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PS Portions: March 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 23, 2017 at 6:29 pm.

In the March PS Portions President David Lose considers “The God We Do Not Expect,” LTSP Director of Donor Services Kathie Afflerbach talks about “Grand Jury: Public Witness,” Preaching with Power’s 35th Anniversary, Paul Hanson presents thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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The God We Do Not Expect

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In Lent this year, we are treated to four weeks of readings drawn from the Gospel According to John. “Treated” is the operative word in that last sentence for me because I so much enjoy John’s evocative imagery, rich symbolism, and depth of theology. As I have been reading once again through these stories of Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well, the man who receives his sight (let’s name him for what he has become, not what he suffered!), and Lazarus, I was struck by the element of surprise in each of them.

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Grand Jury: Public Witness

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LTSP Director of Donor Services Kathie Afflerbach (MAR 2009), a deacon in the ELCA, reflects on her experience serving two years on a county grand jury, and how her service was informed by her faith and seminary education. Watch our conversation…

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Preaching with Power’s 35th Anniversary: Videos, Photos, Stories

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Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Urban Theological Institute’s Preaching with Power promised to be a series of memorable events, but a late winter snow storm was not the type of event planned as part of the celebration!

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Paul Hanson presents thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture

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Paul D. Hanson, BD, PhD, Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School, presented a thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics at LTSP on February 21. Professor Hanson brought his expertise and thoughts on the role of church and faith in society, especially in the current political context, to an audience of guests and students, and opened the floor to the audience for an engaging discussion.

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Class Notes – March 2017

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In March’s Class Notes, updates from the Right Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart, the Rev. Robert Argot, the Rev. James T. Heckman, Kristen Opalinski, the Rev. Tom Irwin, and the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, and the death of alumna the Rev. Dr. Wanda E. McNeill (DMin 2005).

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LTSP Notes – March 2017

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In March’s LTSP Notes, the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera appointed Associate Professor of Theology at Moravian Seminary and Dr. Michael Krentz provides an update.

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PS Portions – February 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on February 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm.

In the February 2017 PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose considers “The Next Generation of Leaders,” “Salt and Light,” Icon Gifts, Preaching Day 2017 – A Successful Revival, Preaching with Power – Celebrating 35 Years!, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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The Next Generation of Leaders

Posted by LTSP Communications on February 14, 2017 at 8:51 pm.

Who will form the next generation of leaders?

This is a pressing question, as a recent ELCA research study concluded that there are currently more than 600 congregations who want and can afford a pastor but cannot find one because of a growing clergy shortage. By 2020, the number of empty pulpits will grow to 1000. LTSP President David Lose provides some answers in this month’s reflection.

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Salt and Light

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The Rev. Dr. David Lose preached on “Salt and Light” at chapel to open the spring semester on Wednesday, February 8, starting with “I’m not sure I can remember a time when we’ve needed salt and light more. So much fear, so much division, so much disenfranchisement, darkness, and dread. No, I don’t think I can remember a time when we’ve needed salt and light more than we do just now.” Read the rest of the sermon here.

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Icon Gifts Donation inspires Library Meditation Room

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On Tuesday, February 7, the LTSP community gathered to acknowledge the generosity of Mr. Domenic DePaul for his donation of Icon Gifts in loving memory of his partner of many years, William “Bill” Rarick. The event was held at the Krauth Memorial Library where the new Meditation Room to house the Icons was dedicated. President […]

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Preaching Day 2017 – A Successful Revival

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The 2017 revival of Preaching Days brought Anna Carter Florence and William Willimon – along with a full house for both Benbow Hall and Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel – to the seminary campus for a day of learning, worship, and fellowship. Watch and listen to recordings and see photos from the day.

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Preaching with Power – Celebrating 35 Years!

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The Rev. Dr. Quintin L. Robertson, Director of LTSP’s Urban Theological Institute (UTI), reflects on the upcoming 35th anniversary of UTI’s Preaching with Power (PWP) event — its history, the new “Preaching with Power Sunday,” and the future.

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Class Notes – February 2017

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In Class Notes for February, updates from the Rev. Dr. Chaz Howard, Carol Rowehl, the Rev. Dr. Paul Santmire, the Rev. Thomas Chittick, the Rev. Eric Anderson, and Roxhelle Melander.

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LTSP Notes – February 2017

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In February’s LTSP Notes, an update from Dr. Michael Krentz.

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“Come! Bring Healing, Bring Peace” – The Annual Advent Vespers

Posted by LTSP Communications on December 22, 2016 at 11:26 pm.

On Sunday, December 4, the seminary and wider community marked the season with the annual Advent Vespers. Under the theme “Come! Bring Healing, Bring Peace,” the Service of Evening Prayer provided a time for prayer, reflection, and silence – things that are a gift from God in our fevered world.

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Advent Reflections

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PS Portions invited several LTSP faculty, alumni, and students to reflect on the meaning of Advent, and to share their thoughts. Watch as Professor Karyn L. Wiseman, alumna the Rev. Linda Manson and Seminarian Lenny Duncan talk about Advent in times like these.

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Tangled Blue — Songs and Stories for the Seminary Community

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Tangled Blue is the music of Aimée and Joel Pakan — a married couple from the ELCA’s Minneapolis Area Synod and the seminary community’s first ever Composers-in-Residence. Aimée and Joel moved to LTSP to study in the MDiv program this fall, and also lead chapel music at LTSP, even as they continue a performance schedule that’s taken them to Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, and Texas over weekends this fall and back to LTSP for weekday classes.

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God’s Church worshipping on LTSP campus

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:17 pm.

A local congregation, God’s Church, began worshipping in LTSP’s Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel in early December. It has been some time since the chapel hosted Sunday worship as members of the student body spend Sundays serving at – and learning from – congregations throughout the region.

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Class Notes – December 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:47 pm.

December’s class notes include an update from the Rev. Mark English, the death of Melvyn Alan Hammarberg, PhD (MDiv 1972), and emeritus professor the Rev. Dr. Gordon Lathrop is one of the participants in Spring Convocation 2017.

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LTSP Notes – December 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:12 pm.

LTSP Notes is taking this edition off as the seminary prepares for Christmas break and an exciting 2017. LTSP will be closed Friday, December 23, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017 – Blessed Christmas and Joyous New Year!

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“Portraits of Jesus”

Posted by LTSP Communications on December 18, 2016 at 11:42 pm.

In the American Memorial Chapel of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, built to honor those US citizens who died defending Britain in World War II, there is a set of stained glass windows with pictures of Jesus, the nativity, … and George Washington.

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PS Portions – November 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on November 27, 2016 at 6:50 am.

In November’s PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose reflects on “A Different Leader,” LTSP and LTSG Admissions Directors Nate Preisinger and Lauren Muratore share “A United Conversation,” Meet Your Advancement Team and learn more about the work they do for the seminary, along with upcoming special events (all free!), plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes.

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A Different Kind of Leader

Posted by LTSP Communications on November 26, 2016 at 1:05 am.

Almost every call committee I know, when searching for a pastoral candidate, has identified what it hopes its future pastor will be able to do: preach, teach, lead worship, pray, visit, extend pastoral care, and so on. That makes a certain sense and aligns with how we often think of leadership — leaders are the people who do things, who get things done, who take actions on behalf of their organizations.

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A United Conversation

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:55 am.

Recently, both Directors of Admissions for Philadelphia and Gettysburg seminaries — the Rev. Nate Preisinger and the Rev. Lauren Muratore — came together in beautiful Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia for a candid conversation about United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). They shared their visions, hopes, and personal experiences, as well as touching on the critical tuition-free initiative, groundbreaking curriculum, and other visionary ideas and priorities that will form this new institution.

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Meet Your Advancement Team

Posted by LTSP Communications on November 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm.

LTSP’s reinvigorated Advancement Team is “an extraordinary group of strong and capable individuals who check their egos at the door, manifest true humility, and produce an extremely high quality of work,” according to Dennis Trotter, Senior Vice President for Advancement and President of the LTSP Foundation.

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“Afternoon with the President”

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LTSP’s Office for Advancement recently sponsored an “Afternoon with the President” event at Luther Crest Senior Living Community in Allentown. It featured LTSP President David Lose, who presented his vision for United Lutheran Seminary and answered questions from the group.

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LTSP Notes – November 2016

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In November’s LTSP News, information on a special retreat: Here Am I – Women Responding to God’s Call; and faculty updates from Prof. Nelson Rivera and Karyn Wiseman.

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Class Notes – November 2016

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In November’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Maggie Spring Ainslie, MDiv 1999, the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Mills, MDiv, STM 2005, and the Rev. Ron Hari, MDiv 1987, and the death of the Rev. William E. ‘Sonny’ Hayman Jr., MDiv 1989.

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PS Portions – December 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on November 23, 2016 at 2:37 am.

In December’s PS Portions, President David Lose talks about “Portraits of Jesus,” The Annual Advent Vespers in word and pictures, Advent Reflections, Tangled Blue – Songs and Stories for the Seminary Community, God’s Church worshipping on LTSP campus, and December Class Notes

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