PS Portions – Spring 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm.

In this issue of PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose: “Ready, Set, Launch,” ULS President-elect Latini Meets and Greets, Remembering Fred Borsch, Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff, and video and photos from Spring Convocation 2017 – REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE… Plus LTSP Notes from retired profesor Richard Stewart and an update from Luther D. Reed Professor J. Paul Rajashekar, and Class Notes from the Rev. Melvin Hammer and the Rev. Carl W. Ames, plus the Rev. Thomas Richter shares stories about climate change and ministry in Alaska, and an opportunity to share your LTSP stories.

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“Ready, Set, Launch”

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They don’t often televise rocket launches anymore. I suppose they are too commonplace. But I am just old enough to remember the last couple of launches of the Apollo space program that sent astronauts to the moon and the excitement generated as the voice from Mission Control counted down, “10, 9, 8, 7… 3, 2, 1, Ignition, Blast off!”

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ULS President-elect Latini Meets and Greets

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:48 am.

United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) President-elect Theresa Latini recently visited the LTSP campus to meet with students, staff, and faculty. After being introduced and providing background information about herself, Dr. Latini fielded questions from the community. Inquiries ranged from “Do you play tabletop games and what is your experience with Settlers of Catan?” to “How welcoming and open are you, and are you a safe person for us?”

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Remembering Fred Borsch

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Members of the seminary community share their remembrances of The Rt. Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch, professor, colleague, and friend to many in the community. Dr. Borsch, known to many as simply “Fred,” died early on April 11, 2017, from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia. He was 81 years old. Read their remembrances and watch videos and a slide show from his time at LTSP.

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Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 8, 2017 at 8:34 pm.

Believing that being both in the classroom and the pulpit is necessary for a seminary professor, the Reverend Wayne E. Croft Sr., DMin, PhD, the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies at LTSP also serves as Senior Pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dr. Croft talks about his work as professor and pastor, and his work in the community. Dr. Croft is being recognized this summer by the American Baptist Churches with the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award for outstanding work for peace and justice.

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Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff

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LTSP alumna the Rev. Nicole Diroff’s faith journey has led her to the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, where she serves as Associate Executive. Pr Diroff talks about her work, and about the Interfaith Center’s Inter-Seminary Initiative. The initiative brought Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel to the LTSP campus for conversation, and seminarians share their reflections on the event.

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Spring Convocation 2017 – Remembrance and Promise: Report, Videos & Photos

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LTSP welcomed alumni and friends to the last Spring Convocation of the Philadelphia seminary on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, 2017, for “Remembrance and Promise,” both a celebration of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a look toward the promise of United Lutheran Seminary. Watch videos and slide shows from Spring Convocation

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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

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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.”

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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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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

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

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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.”

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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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