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PS Portions – July 2015

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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From the President: Knowing and Understanding

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:11 pm.

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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Alumna Rozella White describes her pioneering ELCA work with millennials in today’s world

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:03 pm.

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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“God is breaking through” in Charleston’s aftermath, believes seminary alumnus Dwayne Royster

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:36 pm.

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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Mourning Charleston: LTSP community joins the nation

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:23 pm.

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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July Reflection: Preaching in context … Even when it is difficult

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:19 pm.

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 – July 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:48 am.

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.

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Class Notes – July 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:44 am.

July’s Class Notes include updates from the Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, the Rev. Roxi Kringle, the Rev. Dr. Denise Brown, the Rev. Kevin Shock, the Rev. Byron Schmid, the Rev. Leslie Scanlon, and Carol Rowehl, and remembering the Reverend Dr. James E. Gunther (BD 1959).

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UTI is 35! Save the Dates!

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:02 am.

The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) celebrates 35 years since its founding with two special days – Tuesday, September 22 – Lecture and Worship Celebration with Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., and Friday, October 23 – Gala Banquet with speaker Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

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PS Portions for June 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm.

In PS Portions for June: President David Lose asks “What is the best way to educate leaders for the future church?,” plus a remembrance of UTICA Chair Emeritus the Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones, a look at MAPL’s “Guppy Tank,” Asian Theological Summer Institute at LTSP’s ninth year, the Abundant Life Center serves seminarians as they manage the financial challenge of seminary, a reflection on “Bridging the Gap between the Academy and the Church” by Prof. Wayne Croft, and Class and LTSP Notes. Watch and read!

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From the President: What is the best way to educate leaders for the future church?

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:05 am.

Hold this question with me for a moment: What is the best way to educate leaders for the future church?

I promise I’ll get back to that question. For the moment, though, I want to share with you that we are currently exploring several exciting partnerships at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).

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Remembering the Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones and his Contributions to Theological Education

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:00 am.

When the Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones decided more than 30 years ago to move on from a nine-year call in Portsmouth, Virginia, a neighboring Lutheran pastor advised him that “his” seminary was “just down the street” from the congregation Jones would be serving — Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, a congregation of the American Baptist Churches.

“Upon arriving in Philadelphia, I discovered the Krauth Memorial Library at the seminary and took out 10 to 12 books a week to do my sermon preparation,” Jones recalled during a 2010 interview at Grace Church. He added that he found the library’s immense theological collection a treasure. Those library visits began an enduring 33-year affiliation with the seminary that in turn made him a treasure to the school he came to love, all while shepherding a growing nearby parish.

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Make a Gift – Get Matched!

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:33 am.

Together we can educate the church’s next generation of leaders. Each day, all of us at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) work our hardest to prepare a rich, supportive, and demanding environment in which women and men can learn the skills and grow in their faith to best serve a changed and changing church. Please make a gift today online. Every gift made by June 30, 2015, will be matched up to $50,000. If you’ve already made a gift, please know how grateful we are for your support and partnership.

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“Guppy Tank” Classroom Experience Helping Students Embrace Social Justice

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:10 am.

While a professor at Valparaiso University, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Dr. Jon Pahl always enjoyed the chance to engage in service learning projects with students.

“I had never had the same kind of opportunity since teaching here,” said Pahl, the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor of the History of Religion.

That is, not until this past academic year, when he decided to launch a classroom concept modeled after the network television show “Shark Tank.”

He called it “The Guppy Tank,” for lack of a more suitable title.

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Asian Theological Summer Institute at LTSP enjoys growth and banner year

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:06 am.

Professor Peter Cho Phan, Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University, sees The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) annual Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI) as a means “to help grow” a generation of new Asian and Asian American theologians and scholars. He also believes the Institute offers a chance to “build up new ideas and a broader understanding” about how Asians and Asian Americans are interpreting theology today. “We can talk about what we teach with regard to theology and what is significant about theological education for our culture. It is a wonderful opportunity.” ATSI, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and occurring each of the past nine years in late May on the seminary’s campus, was largely the brainchild of LTSP former dean and Luther Reed Professor of Systematic Theology the Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar.

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Abundant Life Initiative Advises Students on Managing Debt, and Myriad Ways to Cut Expenses

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 16, 2015 at 11:38 pm.

Thanks to a grant to the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries from the Lilly Endowment, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has initiated The Abundant Life Student Advising Center (ALSAC) to assist seminarians with their finances both in the short and long term. After its first year, it is helping to make life easier for LTSP seminarians.

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June Reflection: Bridging the Gap between the Academy and the Church

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:23 pm.

Earlier this month I attended Yale University Divinity School and completed a course entitled The Identity and Mission of the Black Church. The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock served as the instructor. The purpose of the course was to analyze what black and womanist theologians have had to say about the identity and mission of the black church and to examine what black churches and their pastors have had to say in response. I was moved to spend a week at Yale and sit in Dr. Warnock’s class, not only because I wanted to be at the feet of one of the new Post-Civil Rights black theologians, but also because my passion is to bridge the gap between the academy and the church as well as black pastors and theologians.

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Class Notes: June 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:13 pm.

June’s Class Notes include updates from the Rev. Rachel Manke, the Rev. Scott Davis and the Rev. Gary Stiegler, and the death of the Rev. James Daniels, BD 1960.

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LTSP Notes: June 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:42 pm.

In this month’s LTSP Notes: Staff changes, and faculty updates from The Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman, and Dr. Michael Krentz, AIM.

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PS Portions: May 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm.

It’s been a busy month at LTSP – Spring Convocation, Commencement, and stories of ministry are all part of the May issue of PS Portions. Watch, read, and view stories, photo collections and more…

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From the President – Sending out leaders

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:34 pm.

Under the sunny skies of a beautiful, warm (but not too warm!) May day, and in the beautiful sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, the staff, faculty, and Board of Trustees of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia were pleased to send fifty-two leaders into lives of service and ministry.

As we were lining up and getting ready to process, I thought about the number of lives these fifty-two graduates would touch over the course of their careers through their leadership in congregations, social ministry agencies, Synod staffs, seminaries, advocacy groups, and more. We’re talking, quite literally, about hundreds of thousands of people who will be touched by the Gospel through the words and deeds of these leaders.

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Fifty two graduates receive degrees and certificates at the 151st Commencement

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:17 pm.

Fifty-two seminarians were awarded degrees and certificates during the 151st commencement exercises May 19, 2015 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
In addition to the awarding of degrees and certificates, highlights included memorable remarks from Palestinian Lutheran Pastor Dr. Mitri Raheb, a presidential welcome from the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, an address by Senior Class President Mark David Johnson, and a welcome to the graduates by Alumni Association President the Rev. Annemarie Hartner Cook. The seminary choir offered two selections under the direction of Dr. Michael Krentz and Sheila D. Booker.

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Lutheran Pastor and Palestinian Mitri Raheb describes ministry of hope in an occupied land

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:05 pm.

Before presenting the address at the 151st Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, commencement speaker the Rev. Dr.  Mitri Raheb took some from his schedule to talk about his ministry and life: Palestine, the land where the Bible seeds were planted, has always been an occupied land since 722 B.C., explained the Rev. […]

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The Class of 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:49 pm.

(Click any image to go to the photo gallery and purchase copies – proceeds benefit the Leadership Fund) Certificates and Degrees were awarded to the following individuals at the 151st Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 19, 2015:   UTI Certificate of Church Leadership Viola Clark Ramona l. Holcombe Chevelle […]

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Reflections on ministry in a city gripped by the explosive pain of racial injustice

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:18 pm.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of Freddy Gray while in police custody in April, four seminary alumni commented on the challenges to their respective ministries in the painful days and weeks that have followed.
“The Freddy Gray case is not the first of its kind in Maryland,” said the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. “Did you know that in the past three years in Maryland 109 prisoners have died while in police custody, most of them African American males?”

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Being a “Church-for-Others”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:11 pm.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of Freddy Gray while in police custody in April, four seminary alumni commented on the challenges to their respective ministries in the painful days and weeks that have followed.
“The Freddy Gray case is not the first of its kind in Maryland,” said the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. “Did you know that in the past three years in Maryland 109 prisoners have died while in police custody, most of them African American males?”

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Co-op Program enjoys strong first year, anticipates expanding

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:06 pm.

The idea of the program is that Co-op students can immediately apply their classroom learning to a congregational setting simultaneously. The initiative makes sense financially too: we can give seminarians more financial support through remuneration where they serve and complete their seminary training in three years rather than four. We’re finding that to be a really positive development, and so are the students.

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Living on the edges theme, alumni awards, and harpsichord dedication mark Spring Convocation

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:44 pm.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Spring Convocation 2015 featured numerous highlights including three presentations about “Living (and worshiping) on the Edge as a Church,” awards honoring three distinguished LTSP alumni, and the heartwarming dedication during Easter Vespers of the refurbished harpsichord originally built in the early 1970s by the late Dr. Robert Bornemann, Anna Burkhalter Professor of Old Testament and originator of the seminary choir.

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Agnes Bornemann’s birthday gift, her late husband’s harpsichord, restored for chapel use

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:21 pm.

God initially blessed the dedication of the late Professor Robert Bornemann’s  restored harpsichord (built in 1970) by sending snow to postpone the originally scheduled ceremony. The new date set for the dedication, April 28, 2015, was also the birthday of his beloved widow, Agnes Bornemann, now a resident of Vermont. She was able to be […]

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Distinguished Alumni Awards and President’s “State of the Seminary” report mark Spring Convocation banquet

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:50 pm.

Gratitude for service extended to the Rev. Louise Johnson and the Rev. Kathleen Ash-Flashner During The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Spring Convocation 2015’s annual banquet, the seminary presented Alumni Awards for Distinguished Service to the Rev. Marie Jerge, ’78, the Rev. Rick Summy, ’85, and the Rev. Roger Zepernick, ’68. Those in attendance […]

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