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PS Portions – Spring 2017

In this issue of PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose: "Ready, Set, Launch," ULS President-elect Latini Meets and Greets, Remembering Fred Borsch, Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff, and video and photos from Spring Convocation 2017 - REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE... Plus LTSP Notes from retired profesor Richard Stewart and an update from Luther D. Reed Professor J. Paul Rajashekar, and Class Notes from the Rev. Melvin Hammer and the Rev. Carl W. Ames, plus the Rev. Thomas Richter shares stories about climate change and ministry in Alaska, and an opportunity to share your LTSP stories.

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“Ready, Set, Launch”

They don’t often televise rocket launches anymore. I suppose they are too commonplace. But I am just old enough to remember the last couple of launches of the Apollo space program that sent astronauts to the moon and the excitement generated as the voice from Mission Control counted down, “10, 9, 8, 7… 3, 2, 1, Ignition, Blast off!”

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ULS President-elect Latini Meets and Greets

United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) President-elect Theresa Latini recently visited the LTSP campus to meet with students, staff, and faculty. After being introduced and providing background information about herself, Dr. Latini fielded questions from the community. Inquiries ranged from "Do you play tabletop games and what is your experience with Settlers of Catan?" to "How welcoming and open are you, and are you a safe person for us?"

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Remembering Fred Borsch

Members of the seminary community share their remembrances of The Rt. Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch, professor, colleague, and friend to many in the community. Dr. Borsch, known to many as simply "Fred," died early on April 11, 2017, from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia. He was 81 years old. Read their remembrances and watch videos and a slide show from his time at LTSP.

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Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft

Believing that being both in the classroom and the pulpit is necessary for a seminary professor, the Reverend Wayne E. Croft Sr., DMin, PhD, the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies at LTSP also serves as Senior Pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dr. Croft talks about his work as professor and pastor, and his work in the community. Dr. Croft is being recognized this summer by the American Baptist Churches with the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award for outstanding work for peace and justice.

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Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff

LTSP alumna the Rev. Nicole Diroff's faith journey has led her to the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, where she serves as Associate Executive. Pr Diroff talks about her work, and about the Interfaith Center's Inter-Seminary Initiative. The initiative brought Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel to the LTSP campus for conversation, and seminarians share their reflections on the event.

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Spring Convocation 2017 – Remembrance and Promise: Report, Videos & Photos

LTSP welcomed alumni and friends to the last Spring Convocation of the Philadelphia seminary on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, 2017, for "Remembrance and Promise," both a celebration of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a look toward the promise of United Lutheran Seminary. Watch videos and slide shows from Spring Convocation

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Greetings from President-Elect Latini

"I look forward to sustained dialogue in the near future about our common calling, about the shape of public theology in North America today, about living into this union of two historic Lutheran institutions, and about the promises of God that uphold us all."

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News

Position Opening: Chief Financial Officer for United Lutheran Seminary

United Lutheran Seminary (to be launched on July 1, 2017) is seeking to fill the position of Chief Financial Officer. The review of applicants begins on April 15, 2017, and the search remains open until filled. Please share this posting!

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Position Opening: Associate Director of Admissions for United Lutheran Seminary

United Lutheran Seminary (to be launched on July 1, 2017) is seeking to fill the position of Associate Director of Admissions. The starting date is negotiable, but preference is no later than May 1, 2017. Please share this posting!

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Admissions

Admissions FAQ

A brief list of Frequently Asked Questions focusing on Admissions

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Office for Advancement

Contact information for the staff of LTSP's Office of Advancement. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Certificate Programs

Certificate of Theological Study

Students with accredited undergraduate degrees who desire first professional-level courses for credit but do not desire to enter a degree program may choose instead to take a more limited program leading to a Certificate of Theological Study.

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Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL)

Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL) Curriculum

The Distributed Learning (DL) curriculum at LTSP is designed so that you can graduate with your Master of Divinity in as little as 3 years or choose to stretch out your program over 4-5 years. You get to choose...

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Affiliated Students

All First Theological Degree-Level student whose MDiv studies have been undertaken at a non-ELCA seminary, if seeking ordination in the ELCA, are required to “affiliate” with an ELCA seminary. The seminary assists the student’s ordination process, oversees the student’s...

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The LTSP Experience

Campus Safety and Security

The primary responsibilities of the LTSP Security Office are: Protection of life and property Prevention of crime Providing service to members of the seminary community while concurrently preserving an environment conducive to the pursuit of educational goals and personal growth

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Admissions

Vocation and Discernment

Good News! God is still very active in this world! Through the Holy Spirit, people of faith are called to be followers of Jesus Christ in their various vocations in life, whether they be plumbers or painters, teachers or...

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Krauth Memorial Library

History of the Library

A major component in the seminary’s educational program is the 200,000 volume Krauth Memorial Library. It boasts one of the finest scholarly collections of any Lutheran institution in America and it houses archives of five of the seminary’s supporting...

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The LTSP Experience

Mission and Vision

Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world.

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Denominations

Anglican Studies Program

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has long expressed an ecumenical partnership with the ECUSA through a relationship with the Diocese of Pennsylvania. For more than thirty-five years Episcopal seminarians have been receiving theological education at LTSP.  In today's climate, we welcome those...

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The Community

Institute for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Dialogue

The overall objective of the Institute is to encourage and facilitate conversation and communication among persons of different traditions in order to promote cooperation and understanding.

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Contextual Education

Internship and Practicum

Internship is not an academic requirement for the MDiv degree but is an ecclesiastical requirement for ordination by the ELCA and some other denominations. Students needing internship should plan to do it between the second and third academic years.

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"Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world."