From President Phil Krey - November 2013

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President Krey

We have many exciting developments in this issue of PS Portions. Take a look!

First, please don’t forget to honor our retiring Professor Timothy Wengert as he delivers his farewell lecture at 11:30 am Tuesday, November 19, with remarks on Reformer Martin Luther’s “Freedom of a Christian.” For those of you too distant to attend, the remarks will be streamed live from our website at

Also please note that our Advent Vespers are right around the corner. At a special reception we will be honoring the Drs. Helga and Reinhard Schwartz with our Soli Deo Gloria Award. See the sidebar article in this issue for details about this wonderful annual event.

This issue also features articles on our recently received Thrivent Financial for Lutherans grant to promote our Coop program and internships partnering with congregations in our region, and on our Urban Theological Institute. 

You can also read about the first woman to receive a degree on our campus in a piece that continues the celebration of 150th anniversary highlights of our wonderful school. The Rev. Martha Kriebel, a United Church of Christ (UCC) pastor who still serves as Pastor of Trinity Reformed UCC in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, at the age of 78, was awarded her degree in 1965.

Please don’t forget to mark your calendar, if you have not already done so, for our gala 150th anniversary celebration event on Thursday, October 16, 2014. Our Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Elizabeth Eaton, will be the gala keynote speaker. More details will be forthcoming.

Our commencement speaker this coming spring will be former Presiding Bishop of the ELCA Mark Hanson. He will receive an honorary doctorate degree during the ceremonies May 20, 2014.

We continue to enroll a good number of seminarians, but increasingly they are studying part time. For this reason, our Board of Trustees has voted to explore options for re-purposing the use of some of our buildings on campus. Among those plans is the possibility of re-purposing the Refectory, Kaufmann Cottage, and one wing of Wiedemann for use as an inn.

Watch for more details on these plans in future issues!

And as always, thank you for your encouragement and support as our 150th anniversary plans continue to unfold.

Philip D.W. Krey

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