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PS Portions for June 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm.

In PS Portions for June: President David Lose asks “What is the best way to educate leaders for the future church?,” plus a remembrance of UTICA Chair Emeritus the Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones, a look at MAPL’s “Guppy Tank,” Asian Theological Summer Institute at LTSP’s ninth year, the Abundant Life Center serves seminarians as they manage the financial challenge of seminary, a reflection on “Bridging the Gap between the Academy and the Church” by Prof. Wayne Croft, and Class and LTSP Notes. Watch and read!

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From the President: What is the best way to educate leaders for the future church?

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:05 am.

Hold this question with me for a moment: What is the best way to educate leaders for the future church?

I promise I’ll get back to that question. For the moment, though, I want to share with you that we are currently exploring several exciting partnerships at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).

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Remembering the Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones and his Contributions to Theological Education

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:00 am.

When the Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones decided more than 30 years ago to move on from a nine-year call in Portsmouth, Virginia, a neighboring Lutheran pastor advised him that “his” seminary was “just down the street” from the congregation Jones would be serving — Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, a congregation of the American Baptist Churches.

“Upon arriving in Philadelphia, I discovered the Krauth Memorial Library at the seminary and took out 10 to 12 books a week to do my sermon preparation,” Jones recalled during a 2010 interview at Grace Church. He added that he found the library’s immense theological collection a treasure. Those library visits began an enduring 33-year affiliation with the seminary that in turn made him a treasure to the school he came to love, all while shepherding a growing nearby parish.

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Make a Gift – Get Matched!

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:33 am.

Together we can educate the church’s next generation of leaders. Each day, all of us at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) work our hardest to prepare a rich, supportive, and demanding environment in which women and men can learn the skills and grow in their faith to best serve a changed and changing church. Please make a gift today online. Every gift made by June 30, 2015, will be matched up to $50,000. If you’ve already made a gift, please know how grateful we are for your support and partnership.

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“Guppy Tank” Classroom Experience Helping Students Embrace Social Justice

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:10 am.

While a professor at Valparaiso University, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Dr. Jon Pahl always enjoyed the chance to engage in service learning projects with students.

“I had never had the same kind of opportunity since teaching here,” said Pahl, the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor of the History of Religion.

That is, not until this past academic year, when he decided to launch a classroom concept modeled after the network television show “Shark Tank.”

He called it “The Guppy Tank,” for lack of a more suitable title.

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Asian Theological Summer Institute at LTSP enjoys growth and banner year

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:06 am.

Professor Peter Cho Phan, Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University, sees The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) annual Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI) as a means “to help grow” a generation of new Asian and Asian American theologians and scholars. He also believes the Institute offers a chance to “build up new ideas and a broader understanding” about how Asians and Asian Americans are interpreting theology today. “We can talk about what we teach with regard to theology and what is significant about theological education for our culture. It is a wonderful opportunity.” ATSI, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and occurring each of the past nine years in late May on the seminary’s campus, was largely the brainchild of LTSP former dean and Luther Reed Professor of Systematic Theology the Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar.

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Abundant Life Initiative Advises Students on Managing Debt, and Myriad Ways to Cut Expenses

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 16, 2015 at 11:38 pm.

Thanks to a grant to the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries from the Lilly Endowment, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has initiated The Abundant Life Student Advising Center (ALSAC) to assist seminarians with their finances both in the short and long term. After its first year, it is helping to make life easier for LTSP seminarians.

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June Reflection: Bridging the Gap between the Academy and the Church

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:23 pm.

Earlier this month I attended Yale University Divinity School and completed a course entitled The Identity and Mission of the Black Church. The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock served as the instructor. The purpose of the course was to analyze what black and womanist theologians have had to say about the identity and mission of the black church and to examine what black churches and their pastors have had to say in response. I was moved to spend a week at Yale and sit in Dr. Warnock’s class, not only because I wanted to be at the feet of one of the new Post-Civil Rights black theologians, but also because my passion is to bridge the gap between the academy and the church as well as black pastors and theologians.

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Class Notes: June 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:13 pm.

June’s Class Notes include updates from the Rev. Rachel Manke, the Rev. Scott Davis and the Rev. Gary Stiegler, and the death of the Rev. James Daniels, BD 1960.

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LTSP Notes: June 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:42 pm.

In this month’s LTSP Notes: Staff changes, and faculty updates from The Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman, and Dr. Michael Krentz, AIM.

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PS Portions: May 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm.

It’s been a busy month at LTSP – Spring Convocation, Commencement, and stories of ministry are all part of the May issue of PS Portions. Watch, read, and view stories, photo collections and more…

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From the President – Sending out leaders

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:34 pm.

Under the sunny skies of a beautiful, warm (but not too warm!) May day, and in the beautiful sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, the staff, faculty, and Board of Trustees of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia were pleased to send fifty-two leaders into lives of service and ministry.

As we were lining up and getting ready to process, I thought about the number of lives these fifty-two graduates would touch over the course of their careers through their leadership in congregations, social ministry agencies, Synod staffs, seminaries, advocacy groups, and more. We’re talking, quite literally, about hundreds of thousands of people who will be touched by the Gospel through the words and deeds of these leaders.

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Fifty two graduates receive degrees and certificates at the 151st Commencement

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:17 pm.

Fifty-two seminarians were awarded degrees and certificates during the 151st commencement exercises May 19, 2015 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
In addition to the awarding of degrees and certificates, highlights included memorable remarks from Palestinian Lutheran Pastor Dr. Mitri Raheb, a presidential welcome from the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, an address by Senior Class President Mark David Johnson, and a welcome to the graduates by Alumni Association President the Rev. Annemarie Hartner Cook. The seminary choir offered two selections under the direction of Dr. Michael Krentz and Sheila D. Booker.

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Lutheran Pastor and Palestinian Mitri Raheb describes ministry of hope in an occupied land

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:05 pm.

Before presenting the address at the 151st Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, commencement speaker the Rev. Dr.  Mitri Raheb took some from his schedule to talk about his ministry and life: Palestine, the land where the Bible seeds were planted, has always been an occupied land since 722 B.C., explained the Rev. […]

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The Class of 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:49 pm.

(Click any image to go to the photo gallery and purchase copies – proceeds benefit the Leadership Fund) Certificates and Degrees were awarded to the following individuals at the 151st Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 19, 2015:   UTI Certificate of Church Leadership Viola Clark Ramona l. Holcombe Chevelle […]

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Reflections on ministry in a city gripped by the explosive pain of racial injustice

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:18 pm.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of Freddy Gray while in police custody in April, four seminary alumni commented on the challenges to their respective ministries in the painful days and weeks that have followed.
“The Freddy Gray case is not the first of its kind in Maryland,” said the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. “Did you know that in the past three years in Maryland 109 prisoners have died while in police custody, most of them African American males?”

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Being a “Church-for-Others”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:11 pm.

In the aftermath of the tragic death of Freddy Gray while in police custody in April, four seminary alumni commented on the challenges to their respective ministries in the painful days and weeks that have followed.
“The Freddy Gray case is not the first of its kind in Maryland,” said the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. “Did you know that in the past three years in Maryland 109 prisoners have died while in police custody, most of them African American males?”

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Co-op Program enjoys strong first year, anticipates expanding

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:06 pm.

The idea of the program is that Co-op students can immediately apply their classroom learning to a congregational setting simultaneously. The initiative makes sense financially too: we can give seminarians more financial support through remuneration where they serve and complete their seminary training in three years rather than four. We’re finding that to be a really positive development, and so are the students.

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Living on the edges theme, alumni awards, and harpsichord dedication mark Spring Convocation

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:44 pm.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Spring Convocation 2015 featured numerous highlights including three presentations about “Living (and worshiping) on the Edge as a Church,” awards honoring three distinguished LTSP alumni, and the heartwarming dedication during Easter Vespers of the refurbished harpsichord originally built in the early 1970s by the late Dr. Robert Bornemann, Anna Burkhalter Professor of Old Testament and originator of the seminary choir.

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Agnes Bornemann’s birthday gift, her late husband’s harpsichord, restored for chapel use

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:21 pm.

God initially blessed the dedication of the late Professor Robert Bornemann’s  restored harpsichord (built in 1970) by sending snow to postpone the originally scheduled ceremony. The new date set for the dedication, April 28, 2015, was also the birthday of his beloved widow, Agnes Bornemann, now a resident of Vermont. She was able to be […]

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Distinguished Alumni Awards and President’s “State of the Seminary” report mark Spring Convocation banquet

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:50 pm.

Gratitude for service extended to the Rev. Louise Johnson and the Rev. Kathleen Ash-Flashner During The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Spring Convocation 2015’s annual banquet, the seminary presented Alumni Awards for Distinguished Service to the Rev. Marie Jerge, ’78, the Rev. Rick Summy, ’85, and the Rev. Roger Zepernick, ’68. Those in attendance […]

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Elizabeth Brunton first staff recipient of Class of 2015 Award of Appreciation

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:57 am.

Elizabeth Brunton, a recent MDiv graduate of the seminary who serves as the school’s Director of Financial Aid, was chosen as the first recipient of the Class of 2015 class gift. The modest grant was presented during an April chapel worship.
“In academic institutions, a significant number of people work behind the scenes. Unfortunately, sometimes their work goes unrecognized – even though they often have a very formative impact on the students. The LTSP Class of 2015 wishes to give back to the supportive staff of the seminary. In place of a traditional gift, this year’s senior class would like to announce the Class of 2015 Award!”

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Class Notes: May 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:10 am.

The Rev. Keith Anderson, (STM 2002), Author; Pastor at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Ambler, PA Pastor Anderson’s new book, The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World (May 2015, Morehouse Publishing), was released earlier this month. An excerpt from the book, “Canterbury Cathedral c. 1167,” was published on the Day 1 website. Pr. Anderson’s […]

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LTSP Notes: May 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:32 am.

LTSP part of “Art Gallery along Germantown Avenue” The corner of Gowen and Germantown Avenues is the northern edge of the LTSP campus along the avenue, marked by one of the signs identifying LTSP and The Brossman Center. The sign recently was joined by a part of the Inside Out Exhibit assembled by the Philadelphia […]

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Congratulations to the Graduates!

Posted by LTSP Communications on May 21, 2015 at 8:59 am.

Congratulations to the 52 certificate and degree recipients at LTSP’s 151st Commencement on Tuesday, May 19. Full stories, videos and photos coming in May’s PS Portions – sign up to receive Portions on the PS Portions page. Check out the photo gallery on Facebook! Lots more photos to come in Portions! Read the story from […]

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Wartburg Theological Seminary announces appointment of new president

Posted by LTSP Communications on April 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm.

DUBUQUE, IA – April 22, 2015 – In its spring board meeting, the Wartburg Theological Seminary Board of Directors elected its fourteenth president, Rev. Louise N. Johnson. She was joyfully welcomed at a seminary community gathering following chapel today. Rev. Johnson is a graduate of Wartburg Theological Seminary and has served at The Lutheran Theological […]

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Louise Johnson embraces historic leadership role

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:30 pm.

This story was first published in PS Portions in February 2014. Pr. Johnson was named the 14th President of Wartburg Theological Seminary in April 2015. Two decades ago, the Rev. Louise N. Johnson could not have imagined herself serving LTSP as Vice President for Mission Advancement, using her writing and analytical skills in a post created […]

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PS Portions: April 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:30 pm.

In April’s PS Portions: From the President — “We’re Listening”; Louise Johnson named 14th President of Wartburg Seminary; Social media has inspired an expansive notion of ‘sacred space’; A Confederate soldier’s LTSP journey brought to light by a more recent graduate; Preaching with Power 2015 — Recap (including videos and photos from the events); Dealing with Assumptions about Muslims; May 19 commencement will feature remarks by Middle East peace advocate Dr. Mitri Raheb; Class and LTSP Notes; and more…

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From the President – “We’re Listening”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:25 pm.

This past winter, we hosted 18 structured conversations connected to our Strategic Planning that involved approximately 250 people. Each meeting began with a brief overview of my own sense of the changes in our culture that have created both opportunities and challenges for the Church and, by extension, the Church’s seminaries.

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Louise Johnson named 14th President of Wartburg Seminary

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:55 pm.

The Board of Directors of Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, elected the Rev. Louise N. Johnson, Vice President of Mission Advancement at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), as Wartburg Seminary’s 14th president during their spring 2015 meeting. Johnson was publicly introduced to the Wartburg community following Eucharist in the chapel on Wednesday, April 22, 2015.

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