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PS Portions – March 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 23, 2016 at 11:09 am.

In the March 2016 PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose reflects on “A goal as large as it is important,” consider “Finding seminary where you are,” Jeremiah A. Wright Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies Wayne E. Croft, Sr., reflects on “God Still Moves Stones,” a photo essay from Preaching with Power 2016, Spring Convocation 2016, Seminarians presented Awards and Scholarships, Support LTSP through Amazon Smile!, plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes…

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A goal as large as it is important

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:41 am.

It’s a goal as large as it is important: full tuition scholarships for all LTSP students.

We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from all quarters of the church to this initiative thus far, as people recognize the need to provide much more support to our students. Along with the positive comments, I have also heard several questions that I will try to address here.

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Finding seminary where you are

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:35 am.

If you asked me to give you a tour of the seminary I attended, I’d bring you to the Starbucks on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York. I’d show you the large black table where I would spread my theology textbooks and Greek New Testament book. I’d point out the power outlet that played such an essential role in my study sessions. I’d introduce you to George and Peggy, my non-matriculating, unintentional classmates. And I’d tell you that if you really wanted to understand my full seminary experience then you should order a small bowl of oatmeal and a grande blonde roast.

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God Still Moves Stones

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:25 am.

Wayne E. Croft, Sr., Jeremiah A. Wright Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies, shares a reflection for the season: Ever since the time of Jesus critics like pre-Christian Albert Henry Ross have been attempting to disprove Jesus’ resurrection. It has been documented that once Jesus was entombed Jewish authorities took extraordinary measures to ensure that Christ’s body could not be moved or stolen. They were well aware of his prediction that he would rise from the dead on the third day, and as far as they were concerned this could only happen if the disciples stole his body.

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The 34th Preaching with Power in photos

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:41 am.

For the thirty-forth year, Preaching with Power, sponsored by the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), brought outstanding preaching, teaching, and a Celebration of Music in the African American Church to Philadelphia. Here’s a recap of the week in photos – recordings will be online with the April edition of PS Portions.

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Spring Convocation starts April 11 – Alumni Board voting now open!

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:30 am.

Alumni! Voting is now open for Alumni Board representatives! Vote today here, and come to Spring Convocation to see the results and join us for COURAGE Moving Forward…

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Seminarians presented Awards and Scholarships

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:21 am.

A number of awards and scholarships are presented to LTSP seminarians each year. See some of this year’s recipients.

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Support LTSP through Amazon Smile!

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:03 am.

If you’re an Amazon.com shopper, your shopping activity can benefit LTSP! It’s easy, all you need to do is click on the smile.amazon.com link on the LTSP home page before you make a purchase and Amazon will donate to the LTSP Foundation.

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LTSP Notes – March 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:10 am.

In LTSP Notes for March: The Librarian’s Next Chapter, Library Connector Update, Welcome Vincent Dent, and Three Days Retreat, plus faculty updates from the Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian and the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman.

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Class Notes – March 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:53 am.

In March’s Class Notes: Updates from the Rev. Dr. Gene R. Stuckey, Sr.; Jennifer Davidson, PhD; and the Rev. Julius Carroll, plus a new book from PhD candidate Drew G.I. Hart. Plus the deaths of the Rev. Harry R. Billow, the Rev. Dr. John M. Brndjar, Marilyn “Butch” Walters, the Rev. Ray H. Hartman, the Rev. Terrence T. Mullins, the Rev. Joseph W. Schwartz, the Rev. Henry Sheppard, the Rev. Jack Traugott, and the Rev. Edward H. Wiediger.

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PS Portions – January 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on January 28, 2016 at 9:16 am.

January’s PS Portions includes President David Lose’s reflection on Isaiah 43:19 – “I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?” plus a look at the Distributed Learning MDiv Pathway: It’s Possible!, a Q&A with President Lose on the “Proposal for a New School of Theology and Leadership Formation,” What does Oprah have to do with theological education?, Seminarians “Being Church” in the Community, Visit Philadelphia! Friday-Sunday, Feb. 5-7, plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes.

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“I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:05 am.

For most of my life, one of my favorite Scripture verses has been Isaiah 43:19 — “I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?” These words are meant to comfort and inspire Israel in a time of hopelessness and despair, and many Christians across the ages, including myself, have found in them the promise that God regularly surprises us, showing up where we least expect God to be, bringing hope and life where we were not anticipating it. Read more of this month’s reflection from LTSP President David Lose.

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It’s Possible! The Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL)

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 6:24 am.

It’s Possible! The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is excited to announce the launch of a new and innovative pathway to seminary education and church leadership, the Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL). PS Portions talked with LTSP Associate Director of Admissions the Rev. Nate Preisinger and Educational Technologist Dr. Alexandra Reid about the Distributed Learning MDiv Pathway.

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Q&A with David Lose on the “Proposal for a New School of Theology and Leadership Formation”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 6:18 am.

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the Boards of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg passed identical resolutions of intent to form a new seminary. LTSP President David Lose responds to some questions about the proposed new school.

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What does Oprah have to do with theological education?

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 6:10 am.

What does Oprah have to do with theological education? If your answer to that question is “nothing”— think again. A small but dedicated group of students who enrolled in a January-term intensive course, “Faith, History, and Finance: The Spirituality of Business, and the Business of Spirituality,” studied how the history of markets challenges any easy division of matter from spirit or spirituality from commerce.

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Seminarians “Being Church” in the Community

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:53 am.

The “problem”: can seminarians respond quickly in moments of crisis in the community, and what can we do to get seminarians out of the cloistered walls of the seminary? The “answer” is the Seminarian Action Alert Network (SAAN). Read more about this new student-led effort…

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LTSP Notes – January 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:40 am.

In the January LTSP Notes, Prof. Karyn Wiseman reflects on “An Audacious South Africa Experience,” photo updates on the library connector construction and the campus after Winter Storm Jonas, and faculty updates from Professors Nelson Rivera, Katie Day and Jon Pahl.

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Class Notes – January 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:45 am.

In January’s Class notes, updates from the Rev. James Hulihan, the Rev. Eric Anderson, the Rev. Dr. R.L. Shepherd, the Rev. Carl W. Ames, and the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, and the deaths of Sarah (Sally) Wolfe Klos, the Reverend Dr. Donald Bruce Myrom, the Rev. Ernst “Ernie” Gerhart Schmidt, the Rev. Dr. Edward Treichel, the Rev. Dr. John M. Brndjar, the Rev. Craig J. Dorward, and the Rev. Dr. Frederick G. Neiderhiser.

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PS Portions: December 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on December 16, 2015 at 10:36 pm.

In December’s PS Portions: President David Lose considers “Acts of Hope,” Advent Reflections, Dr. LeRoy Aden has died: Emeritus Professor taught Pastoral Care at LTSP for 30 years, Peace Not Walls: Advocacy for Palestine, Annual Tree Lighting, Sounds of Advent Vespers fill Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, Continuing the Conversation: “Thoughts and prayers”
– what is enough?, Faculty Reflection: Dr. Erik Heen on Advent, plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes.

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Acts of Hope

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:11 pm.

From the President: Advent is the season of hope. We look forward to the coming the Christ child as God’s sure sign of commitment to and love for the world. We prepare to welcome Christ into our hearts, homes, and faith communities as the light of the world, the light that the darkness cannot overcome.

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Advent Reflections

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 6:20 pm.

Members of the LTSP community – alumni, seminarians, staff, and faculty – share thoughts on Advent, and you are invited to share yours.

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Dr. LeRoy Aden, Emeritus Professor who taught Pastoral Care 30 years at LTSP, has died

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:45 pm.

The Rev. Dr. LeRoy H. Aden, the Luther D. Reed Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Care at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) for nearly 30 years, died December 3, 2015, after a brief illness. He lived in Atlanta, Georgia, in retirement. His wife, the former Ruth Meyer, a long-time teacher at Germantown Academy (just outside of Philadelphia) before retiring, predeceased Dr. Aden earlier this year. (in the photo: Ruth and LeRoy Aden)

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Peace Not Walls: Advocacy for Palestine

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:30 pm.

The ELCA Peace Not Walls exhibit came to the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in early December to share the story of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) campaign to bring “positive peace” to the Holy Land. The campaign is part of a greater effort which brings together Israelis, Palestinians, and international workers in an effort to bring long term peace and justice to the area, which is connected to the traditions of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Learn more and watch a slide show of the exhibit…

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Annual Tree Lighting

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:17 pm.

What better way can you think of to get the community together than to have a community tree lighting and carol singing? That’s the idea of the annual Tree Lighting on William Allen Plaza! Read more and watch a slide show from this year’s celebration.

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Advent Vespers fills Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel with sounds of the season

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:55 pm.

After a number of years of services at churches in other parts of Northwest Philadelphia, the annual Advent Vespers “came home” to LTSP’s own Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on Sunday, December 6, 2015. With the end of an important restoration, the assembly was able to enter beneath the chapel’s reconstructed bell tower to fill the chapel and heard the lovely chapel bell calling all to prayer, and tolling during the “Our Father.” More on the story, plus photos of the service and reception…

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Continuing the Conversation: “Thoughts and prayers” — what is enough?

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LTSP Professor Katie Day considers whether “thoughts and prayers” are enough after acts of violence in America, plus UTICA member the Rev. Dr. Kevin Johnson reflects on the Laquan McDonald case.

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Faculty Reflection: Dr. Erik Heen on Advent

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LTSP Prof. Eric Heen reflects on Advent: Like Lent, Advent is a season of preparation that interrupts the flow of the church year. It is a “betwixt and between” place where extraordinary things can happen. In it Christian hope is born, a hope that is certain about the promises of God’s coming to us, for us.

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LTSP Notes – December 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:06 pm.

In this month’s LTSP notes: Seminarian will be part of ELCA live webcast, Matthew O’Rear leaving LTSP, and updates on Dean Jayakiran Sebastian, the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, and Alexandra Reid.

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Class Notes – December 2015

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December’s Class Notes include updates on Bishop Dwayne Royster, the Rev. Dr. Wylie W. Johnson, and the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, two pairs of podcasters sharing ministry and learning, and the deaths of seminarian Phillip J. Harris and the Rev. Henry G. Fromhartz.

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PS Portions – November 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on November 25, 2015 at 4:42 pm.

In November’s PS Portions: President David Lose talks about “Change in the air.” Stories and reports include Preaching Days 2015: Learning – Worship – Fellowship; UTI 35th Anniversary Gala CelebrationBanquet with keynoter Jeremiah Wright, Jr.; LTSP Prof. Karyn Wiseman reflects on her New Associate Dean position; and Dean J. Jayakiran Sebastian continues the conversation on Black Lives Matter – plus November LTSP and Class Notes.

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