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Spring Convocation 2015 – Session Presenters

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Spring Convocation 2015

Meet the session presenters:

President David LoseSession I: “Living on the Edge” is being presented by LTSP President the Rev. Dr. David Lose. Dr. Lose assumed his duties as LTSP’s president at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. He was Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, before accepting the presidency at LTSP. Dr. Lose shares his thoughts on his blog …in the Meantime and on Day1.

“For one hundred and fifty years, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has formed public leaders for a public church,” Dr. Lose noted as he began his service. “Its deep confessional roots, ecumenical commitments, and responsiveness to its context and constituents have never been needed more than today. I am both humbled by the community’s trust and thrilled by the prospect of working alongside great colleagues and students to lead the school into the future God has prepared for us.”

Dr. Lose, 49, earned both his MDiv and STM at LTSP. A member of the preaching faculty at Luther Seminary since 2000, Lose served as Academic Dean from 2005-2008, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, led the creative team that developed, and directed several grants funded by the Lilly Endowment to research congregational vitality. He has been greatly interested in exploring new models for congregational leadership and witness in the twenty-first century.

You can view more from Dr. Lose on his seminary biography page.

The Rev. Leila Ortiz

Session II: “Living on the Edge” is being presented by the Rev. Leila Ortiz. Pastor Ortiz is a doctoral candidate at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and Associate Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She has a passion for Protestant Latino/a Liberation theologies in the United States, and is especially interested in those she calls Latino/a “Luthercostals” – Pentecostals who have come to the Lutheran church and merge their experience with Lutheran theology. Leila claims that, “When Latino/as come to the Lutheran church from another tradition, they tend to make it their own and find a sense of belonging within the tradition, theology, and liturgy. This belonging does not erase their formation. Instead, faith traditions merge and the Spirit brings about something fresh, new, and exciting. This, then, gives a bright new flavor to the tradition already in place.” Leila is eager for us to explore together what “bright new flavor” the Spirit is calling us to engage as the body of Christ.

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