Current and Upcoming Courses

LTSP Advanced Level Courses

Fall 2012 | Spring 2013 | Fall 2013 | Spring 2014 |

January 2013 Intensives

  | Spring Semester | June Term |

PhD Teaching seminar

This seminar will explore methods of teaching in higher education settings, such as colleges and seminaries. The seminar prepares for teaching assistant responsibilities that are a required part of the PhD program.

January 7-11 – STM/DMin – Hospitality and Hostility: The Sacraments and the Church in a Globalized World  (Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes)

What are the markers of hospitality and hostility around the sacraments? What does the rite of baptism have to do with issues of health, ecology, inclusion, justice and the poor? How the celebration of the Eucharist is associated with notions of international power, race, land/food, world migration and non-documented immigrants in US? This course seeks to help students to become aware of philosophical, social, political, racial, class, and sexual references that mark the Christian faith but usually go unnoticed in the theological thinking and the liturgical practices of the sacraments.  In order to do that, this course intends to offer tools for the students to make connections the sacraments and historical processes of globalization, under the rubrics of hospitality. 

January 14-18 – DMin -- DMin Collegial Seminar (Dr. Storm Swain)

A seminar for DMin students in which case studies are used to explore theological and pastoral issues in ministry.

January 21-25 – STM/DMin – Hebrew Prophets:  The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Dr. Karla Bohmbach, Susquehanna University)

This course will examine the Old Testament prophets and, more generally, the phenomenon of biblical prophecy, including popular attempts to use the prophetic material for end-of-world predictions.  To organize our study, we will make use of three main rubrics:  1) The Good – prophetic teachings and experiences of God’s mercy, compassion, salvation, and justice; 2) The Bad – prophetic teachings and experiences of God’s judgment, discipline, punishment, and rejection; and 3) The Ugly – prophetic use of the metaphors which depicts God as an avenging rapist/abuser of “His” wife, Israel/Judah/Jerusalem.  Throughout the course we will attend to how these texts have been used in misguided and hurtful ways, and particularly, how we might instead teach and preach them helpfully and well in congregational settings.

January 21-25 -- STM/DMin -- Eclessia in a World of Injustices (Karen Bloomquist)

Outrage over critical challenges in our society and world (e.g., as raised by the Occupy movement) should be a wake-up call to churches.  As people of faith, we must engage these challenges theologically, address them from out of who we are, and in collaboration with others, pursue changes for the sake of the world God so loves.  How might this transform the usual theological assumptions and practices of the church?  Through subversive practices of seeing, remembering and connecting, how can faith communities bear witness in a world of illusions, amnesia, and polarizing injustices? 

 Due to a change in the academic calendar the Spring Intensive date is being moved to January.

| Spring Semester | June Term | 

Spring 2013

| January Term | DMin/STM | STM/PhD | PhD | June Term |

PhD seminar --American Religious History (Dr. Jon Pahl)

This course studies the historical contexts of "religions" in "America."  Common readings will guide discussion for the first half of the course, with student presentations and peer responses guiding the second half.  Students can engage their thesis research and/or comprehensive examination readings with the topic of the course.

STM/PhD Research Methods (Dr. Mrinalini Sebastian)

A thorough examination of the variety of research methodologies available for STM theses and PhD dissertations in scriptural/theological/historical/social-ethical disciplines.  Special attention will be given to the actual theses and dissertations being proposed by the participants.

STM/PhD Trinitarian Theology (Dr. John Hoffmeyer)

The doctrine of the Trinity provides basic orientation for the Christian Church's theology and ministry. This seminar has two goals: to explore some of the key conceptual questions that have arisen in the history of Trinitarian theology; and to provide each seminar participant the opportunity to examine how Trinitarian theology can help orient work in her/his own field of specialized theological study.

STM/DMin First Theologians: African Guides on the Christian Way (Dr. Walter Wagner)
(Distance Education Course students should have computer competency and will need to work through the LTSP LMS Site.)  

African-based thinkers and doers were the first theologians and key leaders in early Christianity.  Controversial in their time, they influence and speak to us now.  The course looks at their lives, ideas, and opponents, and the questions they pose as we seek to walk in the Christian Way.

STM/DMin – Ritual Care in Times of Transition or Crisis (Dr. Elaine Ramshaw) 
(Distance Education Course - students should have computer competency and will need to work through the LTSP LMS Site.) 

This course will examine how pastoral concerns can help shape our ritual approach at times of transition and crisis in people’s lives.  We will look at the traditional Christian rituals occasioned by sickness, marriage and death/bereavement, and also at the developing of rituals for other occasions, such as miscarriage/stillbirth, divorce, marriages that form stepfamilies, adoption, or the move into a nursing home.

June Term 2013

June 3-7 – STM/DMin Prophetic Preaching in the African-American Tradition (Dr. Wayne Croft)

This course will examine the history, theology, and practice of prophetic preaching within the African American tradition. Since the course is designed to be a seminar, students will be expected to critique social issues and deliver social conscious sermons. The sermons of acclaimed African American prophetic preachers will be viewed to serve as an example and critiqued. Students should be able to develop their own vision for prophetic preaching, moving from a specific Biblical text to a sermon.

June 10-14 – STM/DMin Reading St. Paul from the Heart (Dr. Richard Jeske)

What emerges from Paul’s own pathos as a central figures in his theology offers a hermeneutic that enables a new reading of his and other early Christian literature.

ADDITIONAL COURSE:  June 10-14 – STM/DMin Practical Theology for Small Churches: Sustainable Christian Education and Formation (Dr. Jana Strukova)

This course discusses the concept of sustainability as the basis for implementing educational ministry in a small church setting.  It emphasizes the interrelatedness between God’s justifying and sanctifying praxis in God’s creation and human communities—be it churches, family households, or individual neighborhoods.  The course attends to the design of Christian education and formation as a wholistic ministry of interdependence between human communities in response to God’s transformation in the lives of believers and the world.

June 17-20 – DMin Colloquiua I & II (Dr. David D. Grafton)

Colloquium I introduces students to the DMin program and advanced level study in a peer learning environment, while Colloquium II prepares students for their DMin Project.  Both Colloquia are offered concurrently. 

June 24-28 STM/DMin – Rooted in the Means of Grace: Spirituality for Worship  (Dr. Johnathan Linmann)

Corporate worship is a primary focus for Christian spirituality and faith practice. This course serves as a basis to plan, discuss and lead spiritual liturgical experiences that fully nurture Christian formation in the power of the Holy Spirit in various formats. Class time emphasizes the study of liturgical worship, intentional reflection on spiritual experience, presentations and discussions. Each student will have the opportunity to plan and lead a liturgy during time in residence for this course.


For further information on courses for 2011-12, email the Director of Graduate Studies at or call 215-248-6347. 

For further information for admission requirements for LTSP Graduate Programs email or call 215-248-7302.

For registration information, email the Registrar at or call 215-248-6305.

Also: For information on STM courses at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg go to or call 717-334-6286.

For information on STM courses at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, go to their website at or call 803-461-3253 (registrar). For travel seminars at LTSS, email or click on "Seminary Events."