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PS Portions – June 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 8, 2016 at 10:04 pm.

In this issue of PS Portions, President David Lose considers the atmosphere of fear in “Do Not Be Afraid,” the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger answers questions to “Dear Librarian,” Spring Convocation 2016 Report, “Not for Our Eyes: Readers Talking to Themselves and Sometimes God,” The 152nd Commencement, Preaching with Power 2016 videos, Breidegam Connector Dedication, 10th Anniversary of the Asian Theological Summer Institute, Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge, June LTSP Notes and Class Notes, and more…

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Do Not Be Afraid

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:59 pm.

I’ve been struck by two things while trying to follow Karl Barth’s advice this spring. A Swiss theologian and pastor, Barth was also perhaps the leading Protestant theologian of the 20th century, and he was fond of saying that good preachers hold the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other. And so while reading both the Scriptures and the newspaper, I’ve first noticed how frequently fear seems to be the topic of the day.

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Faculty Reflection: The Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger

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As the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger prepares for retirement after 17 years of service at LTSP, he reflects on one of his positions at LTSP – Director of the Krauth Memorial Library.

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COURAGE Moving Forward… Spring Convocation 2016 Report

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:43 pm.

“COURAGE Moving Forward…” was the theme of the 2016 Spring Convocation of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) on Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12, 2016. There was time for learning, fellowship, and renewing acquaintances with alumni and friends of LTSP, and events including the Alumni/Faculty Reception, Easter Vespers, and the annual banquet where Distinguished Alumni were recognized.

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Not for Our Eyes: Readers Talking to Themselves and Sometimes God

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:36 pm.

After 17 years, the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger (MDiv 1980) is retiring from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Dr. Krueger’s farewell presentation, on May 12, 2016, was entitled, “Not for Our Eyes: Readers Talking to Themselves and Sometimes God.” It highlighted the marginal notes in books that belonged to some noteworthy individuals, books now housed in the Rare Book Room of the library. View a video of the lecture and photos from the event.

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The 152nd Commencement

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:27 pm.

The 152nd Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) saw 55 seminarians receive certificates and degrees in recognition and celebration of their completion of theological studies. Commencement was held Tuesday, May 18, 2016, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. View videos, photos and more…

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The 34th Preaching with Power – Watch the Week!

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:03 am.

For the thirty-fourth year, Preaching with Power, sponsored by the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), brought outstanding preaching, teaching, and a Celebration of Music in the African American Church to Philadelphia. Watch videos of the preaching events, the convocation on “Terrorism in America — Sacred Places,” and a slide show of the music celebration.

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Breidegam Connector Dedicated June 2

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:34 am.

The Breidegam Connector, which joins the Krauth Memorial Library and The Brossman Center on the LTSP campus, provides new gathering space and accessibility to the historic library building. The community gathered on June 2, 2016, to dedicate the Connector, thank generous donors and funders of the project, and celebrate this new asset to the LTSP and wider community.

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Asian Theological Summer Institute 10th Anniversary

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The Asian Theological Summer Institute at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, celebrating its 10th year, brought sixteen doctoral students of Asian heritage to the LTSP campus for a week of mentorship, learning, and fellowship. The 10th Institute convened from May 31 – June 4, 2016.

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The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge

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Seminarian John Heidgerd (MDiv 2015), serving his internship year at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, New York City, was among eight students – one from each of the seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – to be part of the Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge. John’s presentation was on “The Soul Cafe.” John describes The Soul Cafe and the Challenge in a short video.

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LTSP Notes – June 2016

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LTSP Notes for June include new staff members Mercedes Lee and Karol Mason, Farewell and Godspeed to Profs. Kevin Moroney and Derek Woodard-Lehman, and recent activities by Profs. Katie Day, Nelson Rivera and Karyn Wiseman.

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Class Notes – June 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:12 am.

In the June Class Notes, LAMPa “Serve Speak Pray Award” Recipients, updates on Jennifer Baker-Trinity, the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, the Rev. Tiffany Chaney, Caroline Dunleavy, the Rev. Dr. Wylie Johnson, the Rev. David Kistler, The Rev. Janet Gasbarro, and the Rev. Walton R. Horn, along with the deaths of the Rev. John Chalupa, the Rev. Robert Bush, The Reverend Clarence D. “Hap” Reeser, the Rev. Richard C. Wolf, and the Rev. George David Hanssen.

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PS Portions – March 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 23, 2016 at 11:09 am.

In the March 2016 PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose reflects on “A goal as large as it is important,” consider “Finding seminary where you are,” Jeremiah A. Wright Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies Wayne E. Croft, Sr., reflects on “God Still Moves Stones,” a photo essay from Preaching with Power 2016, Spring Convocation 2016, Seminarians presented Awards and Scholarships, Support LTSP through Amazon Smile!, plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes…

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A goal as large as it is important

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It’s a goal as large as it is important: full tuition scholarships for all LTSP students.

We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from all quarters of the church to this initiative thus far, as people recognize the need to provide much more support to our students. Along with the positive comments, I have also heard several questions that I will try to address here.

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Finding seminary where you are

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If you asked me to give you a tour of the seminary I attended, I’d bring you to the Starbucks on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York. I’d show you the large black table where I would spread my theology textbooks and Greek New Testament book. I’d point out the power outlet that played such an essential role in my study sessions. I’d introduce you to George and Peggy, my non-matriculating, unintentional classmates. And I’d tell you that if you really wanted to understand my full seminary experience then you should order a small bowl of oatmeal and a grande blonde roast.

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God Still Moves Stones

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Wayne E. Croft, Sr., Jeremiah A. Wright Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies, shares a reflection for the season: Ever since the time of Jesus critics like pre-Christian Albert Henry Ross have been attempting to disprove Jesus’ resurrection. It has been documented that once Jesus was entombed Jewish authorities took extraordinary measures to ensure that Christ’s body could not be moved or stolen. They were well aware of his prediction that he would rise from the dead on the third day, and as far as they were concerned this could only happen if the disciples stole his body.

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The 34th Preaching with Power in photos

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:41 am.

For the thirty-forth year, Preaching with Power, sponsored by the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), brought outstanding preaching, teaching, and a Celebration of Music in the African American Church to Philadelphia. Here’s a recap of the week in photos – recordings will be online with the April edition of PS Portions.

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Spring Convocation starts April 11 – Alumni Board voting now open!

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Alumni! Voting is now open for Alumni Board representatives! Vote today here, and come to Spring Convocation to see the results and join us for COURAGE Moving Forward…

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Seminarians presented Awards and Scholarships

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A number of awards and scholarships are presented to LTSP seminarians each year. See some of this year’s recipients.

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Support LTSP through Amazon Smile!

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:03 am.

If you’re an Amazon.com shopper, your shopping activity can benefit LTSP! It’s easy, all you need to do is click on the smile.amazon.com link on the LTSP home page before you make a purchase and Amazon will donate to the LTSP Foundation.

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LTSP Notes – March 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:10 am.

In LTSP Notes for March: The Librarian’s Next Chapter, Library Connector Update, Welcome Vincent Dent, and Three Days Retreat, plus faculty updates from the Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian and the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman.

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Class Notes – March 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:53 am.

In March’s Class Notes: Updates from the Rev. Dr. Gene R. Stuckey, Sr.; Jennifer Davidson, PhD; and the Rev. Julius Carroll, plus a new book from PhD candidate Drew G.I. Hart. Plus the deaths of the Rev. Harry R. Billow, the Rev. Dr. John M. Brndjar, Marilyn “Butch” Walters, the Rev. Ray H. Hartman, the Rev. Terrence T. Mullins, the Rev. Joseph W. Schwartz, the Rev. Henry Sheppard, the Rev. Jack Traugott, and the Rev. Edward H. Wiediger.

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PS Portions – January 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on January 28, 2016 at 9:16 am.

January’s PS Portions includes President David Lose’s reflection on Isaiah 43:19 – “I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?” plus a look at the Distributed Learning MDiv Pathway: It’s Possible!, a Q&A with President Lose on the “Proposal for a New School of Theology and Leadership Formation,” What does Oprah have to do with theological education?, Seminarians “Being Church” in the Community, Visit Philadelphia! Friday-Sunday, Feb. 5-7, plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes.

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“I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:05 am.

For most of my life, one of my favorite Scripture verses has been Isaiah 43:19 — “I am about to do a new thing. Now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?” These words are meant to comfort and inspire Israel in a time of hopelessness and despair, and many Christians across the ages, including myself, have found in them the promise that God regularly surprises us, showing up where we least expect God to be, bringing hope and life where we were not anticipating it. Read more of this month’s reflection from LTSP President David Lose.

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It’s Possible! The Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL)

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It’s Possible! The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is excited to announce the launch of a new and innovative pathway to seminary education and church leadership, the Distributed Learning Master of Divinity (DL). PS Portions talked with LTSP Associate Director of Admissions the Rev. Nate Preisinger and Educational Technologist Dr. Alexandra Reid about the Distributed Learning MDiv Pathway.

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Q&A with David Lose on the “Proposal for a New School of Theology and Leadership Formation”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 6:18 am.

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the Boards of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg passed identical resolutions of intent to form a new seminary. LTSP President David Lose responds to some questions about the proposed new school.

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What does Oprah have to do with theological education?

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What does Oprah have to do with theological education? If your answer to that question is “nothing”— think again. A small but dedicated group of students who enrolled in a January-term intensive course, “Faith, History, and Finance: The Spirituality of Business, and the Business of Spirituality,” studied how the history of markets challenges any easy division of matter from spirit or spirituality from commerce.

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Seminarians “Being Church” in the Community

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The “problem”: can seminarians respond quickly in moments of crisis in the community, and what can we do to get seminarians out of the cloistered walls of the seminary? The “answer” is the Seminarian Action Alert Network (SAAN). Read more about this new student-led effort…

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LTSP Notes – January 2016

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In the January LTSP Notes, Prof. Karyn Wiseman reflects on “An Audacious South Africa Experience,” photo updates on the library connector construction and the campus after Winter Storm Jonas, and faculty updates from Professors Nelson Rivera, Katie Day and Jon Pahl.

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Class Notes – January 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:45 am.

In January’s Class notes, updates from the Rev. James Hulihan, the Rev. Eric Anderson, the Rev. Dr. R.L. Shepherd, the Rev. Carl W. Ames, and the Rev. Dr. H. Paul Santmire, and the deaths of Sarah (Sally) Wolfe Klos, the Reverend Dr. Donald Bruce Myrom, the Rev. Ernst “Ernie” Gerhart Schmidt, the Rev. Dr. Edward Treichel, the Rev. Dr. John M. Brndjar, the Rev. Craig J. Dorward, and the Rev. Dr. Frederick G. Neiderhiser.

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