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PS Portions – November 2015

In November's PS Portions: President David Lose talks about "Change in the air." Stories and reports include Preaching Days 2015: Learning - Worship - Fellowship; UTI 35th Anniversary Gala CelebrationBanquet with keynoter Jeremiah Wright, Jr.; LTSP Prof. Karyn Wiseman reflects on her New Associate Dean position; and Dean J. Jayakiran Sebastian continues the conversation on Black Lives Matter - plus November LTSP and Class Notes.

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Change is in the Air

Anyone paying even a little attention knows that it’s been a difficult few years for theological education. It’s a hard time to be in theological education, and we at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) have felt the challenges personally and poignantly. And yet….

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Preaching Days 2015: Learning – Worship – Fellowship

This October saw the return of the popular Preaching Days to the LTSP campus. For three days, attendees were rewarded with lectures fro five outstanding preachers along with worship opportunities, workshops, and opportunities for fellowship and reflection.

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UTI is 35! Gala Celebration Banquet

The Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is celebrating its 35th Anniversary, and a highlight of the anniversary year was the Gala Celebration Banquet, keynoted by the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.'s address. Watch video of Dr. Wright's address, view photos from the Gala, and read about the celebration...

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Annual Tree Lighting Friday, December 4

5:30 pm | William Allen Plaza
* Caroling * Refreshments * Christmas Ensemble from the Salvation Army, Philadelphia Citadel * Bring unwrapped toys for children ages newborn to 11+ years *

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January 2016 Learning Opportunities!

LTSP offers a January Term full of learning opportunities! Why not take advantage of these outstanding course offerings to build and sharpen your skills? Here are one week offerings for continuing education and personal enrichment by auditing a class...

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Alumni Board & Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations now open

LTSP alumni! Now is the time to submit your nominations for Alumni Board members and Distinguished Alumni 2016. Make your submissions online now!

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

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The Annual Advent Vespers – Sunday, December 6

Advent Vespers is "coming home" this year to our own Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel! We will be able to enter beneath our reconstructed bell tower, and hear the lovely chapel bell calling us to prayer and tolling during the "Our Father." Sunday, December 6 | 4:30 pm Vespers | Reception featuring good food and musical entertainment by "The Groove Grace Group" playing Advent and Holiday (Christmas) music, with a swing feel, to follow (all are welcome, please RSVP online)

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Peace Not Walls Convocation and Exhibit – December 1

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is working for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel through our campaign, Peace Not Walls. Through accompaniment, advocacy and awareness-raising, Peace Not Walls connects ELCA members to our companions and promotes dignity, full respect for human rights, healing and reconciliation. This convocation and accompanying exhibit are designed to raise awareness and provide background on the major issues of the conflict.

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The Institute of Lifelong Learning at LTSP

Whether you are a lay person, neighbor, leader in the church, or someone who is curious about faith in the world and has a desire to deepen your understanding, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia offers a wide selection of courses and workshops, taught by internationally acclaimed faculty and speakers, that are available in various formats — on-campus and online — to meet your busy schedule and satisfy your theological curiosity.

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Black Church Studies

Preaching with Power 2015 – Preachers

The Thirty-third Anniversary of Preaching with Power brings outstanding preaching, teaching, and an African American Sacred Music Concert to Philadelphia. Proceeds from Preaching with Power benefit the J. Q. Jackson Scholarship Fund. Watch videos of all the preaching and...

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Degree Programs

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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Registration and Course Information

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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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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

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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Affiliated Students

All First Theological Degree-Level student whose MDiv studies have been undertaken at a non-ELCA seminary, if seeking ordination in the ELCA, are required to “affiliate” with an ELCA seminary. The seminary assists the student’s ordination process, oversees the student’s...

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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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Certificate Programs

Certificate of Theological Study

Students with accredited undergraduate degrees who desire first professional-level courses for credit but do not desire to enter a degree program may choose instead to take a more limited program leading to a Certificate of Theological Study.

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The Community

Theological Education with Youth

TEY is Totally Excellent Youth. TEY is Transforming Events with Youth. TEY is Thoughtful Explorations with Youth.

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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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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 LTSP Experience


LTSP's online bookstore with makes it possible for students to do "one stop shopping" for all of their textbooks. You can order your books online, get cash back at the end of the semester, charge books to...

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UTI Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate in Christian Ministry

The CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in CHRISTIAN MINISTRY equips clergy and lay leaders for faithful and effective ministry in the parish by enhancing their skills in Bible study, church doctrine, church history, preaching, and worship.

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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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