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PS Portions – October 2016

In October's PS Portions, President David Lose reflects on "Do you see that as a growth industry?" and shares a personal note, plus we meet alumnus the Rev. William Fluck, share a full collection of videos from the Money, Mission and Media event with great conversation for all leaders of the church, and October's LTSP Notes and Class Notes!

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Do you see that as a growth industry?

A few years ago, on a flight back from presenting at a synod assembly, I was seated next to a venture capitalist. He told me about a variety of opportunities in which he was currently investing. Then he asked me what I did. I shared that I was someone who trains leaders for the church. “Church,” he said, pausing for a moment, then asking, “Do you see that as a growth industry?”

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Donor Profile: William Fluck

“The three best years of my life were my attendance at LTSP!” proclaimed the Rev. William A. Fluck, sharing a kind smile. “I found the intellectual rigor tremendously invigorating.” Pastor Fluck has been giving faithfully and generously to the seminary over many years for these reasons, and because, he says, “I feel the seminary is really the root of the church. I’ve had a positive experience along the way. I attribute that to my training.”

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Money, Mission, and Media: Insights and Strategies for 21st Century Ministry – video report

Ministry in the twenty-first century presents unique challenges and fresh opportunities for the church. At the forefront of these changes are questions about stewardship, mission, and the ever-evolving world of social media and technology. Presenters Adam Copeland, Mihee Kim-Kort, Keith Anderson, and fellow Philadelphia-area ministry practitioners explored what this means - watch the presentations for their insight and understanding.

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Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation October 31 – Join us on campus for livestream viewing

LTSP invites ecumenical partners to share a live community gathering to view the livestream of this historic Joint Ecumenical Commemoration event in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. Monday, October 31, 2016 | Livestream begins 9:30 am

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Called to Community: Singing the Baptized Life Festival November 4

LTSP and Trinity Lutheran Church are sponsoring the Called to Community: Singing the Baptized Life Hymn Festival on Friday, November 4, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm. The festival is being held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 W. Main Street, Lansdale, PA 19466. All are welcome.

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Advent Vespers – December 4

On Sunday, December 4, 2016, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) marks the Advent season with its annual Advent Vespers. Under the theme “Come! Bring Healing, Bring Peace,” the Service of Evening Prayer will provide a time for prayer, reflection, and silence – things that are a gift from God in our fevered world. Learn more and register – free! – today!

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Announcing Preaching Days 2017: Anna Carter Florence and William Willimon

Preaching Days returns in 2017 with two dynamic and nationally known preachers – William Willimon and Anna Carter Florence – and a twist: we're making it a one-day event on Monday, February 13, 2017 | 9:30 am - 3:30 pm | Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the LTSP Campus | Free!

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Uniting Pennsylvania Seminaries Choose Name, Launch Presidential Search

“United Lutheran Seminary sums up our vision of the future into which we believe God is calling us,” declared Bishop James Dunlop of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, at the conclusion of two days of meetings held mid-August in Philadelphia. The name of the consolidated school that will bring together the Lutheran Theological Seminaries at Gettysburg (LTSG) and Philadelphia (LTSP) was the unanimous choice of the governing bodies of two seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

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Prospective Student Day! Saturday, November 5, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Is God calling you to become a leader in the church? Do you feel called to study theology but are not sure what direction to take? Is God calling you to something new? If these questions are your questions, why not come to Prospective Student Day and get input from faculty, staff, and current students to help in the discernment process.

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Admissions FAQ

A brief list of Frequently Asked Questions focusing on Admissions

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Black Church Studies

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) offers theological education to church leaders, representing a range of denominations, that is relevant and upbuilding for the African American community in a number of different areas.

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Academic Programs

Continuing Education

Learn more about the ways that LTSP can help you continue your education as a church leader or interested lay person, including Non-Credit Continuing Education, Certificate Program in Lutheran Church Leadership, Biblical Insights on Faithful Leadership, Seminars on Educational...

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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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Given my diversified upbringing and experience with several different denominations before (and after!) confirmation, I am drawn to an ELCA Lutheran seminary to deepen my theological roots and understandings.

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2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Announcing the 2016 LTSP Distinguished Alumni Award recipients: The Rev. Roy Almquist '66, the Rev. Paul F. Bosch '56, and the Rev. Harvard Stephens, Jr. ‘87.

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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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Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy

The DOCTOR of PHILOSOPHY (PhD) program at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) equips persons for vocations of teaching and research and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice in accord with the standards of the Association of...

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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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Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Religion

The MASTER of ARTS in RELIGION (MAR) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares students for further academic study and ministerial leadership in the Christian Church.

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Alumni Giving

As an alumnus/a of LTSP, you know the value of your education and experience while here on campus. Consider joining fellow alumni in making a gift to the seminary.

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