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PS Portions: Farewell Edition

Posted by LTSP Communications on August 11, 2017 at 4:18 am.

In this Farewell issue of PS Portions: United We Stand. United We Pray.; Closing activities at Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses; July 1, 2017: First day for ULS and for the first ULS President; Karol Mason, ULS student and staff member, preaches First Sermon; Passages: LTSP Distinguished Alumnus and former Trustee Bishop Harold Weiss and former LTSP President Raymond Bost; plus Class Notes and United Notes.

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United We Stand. United We Pray.

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:47 am.

On June 30, 2017, both The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg marked the end of their respective communities with prayers, sadness, mourning, memories, reflection, and fellowship. The very next day, the communities consolidated to become United Lutheran Seminary — One Seminary, Two Campuses.

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“Wake, Awake!” marks Gettysburg Seminary’s Last Day

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:30 am.

On the night of June 30, 1863, Lydia Ziegler (one of the children of the seminary steward) spotted campfires of U.S. troops beyond Seminary Ridge. The Battle of Gettysburg would begin the next day. On the night of June 30, 2017, a group of students, alumni, faculty, faculty emeriti, staff, staff emeriti, and friends gathered to share an evening remembering Gettysburg Seminary’s history.

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Service of Closing and Gathering mark LTSP’s Last Day

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:22 am.

On June 30, 2017, over 200 gathered in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia to pray, congregate, reflect, and give thanks for the history and legacy of the seminary and each other. All then walked across the way to The Brossman Center’s Benbow Hall for feast and fellowship. The gathering marked the final day of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia before joining the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg to become the Philadelphia Campus of United Lutheran Seminary, One Seminary on Two Campuses.

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July 1, 2017: First day for ULS and for the first ULS President

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:47 am.

July 1, 2017, marked the first day for the new United Lutheran Seminary – One Seminary on Two Campuses, Gettysburg + Philadelphia. The day also marked the first day in office for the first president of United Lutheran Seminary (ULS), the Rev. Dr. Theresa Latini.

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Karol Mason, ULS student and staff member, preaches First Sermon

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:19 am.

United Lutheran Seminary’s Karol Mason is both an MDiv student and Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Advancement and Director of Advancement Operations for United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). As a Minister in Training (MIT) at Grace Baptist Church, Mason preached her First Sermon in July.

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Passage: Bishop Harold Weiss (BD 1955), LTSP Distinguished Alumnus, Trustee

Posted by LTSP Communications on August 10, 2017 at 11:30 pm.

The Rev. Harold S. Weiss (BD 1955), 86, Bishop Emeritus of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, died peacefully at home on July 15, 2017. Bishop Weiss graduated from LTSP with a BD in 1955, and served LTSP as a member of the Board of Trustees. He and his wife Mary Anne were presented the Soli Deo Gloria Award in recognition of their decades of service to the church and the seminary.

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Passage: The Rev. Dr. Raymond Morris Bost, past president at LTSP

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:15 pm.

The Rev. Dr. Raymond Morris Bost, 91, seventh president of Lenoir-Rhyne College, Hickory, North Carolina, and president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia from 1976 – 1985, died on Monday, July 10th, 2017, at Kingston Residence of Hickory. Dr. Bost served the church in many different capacities during his years in ministry.

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United Notes – Summer 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:13 pm.

In United Notes: Introducing ULS Associate Director of Admissions the Rev. Becca Erlich (MDiv 2011) and Interim Director of Contextual Formation the Rev. Dr. John Largen, plus updates on Professor Wayne Croft and Emeritus Professor Timothy Wengert.

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Class Notes – Summer 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:14 pm.

In this Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Cheryl Hoffman, the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, the Rev. Phil Shuart, the Rev. Marsha Anderson, and the Rev. Justin Lingenfelter, and the deaths of the Rev. Dr. Arvids Ziedonis, Jr., Cynthia Gillis, and the Rev. Dr. E. Werner Weinreich.

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LTSP Closing Service and Reception is Friday! Join us.

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 25, 2017 at 2:32 pm.

Join the LTSP Community as we Remember and Commemorate 153 Years of Educating and Forming Public Leaders for Engagement in the World. Friday, June 30, 2017 | 3:00 pm | Ashmead-Schaeffer Chapel – Reception immediately following. Send us your thoughts on video – see the event page for details! More information and reservations…

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PS Portions – June 2017, The 153rd Commencement

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 10, 2017 at 11:56 am.

In PS Portions for June 2017 – The 153rd Commencement Issue, President David Lose reflects on Commencing a New Adventure; story, videos, photos and more from the 153rd Commencement – including individual photos of graduates; information on the June 30 LTSP Closing Service and Reception; Three Days Retreat: Coming together in the midst of liturgy; Asian Theological Summer Institute returns to LTSP for 11th Year; Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge 2017 at LTSP event recap; Reformation 500th Anniversary Prints; plus June Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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Commencing a New Adventure

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:47 am.

We held a grand commencement just a few weeks ago. I haven’t checked the records, but I suspect that with more than 100 graduates crossing the podium to receive their degrees and certificates, it came close to setting or breaking any recent commencement records at LTSP. It was a day of joy, of celebration, of thanksgiving, and of beginnings.

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The 153rd Commencement

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:43 am.

The 153rd Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia was held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Over 100 certificate and degree recipients were joined by faculty, staff, board members, family, and friends to celebrate the special occasion, which also marked the culminating commencement of the seminary before it joins with Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg to form United Lutheran Seminary on July 1, 2017. View videos, photos, and individual graduate photos…

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The 2017 Graduates

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 9, 2017 at 11:09 pm.

The 2017 Graduates – listings and individual photos

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Three Days Retreat: Coming together in the midst of liturgy

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:57 pm.

For a number of years, on and off, liturgy students of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) have traveled to historic Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, Pennsylvania, to celebrate and experience the Triduum, all in one day known as the Three Days Retreat. This year brought a different aspect – with United Lutheran Seminary on the horizon, we were joined by students from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG).

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Asian Theological Summer Institute returns to LTSP for 11th Year

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:19 pm.

The Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI) at LTSP returned to the seminary campus for the eleventh time from May 30 – June 3, 2017. A unique opportunity for developing scholars, ATSI offers an Asian thematic focus for students who otherwise may not have the help and support of an Asian professor/faculty in their place of study.

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Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge 2017 at LTSP

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:45 am.

The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge (HFBFC) was launched in 2015 to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of new examples of faithful, innovative, and effective ways of teaching and learning Scripture. Four students shared their projects and learnings at the April 21, 2017, day-long event. A panel of practitioners, led by keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, responded to each presentation, and the audience was then invited to question the presenters.

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Reformation 500th Anniversary Prints

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:29 am.

Created by LTSP alumnus the Rev. Daniel Brettell (MDiv 2. STM 2017) with the cooperation of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA (NEPA), is able to make available a limited number of reproductions of two pieces of Reformation history. Each of these reproductions represents the theology and doctrine of Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon, and are the result of research done by Pr. Brettell in concert with Dr. Karl Krueger late this past winter.

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Class Notes – June 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm.

In Class Notes, reports on Deacon Jennifer Trinity-Baker and Chaplain Carol Rowehl, and the deaths of the Rev. William deHeyman, MDiv 1960, and the Rev. Dr. Roger William Spencer, MDiv 1973.

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LTSP Notes – June 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:28 am.

In LTSP Notes, an update from Prof. Katie Day.

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PS Portions – Spring 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm.

In this issue of PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose: “Ready, Set, Launch,” ULS President-elect Latini Meets and Greets, Remembering Fred Borsch, Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff, and video and photos from Spring Convocation 2017 – REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE… Plus LTSP Notes from retired profesor Richard Stewart and an update from Luther D. Reed Professor J. Paul Rajashekar, and Class Notes from the Rev. Melvin Hammer and the Rev. Carl W. Ames, plus the Rev. Thomas Richter shares stories about climate change and ministry in Alaska, and an opportunity to share your LTSP stories.

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“Ready, Set, Launch”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:04 am.

They don’t often televise rocket launches anymore. I suppose they are too commonplace. But I am just old enough to remember the last couple of launches of the Apollo space program that sent astronauts to the moon and the excitement generated as the voice from Mission Control counted down, “10, 9, 8, 7… 3, 2, 1, Ignition, Blast off!”

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ULS President-elect Latini Meets and Greets

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:48 am.

United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) President-elect Theresa Latini recently visited the LTSP campus to meet with students, staff, and faculty. After being introduced and providing background information about herself, Dr. Latini fielded questions from the community. Inquiries ranged from “Do you play tabletop games and what is your experience with Settlers of Catan?” to “How welcoming and open are you, and are you a safe person for us?”

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Remembering Fred Borsch

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:03 am.

Members of the seminary community share their remembrances of The Rt. Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch, professor, colleague, and friend to many in the community. Dr. Borsch, known to many as simply “Fred,” died early on April 11, 2017, from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia. He was 81 years old. Read their remembrances and watch videos and a slide show from his time at LTSP.

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Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 8, 2017 at 8:34 pm.

Believing that being both in the classroom and the pulpit is necessary for a seminary professor, the Reverend Wayne E. Croft Sr., DMin, PhD, the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies at LTSP also serves as Senior Pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dr. Croft talks about his work as professor and pastor, and his work in the community. Dr. Croft is being recognized this summer by the American Baptist Churches with the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award for outstanding work for peace and justice.

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Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 8:02 pm.

LTSP alumna the Rev. Nicole Diroff’s faith journey has led her to the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, where she serves as Associate Executive. Pr Diroff talks about her work, and about the Interfaith Center’s Inter-Seminary Initiative. The initiative brought Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel to the LTSP campus for conversation, and seminarians share their reflections on the event.

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Spring Convocation 2017 – Remembrance and Promise: Report, Videos & Photos

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:42 pm.

LTSP welcomed alumni and friends to the last Spring Convocation of the Philadelphia seminary on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, 2017, for “Remembrance and Promise,” both a celebration of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a look toward the promise of United Lutheran Seminary. Watch videos and slide shows from Spring Convocation

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Class Notes – Spring 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:39 pm.

In this issue’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Melvin Hammer and the Rev. Carl W. Ames, plus the Rev. Thomas Richter shares stories about climate change and ministry in Alaska, and an opportunity to share your LTSP stories.

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LTSP Notes – Spring 2017

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:14 pm.

LTSP Notes this issue includes a Louisville Institute-funded project by retired Professor Richard Stewart and an update from Luther D. Reed Professor J. Paul Rajashekar.

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