The Baptistery for the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel

The new Baptistery and campus entrance for the Shaeffer-Ashmead chapel is an opportunity for Episcopalians to offer gratitude and share in the future of worship and education at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).

hallmarks of the baptistery

A Dynamic New Setting The baptistery will be given special prominence as a symbol of our common baptismal covenant and the existing font will be relocated and repurposed into the modern baptistery design.

Spiritual Access The baptismal font will be repositioned, creating a prayer space accessible to the LTSP community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

More than a Baptismal Font A new pool allows baptism by immersion (rather than submersion) with water flowing continually between the pool and the old font, symbolizing the blending of the past and future.

  • A Pool designed with a lip for seating and a paschal candle allowing baptisms of all expressions of faith.
  • A Gate with a tree motif. The thematic design symbolically ties the font and pool together and provides security.
  • Stained Glass Windows Once obscured stained glass windows will be prominently displayed creating a stunning focal point in the sanctuary.

In Partnership with the Episcopal Community The new baptistery and entrance from the campus is a gift in celebration of the many Episcopal clergy and church leaders who have been educated at LTSP. This effort also recognizes the generous donation of the Lutheran font in the Episcopal Cathedral, given by our Lutheran partners in sacrament and worship since the 2001 Called to Common Mission.

 the vision

“ ... we Episcopalians have an opportunity to express our thanks and our desire to further Christian unity by funding a new baptistery for the LTSP chapel that holds so many memories for us. Please join in the effort to work toward the goal of Jesus, ‘that they all may be one.’ ” Amanda Smoot, MAR ’98, STM ‘02, LTSP; Member, Board of Trustees, LTSP

“To think that Episcopalians who have learned and taught and otherwise benefited in many ways from Christian education and theology at the Lutheran seminary would have the privilege of funding the Chapel’s new campus entrance and the baptistery is a loving way to give thanks to God and the seminary.” The Rt. Rev. Frederick Houk Borsch, PhD, Professor of New Testament and Chair of Anglican Studies, LTSP

“The baptistery will serve as the campus entrance to the chapel, providing the anchor for the spiritual axis of the campus. This lovely bench-lined space will also serve as a prayer chapel for members of the LTSP community to go apart to pray. Such a space has long been needed on campus.” The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, President; Ministerium of New York Professor Early Church History, LTSP

the challenge

The baptistery has special prominence as a sign of our common baptismal covenant. This unique giving opportunity is a cross collaboration between two partners in expressing our faith.

  • $150,000 Total cost for construction
  •  Naming Opportunities Many naming opportunities are available for this project:
• Prayer Space
• Font
• Pool

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