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PS Portions: August 2015

In August's PS Portions: President Lose considers "Coming Alongside," the Church and Advocacy, UTI is 35!, continuing the discussion in the aftermath of Charleston with LTSP's the Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard and the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson - and a reflection from the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer, the demise of the Scarlet Oak, fall events, and LTSP and Class Notes.

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From the President: Coming Alongside

Of the many unique features of the Gospel of John, one of my favorite is the Fourth Evangelist’s description of the Holy Spirit. Paracletos is the Greek word John employs, and it is translated variously as “Advocate,” “Helper,” and “Comforter.” But it’s really a compound noun perhaps better translated as “the one who comes alongside of” another. I love this word because I think it captures beautifully the work of the Holy Spirit not to solve our problems, but to come alongside as we struggle, not to grant our wishes, but to come alongside and test our visions and encourage us to work for our dreams.

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Associate Professor Charles Leonard reflects on Charleston and recalls his early life ‘pact with God’

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) alumnus and Associate Professor Charles Leonard vividly recalls the morning decades ago when he gave a trial sermon at then Messiah Lutheran Church at 40th and Broad Streets in North Philadelphia. He was a candidate to join the Rev. Michael Merkel on the congregation’s clergy staff. It would become his first call to a congregation. “A woman in the congregation stood up and said she could not handle having a black man as a pastor in the church,” recalled Leonard, who is associate professor for Integrated Theology and director for Contextual Education at the seminary. He’s been on the faculty for 18 years.

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Reflecting in the aftermath of Charleston: Quintin Robertson reminds ‘We are one in the spirit’

“For the past two months I have become enamored by the lyrics to the hymn, ‘We are one on the Spirit, one in the Lord. They will know we are Christians by our love’,” said the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson, director of the seminary’s Urban Theological Institute and Black Church Studies program.

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Events

Preaching Days – October 19-21

Preaching Days returns to LTSP with lectures, workshops, and worship opportunities, and with ample time for conversation, fellowship, and reflection! Outstanding presenters include Thomas Long, Audrey West and Paul Scott Wilson, along with LTSP's own Karyn Wiseman and Wayne Croft.

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The UTI Certificate program starts September in Mt. Airy AND West Chester!

The Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has partnered with St. Paul’s Baptist Church of West Chester, Pennsylvania, to offer its Certificate Programs in Christian Ministry and Church Leadership at St. Paul’s - and on LTSP's Mt. Airy campus - beginning September, 2015.

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UTI is 35! Join us!

The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) celebrates 35 years since its founding with two special days - Tuesday, September 22 - Lecture and Worship Celebration with Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., and Friday, October 23 - Gala Banquet with speaker Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Join us for the events! Become a sponsor!

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Events

“From Conflict to Convergence” – Tuesday, October 6 Convocation

Join LTSP Professor Emeritus the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert for a special convocation, “From Conflict to Convergence,” exploring the continued re-development of the relationship between the Lutheran church and other denominations and the Roman Catholic Church post-Reformation.

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Events

Opening Week 2015

All are welcome to the beginning of LTSP's 152nd Academic Year with Opening Invocation on Tuesday, August 25, and the first Eucharist service of the year on Wednesday, August 26.

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Ministry Resource Day – Thursday, September 17

“Digital Pluralism and the Death and Resurrection of the Church” Everyone knows the culture has changed – perhaps faster in recent years than at any time in centuries. But what, exactly, has changed? And why does the Church so often feel left behind? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we do about it? Join LTSP President the Rev. Dr.David Lose for for this free event on Thursday, September 19! Info and free registration...

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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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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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Office for Philanthropy

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

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The LTSP Experience

President David Lose

The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose is president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Lose assumed his duties at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. He was Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St....

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Registrar

Registration for Fall Semester 2013 Is Now Open! Deadline for on-time registration is Friday, August 2

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The Master of Divinity — Co-operative Model

New, first of its kind model: Students graduate in three years with a full Master of Divinity degree, a strong foundation in spiritual formation, and three years of congregational leadership experience.

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Contextual Education

Internship and Practicum

Internship is not an academic requirement for the MDiv degree but is an ecclesiastical requirement for ordination by the ELCA and some other denominations. Students needing internship should plan to do it between the second and third academic years.

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Urban Theological Institute

For over 30 years, The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has been dedicated to providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant and upbuilding for the African American community.

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Doctor of Philosophy

The DOCTOR of PHILOSOPHY (PhD) program at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) equips persons for vocations of teaching and research and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice in accord with the standards of the Association of...

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Admissions Policies & Information

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia offers degrees in The Master of Divinity, The Master of Arts in Religion, The Master of Arts in Public Leadership, The Master of Sacred Theology, and The Doctor of Ministry.

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The Registrar

Welcome to the Office of the Registrar at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Our office is responsible for student academic records, preparation and publication of course schedules, course registration and grades, degree audits and transcripts, certification of students...

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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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