LTSP Notes – January 2015
LTSP Awarded Two Stewardship Institute Educational Grants
The Stewardship of Life Institute (SOLI) has awarded four grants totaling $23,540 for initiatives that will help Lutheran church leaders promote stewardship education in their congregations, synods and other ministry contexts.
The four awards range from $1,115 to $12,000 and comprise the second funding round that SOLI has granted under a new program that seeks to foster creative and collaborative stewardship efforts in the Lutheran church. SOLI is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and headquartered at Gettysburg Seminary. SOLI’s mission is to advance stewardship education.
The two awards to LTSP were for:
- Two intensive stewardship classes at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. “The Stewardship of Bricks and Mortar” will focus on issues arising from the maintenance, use and renovation of church buildings. “Financial Stewardship: Planning, Budgeting and Management” will help prepare leaders to handle the economic affairs of congregations and non-profit organizations..
- A practical program for residential students at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia focusing on the household economics of food, nutrition and food preparation.
The other two awards went to the ELCA Metro Chicago and Central States synods.
Under the grant program, SOLI accepts proposals on a continuing basis and makes awards twice a year – in spring and fall. The application deadline for the Spring round of funding is March 15. Details and a grant application form can be found at stewardshipoflife.org/grant.
Founded in 1994, the Stewardship of Life Institute works to inspire, equip and educate Christians to see stewardship as a key part of their walk as followers of Jesus Christ. Its website, stewardshipoflife.org, offers links to hundreds of free resources that promote holistic stewardship. SOLI offers a free weekly e-newsletter, SOLI/Update, listing the newest resources.
The Rev. Dr. Katie Day The Charles A. Scheiren Professor, Church and Society, and Director of the Metropolitan/Urban Concentration
Prof. Day is currently co-editing a Companion on Public Theology to be published by Brill next year. It brings together many of the leading public theologians from around the globe engaging various aspects of public theology, and will be a unique, cutting edge resource for the field. I also continue to serve on the editorial board of the International Journal for Public Theology.
The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman Associate Professor of Homiletics and Director of United Methodist Studies
- Book chapter being released this winter – “Writing for the Ear,” a chapter for the book Writing Theologically for Fortress Press and edited by Dr. Eric Baretto, Luther Seminary
- Wrote and submitted four Holy Week Commentaries for “Preaching Helps” in the journal Currents in Theology and Mission for Dr. Barbara Lundblad, editor
- January 4 and February 8 – Preaching at Reformation Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- January 11 and 25 – Teaching Adult Forum at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania
- January 21-22 – Preaching and Teaching at Area Clergy Gathering in Lincoln, Nebraska (Great Plains Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church)
The Rev. Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath Coordinator of Student Services
During the fall of 2014, Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath has been serving as a theological reviewer of new confirmation materials for Sparkhouse. She has also been the regular supply preacher for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania since September.
Ruth M. Aden, 83, a vibrant contributor to community life at LTSP during the 27 years her husband, LeRoy, was professor of pastoral ministry at the seminary, died January 1 while on hospice care in Austell, GA. Ruth Aden earned a degree in music education in 1952 from Wartburg College in Dubuque, IA, where she met her husband. While a part of the seminary community, Ruth was a teacher of elementary music at several schools, spending most of her career as a teacher at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA, where she taught 25 years before retiring in 1994. Dr. LeRoy Aden, a professor emeritus, taught at LTSP from September 1967 to June 1994. Ruth Aden’s survivors include her husband; a son, David; a daughter; Elizabeth Aden-Buie; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the beginning of February in Allentown, Pennsylvania at Holy Spirit, 3461 South Cedar Crest Blvd, Emmaus, Pennsylvania. See the Forever Missed website for updates.
Visit the memorial website to read more about Ruth Aden, view photos, and share your memories. [note that the site plays music when you go to the page] Photo of Ruth and LeRoy Aden from the website.
Ruth and Roy Aden and Martha Reumann shared stories of their life at LTSP on the LTSP 150 website.