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PS Portions: Farewell Edition

In this Farewell issue of PS Portions: United We Stand. United We Pray.; Closing activities at Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses; July 1, 2017: First day for ULS and for the first ULS President; Karol Mason, ULS student and staff member, preaches First Sermon; Passages: LTSP Distinguished Alumnus and former Trustee Bishop Harold Weiss and former LTSP President Raymond Bost; plus Class Notes and United Notes.

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United We Stand. United We Pray.

On June 30, 2017, both The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg marked the end of their respective communities with prayers, sadness, mourning, memories, reflection, and fellowship. The very next day, the communities consolidated to become United Lutheran Seminary — One Seminary, Two Campuses.

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“Wake, Awake!” marks Gettysburg Seminary’s Last Day

On the night of June 30, 1863, Lydia Ziegler (one of the children of the seminary steward) spotted campfires of U.S. troops beyond Seminary Ridge. The Battle of Gettysburg would begin the next day. On the night of June 30, 2017, a group of students, alumni, faculty, faculty emeriti, staff, staff emeriti, and friends gathered to share an evening remembering Gettysburg Seminary’s history.

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Service of Closing and Gathering mark LTSP’s Last Day

On June 30, 2017, over 200 gathered in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia to pray, congregate, reflect, and give thanks for the history and legacy of the seminary and each other. All then walked across the way to The Brossman Center’s Benbow Hall for feast and fellowship. The gathering marked the final day of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia before joining the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg to become the Philadelphia Campus of United Lutheran Seminary, One Seminary on Two Campuses.

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July 1, 2017: First day for ULS and for the first ULS President

July 1, 2017, marked the first day for the new United Lutheran Seminary – One Seminary on Two Campuses, Gettysburg + Philadelphia. The day also marked the first day in office for the first president of United Lutheran Seminary (ULS), the Rev. Dr. Theresa Latini.

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Karol Mason, ULS student and staff member, preaches First Sermon

United Lutheran Seminary's Karol Mason is both an MDiv student and Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Advancement and Director of Advancement Operations for United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). As a Minister in Training (MIT) at Grace Baptist Church, Mason preached her First Sermon in July.

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Passage: Bishop Harold Weiss (BD 1955), LTSP Distinguished Alumnus, Trustee

The Rev. Harold S. Weiss (BD 1955), 86, Bishop Emeritus of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, died peacefully at home on July 15, 2017. Bishop Weiss graduated from LTSP with a BD in 1955, and served LTSP as a member of the Board of Trustees. He and his wife Mary Anne were presented the Soli Deo Gloria Award in recognition of their decades of service to the church and the seminary.

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Passage: The Rev. Dr. Raymond Morris Bost, past president at LTSP

The Rev. Dr. Raymond Morris Bost, 91, seventh president of Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina, and president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia from 1976 - 1985, died on Monday, July 10th, 2017, at Kingston Residence of Hickory. Dr. Bost served the church in many different capacities during his years in ministry.

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United Notes – Summer 2017

In United Notes: Introducing ULS Associate Director of Admissions the Rev. Becca Erlich (MDiv 2011) and Interim Director of Contextual Formation the Rev. Dr. John Largen, plus updates on Professor Wayne Croft and Emeritus Professor Timothy Wengert.

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Class Notes – Summer 2017

In this Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Cheryl Hoffman, the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, the Rev. Phil Shuart, the Rev. Marsha Anderson, and the Rev. Justin Lingenfelter, and the deaths of the Rev. Dr. Arvids Ziedonis, Jr., Cynthia Gillis, and the Rev. Dr. E. Werner Weinreich.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL)

THE MASTER OF DIVINITY—DISTRIBUTED LEARNING PATHWAY (DL) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) allows students to pursue their calling from virtually anywhere in the world. Combining online learning, contextual experiences, and residential study, the DL program helps...

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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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Master of Arts in Religion

The MASTER of ARTS in RELIGION (MAR) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares students for further academic study and ministerial leadership in the Christian Church.

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The Legacy of Grover and Irma Wright

In fall 2010, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) established The Dr. Grover C. and Irma S. Wright Scholarship Fund for African American Lutheran Students for LTSP students seeking to become rostered professional leaders in the church. The inauguration...

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