From the President: The First Day of School
I’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!
Iâ€™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 â€œnewnessâ€ of back-to-school clothes, fresh textbooks, and crisp, clean pieces of paper just waiting to be written on. I think thatâ€™s what I loved best about the first day of school â€” it represented a new year filled with unlimited possibilities.
Jeanette 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. â€œIt 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.â€ Subsequently she became involved in a Pentecostal movement at the age of 14. An evangelical pastor prayed with people about their salvation. â€œBut something was missing,â€ she said….
Alex Zuber, a new Philadelphia Seminary (LTSP) Master of Divinity â€” Co-operative Model (Co-op) student, once thought he wanted to become a physician. A resident of Roanoke, Virginia, Zuber was majoring in public health education at James Madison University, intent on specializing in pediatric cardiology.
â€œIt didnâ€™t take long for me to figure out I wasnâ€™t cut out to be a doctor,â€ Zuber explained. â€œI began to discover that relating to patients would be the best part, rather than the actual practice of medicine.â€
LTSP 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…
The idea first surfaced at an area meeting of the faculty last fall. Under consideration was the strategy for teaching the Lutheran Confessions in the spring semester of 2015 following the retirement of Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, a renowned teacher of the Confessions at Philadelphia Seminary (LTSP).
Dr. Karl Krueger, director of the Krauth Memorial Library and Professor of the History of Christianity at the LTSP, turned to Dr. Nelson Rivera, an associate professor of Systematic Theology, and said, â€œWhy donâ€™t we try teaching the course together? Iâ€™ll do the part on Reformation History and you can lead the class in theological discussions.â€ The idea clicked. The team-teaching approach at the seminary is anything but novel, but to hear the two professors talk, the class promises to be distinctive.
The opening week of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphiaâ€™s (LTSP) 150th anniversary year featured an inspirational sermon August 25 on the importance of â€œcommunityâ€ and a welcome and sermon with a leadership focus August 27 from the schoolâ€™s new president, the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose. A historical highlight was the August 25 opening convocation depiction of the seminaryâ€™s early history by the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, Professor of the History of Christianity and Director of the Krauth Memorial Library.
â€œWhat has made this seminary work through history is that it is made up of a collection of individuals with a common goal,â€ said the Rev. Dr. Katie Day in her message, part of the opening day Service of the Word in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Memorial Chapel.
In this month’s Notes, The Rev. George J. Mathews, Jr., The Rev. Edward Schreiber, The Rev. Natalie Mitchem, Maria Fumai Dietrich, The Rev. Joe Irvin, The Rev. Peter Schumacher, and the passing of The Rev. Dr. Robert Henry Thurau, The Rev. Robert Henry Loucks, and Pastor Marvin L. Harding.
In this month’s LTSP Notes, updates from The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, The Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer, and The Rev. Dr. Karyn L Wiseman.
Dorothea (Dottie) W. Henry, 82, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, a good friend of LTSP, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Along with her husband Frank, she was presented the honorary Doctor of Divinity at LTSP’s 2008 commencement.
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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Then, Now, and Moving Forward in Faith
This issue of PS Portions features two intriguing articles.
History of any institution is often easily forgotten. Retired US Navy Chaplain â€™73 offers a remarkable glimpse into the â€œthenâ€ that comprises the early 1970s life on the campus, ranging from memories (and pranks) from the Old Dorm to a perspective on the Vietnam eraâ€™s impact on the campus.
Prison ministry is not a new kind of initiative across the church. In decades past, Lutheran Pastor John Parkinson served impressively in this area of ministry. Today, Ed Neiderheiser is a Lutheran Chaplain serving at Graterford. A profile on Linda Manson, a current LTSP student, explores her â€œnowâ€ contemporary approach as a mission developer/redeveloper for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in establishing Living Gospel Ministries, an outreach to furnish vital resources and encouragement to everyone connected with the criminal justice system.
Read more from President Krey…
Amid the backdrop of seminary memories, including occasional pranks, the quality of education stands out
One of the most vivid memories from Chaplain Steven Jensenâ€™s seminary days took place off campus.
Albany, New York, native Jensen â€™73 (USN ret.) was serving as a seminary intern at St. Paulâ€™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 Chaplainâ€™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 â€œthe least of these.â€
No wonder for more than 30 years Manson has been called to prison ministry â€” 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.
Read more about Linda’s story…
Ltsp.edu has a new look, a new feel, and new features! The new version of the website, which went live with a “soft introduction earlier in the month, incorporates the latest in web design, making it friendly to computers and portable devices. The content has been reorganized, and the home page now offers a changing selection of content on the site – giving a glimpse of what’s available.
Learn more about the new Ltsp.edu…
July’s LTSP Notes include a note from Krauth Memorial Library Public Services Assistant Sharon Baker, who has updated a list of LTSP alumni from the first commencement in 1864 through the 150th class, and Dr. Jon Pahl notes his cover story contribution to the July 2014 issue of The Lutheran, “The New Inequality: Our Lutheran Vocation.”
July’s Class Notes include The Lutheran Continued Influence on a Baptist Preacher, a reflection from UTI alumnus , the Rev. Khalfani Drummer (MDiv 1998), a new call for the Rev. Bill Peterson (MDiv 2010), the death of the Rev. Gregory Peter Dzwonczyk (MDiv), and notes on the Rev. John Deisinger, the Rev. Joe Irvin, the Rev. Rick Summy, the Rev. Al Martin, the Rev. Emily Hartner, the Rev. Julie Recher, and the Rev. Becca Middeke-Conlin.
Nineteen Asian/Asian American scholars who are focused on theological education at the PhD and ThD level joined seven faculty mentors for the eighth Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI), May 27-31, 2014, sponsored by The Lutheran Theological Seminary and supported by Henry Luce Foundation. Learn more and view a photo gallery from the Institute:
David Lose: The LTSP President-Elect Recalls His Seminary Days, Journey, and Early Thoughts on the Future
Early reflections from President-Elect David Lose include recalling his seminary days Minutes after he was named President Elect of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, the Rev. Dr. David Lose, a seminary alumnus, reacted to the unanimous recommendation of the Trustees to appoint him. â€œFor a moment I was absolutely speechless,â€ he said. â€œNot because […]
The commencement reflections of Co-Presidents of the Class of 2014, Laura Tancredi and Karen Sease, offer insights regarding campus lifeâ€¦ So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. (Psalm 90:12) Karen — This verse from Psalm 90 is the inscription on the bell at the Krauth Memorial Library. […]
Sixty-five seminarians were awarded certificates or degrees during the 150th commencement exercises of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, held May 20 , 2014, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, PA. The ceremonies, clearly a highlight of the schoolâ€™s 150th anniversary year, featured stirring remarks from the Rev. Mark Hanson, immediate past presiding bishop […]
Dear Friends in Christ: The 150th Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, was a festive and celebratory event. Each year we see the results of our common work as we prepare leaders for the church and the world. The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, […]
Senior Class Gift: Wiedemann Basement Spruce up LTSP seniors and friends celebrated their graduation with a special gift for future seminaries, a spruce up of the spaces in Wiedemann basement. Retreat to Old Trappe Church Henry Melchior Muhlenberg’s Old Trappe Church, preserved in much of its original state, was the site for a regular retreat […]
Seminary graduate the Rev. Keith Anderson (STM â€™02) recently earned plaudits as â€œCitizen of the Weekâ€ from the Ambler (PA) Gazette. â€œWith programs like â€˜God on Tapâ€™ and â€˜Coffee and Conversationâ€™ and Â â€˜Ashes on the Goâ€™, Anderson has made it his mission to break down the walls of the church and rewrite the definition of […]
In 150th year, alumni at Spring Convocation focus on seminaryâ€™s founding with an eye on church renewal
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), observing the 150th anniversary of its founding this year, focused on both history and church renewal at its annual Spring Convocation April 29 and 30, 2014. The gathered alumni heard from three keynoters. The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, seminary president and Ministerium of New York Professor of […]
When the Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch was honored April 9 with the seminaryâ€™s Anglican Chair being named for him, Borsch acknowledged the naming as a â€œgreat honor.â€ â€œBut you have to remember,â€ Borsch said, â€œeven though I have been here for some time, the Chair is really a sign of shared cooperation between Lutherans […]
How does todayâ€™s church bring hope to those experiencing the profound frustration of hopelessness in communities and neighborhoods marked by poverty and injustice? One approach is through community organizing involving congregations that collaborate to rally their neighbors to bring about needed change for themselves as individuals, and for others. Last month, two alumni from The […]
Dear Seminary Friends: As I approach the end of my time as president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia (LTSP), I want to once again express my deep appreciation to our trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, bishops, synods, donors, and friends for all your support over the last 15 years. As I close out […]
Preaching Scholar David J. Lose Elected President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been elected president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Lose assumes his duties at the start of the 2014 academic year, succeeding the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, who announced last year […]