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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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A Conversation with the President – You are Invited! This coming Thursday in Metro NY

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 October 23 and January 8. Learn more about the events and where to find the dates, locations, and registration information…

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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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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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