Posted by LTSP Communications on November 27, 2016 at 6:50 am.
In November’s PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose reflects on “A Different Leader,” LTSP and LTSG Admissions Directors Nate Preisinger and Lauren Muratore share “A United Conversation,” Meet Your Advancement Team and learn more about the work they do for the seminary, along with upcoming special events (all free!), plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes.
Posted by LTSP Communications on November 26, 2016 at 1:05 am.
Almost every call committee I know, when searching for a pastoral candidate, has identified what it hopes its future pastor will be able to do: preach, teach, lead worship, pray, visit, extend pastoral care, and so on. That makes a certain sense and aligns with how we often think of leadership — leaders are the people who do things, who get things done, who take actions on behalf of their organizations.
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Recently, both Directors of Admissions for Philadelphia and Gettysburg seminaries — the Rev. Nate Preisinger and the Rev. Lauren Muratore — came together in beautiful Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia for a candid conversation about United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). They shared their visions, hopes, and personal experiences, as well as touching on the critical tuition-free initiative, groundbreaking curriculum, and other visionary ideas and priorities that will form this new institution.
Posted by LTSP Communications on November 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm.
LTSP’s reinvigorated Advancement Team is “an extraordinary group of strong and capable individuals who check their egos at the door, manifest true humility, and produce an extremely high quality of work,” according to Dennis Trotter, Senior Vice President for Advancement and President of the LTSP Foundation.
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LTSP’s Office for Advancement recently sponsored an “Afternoon with the President” event at Luther Crest Senior Living Community in Allentown. It featured LTSP President David Lose, who presented his vision for United Lutheran Seminary and answered questions from the group.
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On Sunday, December 4, 2016, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) marks the Advent season with its annual Advent Vespers. Under the theme “Come! Bring Healing, Bring Peace,” the Service of Evening Prayer will provide a time for prayer, reflection, and silence – things that are a gift from God in our fevered world. Learn more and register – free! – today!
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Preaching Day returns in 2017 with two dynamic and nationally known preachers – William Willimon and Anna Carter Florence – and a twist: we’re making it a one-day event on Monday, February 13, 2017 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm | Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the LTSP Campus |
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Paul D. Hanson, BD, PhD, Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School, will be presenting the annual Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 11:00 am in Benbow Hall.
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In November’s LTSP News, information on a special retreat: Here Am I – Women Responding to God’s Call; and faculty updates from Prof. Nelson Rivera and Karyn Wiseman.
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In November’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Maggie Spring Ainslie, MDiv 1999, the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Mills, MDiv, STM 2005, and the Rev. Ron Hari, MDiv 1987, and the death of the Rev. William E. ‘Sonny’ Hayman Jr., MDiv 1989.
Posted by LTSP Communications on October 21, 2016 at 2:27 pm.
In October’s PS Portions, President David Lose reflects on “Do you see that as a growth industry?” and shares a personal note, plus we meet alumnus the Rev. William Fluck, share a full collection of videos from the Money, Mission and Media event with great conversation for all leaders of the church, and October’s LTSP Notes and Class Notes!
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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.
Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation October 31 – Join us on campus this coming Monday for livestream viewing
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LTSP invites ecumenical partners to share a live community gathering to view the livestream of this historic Joint Ecumenical Commemoration event in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. Monday, October 31, 2016 | Livestream begins 9:30 am | Open to all | No charge
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LTSP and Trinity Lutheran Church are sponsoring the Called to Community: Singing the Baptized Life Hymn Festival on Friday, November 4, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm. The festival is being held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 W. Main Street, Lansdale, PA 19466. All are welcome.
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In this month’s LTSP Notes, faculty updates from Professors Katie Day, Jon Pahl, Michael Krentz, and Nelson Rivera.
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In October’s Class Notes, the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade presenting author’s conversation, an update from Moose Flores, and the deaths of the Rev. Jay Klick and the Rev. Jay Donald Rea.
Posted by LTSP Communications on October 6, 2016 at 11:01 am.
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG) today announced a dramatic increase in the amount of financial aid each school is giving students, including making full-tuition scholarships available to all new full-time, ELCA rostered leader candidates studying in residence. “In partnership with the ELCA, our supporting Synods, and many faithful congregations and individuals, we decided the time is right to make seminary education far more affordable for our students,” declared Presidents Michael Cooper-White (LTSG) and David Lose (LTSP). In addition to this generous offer for new students, the schools also expect to increase scholarships for all current full-time enrollees.
Posted by LTSP Communications on September 27, 2016 at 1:22 am.
In September 2016’s PS Portions: President Lose looks at “Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Church and Culture,” Dean Sebastian Reflects: “A Vision for Theological Education,” LTSP Alumni Association – the year ahead, the UTI Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration brought the Reverend Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard to the lectern and pulpit for the 2016 event – watch the videos, The Augustana Museum is hosting an Open Day, Meet Student Leaders in the Class of 2020 and watch their videos, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.
Posted by LTSP Communications on September 26, 2016 at 10:16 pm.
Six hundred empty pulpits. That’s what a recent ELCA study revealed. We currently have 600 pastoral vacancies in churches that want and can afford a pastor. Moreover, and taking into consideration estimates of the number of congregations that may shrink or close in the coming years, that number is expected to grow to 1,000 vacancies by 2020. And those figures only report pastors — and so don’t reflect shortages in youth workers, church musicians, or professional lay leaders in congregations and social ministry organizations — and is focused only on the ELCA, and so barely scratches the surface of the shortage of trained leaders that is besieging the larger church.
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Dean J. Jayakiran Sebastian reflects: Theological education takes place amidst the joys, frustrations, complexities, messiness, promise, and hope of everyday life. It is here that The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), in its long 152-year history, has encountered a plethora of opportunities and challenges, some met, others lost, that ultimately have made the institution what it is today, and will lead us as a community into our shared future with Gettysburg Seminary (LTSG).
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After an eventful summer at the seminary and now the beginning of the last academic year as LTSP, the alumni are feeling nostalgic, concerned, and hopeful for the future of seminary education. The Rev. Annemarie Cook (MDiv ’07), President, LTSP Alumni Association considers the year ahead.
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The UTI Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration brought the Reverend Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard to the lectern and pulpit for the 2016 event. Watch her lecture and sermon:
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The Augustana Museum will observe an Open Day when you are welcome to visit the collection. Open Day is Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:45 am, and again from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
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New students Charryse Copper, Laura Taddie, Ralen Robinson and Wayne Shipman, members of the Class of 2020, talk about their call to ministry and a seminary education.
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In September’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Kurt Lammi, the Rev. Matthew James, John Weit, the Rev. Leila Ortiz, the Rev. Rick Summy, the Rev. Dr. Denise Brown, the Rev. Emily Theobald-Rowlands, and the Rev. Craig Miller.
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In September’s LTSP Notes: Faith on the Avenue exhibition opens in Breidegam Connector space, and the latest from Prof. Karyn Wiseman.
Posted by LTSP Communications on July 13, 2016 at 12:08 am.
In July’s PS Portions: LTSP President David Lose talks about “Hope,” LTSP Professor Katie Day reflects on her trip with Professor Storm Swain to the commemoration of the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, UTI Director Quintin Robertson gives an update on the UTI, meet DMin Studies Coordinator Allison deForest, the Dedication of the Augustana Museum, and President David Lose’s address at Spring Convocation – plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.
Posted by LTSP Communications on July 12, 2016 at 3:47 pm.
Hope. It’s different than optimism.
That may seem like a distinction without much of a difference, but on that score I beg to disagree. Optimism, you see, is the belief that things will always get better, circumstances will naturally improve, present challenges will eventually pass, and so are not to be worried about.