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PS Portions – January 2015

In this issue: President David Lose reflects on Forming Communities of Hope, plus stories on Revival in East Lansdowne: Alumnus Moses Suah-Dennis’s ground-breaking ministry, Namibia’s pioneering woman: Magdalena Ya-Shalongo holds two LTSP degrees, An LTSP Teach-In explores “Moving beyond racism and violence,” Seminary Director of Music Ministries Michael Krentz: Inheriting a rich seminary legacy (and the newly renovated Bornemann harpsichord, “Shining In, Shining Out” – Project Connect Hosts Discernment Retreat – along with Class Notes, LTSP Notes, upcoming events and learning opportunities.

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From the President – Forming Communities of Hope

President David LoseSlate magazine declared 2014 as “The Year of Outrage.” Outrage over the police shootings and excessive use of force. Outrage over environmental degradation. Outrage over proposed environmental laws to curb pollution. Outrage over human rights abuses in North Korea and other places around the world. Outrage over, well, the lack of outrage about human rights abuses. Everywhere you look, there seems to be a sense of outrage, expressed especially and relentlessly on social media. I don’t think that’s an accident.

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Revival in East Lansdowne: Alumnus Moses Suah-Dennis’s ground-breaking ministry

“God has a way of preparing you for your life ahead … If you trust that God is in charge, that God reigns, then no matter what life throws at you, if you keep your eyes on God you will find a way to get through it. After the storm the sun will shine.” The Rev. Moses Suah-Dennis knows something about the storms of life, as does his native Liberia, suffering through an Ebola epidemic, and the congregation he serves, which almost died before Suah-Dennis, an alumnus (MDiv 2005) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), arrived as a mission developer to re-energize the place.

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Namibia’s pioneering woman: Magdalena Ya-Shalongo holds two LTSP degrees

The Rev. Dr. Magdalena Naanhule Ya-Shalongo, recipient of two degrees from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), is a pioneering woman in her native African country of Namibia, serving as a pastor, educator, and the first ever woman to hold the office of principal for the Engela Parish Institute (EPI) there.

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An LTSP Teach-In explores “Moving beyond racism and violence”

It was a compelling evening of expressive reflection at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) December 16 in the wake of tragic events during which the names of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, and others have stirred the conscience of America. Billed as “A Teach-In: Moving from Fear to Flourishing after Ferguson,” six leaders on the program shared their thoughts in a truly interfaith call to action.

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Seminary Director of Music Ministries Michael Krentz: Inheriting a rich seminary legacy

Dr. Michael Krentz has a clear understanding of the vocation of a church musician: “I tell people interested in a church music career that one challenge the church is facing is that it is really difficult to make a living as a church musician,” he said. “You need to be ready to do something else AND serve as a church musician.”

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Harpsichord built by Robert Bornemann in 1970 restored to life in the seminary chapel

Seminary Director of Music Ministries and Cantor Michael Krentz deeply appreciates the worship and music legacy he has inherited from others across the school’s history. One special way he gets to relive that legacy is by playing a newly restored harpsichord that is now found in the worship space in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Memorial Chapel.

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“Shining In, Shining Out” – Project Connect Hosts Discernment Retreat for Young Adults

A group of fifty 18-30 year olds and leaders met January 8-11, 2015, in New York City for the Epiphany-themed “Shining in, Shining out.” The weekend included service projects, vocational discernment conversations, and post-dinner community reflection time. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee was a special guest, and joined in conversation with the attendees.

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LTSP Notes – January 2015

This month’s LTSP Notes include a story about the SOLI Institute awarding LTSP two grants; updates from the Rev. Dr. Katie Day, the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, and the Rev. The Rev. Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath; and an obituary for Ruth M. Aden, a member of the LTSP community for 27 years and wife of emeritus professor LeRoy Aden.

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Class Notes – January 2015

In Class Notes: updates from the Rev. Christoph Schmidt, Maria Fumai Dietrich, The Rev. Charles Plummer, The Rev. David Kistler, and The Rev. Karen Sease and the Rev. Laura Tancredi, plus obituaries of alumni Pastors Gunther J. Stippich and Roy E. Gulliford.

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PS Portions – December 2014

Annual Tree LightingIn December’s PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose reflects on “Advent is my favorite season,” we bring you stories, photos and video from Inauguration Weekend as David Lose became twelfth president of LTSP, plus “Advent Reflections for Days of Waiting,” images from the Annual Tree Lighting – A Photo Gallery, “After a Wawa robbery,” LTSP Notes and Class Notes, and more…

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From the President – Advent is my favorite season

Advent is my favorite season in the church year. By far. Perhaps I should clarify that it’s the “new” Advent that I particularly adore. For a very long time, Advent was simply a “little Lent” — same colors, same themes, same mood. But within the last generation or so, Advent has come into its own. […]

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Advent reflections for days of waiting…

Several members of the seminary community offered thoughtful reflections for our readers in keeping with the special season of Advent. Challenged and confronted… During this Advent season we are faced with the reality that life in church and society in the past, and also today, is colorful, mixed, and never predictable, and it is with […]

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Annual Tree Lighting – A Photo Gallery

  LTSP’s annual Tree Lighting on William Allen Plaza brought together the seminary and wider Mt. Airy community for caroling, refreshment, fellowship – and lighting the tree! – on Friday, December 5, 2014. LTSP president the Rev. David Lose and newly elected Pennsylvania State Senator Art Haywood offered remarks. Caroling was led by a Christmas […]

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After a Wawa robbery

After the Wawa convenience store on Germantown Avenue at Allens Lane was robbed December 3, it didn’t take the seminary community long to perform a ministry of public presence for the store and its employees who for years have fed the seminary community with a steady diet of tasty hoagies, sandwiches, and coffee. According to […]

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David J. Lose installed as twelfth president of LTSP

| Banquet Highlights | Inaugural Lecture 1 | Inaugural Lecture 2 | This edition features several stories from Inauguration weekend and the installation of David Lose as the twelfth president of LTSP. Click on the links above to navigate between the stories. David J. Lose was installed as the twelfth president of The Lutheran Theological […]

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Inaugural banquet highlights

| Installation Service | Inaugural Lecture 1 | Inaugural Lecture 2 | From Trustee Pastor John Richter: “…We are blessed with different perspectives: faculty, donors, board of trustees, bishops, staff students, ecumenical friends, community leaders, and from those different angles of vision, one realization that I trust is common to all of us: LTSP is […]

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The power of story to change lives, described by Dr. Audrey West

| Installation Service | Banquet Highlights | Inaugural Lecture 2 | In a few words, Dr. Audrey West summed up the fears and the concerns of many of her listeners about the state of the church today. “People are telling those of us committed to Christ that it is just not working anymore,” she said. “The […]

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Challenges of being church in an age of consumption outlined by Andrew Root

Avoiding simple platitudes is one key in an age of consumption, to helping strangers form their faith in today’s church, Theologian Andrew Root told an LTSP audience December 8, 2014. During one poignant moment in his remarks addressing the theme for the day, “Faith Formation and the Future of the Church,” Dr. Root told a […]

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Class Notes – December 2014

The Rev. Colleen Montgomery, MDiv 2013, Associate Pastor at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Bloomington, IN I have been called to be the Associate Pastor at St. Thomas Lutheran Church in Bloomington, IN. This was the site of my internship. I was ordained on December 12, 2014 at St. Thomas.   The Rev. Dr. Julius Carroll, […]

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LTSP Notes – December 2014

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, Ministerium of Pennsylvania Emeritus Professor of Church History at LTSP, was honored for his long service to the school with the addition of his portrait to those of other distinguished faculty. Photoat left, Prof. Wengert with David Lose and Kiran Sebastian (photo Lori Kirk)/at right with Erik Heen and Kiran Sebastian […]

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Host a Seminary Sunday!

Please consider hosting a “Seminary Sunday” at your congregation! Such occasions help congregations and seminaries reflect on the role of theological education, to encourage those who may discern a call to ministry, and to affirm our partnership in proclaiming the Good News. We have several staff, faculty, and students who are eager to participate, and […]

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Annual Tree Lighting tomorrow, Friday 12/ 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 – 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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