission Resource Center

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is a seminary deeply rooted in a long historical and denominational tradition that has opened itself up to innovative theological and missiological possibilities.

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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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"Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world."