This issue of PS Portions features two intriguing articles.
History of any institution is often easily forgotten. Retired US Navy Chaplain ’73 offers a remarkable glimpse into the “then” that comprises the early 1970s life on the campus, ranging from memories (and pranks) from the Old Dorm to a perspective on the Vietnam era’s impact on the campus.
Prison ministry is not a new kind of initiative across the church. A profile on seminarian Linda Manson explores her “now” contemporary approach as a mission developer/redeveloper for the ELCA in establishing Living Gospel Ministries, an outreach to furnish vital resources and encouragement to those connected with the criminal justice system.
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Amid the backdrop of seminary memories, including occasional pranks, the quality of education stands out
One of the most vivid memories from Chaplain Steven Jensen’s seminary days took place off campus.
Albany, New York, native Jensen ’73 (USN ret.) was serving as a seminary intern at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and fulfilling a once-a-week reserve military responsibility to journey to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. On a fateful Tuesday the Marine Chaplain’s office where he was assigned received an emergency phone call for help from Philadelphia International Airport.
Read about Chaplain Jensen’s story, his call, his service, and more…
Linda Manson, ready to embark on her last year at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), remembers being instilled in her youth with the critical importance of ministering to “the least of these.”
No wonder for more than 30 years Manson has been called to prison ministry — for many years as a volunteer visitor and mentor, then as a life skills education coach and re-entry specialist for the Pennsylvania Prison Society at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia. Despite terrific satisfaction she derived from teaching soon-to-be ex-offenders about topics like job skills and readiness, finding job opportunities for inmates nearing release, developing programming and mentoring lifers at Graterford, to name a few responsibilities, she felt a spiritual component was missing in her professional life.
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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 now, and more content coming through the year as we approach the Anniversary Celebrations in October. Plus, share your memories, stories, and wishes throughout the site…