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PS Portions – February 2015

PS Portions - February 2015

A Taste of Seminary Happenings \ February 2015

From the President: Forming Communities of Hope

A quick, but important question: Have you started praying yet for next year’s LTSP students?

I ask because this past weekend we had 30 or so folks on campus exploring their sense of call to leadership in the church and to the possibility of enrolling as students at LTSP. And it occurred to me what a momentous time of discernment they are in. Each feels God’s call. Each can look back and trace elements of the spiritual journey that has led them this far. Each can name those persons who have shaped, and encourage them in their faith. And now each is trying to be faithful to where God will lead them next. Read more from President Lose…



El Salvador travel seminar broadens the perspective of seminarians

Learning at a massacre siteSecond-year seminarian Sharon Richter ays her travel seminar visit to El Salvador in January “helped me face the realities of the oppressed world…”

Seminarian Seth Rumage believes his encounters with the people of El Salvador have “helped me to better understand my own faith by finding models of faith in other people. There is no doubt the nine days we spent in El Salvador have shifted my perspective on life…”

Richter and Rumage were among nine seminarians accompanying the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer, LTSP associate professor of systematic theology for the past 16 years. This was his fifth time in El Salvador, four of them accomplished with seminarians. Read more and watch extended conversation about the 2015 El Salvador Travel Seminar…



Two Upstate New York graduate students striving to become ‘better pastors’

Pastors Hammon and Stewart in  conversationUpstate New York Synod Pastors Scott Hannon and Douglas Stewart are studying for DMin advanced-level degrees at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in order to become better, more relevant pastors in their congregational settings. But both serve in considerably different contexts.

Pr. Hannon has been a pastor for four years at St. John Lutheran Church in Amherst, New York. In 2012, Amherst, Buffalo’s closest and most populous suburb, was listed by as 50th on the list of the 100 best places to live in America.

Pr. Stewart has been serving congregations in ministry for the past 20 years. He is excited about the difference the congregation he serves, Incarnate Word Lutheran Church in downtown Rochester, New York, is making in the various ways it strives to meet the needs of people in a large metropolitan urban zone (population about one million). Poverty and violence are daily concerns. Read and watch an extended interview about their DMin studies and their ministries…



Dedication of Bornemann Harpsichord February 17

Professor Robert BornemannOn Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11:30 am, Dr. Michael Krentz will present a dedicatory concert celebrating the rebuilding of the seminary’s harpsichord. Dr. Krentz is Lecturer and Director of Music Ministries/Seminary Cantor at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Assisting Dr. Krentz will be members of the LTSP community, including students Lisa Helmel Thomas, Linnea Clark, Lorraine Cotter, and Anne Heisig, and staff member Merri Bender Brown. The Rev. Dr. Robert Robinson will also make some remarks. All are invited to the dedication – learn more…



ELCA Seminary Leaders respond to open letter call to action


On January 17th, 2015, a large group of African-American presidents and deans in theological education posted “An Open Letter to Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools in the United States” on Huffington Post. The call was broad, and extended to civic leaders, government officials, and indeed “all freedom loving Americans,” asking us to recommit ourselves to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”s vision of a beloved community where all citizens experience liberty and justice, not just some. Read the response from ELCA seminary leaders…



Lineup announced for 2015 Preaching with Power events

Preaching with Power 2015Six distinguished African American preachers from a rich variety of backgrounds will headline this year’s 33rd anniversary edition of Preaching with Power in Philadelphia congregations the week of March 15, 2015. The program will include an African American Sacred Music concert at The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel at 11:15 am Wednesday March 18. All are invited to Preaching with Power events, with proceeds benefiting the J. Q. Jackson Scholarship Fund for UTI students. Read about this year’s presenters and locations…



“Living on the Edge” theme for Spring Convocation April 27 and 28

Spring Convocation 2015“Living on the Edge” will be the topic explored when The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) convenes its Spring Convocation on the seminary’s campus Monday and Tuesday, April 27-28, 2015. The edges people of faith encounter are both life-threatening and life-giving, and that we “find Jesus at the heart of it all,” said Dr. David J. Lose, seminary president, who took office at the beginning of the academic year. “Living on the edge is both threat and promise. Edges create boundaries and protect lives, while at the same time threatening to overtake us with change and renewal. Edges are things that God continues to push and stretch in ways that terrify and comfort us all at once. Learn more Convocation 2015…



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