PS Portions – July 2014

PS Portions - July 2014

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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From the President – July 2014

Then, Now, and Moving Forward in Faith

Philip KreyThis 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. 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 “now” 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.

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Alumnus Steve Jensen ’73: Vivid memories of seminary and life as a Navy Chaplain

Chaplain Steve JensenAmid the backdrop of seminary memories, including occasional pranks, the quality of education stands out

One of the most vivid memories from Chaplain Steven Jensen’s seminary days took place off campus.

Albany, New York, native Jensen ’73 (USN ret.) was serving as a seminary intern at St. Paul’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 Chaplain’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…

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LTSP student Linda Manson focuses on criminal justice ministry

Linda MansonLinda 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 “the least of these.”

No wonder for more than 30 years Manson has been called to prison ministry — 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.

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Check out the new Ltsp.edu!

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…

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LTSP Notes – July 2014

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.”

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Class Notes – July 2014

Pr. Khalfani Drummer with a studentJuly’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.

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Asian Theological Summer Institute Returns to LTSP for the 8th Year

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:

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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. “For a moment I was absolutely speechless,” he said. “Not because […]

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The 2014 Co-Presidents Reflect

The commencement reflections of Co-Presidents of the Class of 2014, Laura Tancredi and Karen Sease, offer insights regarding campus life… 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. […]

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The 150th Commencement

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 school’s 150th anniversary year, featured stirring remarks from the Rev. Mark Hanson, immediate past presiding bishop […]

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From the President: The 150th Anniversary Celebration Continues – and Looking Toward the Future

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, […]

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A Senior Gift for Seminarians to Follow, and a Tradition Continues

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 […]

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Alumnus’s ministry approaches win plaudits from community newspaper

Seminary graduate the Rev. Keith Anderson (STM ’02) recently earned plaudits as “Citizen of the Week” from the Ambler (PA) Gazette. “With programs like ‘God on Tap’ and ‘Coffee and Conversation’ and  ‘Ashes on the Go’, Anderson has made it his mission to break down the walls of the church and rewrite the definition of […]

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In 150th year, alumni at Spring Convocation focus on seminary’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 […]

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Frederick Houk Borsch: Naming of Anglican Chair “a sign of shared cooperation”

When the Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch was honored April 9 with the seminary’s Anglican Chair being named for him, Borsch acknowledged the naming as a “great honor.” “But you have to remember,” Borsch said, “even though I have been here for some time, the Chair is really a sign of shared cooperation between Lutherans […]

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Community organizing seeds planted: LTSP alumni lead to positive change

How does today’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 […]

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From the President: Transitions: Appreciation, Excitement, Commencement, Celebration!

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 […]

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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 […]

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