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Spring Convocation 2015 – Living on the Edge

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Spring Convocation 2015

Join us Monday, April 27 – Tuesday, April 28, 2015, as The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia presents Convocation, 2015: Living on the Edge. Living on the Edge will explore how leaders in the church are both challenged and blessed by the edges that we encounter.

When we asked what edges you are encountering, here’s what you said:
• cultural divides within the church
• the realities of poverty and homelessness
• the call for the church to be an incarnational presence of Jesus in the world
• the reminder that life and death strengthen and threaten the connection we have to our faith

The Rev. Leila Ortiz

The Rev. Leila Ortiz

What was clear for what we heard is that the edges you encounter are both life-threatening and life-giving, and that you find Jesus at the heart of it all. “Living on the edge” is both threat and promise. Edges create boundaries and protect lives, while at the same time threaten 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. In the death and resurrection of Jesus, God’s edges are unbounded and always expanding to reach out to embrace and welcome those who feel pushed out. We have to hold all of it in tension together in order to best appreciate the work of ministry in this ever changing world. Come explore what it means to live on the edge with us.


President David Lose

President David Lose

Monday evening: cookout and social gathering (children welcome!)

Tuesday Program: learning sessions by President David Lose and Pastor Leila Ortiz, LTSP PhD Candidate, plus newly added session “Worshipping on the Edge” by the Rev. Kevin Strickland, Director of Worship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Tuesday evening: faculty reception; Easter Vespers worship and dedication of the Bornemann Harpsichord; Annual Banquet with presentation of Distinguished Alumni Awards and “State of the Seminary” address by President Lose

FULL SCHEDULE (Please note that the schedule is different from Spring Convocation in recent years)


Monday, April 27, 2015
4:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Cookout (children invited)*
7:00 pm Closing: Scripture, camp songs, prayer, schedule for tomorrow
7:30 pm Informal gatherings (local establishments and/or rooms on campus, Lull Lounge)
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
8:30 am Coffee, juice, granola bars, fruit (available through mid-morning)*
9:00 am Registration
9:30 am Welcome and Introductions
10:00 am Session I: Living on the Edge
presenter: The Rev. Dr. David Lose, President
11:30 am Alumni Association annual meeting
noon Lunch*
12:45 pm Welcome back; announcements
1:00 pm “Worshipping on the Edge”
The Rev. Kevin Strick;and, Director of Worship, ELCA
2:15 pm Session II: Living on the Edge
presenter: The Rev. Leila Ortiz, PhD Candidate, LTSP
3:45 pm Class Pictures/Break
4:00 pm Reunions/Free time
4:45 pm Reception with the Faculty*
Lull Lounge
6:00 pm Easter Vespers and Dedication of the Bornemann Harpsichord
Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel
6:45 pm Banquet (including Distinguished Alumni Awards and State of the Seminary)*
Benbow Hall
* included in full registration, or purchase separately – see the registration form

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