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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?

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:41 pm.

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

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:52 pm.

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

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:14 pm.

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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Change is in the Air

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:55 pm.

Anyone paying even a little attention knows that it’s been a difficult few years for theological education. It’s a hard time to be in theological education, and we at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) have felt the challenges personally and poignantly. And yet….

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Recap: Preaching Days 2015 – Learning, Worship, and Fellowship

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:02 pm.

This October saw the return of the popular Preaching Days to the LTSP campus. For three days, attendees were rewarded with lectures fro five outstanding preachers along with worship opportunities, workshops, and opportunities for fellowship and reflection.

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UTI is 35! Gala Celebration Banquet: Keynote video, story, photo gallery

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:41 pm.

The Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is celebrating its 35th Anniversary, and a highlight of the anniversary year was the Gala Celebration Banquet, keynoted by the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.’s address. Watch the video of Dr. Wright’s address, view photos from the Gala, and read about the celebration…

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Faculty Reflection – The Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:05 pm.

LTSP’s the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman reflects on her new appointment as Associate Dean for First Theological Programs.

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Continuing the Conversation: In Context – Seminary and the World

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:50 am.

LTSP Dean the Rev. Dr. Jayakiran Sebastian talks about Black Lives Matter in the context of the seminary community and the seminary’s and church’s engagement with the world today.

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LTSP Notes – November 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:42 am.

In November’s LTSP Notes: updates from PhD Student Drew G. I. Hart, the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, Dr. Michael Krentz, and the Rev Dr. David D. Grafton.

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Class Notes – November 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:58 am.

In November’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Dr. Victor Tinambunan, the Rev. Dr. Denise Brown, the Rev. Heidi Neumark, the Rev. Gordon Simmons, and Moose Flores.

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PS Portions – October 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

In October’s PS Portions: President David Lose addresses the words “We see you,” and what that means: we know about your faithful ministry … and are appreciative. Stories and reports include Remembering Businessman and Philanthropist DeLight Breidegam, Jr.; Dr. James Forbes – special guest for the Annual UTI Lecture and Worship Celebration; video and report from the “From Conflict to Convergence” convocation with Prof. Timothy Wengert; A “Global” Ministry with Seafarers; Continuing the Conversation: A Year After Ferguson; October Reflection: A Muslim Reformer and His Community Comes under Fire (Again); and An Appreciation of Mark Staples – plus October LTSP and Class Notes.

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We See You

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:19 am.

Last week we hosted the rejuvenated Preaching Days on the LTSP campus. At the close of that event, I shared some words with those in attendance that I want to address also to you: “We see you.” I don’t mean that in an ominous or intrusive way, and certainly not in the sense of watching to make sure you’re minding your Ps and Qs. What I mean is that we know about your faithful ministry … and are appreciative.

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Remembering Businessman and Philanthropist DeLight Breidegam, Jr.

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:17 am.

Berks County, Pennsylvania, businessman and philanthropist DeLight E. Breidegam, Jr., along with his wife Helen, have been faithful in their philanthropy to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He recently died at age 89, leaving a legacy at LTSP and elsewhere in Pennsylvania and around the world.

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