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PS Portions: Farewell Edition

Posted by LTSP Communications on August 11, 2017 at 4:18 am.

In this Farewell issue of PS Portions: United We Stand. United We Pray.; Closing activities at Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses; July 1, 2017: First day for ULS and for the first ULS President; Karol Mason, ULS student and staff member, preaches First Sermon; Passages: LTSP Distinguished Alumnus and former Trustee Bishop Harold Weiss and former LTSP President Raymond Bost; plus Class Notes and United Notes.

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United We Stand. United We Pray.

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:47 am.

On June 30, 2017, both The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg marked the end of their respective communities with prayers, sadness, mourning, memories, reflection, and fellowship. The very next day, the communities consolidated to become United Lutheran Seminary — One Seminary, Two Campuses.

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“Wake, Awake!” marks Gettysburg Seminary’s Last Day

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:30 am.

On the night of June 30, 1863, Lydia Ziegler (one of the children of the seminary steward) spotted campfires of U.S. troops beyond Seminary Ridge. The Battle of Gettysburg would begin the next day. On the night of June 30, 2017, a group of students, alumni, faculty, faculty emeriti, staff, staff emeriti, and friends gathered to share an evening remembering Gettysburg Seminary’s history.

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Service of Closing and Gathering mark LTSP’s Last Day

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:22 am.

On June 30, 2017, over 200 gathered in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia to pray, congregate, reflect, and give thanks for the history and legacy of the seminary and each other. All then walked across the way to The Brossman Center’s Benbow Hall for feast and fellowship. The gathering marked the final day of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia before joining the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg to become the Philadelphia Campus of United Lutheran Seminary, One Seminary on Two Campuses.

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July 1, 2017: First day for ULS and for the first ULS President

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:47 am.

July 1, 2017, marked the first day for the new United Lutheran Seminary – One Seminary on Two Campuses, Gettysburg + Philadelphia. The day also marked the first day in office for the first president of United Lutheran Seminary (ULS), the Rev. Dr. Theresa Latini.

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Karol Mason, ULS student and staff member, preaches First Sermon

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:19 am.

United Lutheran Seminary’s Karol Mason is both an MDiv student and Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Advancement and Director of Advancement Operations for United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). As a Minister in Training (MIT) at Grace Baptist Church, Mason preached her First Sermon in July.

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Passage: Bishop Harold Weiss (BD 1955), LTSP Distinguished Alumnus, Trustee

Posted by LTSP Communications on August 10, 2017 at 11:30 pm.

The Rev. Harold S. Weiss (BD 1955), 86, Bishop Emeritus of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, died peacefully at home on July 15, 2017. Bishop Weiss graduated from LTSP with a BD in 1955, and served LTSP as a member of the Board of Trustees. He and his wife Mary Anne were presented the Soli Deo Gloria Award in recognition of their decades of service to the church and the seminary.

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Passage: The Rev. Dr. Raymond Morris Bost, past president at LTSP

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:15 pm.

The Rev. Dr. Raymond Morris Bost, 91, seventh president of Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina, and president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia from 1976 – 1985, died on Monday, July 10th, 2017, at Kingston Residence of Hickory. Dr. Bost served the church in many different capacities during his years in ministry.

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United Notes – Summer 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:13 pm.

In United Notes: Introducing ULS Associate Director of Admissions the Rev. Becca Erlich (MDiv 2011) and Interim Director of Contextual Formation the Rev. Dr. John Largen, plus updates on Professor Wayne Croft and Emeritus Professor Timothy Wengert.

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Class Notes – Summer 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:14 pm.

In this Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Cheryl Hoffman, the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, the Rev. Phil Shuart, the Rev. Marsha Anderson, and the Rev. Justin Lingenfelter, and the deaths of the Rev. Dr. Arvids Ziedonis, Jr., Cynthia Gillis, and the Rev. Dr. E. Werner Weinreich.

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PS Portions – June 2017, The 153rd Commencement

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 10, 2017 at 11:56 am.

In PS Portions for June 2017 – The 153rd Commencement Issue, President David Lose reflects on Commencing a New Adventure; story, videos, photos and more from the 153rd Commencement – including individual photos of graduates; information on the June 30 LTSP Closing Service and Reception; Three Days Retreat: Coming together in the midst of liturgy; Asian Theological Summer Institute returns to LTSP for 11th Year; Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge 2017 at LTSP event recap; Reformation 500th Anniversary Prints; plus June Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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Commencing a New Adventure

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:47 am.

We held a grand commencement just a few weeks ago. I haven’t checked the records, but I suspect that with more than 100 graduates crossing the podium to receive their degrees and certificates, it came close to setting or breaking any recent commencement records at LTSP. It was a day of joy, of celebration, of thanksgiving, and of beginnings.

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The 153rd Commencement

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:43 am.

The 153rd Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia was held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Over 100 certificate and degree recipients were joined by faculty, staff, board members, family, and friends to celebrate the special occasion, which also marked the culminating commencement of the seminary before it joins with Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg to form United Lutheran Seminary on July 1, 2017. View videos, photos, and individual graduate photos…

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Three Days Retreat: Coming together in the midst of liturgy

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 9, 2017 at 1:57 pm.

For a number of years, on and off, liturgy students of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) have traveled to historic Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, Pennsylvania, to celebrate and experience the Triduum, all in one day known as the Three Days Retreat. This year brought a different aspect – with United Lutheran Seminary on the horizon, we were joined by students from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG).

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Asian Theological Summer Institute returns to LTSP for 11th Year

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:19 pm.

The Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI) at LTSP returned to the seminary campus for the eleventh time from May 30 – June 3, 2017. A unique opportunity for developing scholars, ATSI offers an Asian thematic focus for students who otherwise may not have the help and support of an Asian professor/faculty in their place of study.

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Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge 2017 at LTSP

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:45 am.

The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge (HFBFC) was launched in 2015 to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of new examples of faithful, innovative, and effective ways of teaching and learning Scripture. Four students shared their projects and learnings at the April 21, 2017, day-long event. A panel of practitioners, led by keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, responded to each presentation, and the audience was then invited to question the presenters.

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Greetings from President-Elect Latini

Posted by Merri Brown on May 5, 2017 at 2:56 pm.

“I look forward to sustained dialogue in the near future about our common calling, about the shape of public theology in North America today, about living into this union of two historic Lutheran institutions, and about the promises of God that uphold us all.”

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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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