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PS Portions – July 2016

In July's PS Portions: LTSP President David Lose talks about "Hope," LTSP Professor Katie Day reflects on her trip with Professor Storm Swain to the commemoration of the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, UTI Director Quintin Robertson gives an update on the UTI, meet DMin Studies Coordinator Allison deForest, the Dedication of the Augustana Museum, and President David Lose's address at Spring Convocation - plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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Hope

Hope. It's different than optimism. That may seem like a distinction without much of a difference, but on that score I beg to disagree. Optimism, you see, is the belief that things will always get better, circumstances will naturally improve, present challenges will eventually pass, and so are not to be worried about.

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Church Being Church — Reflections on Commemorating the Mother Emanuel Massacre

This past June, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s the Rev. Dr. Katie Day and the Rev. Dr. Storm Swain traveled to “Mother Emanuel” AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, to attend events commemorating the Charleston Massacre, where nine people were shot and killed at Bible Study while praying — the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, the Rev. Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, the Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Myra Thompson, and the Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr. The following are Prof. Day’s reflections on the events marking the tragedy.

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The Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson – UTI at LTSP

The Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson, Director of The Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, gives an update on the UTI, how UTI is preparing leaders in the changing context of the church, and how his work in interim ministry and Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft's ministry as pastor of a congregation in West Chester inform their teaching and learning.

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Meet DMin Studies Coordinator the Rev. Allison deForest

The Rev. Allison deForest is a pastor, an LTSP PhD student, and Coordinator of DMin Studies at LTSP. Meet Pr. deForest in this video, where she talks about how she combines these different roles, and discusses how LTSP's DMin program offers relevant learning in a changing world of ministry and the church.

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Augustana Museum Dedicated June 25

The Augustana Museum of the Augustana Institute at the Lutheran Archives Center was dedicated on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The dedication included a short service with Officiant the Rt. Rev. Dr. Jonas Jonson, Bishop Emeritus, Strängnäs stift Church of Sweden, and a tour of the museum, located in The Brossman Center.

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Events

Money, Mission, and Media: Free Event September 27

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. What does stewardship mean and look like in the midst of our present realities? How can we leverage technology and new media as a means of grace and platforms to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ? Don’t miss the unique conversation with our featured presenters Adam Copeland, Mihee Kim-Kort, Keith Anderson, and fellow Philadelphia-area ministry practitioners as we explore these questions, gain insight, and develop strategies for supporting our mission and ministries today. This event is free with registration and open to the public.

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Basics in Luther and Lutheranism – Register Today!

Presenter: The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert – This short course explores some of the challenges in Christian relations with people of other religions in a pluralistic society, examining a number of critical theological issues. Four consecutive Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm | Live on the LTSP campus OR online webinar

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The Institute of Lifelong Learning at LTSP

Whether you are a lay person, neighbor, leader in the church, or someone who is curious about faith in the world and has a desire to deepen your understanding, LTSP offers a wide selection of courses and workshops, taught by internationally acclaimed faculty and speakers and available in various formats — on-campus and online — to meet your busy schedule and satisfy your theological curiosity.

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Giving

How Your Gift Helps

To realize the seminary’s vital mission requires significant funding. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and supporting synods provide a portion of the funds needed for annual operations. Tuition dollars, which are intentionally modest, also help. However, the...

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Admissions

Are you feeling called to a seminary education? Begin here to learn more about the LTSP experience and how to apply.

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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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Alumni

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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Housing and Campus Life

LTSP offers a variety of housing opportunities for non-commuter students. Full time students can find accommodations in the Wiedemann Center and historic buildings on the periphery of campus.

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The Community

Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel

The gathering of the LTSP community around Word and Sacrament stands at the core of our life together, continuing to shape who we are and how we live, learn, and serve. Music and liturgy frame our engagement with the...

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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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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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Degree Programs

Master of Sacred Theology

The MASTER of SACRED THEOLOGY (STM) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) emphasizes academic accomplishment, providing fuller mastery of an area or discipline of theological study.

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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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Doctor of Ministry

Designed as a flexible program, the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced professional degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry. It presupposes both the completion of a first professional degree in theology and experience in a field...

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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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UTI Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate in Church Leadership

The CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in CHURCH LEADERSHIP prepares clergy and lay leaders to administer church programs, and to lead faithfully and effectively in today’s challenging contexts. The Certificate Program in Church Leadership is a ministry of the Urban Theological Institute...

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