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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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Events

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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Religion and Identity in the Middle East: the rise of Islamic Radicalism – Lifelong Learning!

Five consecutive Thursdays, March 31-April 28, 2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm -- Live on the LTSP campus OR online webinar -- The “Middle East,” as it is commonly known by Americans, has been a land of fascination, frustration, and fear. Many Americans find the tapestry of its peoples, languages, cultures, and religions to be confusing, and yet the Middle East is so prominent in our news and media. These five sessions will look at the cultural perspectives of the people of the Middle East, the Arab Spring, and the rise of Islamic Radicalism as protest movements, including al-Qaeda and (ISIS). The purpose of this course is to help North American Christians move beyond fear to become creatively engaged as peacemakers and responsible citizens and in our own communities. Learn more and register today!

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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, LTSP offers a wide selection of courses and workshops, taught by internationally acclaimed faculty and speakers and available in various formats — on-campus and online — to meet your busy schedule and satisfy your theological curiosity.

Next offering is "Our God" and "Your God": Christian Faith Among Other Faiths, followed by Religion and Identity in the Middle East: the rise of Islamic Radicalism, Convocation on Brené Brown's "The Daring Way™," Basics in Luther and Lutheranism, and more. Click for details and to register online!

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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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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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Giving

Office for Advancement

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

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The LTSP Experience

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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UTI Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate in Church Leadership

The CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in CHURCH LEADERSHIP prepares clergy and lay leaders to administer church programs, and to lead faithfully and effectively in today’s challenging contexts. The Certificate Program in Church Leadership is a ministry of the Urban Theological Institute...

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Admissions

Visit LTSP

Is God calling you to become a leader in the church? Do you feel called to study theology but are not sure what direction to take? Is God calling you to something new? LTSP offers many opportunities, from Prospect...

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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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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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Denominations

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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Krauth Memorial Library

The Doberstein Window

This beautiful stained glass window was installed in the Krauth Memorial Library in March 1975. It is a memorial to Professor John W. Doberstein, whose friends had contributed funds for it in his memory.

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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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Registration and Course Information

Course Schedules

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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 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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Giving

Giving Opportunities

Click to view a list of our designations and ways to give to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

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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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Degree Programs

Master of Divinity

The MASTER of DIVINITY PROGRAM (MDiv) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares leaders from 30 denominations for a wide range of pastoral ministries in the Christian church.

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The Community

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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Contextual Education

Field Education

The typical MDiv student undertakes a field education assignment for each of four semesters (normally the first two years of a full-time program).

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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."