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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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A Conversation with the President – You are Invited! Next Nov. 5 in Baltimore & Nov. 7 in Bethlehem.

LTSP invites you to engage in conversation with President David Lose about the future of the church — and what kind of seminary we need to help us move into God’s preferred future for us. Conversations held between now and January 8. Learn more about the events and where to find the dates, locations, and registration information…

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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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Team-teaching the Lutheran Confessions

Karl Krueger, Martin Luther and Nelson RiveraThe 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, “Why don’t we try teaching the course together? I’ll do the part on Reformation History and you can lead the class in theological discussions.” 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.

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Inspirational messages mark Opening of the 150th Academic Year

LTSP President  David LoseThe opening week of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) 150th anniversary year featured an inspirational sermon August 25 on the importance of “community” and a welcome and sermon with a leadership focus August 27 from the school’s new president, the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose. A historical highlight was the August 25 opening convocation depiction of the seminary’s early history by the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, Professor of the History of Christianity and Director of the Krauth Memorial Library.

“What has made this seminary work through history is that it is made up of a collection of individuals with a common goal,” said the Rev. Dr. Katie Day in her message, part of the opening day Service of the Word in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Memorial Chapel.

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Class Notes – August 2014

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.

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LTSP Notes – August 2014

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.

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Friend of the seminary Dorothea Henry has died

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.

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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.

Read more about Linda’s story…

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