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Philadelphia and Gettysburg Seminaries Offer Tuition-Free Education

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG) today announced a dramatic increase in the amount of financial aid each school is giving students, including making full-tuition scholarships available to all new full-time, ELCA rostered leader candidates studying in residence. “In partnership with the ELCA, our supporting Synods, and many faithful congregations and individuals, we decided the time is right to make seminary education far more affordable for our students,” declared Presidents Michael Cooper-White (LTSG) and David Lose (LTSP). In addition to this generous offer for new students, the schools also expect to increase scholarships for all current full-time enrollees.

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Alumni Board Nominations – there’s still time to nominate!

LTSP alumni! There's still time to submit your nominations for Alumni Board members. Make your submissions online now!

Spring Convocation: Monday-Tuesday, April 11-12, 2016
Save the Date and join us!

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“Our God” and “Your God”: Christian Faith Among Other Faiths – On Campus and Online starting Feb. 18!

Five consecutive Thursdays, February 18-March 17, 2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm -- Live on the LTSP campus OR online webinar -- Presenter: The Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar, Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology, LTSP -- This short course explores some of the challenges in Christian relations with people of other religions in a pluralistic society, examining a number of critical theological issues. Learn more and register today!

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Preaching with Power 2016 – March 13-17

Preaching with Power returns this March! Highlights for the 34th year include a Celebration of Music in the African American Church, a discussion of Terrorism in America — Sacred Places, plus powerful preaching by the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley, Bishop Violet L. Fisher, the Rev. Jocelyn K. Hart, the Rev. Julian DeShazier, and Bishop Jeffrey N. Leath, Come! Be inspired!

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PS Portions – January 2016

January's PS Portions includes President David Lose's reflection on Isaiah 43:19 - “I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?” plus a look at the Distributed Learning MDiv Pathway: It's Possible!, a Q&A with President Lose on the “Proposal for a New School of Theology and Leadership Formation,” What does Oprah have to do with theological education?, Seminarians “Being Church” in the Community, Visit Philadelphia! Friday-Sunday, Feb. 5-7, plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes.

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“I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?”

For most of my life, one of my favorite Scripture verses has been Isaiah 43:19 — “I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?” These words are meant to comfort and inspire Israel in a time of hopelessness and despair, and many Christians across the ages, including myself, have found in them the promise that God regularly surprises us, showing up where we least expect God to be, bringing hope and life where we were not anticipating it. Read more of this month's reflection from LTSP President David Lose.

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It’s Possible! The Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL)

It's Possible! The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is excited to announce the launch of a new and innovative pathway to seminary education and church leadership, the Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL). PS Portions talked with LTSP Associate Director of Admissions the Rev. Nate Preisinger and Educational Technologist Dr. Alexandra Reid about the Distributed Learning MDiv Pathway.

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Q&A with David Lose on the “Proposal for a New School of Theology and Leadership Formation”

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the Boards of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg passed identical resolutions of intent to form a new seminary. LTSP President David Lose responds to some questions about the proposed new school.

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What does Oprah have to do with theological education?

What does Oprah have to do with theological education? If your answer to that question is “nothing”— think again. A small but dedicated group of students who enrolled in a January-term intensive course, “Faith, History, and Finance: The Spirituality of Business, and the Business of Spirituality,” studied how the history of markets challenges any easy division of matter from spirit or spirituality from commerce.

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The Daring Way™ for Faith Leaders convocation April 5

In this all-day convocation, we experience the Daring Way™ curriculum developed by Dr. Brené Brown has to offer. We will learn with and from each other, create sacred ground where our stories are honored and where you can explore how your faith and ministry connect.

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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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Contextual Education

Clinical Pastoral Education

CPE is an ecclesiastical (not academic) requirement for ordination by the ELCA and some other denominations. Designed to provide an intensive pastoral care experience coupled with deep reflection and discernment, CPE offers students the opportunity to hone their listening...

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Certificate Programs

Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies

The Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies is designed to follow the first theological degree (MAR or MDiv), and to enable the candidate to engage in serious study in applied theology. It may be combined with study for either the...

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Academics

Krauth Memorial 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.

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Admissions

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Apply for admission to LTSP online. Click on degree of interest to apply now. There are separate forms and instructions for:

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Why LTSP?

Given my diversified upbringing and experience with several different denominations before (and after!) confirmation, I am drawn to an ELCA Lutheran seminary to deepen my theological roots and understandings.

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Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Public Leadership

The MASTER OF ARTS in PUBLIC LEADERSHIP (MAPL) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) trains those committed to making a difference in the world through public leadership.

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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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The Community

Institute for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Dialogue

The overall objective of the Institute is to encourage and facilitate conversation and communication among persons of different traditions in order to promote cooperation and understanding.

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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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Asian Theological Summer Institute – Application Deadline Feb. 1

An annual mentoring program for doctoral students of Asian heritage. The 2016 Institute is Tuesday, May 31 – Saturday, June 4, 2016 - Applications accepted through February 1, 2016.

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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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"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."