United Lutheran Seminary Names Theresa Latini as its First President

Posted by Merri Brown on April 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm.

President-elect Latini will officially begin July 1, 2017, which is also the inaugural date of United Lutheran Seminary (ULS), a consolidation of two historic Lutheran Seminaries in Gettysburg and Philadelphia. Latini comes to the presidency with extensive experience in theological education as an educator and administrator.

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Easter Courage: An Easter message from LTSP

Posted by LTSP Communications on April 16, 2017 at 2:02 am.

There are moments when it feels like Matthew’s story of the resurrection – the account many of us heard read in church this morning – is almost working at cross purposes. On the one hand, the message delivered by the angels is clear, succinct and, above all, comforting: “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised.” At the same time, however, Matthew also paints what is perhaps the most alarming and, quite frankly, awe-inspiring picture of the resurrection, complete with an earthquake and rather fearsome angel descending from the heavens to unseal the grave. No wonder the guards at the tomb faint with fear and the women are terrified.

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PS Portions: March 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 23, 2017 at 6:29 pm.

In the March PS Portions President David Lose considers “The God We Do Not Expect,” LTSP Director of Donor Services Kathie Afflerbach talks about “Grand Jury: Public Witness,” Preaching with Power’s 35th Anniversary, Paul Hanson presents thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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The God We Do Not Expect

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:27 pm.

In Lent this year, we are treated to four weeks of readings drawn from the Gospel According to John. “Treated” is the operative word in that last sentence for me because I so much enjoy John’s evocative imagery, rich symbolism, and depth of theology. As I have been reading once again through these stories of Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well, the man who receives his sight (let’s name him for what he has become, not what he suffered!), and Lazarus, I was struck by the element of surprise in each of them.

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Grand Jury: Public Witness

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:19 pm.

LTSP Director of Donor Services Kathie Afflerbach (MAR 2009), a deacon in the ELCA, reflects on her experience serving two years on a county grand jury, and how her service was informed by her faith and seminary education. Watch our conversation…

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Preaching with Power’s 35th Anniversary: Videos, Photos, Stories

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:53 pm.

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Urban Theological Institute’s Preaching with Power promised to be a series of memorable events, but a late winter snow storm was not the type of event planned as part of the celebration!

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Paul Hanson presents thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:12 pm.

Paul D. Hanson, BD, PhD, Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School, presented a thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics at LTSP on February 21. Professor Hanson brought his expertise and thoughts on the role of church and faith in society, especially in the current political context, to an audience of guests and students, and opened the floor to the audience for an engaging discussion.

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PS Portions – February 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on February 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm.

In the February 2017 PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose considers “The Next Generation of Leaders,” “Salt and Light,” Icon Gifts, Preaching Day 2017 – A Successful Revival, Preaching with Power – Celebrating 35 Years!, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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“Portraits of Jesus”

Posted by LTSP Communications on December 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm.

In the American Memorial Chapel of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, built to honor those US citizens who died defending Britain in World War II, there is a set of stained glass windows with pictures of Jesus, the nativity, … and George Washington.

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PS Portions – December 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on November 23, 2016 at 2:37 am.

In December’s PS Portions, President David Lose talks about “Portraits of Jesus,” The Annual Advent Vespers in word and pictures, Advent Reflections, Tangled Blue – Songs and Stories for the Seminary Community, God’s Church worshipping on LTSP campus, and December Class Notes

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Do you see that as a growth industry?

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 21, 2016 at 1:11 am.

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

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:42 am.

“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

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 20, 2016 at 10:18 pm.

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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Support LTSP through Amazon!

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 22, 2016 at 1:23 am.

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and Amazon donates!

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From the President: Knowing and Understanding

Posted by LTSP Communications on July 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm.

What do I know about racism? Really. Yes, I think I understand racism intellectually, as a concept and idea and theory. And, yes, perhaps from time to time I’ve even experienced some measure of prejudice, of being judged ahead of time because of assumptions people hold based on what they see. But, really, these occasional moments of prejudice or bias are not the same as racism.

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Alumna Rozella White describes her pioneering ELCA work with millennials in today’s world

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:03 pm.

Rozella White (MAR, 2010) wrote in a recent blog post (and follow up) that she considers herself “a bit of a unicorn — a Black Puerto Rican, third generation Lutheran. I was baptized, confirmed, married, educated, and called to ministry in this church [the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America].”

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July Reflection: Preaching in context … Even when it is difficult

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:19 pm.

One of the first things that I teach in my intro to preaching course is the importance of being true to the CONTEXTS of preaching — the plural nature of that word is absolutely intentional. I remind students that realtors may talk about the importance of “location, location, location.” But in preaching it’s “context, context, context.”

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“Guppy Tank” Classroom Experience Helping Students Embrace Social Justice

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 17, 2015 at 9:10 am.

While a professor at Valparaiso University, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Dr. Jon Pahl always enjoyed the chance to engage in service learning projects with students.

“I had never had the same kind of opportunity since teaching here,” said Pahl, the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor of the History of Religion.

That is, not until this past academic year, when he decided to launch a classroom concept modeled after the network television show “Shark Tank.”

He called it “The Guppy Tank,” for lack of a more suitable title.

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Abundant Life Initiative Advises Students on Managing Debt, and Myriad Ways to Cut Expenses

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 16, 2015 at 11:38 pm.

Thanks to a grant to the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries from the Lilly Endowment, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has initiated The Abundant Life Student Advising Center (ALSAC) to assist seminarians with their finances both in the short and long term. After its first year, it is helping to make life easier for LTSP seminarians.

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Reflections on ministry in a city gripped by the explosive pain of racial injustice

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 26, 2015 at 2:18 pm.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in April, four seminary alumni commented on the challenges to their respective ministries in the painful days and weeks that have followed.
“The Freddie Gray case is not the first of its kind in Maryland,” said the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. “Did you know that in the past three years in Maryland 109 prisoners have died while in police custody, most of them African American males?”

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Co-op Program enjoys strong first year, anticipates expanding

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:06 pm.

The idea of the program is that Co-op students can immediately apply their classroom learning to a congregational setting simultaneously. The initiative makes sense financially too: we can give seminarians more financial support through remuneration where they serve and complete their seminary training in three years rather than four. We’re finding that to be a really positive development, and so are the students.

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Visit the LTSP 150 Timeline online – new content added!

Posted by LTSP Communications on January 5, 2015 at 11:16 am.

Explore the 150 years of LTSP history – not to mention connections to Martin Luther, Swedish Lutherans, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, and more on the special LTSP 150th Anniversary Timeline website. You’ll find stories, video, images and more content looking back at the first 150 years of LTSP. Plus, share your memories, stories, and wishes throughout the site…

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