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PS Portions – November 2014

In this issue of PS Portions, DavidLose-crop2-webPresident David Lose reflects on what he is hearing “On the Road” in From the President, plus the Rev. Dr. Alyn Waller reflects on a “Ministry Career of Facilitating Extraordinary Congregational Growth,” a heart-stopping street-side display at LTSP honors memory of victims slain by illegal guns, Sam Katz recounts the place of faith in Philadelphia over the years, Philadelphia Phobos take the 49th Luther Bowl, and more…

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From the President – Heard “On the Road”

DavidLose-crop2-web“I received great training at seminary, for which I’m profoundly grateful. And yet sometimes I wonder if I was trained for a church that no longer exists.”

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Reflections on a Ministry Career of Facilitating Extraordinary Congregational Growth

“The period of ‘Walmarting’ of the church is coming to an end,” was only one of the messages the Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller shared with the audience at the recent Exploring Series event at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

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Heart-stopping street-side display at LTSP honors memory of victims slain by illegal guns

Heeding God's CallIt was a heart-stopping, captivating memorial display along Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy in front of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) during election week. The traveling display came to the seminary after a two-week stint outside St. Michael’s Lutheran Church down the street. Later it is moving to St. Martin in the Fields Church in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.

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Financier/Producer Sam Katz recounts his adventures in Philadelphia filmmaking

Sam KatzIn a riveting hour-plus on October 21, 2014, Philadelphia politician/financier turned film producer Sam Katz told a seminary convocation audience about his adventuresome seven-year effort to tell the story of the founding of Philadelphia on film.

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Philadelphia Phobos take the 49th Luther Bowl

Philadelphia Phobos at the 2014 Luther BowlPhiladelphia Seminary’s Phobosians defended the seminary’s honor on November 1 at Luther Bowl XLIX, the annual inter-seminary event held in Gettysburg.

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The Fourth Annual Cookin’ with Who? brings the Northwest community together

LTSP’s the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman and Mt. Airy community activist Laura Morris Siena took home the big chef prizes at the 4th Annual Cookin’ with Who?

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Class Notes: November 2014

Check this month’s Class Notes from the Rev. Karen Sease, the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, and the Rev. Barry Benson.

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LTSP Notes: November 2014

This month’s LTSP notes include the latest from the Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton and the Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman

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Annual Tree Lighting – Friday, December 5

4:45 pm | William Allen Plaza
* Caroling * Refreshments * Christmas Ensemble from the Salvation Army, Philadelphia Citadel * Bring unwrapped toys for children ages newborn to 11+ years *

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PS Portions – October 2014

From the President: Now What?
DavidLose-crop2-webEvery once in a while, someone will share something with you – a story, a recollection, a funny scene – only to conclude by saying, “You really had to be there.” I feel a little bit like that with regard to the 150th Anniversary celebration. From the time shared with Phil Krey and his family Thursday afternoon to recognize his fifteen years as president and twenty-five years of service to the school, to the service of thanksgiving at the original site of LTSP in downtown Philadelphia, to the gala – and it really was a gala! – banquet filled with moving tributes, prayers, and song (not to mention dinner and dancing!), you really had to be there to take it all in. In this issue we bring you highlights from the celebration, along with stories about the Urban Theological Institute’s own 34th Celebration, and more.

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From the President – Now What?

DavidLose-crop2-webEvery once in a while, someone will share something with you – a story, a recollection, a funny scene – only to conclude by saying, “You really had to be there.”

I feel a little bit like that with regard to the 150th Anniversary celebration. From the time shared with Phil Krey and his family Thursday afternoon to recognize his fifteen years as president and twenty-five years of service to the school, to the service of thanksgiving at the original site of LTSP in downtown Philadelphia, to the gala – and it really was a gala! – banquet filled with moving tributes, prayers, and song (not to mention dinner and dancing!), you really had to be there to take it all in.

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Celebrating 150 years and a future ‘that God has created and fashioned’

150liturgy-150hPerhaps the spirit and richness of the seminary’s 150th Anniversary Gala Banquet Celebration and the milestone it symbolized was best addressed in the remarks of its 12th president, the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, as the evening at the Ballroom at the Ben, 9th and Chestnut Streets, not far from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Center City birthplace, came to a close. Read Dr. Lose’s comments, along with keynote speaker ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and others, and view photo galleries from the Liturgy of Thanksgiving at Franklin Square and the reception and banquet at the Ben…

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Tribute to Philip Krey ends with ‘one more thing…’

The Rev. Dr. Philip KreyIt was an event, a tribute to the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, retired president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), that ran a bit long. But nobody seemed to mind.

The tribute took place in a packed Benbow Hall of The Brossman Learning Center, a structure on the footprint of the seminary’s “Old Dorm” that was a construction highlight of Krey’s 15-year tenure as LTSP’s president. Fittingly, he was presented a unique painting of the structure rendered by local artist Clarissa Shanahan.

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Watch: A conversation with Bishop Eaton

“What does God’s justice really look like?” and “Where is the Lutheran church (ELCA) these days in getting churches to “look like” the American population as a whole — in terms of people of color? How is the church working to discover and train qualified people of color for future leadership?” were just two of the questions raised at the Conversation with ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton. Read more, watch a video of the conversation, and view a slide show from the event…

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Community Cookout closes 150th Anniversary Celebration Events

LTSP 150th Community Cookout!The celebration of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s 150th Anniversary events concluded with a Community Cookout. Students, faculty, alumni, staff, and members of the wider seminary and Northwest Philadelphia/Mt. Airy community celebrated with food including burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers grilled by seminarians, and special beer brewed for the Anniversary Celebration by Mt. Airy’s Earth Bread + Brewery. View the slide show from the event…

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A stirring UTI 34th Anniversary Lecture and Worship Celebration with Pastor Kevin R. Johnson

The Rev. Dr. Kevin JohnsonIt was a sermon befitting a celebration of God’s steadfast love, a stirring and inspirational message that gave powerful meaning to the Lecture and Worship Celebration marking the 34th anniversary of the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). The Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, the fifth senior pastor of the nationally renowned Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, was both lecturer and preacher for the anniversary day.

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Lazareth Lecturer Larry Rasmussen calls for restoration of a sacred “gut love” of nature

In a global culture focused on material sufficiency and abundance, often at nature’s expense, is humanity capable of embracing a new form of “creation justice” that restores believers to a deeply pervasive “gut love” of Mother Earth and her remarkable gifts? That was the focus October 7, 2014, for the evocative remarks of Dr. Larry L. Rasmussen, ThD, Reinhold Neibuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and one-time St. John’s Visiting Professor at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).

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Class Notes – October 2014

Pastor Marc Stutzel, Certificate 2011, Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake, NJ After completing my Lutheran year at LTSP in 2011, also my first year of my MDiv, I graduated cum laude from General Theological Seminary in 2014, and was called as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey on September […]

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LTSP Notes – October 2014

Dr. Jon Pahl, Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor in the History of Christianity and Director of MA Programs Jon Pahl traveled to Israel/Palestine with a contingent of Philadelphia religious leaders, including Bishop Claire Burkat, Pastor Pat Davenport, and Pastor Ellen Meissgeier, where he met up in Jerusalem (and at the Jordan River – where […]

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PS Portions – October 4 Anniversary Edition

October 4, 2014 marks the 150th Anniversary of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. On this date 150 years ago, the first professors of the new seminary were formally installed in a ceremony at St. John’s Church on Race Street, Philadelphia. In this special issue of PS Portions, we look back and look forward, and introduce the Commemorative Issue of PS, the magazine of Philadelphia Seminary. Thanks be to God! See the latest issue…

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From the President – Moving Forward in Faith

DavidLose-crop2-webA little later this month, we’ll have an opportunity as a community to give God thanks for the 150-year history and legacy of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) with a special Liturgy of Thanksgiving at the original site of the seminary and at a Gala Banquet that evening in downtown Philadelphia. We will have a chance to recall and recognize some of the important contributions the seminary has made over this century-and-a-half as it has faithfully educated more than 5,000 public leaders for a public church. I can’t wait, as I’m sure it will be a wonderful night, and I hope you are planning to attend also.

In this issue, we hear from Student Body President Justin Lingenfelter and his thoughts on the school, on its 150th anniversary and moving forward. We invite you to join me in conversation on the future of the church – and what kind of seminary we need to be. And we give you the Commemorative Issue of PS Magazine – Looking Forward in Faith. Read more…

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Student Body President ‘excited’ about 150th gala and ‘moving forward in faith’

Justin LingenfelterStudent Body President Justin Lingenfelter, an LTSP middler, exudes energy and enthusiasm when he looks forward to being part of the 150th anniversary celebration October 16.

He says he is excited “not only to celebrate where we have been and where we are now but also to be looking ahead toward what is next. I think the celebration is setting just the right tone by moving forward. That is part of our legacy and that is very cool.”

Read more of Justin’s thoughts on the seminary, today and is we move forward in faith, and watch an extended interview…

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Class Notes – September-October 2014

The Rev. Peter A. Pettit, PhD, MDiv 1980, Director, Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Associate Professor of Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA Just celebrated 15 years at IJCU, as it celebrated 25 years at Muhlenberg! Devoting lots of time to co-directing New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel, an education project of the College with the […]

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LTSP Notes – September-October 2014

The Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, Associate Professor of Homiletics; Director of United Methodist Studies September 21 – Attended the People’s Climate March in NYC with 400,000 other persons interested in issues related to the climate and sustaining Mother Earth. September 23-25 – Moderating one session and presenting at an event for the General Board of […]

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PS Portions: Back to School 2014

From the President: The First Day of School
LTSP President David LoseI’ve always loved the first day of school. The excitement of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The mystery of entering into a new classroom and having a new teacher. The sheer “newness” of back-to-school clothes, fresh textbooks, and crisp, clean pieces of paper just waiting to be written on. I think that’s what I loved best about the first day of school – it represented a new year filled with unlimited possibilities.In this issue you’ll find other things new. You’ll read about two of the first students in the MDiv Co-operative Model Program, about the new “Lutheran Confessions 2015,” about a recent graduate in a new adventure in ministry, and the events which started this new – 150th Anniversary – year. Read this month’s PS Portions… Sign up for PS Portions email here!

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From the President: The First Day of School

DavidLose-crop2-webI’ve always loved the first day of school. The excitement of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The mystery of entering into a new classroom and having a new teacher. The sheer “newness” of back-to-school clothes, fresh textbooks, and crisp, clean pieces of paper just waiting to be written on. I think that’s what I loved best about the first day of school — it represented a new year filled with unlimited possibilities.

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Co-op Model: Called via ‘coincidences’

Jeanette and DiogenesJeanette Surita-Vazquetelles, a new Philadelphia Seminary (LTSP) MDiv Co-op student, and her husband, Diogenes, keep bumping into people who change their lives.

Jeanette, a fashion designer from the Bronx, New York, first felt a call to ministry during first communion classes in a Roman Catholic parish. “It was a poor neighborhood, and the nuns were very strict, but I enjoyed the curriculum because it was all about Jesus. I wanted to become a nun and show others all about the love of Jesus, but my family told me I was too young to become a nun.” Subsequently she became involved in a Pentecostal movement at the age of 14. An evangelical pastor prayed with people about their salvation. “But something was missing,” she said….

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Co-op Model: Looking forward to Urban/Rural Settings

Alex Zuber, a new Philadelphia Seminary (LTSP) Master of Divinity — Co-operative Model (Co-op) student, once thought he wanted to become a physician. AlexZubar-webA resident of Roanoke, Virginia, Zuber was majoring in public health education at James Madison University, intent on specializing in pediatric cardiology.

“It didn’t take long for me to figure out I wasn’t cut out to be a doctor,” Zuber explained. “I began to discover that relating to patients would be the best part, rather than the actual practice of medicine.”

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A year in Hungary with Young Adults in Global Mission

The YAGM groupLTSP alumnus Dan Purtell (MAPL 2014) set out in August for a year of learning and service as part of the Young Adults in Global Mission Program of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

During his year in Hungary, Dan is sharing the experience through his blog. Learn more…

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