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PS Portions – March 2015

From the President – Metanoia   Metanoia. It is one of the key terms of Lent. We often translate it as repentance, changing one’s behavior in response to spiritual conversion. But it might also be translated as a turning around, a significant change in one’s attitude and perspective that leads to a different way of […]

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From the President – Metanoia

Metanoia. It is one of the key terms of Lent. We often translate it as repentance, changing one’s behavior in response to spiritual conversion. But it might also be translated as a turning around, a significant change in one’s attitude and perspective that leads to a different way of doing things.

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The challenges of restoring Peter Muhlenberg’s 240-year old robe

Once she restored the Masonic apron belonging to George Washington and the Masonic sash owned by Benjamin Franklin. Textile conservator Nancy Love also recently fashioned an African American History Museum exhibit featuring about 40 costumes worn by the 1950s and 1960s rock singing sensations the Supremes.
For the past two years, she has been thinking about and working on the restoration of an estimated 240-year-old preaching robe worn by Peter Muhlenberg, the son of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, often referred to as the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in North America.

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Why Turkey is at a Turning Point, Why American Christians Should Care, and What You Can Do

With ISIS and terrorist killings in the news, it’s important to lift up the stories of the vast majority of peace-loving Muslims around the world.

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Church in the New England Snow

It is no secret that New England has been continuously covered with snow this winter. As snow banks piled up to form mountain ranges and the snow in our yards rising to meet the window ledges — and another snowstorm seeming to appear in every weather forecast — many churches in New England have been called on to get creative with worship services to reach their communities. St. Mark Lutheran Church, Norwich, Connecticut, has also had to adapt ministry as a result of unceasing snow.

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Lenten Reflection: Bringing “church” to the public square in New York City

A young woman emerged from the Union Square subway station and spotted our large sign: “Ashes and Prayer.” Dressed in an expensive looking coat and scarf, walking with purpose and confidence, it seemed like she had it all together. She came over to us and asked, “Really? Can I get ashes right here and now?” I said, “Yes. And we would also like to pray for you.” We exchanged first names. Then I asked what we could lift to God in prayer on her behalf. Her face dramatically changed expression as she bowed her head toward the ground and quietly said, “I’m flying home tomorrow … to bury my younger sister.”

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March 2015 LTSP Notes

The Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dean of the Seminary; H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures; Director, Multicultural Mission Resource Center Dean Sebastian attended an international conference at the Tantur Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Jerusalem on “Tantur and the Future of Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue” between January 8th – 11th, 2015, at […]

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March 2015 Class Notes

The Rev. Steven Jensen (MDiv 1973), U.S. Navy Chaplain (Retired) Dr. N. Fred Nelson and new wife Robin are in Hawai’i for their honeymoon. I’m Fred’s daughter Erika ‘s godfather and performed her wedding 20 years ago. First met him at Gettysburg for summer concentrated Greek class in 1969. Tis estin houtos? Sending one of […]

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PS Portions – February 2015

In February’s PS Portions, President David Lose asks, “Have you started praying yet for next year’s LTSP students?” Plus stories on the 2015 El Salvador Travel Seminar, LTSP DMin students talk about their ministry and why they are studying for a DMin, an update in the February 17 dedication of the Bornemann harpsichord, ELCA seminary leaders respond, updates on Preaching with Power and Spring Convocation 2015, plus Class Notes and LTSP notes – and more…

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From the President – Are You Praying?

A quick, but important question: Have you started praying yet for next year’s LTSP students? I ask because this past weekend we had 30 or so folks on campus exploring their sense of call to leadership in the church and to the possibility of enrolling as students at LTSP. And it occurred to me what […]

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El Salvador travel seminar broadens the perspective of seminarians

Second-year seminarian Sharon Richter of Philadelphia says her travel seminar visit to El Salvador in January “helped me face the realities of the oppressed world” while discovering how people facing trials in another land “still come out hopeful because they trust in their faith.” She described the people she met in the Central American country […]

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Two Upstate New York graduate students striving to become ‘better pastors’

Upstate New York Synod Pastors Scott Hannon and Douglas Stewart are studying for DMin advanced-level degrees at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in order to become better, more relevant pastors in their congregational settings. But both serve in considerably different contexts. Hannon, a Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary graduate, has been a pastor for […]

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Dedication of Bornemann Harpsichord February 17

On Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 11:30 am, Dr. Michael Krentz will present a dedicatory concert celebrating the rebuilding of the seminary’s harpsichord. Dr. Krentz is Lecturer and Director of Music Ministries/Seminary Cantor at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Assisting Dr. Krentz will be members of the LTSP community, including students Lisa Helmel Thomas, […]

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ELCA Seminary Leaders respond to open letter call to action

On January 17th, 2015, a large group of African-American presidents and deans in theological education posted “An Open Letter to Presidents and Deans of Theological Schools in the United States” on Huffington Post. Leaders of the seven seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a group responded In the face of such a call, believing they “cannot keep silent. We want to make a public response, both acknowledging the justice of that call and also confessing our failure to live into it as we ought.” Here is the response.

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Lineup announced for 2015 Preaching with Power events

Six distinguished African American preachers from a rich variety of backgrounds will headline this year’s 33rd anniversary edition of Preaching with Power in Philadelphia congregations the week of March 15, 2015. The program will include an African American Sacred Music concert at The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel at 11:15 am Wednesday March 18.

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“Living on the Edge” theme for Spring Convocation April 27 and 28

“Living on the Edge” will be the topic explored when The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) convenes its Spring Convocation on the seminary’s campus Monday and Tuesday, April 27-28, 2015. The convocation begins Monday with registration at 4:00 pm and at 5:00 pm a cookout for registrants, family, and friends. A 7:00 pm closing will feature Scripture, camp songs, prayer, and a reminder of the Tuesday schedule. Informal gatherings will then take place in local establishments or in various rooms on the campus, such as Lull Lounge.

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February 2015 Class Notes

In Class Notes: updates from Nancy M. Stevens and the Rev. JoAnna M. Novak Patterson, plus obituaries of alumni the Rev. Dr. Ronald E. Meyer, BD 1965 and the Rev. George Edwin “Bud” Kenyon, Jr., MDiv 1956.

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February 2015 LTSP Notes

LTSP Faculty leading June 2015 tour to LutherLand LTSP professors the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger and Dr. Michael Krentz are guiding a trip to Germany June 12 – 21, 2015, sponsored by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s Reformation 500 committee. What better way to prepare for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 than to visit historical sites […]

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PS Portions – January 2015

In this issue: President David Lose reflects on Forming Communities of Hope, plus stories on Revival in East Lansdowne: Alumnus Moses Suah-Dennis’s ground-breaking ministry, Namibia’s pioneering woman: Magdalena Ya-Shalongo holds two LTSP degrees, An LTSP Teach-In explores “Moving beyond racism and violence,” Seminary Director of Music Ministries Michael Krentz: Inheriting a rich seminary legacy (and the newly renovated Bornemann harpsichord, “Shining In, Shining Out” – Project Connect Hosts Discernment Retreat – along with Class Notes, LTSP Notes, upcoming events and learning opportunities.

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From the President – Forming Communities of Hope

President David LoseSlate magazine declared 2014 as “The Year of Outrage.” Outrage over the police shootings and excessive use of force. Outrage over environmental degradation. Outrage over proposed environmental laws to curb pollution. Outrage over human rights abuses in North Korea and other places around the world. Outrage over, well, the lack of outrage about human rights abuses. Everywhere you look, there seems to be a sense of outrage, expressed especially and relentlessly on social media. I don’t think that’s an accident.

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Revival in East Lansdowne: Alumnus Moses Suah-Dennis’s ground-breaking ministry

“God has a way of preparing you for your life ahead … If you trust that God is in charge, that God reigns, then no matter what life throws at you, if you keep your eyes on God you will find a way to get through it. After the storm the sun will shine.” The Rev. Moses Suah-Dennis knows something about the storms of life, as does his native Liberia, suffering through an Ebola epidemic, and the congregation he serves, which almost died before Suah-Dennis, an alumnus (MDiv 2005) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), arrived as a mission developer to re-energize the place.

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Namibia’s pioneering woman: Magdalena Ya-Shalongo holds two LTSP degrees

The Rev. Dr. Magdalena Naanhule Ya-Shalongo, recipient of two degrees from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), is a pioneering woman in her native African country of Namibia, serving as a pastor, educator, and the first ever woman to hold the office of principal for the Engela Parish Institute (EPI) there.

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An LTSP Teach-In explores “Moving beyond racism and violence”

It was a compelling evening of expressive reflection at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) December 16 in the wake of tragic events during which the names of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, and others have stirred the conscience of America. Billed as “A Teach-In: Moving from Fear to Flourishing after Ferguson,” six leaders on the program shared their thoughts in a truly interfaith call to action.

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Seminary Director of Music Ministries Michael Krentz: Inheriting a rich seminary legacy

Dr. Michael Krentz has a clear understanding of the vocation of a church musician: “I tell people interested in a church music career that one challenge the church is facing is that it is really difficult to make a living as a church musician,” he said. “You need to be ready to do something else AND serve as a church musician.”

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Harpsichord built by Robert Bornemann in 1970 restored to life in the seminary chapel

Seminary Director of Music Ministries and Cantor Michael Krentz deeply appreciates the worship and music legacy he has inherited from others across the school’s history. One special way he gets to relive that legacy is by playing a newly restored harpsichord that is now found in the worship space in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Memorial Chapel.

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“Shining In, Shining Out” – Project Connect Hosts Discernment Retreat for Young Adults

A group of fifty 18-30 year olds and leaders met January 8-11, 2015, in New York City for the Epiphany-themed “Shining in, Shining out.” The weekend included service projects, vocational discernment conversations, and post-dinner community reflection time. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee was a special guest, and joined in conversation with the attendees.

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LTSP Notes – January 2015

This month’s LTSP Notes include a story about the SOLI Institute awarding LTSP two grants; updates from the Rev. Dr. Katie Day, the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, and the Rev. The Rev. Heidi Rodrick-Schnaath; and an obituary for Ruth M. Aden, a member of the LTSP community for 27 years and wife of emeritus professor LeRoy Aden.

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Class Notes – January 2015

In Class Notes: updates from the Rev. Christoph Schmidt, Maria Fumai Dietrich, The Rev. Charles Plummer, The Rev. David Kistler, and The Rev. Karen Sease and the Rev. Laura Tancredi, plus obituaries of alumni Pastors Gunther J. Stippich and Roy E. Gulliford.

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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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