Posted by LTSP Communications on September 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm.
In September’s PS Portions, President Lose discusses “responding to good counsel;” LTSP Alumni Association President the Rev. Annemarie Cook looks at the association’s work to support the seminary and LTSP alumni; LTSP begins the academic year with a diverse incoming class; Videos and more from Ministry Resource Day; meet new Vice Presidents David G. Grafton, Dennis Trotter and Trina Johnsten; and a beginning of the academic year reflection from Dean Kiran Sebastian. Plus LTSP and Class Notes and many Upcoming Events.
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In my visits with various constituents of the seminary over the last year, I have received a lot of good counsel about what today’s church needs from LTSP. And we are trying to respond. Your multiple requests, for instance, for the seminary to be more of a partner in equipping congregational leaders for a changed […]
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The Rev. Annemarie Cook, MDiv ’07, is still new in her service as president of the seminary’s Alumni Association, but she is clearly excited about the role the association is playing in the life of the seminary and the opportunities ahead. Cook is the pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Maple Shade, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia.
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They come from neighborhoods as close as the seminary’s Mt. Airy community, and from places much farther away — Minneapolis, Tampa, Nashville, and India, for example. LTSP’s newest students also have diverse vocational backgrounds. Some are very recent college graduates. One is the associate director for corporate and foundation relations for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Another has worked for an advertising company. Still another has worked for more than 20 years in data processing management for large banks. One new student has worked as a health claims examiner and in corporate training development. Meet some of LTSP’s newest students…
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Join the seminary community Tuesday, October 6, to hear Professor Emeritus Timothy J. Wengert address the topic of “From Conflict to Convergence.” His remarks, which will follow the visit to Philadelphia of Pope Francis in late September, will feature a look at critical developments in Lutheran/Roman Catholic dialogue.
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As Philadelphia prepares for Pope Francis, LTSP alumnus Bishop Dwayne Royster (MAR 2010, UTI) reflects on being part of a group which visited the Vatican earlier this year to discuss issues the Pope was expected to reflect on as during his appearances in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.
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LTSP President David Lose spent Ministry Resource Day discussing challenges and opportunities facing congregations in today’s world. Here’s a glimpse of highlights of the Ministry Resource Day presentations by Dr. Lose on “Digital Pluralism and the Death and Resurrection of the Church,” including videos and downloadable MP3 files.
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For the past eight years, the Rev. Dr. David Grafton has worn two hats — administering the seminary’s Graduate School (advanced-level degree program) and teaching Islamic Studies as a faculty member.
This summer he took on the responsibility of wearing four hats, agreeing at the behest of President David Lose to serve as Vice President for Planning, Assessment, and Administration at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) while continuing to teach Islamic Studies.
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Dennis Trotter, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) new Vice President for Advancement, has worked 30 years in higher education. Why come to a seminary at this stage in his career?
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Call it a moment of career serendipity. While The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) President David Lose was developing a plan with Dennis Trotter to serve as the seminary’s new Vice President for Advancement, Lose mentioned he was looking to fill a brand new position at the seminary by which Trotter’s spouse, Trina Johnsten, […]
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In the September faculty reflection, LTSP Dean the Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian reflects on the academic year ahead and the theme for the year, “God’s Creation and Public Theology.”
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September’s LTSP Notes include an update on the Library Connector construction, recent staff additions, President David Lose keynoting at NEPA October event, and faculty updates from the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, Dr. Jon Pahl, Dean Jayakiran Sebastian, Dr. Michael Krentz, and the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman.
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In September’s Class Notes: Updates from the Rev. Gordon Simmons, the Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, the Rev. Ed Kay, the Rev. Edward Schreiber, the Rev. Carl W. Ames, and the Rev. Dr. A’Shellarien Lang .
Posted by LTSP Communications on August 13, 2015 at 2:50 pm.
In August’s PS Portions: President Lose considers “Coming Alongside,” the Church and Advocacy, UTI is 35!, continuing the discussion in the aftermath of Charleston with LTSP’s the Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard and the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson – and a reflection from the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer, the demise of the Scarlet Oak, fall events, and LTSP and Class Notes.
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Of the many unique features of the Gospel of John, one of my favorite is the Fourth Evangelist’s description of the Holy Spirit. Paracletos is the Greek word John employs, and it is translated variously as “Advocate,” “Helper,” and “Comforter.” But it’s really a compound noun perhaps better translated as “the one who comes alongside of” another.
I love this word because I think it captures beautifully the work of the Holy Spirit not to solve our problems, but to come alongside as we struggle, not to grant our wishes, but to come alongside and test our visions and encourage us to work for our dreams.
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While growing up on the LTSP campus the first 18 years of her life, the Rev. Amy Reumann explained that it never occurred to her to seek ordination.
“Even though I wasn’t thinking about ordination when I went off to college, the seminary campus served as a great incubator for me. I can’t say enough about what that meant.” She explained she learned a lot from students during formative years. And she learned a great deal from family sabbatical experiences in places like Jerusalem, India, Germany, and England. “Each place had different realities and faith communities. I always came back changed.”
Associate Professor Charles Leonard reflects on Charleston and recalls his early life ‘pact with God’
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The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) alumnus and Associate Professor Charles Leonard vividly recalls the morning decades ago when he gave a trial sermon at then Messiah Lutheran Church at 40th and Broad Streets in North Philadelphia. He was a candidate to join the Rev. Michael Merkel on the congregation’s clergy staff. It would become his first call to a congregation.
“A woman in the congregation stood up and said she could not handle having a black man as a pastor in the church,” recalled Leonard, who is associate professor for Integrated Theology and director for Contextual Education at the seminary. He’s been on the faculty for 18 years.
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This fall the seminary’s Urban Theological Institute (UTI) will observe its 35th anniversary with two special events. UTI also introduces, for the first time, a satellite site location in West Chester offering two of its certificate programs.
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“For the past two months I have become enamored by the lyrics to the hymn, ‘We are one on the Spirit, one in the Lord. They will know we are Christians by our love’,” said the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson, director of the seminary’s Urban Theological Institute and Black Church Studies program.
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Loss of life can inspire wide-ranging emotion — intense sadness and grief, also often occasioned by the opportunity to celebrate a life well lived. Such a unique time is upon the seminary, as the Scarlet Oak on campus became too dangerous to remain standing.
Monday, July 20, 2015, marked an historic loss for the seminary and its family when the majestic Scarlet Oak, located on the campus between The Brossman Learning Center, Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, and Hagan Hall, was taken down.
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The great German-American Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt said that forgiveness was the greatest miracle, because it interrupts the predictable playing out of the consequences of the past. Forgiveness, she explained, frees both those who forgive and those who are forgiven from being bound by the consequences of a past wrong. Forgiveness initiates something new.
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In August’s LTSP Notes: LTSP hosting 17th annual Empty Bowl dinner, Campus Closure Policy, President Lose keynote speaker at NEPA Adult Ministry Festival, and celebrations for Ruth M. Aden, wife of LTSP Emeritus Professor LeRoy Aden, and former LTSP professor Charles R. Streich.
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In August Class Notes: The Rev. Dr. Luka Ilić and wife Angela celebrate the birth of son Massimo, and the deaths of alumni the Rev. Glenn G Neubauer and the Rev. Harry G. Stetser.
Posted by LTSP Communications on July 14, 2015 at 11:06 pm.
July’s PS Portions opens with LTSP President David Lose reflecting: “What do I know about racism? Really. Yes, I think I understand racism intellectually, as a concept and idea and theory. And, yes, perhaps from time to time I’ve even experienced some measure of prejudice, of being judged ahead of time because of assumptions people hold based on what they see. But, really, these occasional moments of prejudice or bias are not the same as racism.” We explore further with LTSP alumni Rozella White and Bishop Dwayne Royster, Professor Karyn Wiseman, and “Mourning Charleston.”
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What do I know about racism? Really. Yes, I think I understand racism intellectually, as a concept and idea and theory. And, yes, perhaps from time to time I’ve even experienced some measure of prejudice, of being judged ahead of time because of assumptions people hold based on what they see. But, really, these occasional moments of prejudice or bias are not the same as racism.
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Rozella White (MAR, 2010) wrote in a recent blog post (and follow up) that she considers herself “a bit of a unicorn — a Black Puerto Rican, third generation Lutheran. I was baptized, confirmed, married, educated, and called to ministry in this church [the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America].”
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In the aftermath of the recent mass murders around a Bible study table in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) alumnus Bishop Dwayne Royster believes the culture of America is in a “kairos moment.”
“A lot of people are upset about all the upheaval that’s going on after Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, but I’m not one of them,” Royster said.
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The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) community continues in mourning with the nation as funerals are held for Pastor Clementa C. Pinckney and the eight other persons killed while engaged in Bible study and prayer June 17 at historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The community continues to ask and respond to the question: What can, and must, people of faith, and a community whose mission is to raise leaders in the world, do to address not only the deaths but also the underlying issues raised — again — by this act, an act that took the lives of people engaged in learning about God, singled out because they were African American — for the church, for the nation, for the world, for God’s creation.
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One of the first things that I teach in my intro to preaching course is the importance of being true to the CONTEXTS of preaching — the plural nature of that word is absolutely intentional. I remind students that realtors may talk about the importance of “location, location, location.” But in preaching it’s “context, context, context.”
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LTSP Notes for July include construction project updates, administrative staff realignment update, former president The Rev. Dr. Philip D. Krey is called to congregational ministry, and faculty updates for the Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, and the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman.