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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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Class Notes: November 2014

Check this month’s Class Notes from the Rev. Karen Sease, the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, and the Rev. Barry Benson.

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LTSP Notes: November 2014

This month’s LTSP notes include the latest from the Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton and the Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman

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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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