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