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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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Events

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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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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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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150th Anniversary Celebration

The 150th Gala Celebration was one of a fabulous series of events! See stories, photos, and videos in the October 27 edition of PS Portions. Read the special commemorative edition of PS magazine online.

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Degree Programs

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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The LTSP Experience

Mission and Vision

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.

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Alumni Giving

As an alumnus/a of LTSP, you know the value of your education and experience while here on campus. Consider joining fellow alumni in making a gift to the seminary.

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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 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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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 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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Master of Sacred Theology

The MASTER of SACRED THEOLOGY (STM) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) emphasizes academic accomplishment, providing fuller mastery of an area or discipline of theological study.

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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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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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Accreditation and Statement of Educational Effectiveness

This page contains both the Accreditation Information and the Statement of Educational Effectiveness for The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

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