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PS Portions

PS Portions – January 2015

PS Portions January 2015 Masthead

From the President:
Forming Communities of Hope


President David LoseSlate magazine declared 2014 as “The Year of Outrage.” Outrage over the police shootings and excessive use of force. Outrage over environmental degradation. Outrage over proposed environmental laws to curb pollution. Outrage over human rights abuses in North Korea and other places around the world. Outrage over, well, the lack of outrage about human rights abuses.

Everywhere you look, there seems to be a sense of outrage, expressed especially and relentlessly on social media. I don’t think that’s an accident.

Read more from President Lose…

Revival in East Lansdowne: Alumnus Moses Suah-Dennis’s ground-breaking ministry


The Rev. Moses Suah-Dennis“God has a way of preparing you for your life ahead … If you trust that God is in charge, that God reigns, then no matter what life throws at you, if you keep your eyes on God you will find a way to get through it. After the storm the sun will shine.”The Rev. Moses Suah-Dennis knows something about the storms of life, as does his native Liberia, suffering through an Ebola epidemic, and the congregation he serves, which almost died before Suah-Dennis, an alumnus (MDiv 2005) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), arrived as a mission developer to re-energize the place.

Read more and watch videos about Pr. Suah-Dennis and his ministry in East Lansdowne…

Namibia’s pioneering woman: Magdalena Ya-Shalongo holds two LTSP degrees


Magdalena Ya-Shalongo on CampusThe Rev. Dr. Magdalena Naanhule Ya-Shalongo, recipient of two degrees from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), is a pioneering woman in her native African country of Namibia, serving as a pastor, educator, and the first ever woman to hold the office of principal for the Engela Parish Institute (EPI) there.

Read Magdalena Naanhule Ya-Shalongo’s story about her pioneering work in her native Namibia…



An LTSP Teach-In explores “Moving beyond racism and violence”


LTSP Teach-inIt was a compelling evening of expressive reflection at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) December 16 in the wake of tragic events during which the names of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, and others have stirred the conscience of America. Billed as “A Teach-In: Moving from Fear to Flourishing after Ferguson,” six leaders on the program shared their thoughts in a truly interfaith call to action.

View the video of the event and read a synopsis...

Seminary Director of Music Ministries Michael Krentz: Inheriting a rich seminary legacy


rf. Michael KrentzDr. Michael Krentz has a clear understanding of the vocation of a church musician: “I tell people interested in a church music career that one challenge the church is facing is that it is really difficult to make a living as a church musician,” he said. “You need to be ready to do something else AND serve as a church musician.”

Read more and watch an extended interview…

Also, learn about the newly restored harpsichord built by the late professor and seminary choir director Robert Borneman, and watch a video of Dr. Krentz playing a familiar hymn.

“Shining In, Shining Out” – Project Connect Hosts Discernment Retreat


Matt O'Rear and Leymah GboweeA group of fifty 18-30 year olds and leaders met January 8-11, 2015, in New York City for the Epiphany-themed “Shining in, Shining out.” The weekend included service projects, vocational discernment conversations, and post-dinner community reflection time. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee (at right with LTSP’s Matt O’Rear) was a special guest, and joined in conversation with the attendees.

Read more …

Upcoming Special Events!

  • Preaching with Power: Sunday, March 15 to Thursday, March 19, 2015
    details at
  • Save the Date! Spring Convocation 2015: Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28, 2015
    details soon at

Be watching your email for more details!

Upcoming Educational Opportunities

For personal enrichment, continuing study. or leading to a degree, LTSP has many opportunities. Here are a few:

Americans, the Bible, and the “Middle East” Adult Learning Workshop – starts this weekend on campus and online

Seminars on Educational Ministry in Congregations – One-day seminars/workshops on select Saturdays explore various facets of educational ministries in congregations. Continuing through April.

Audit a course this Spring

Asian Theological Studies Program online starting Spring 2014

In Class Notes: updates from the Rev. Christoph Schmidt, Maria Fumai Dietrich, the Rev. Charles Plummer, the Rev. David Kistler, and the Rev. Karen Sease and the Rev. Laura Tancredi, plus obituaries of alumni Pastors Gunther J. Stippich and Roy E. Gulliford.

This month’s LTSP Notes include a story about the SOLI Institute awarding LTSP two grants; updates from the Rev. Dr. Katie Day, the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, and the Rev. Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath; and an obituary for Ruth M. Aden, a member of the LTSP community for 27 years and wife of emeritus professor LeRoy Aden.

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