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In November’s PS Portions: President David Lose talks about “Change in the air.” Stories and reports include Preaching Days 2015: Learning – Worship – Fellowship; UTI 35th Anniversary Gala CelebrationBanquet with keynoter Jeremiah Wright, Jr.; LTSP Prof. Karyn Wiseman reflects on her New Associate Dean position; and Dean J. Jayakiran Sebastian continues the conversation on Black Lives Matter – plus November LTSP and Class Notes.
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Anyone paying even a little attention knows that it’s been a difficult few years for theological education. It’s a hard time to be in theological education, and we at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) have felt the challenges personally and poignantly. And yet….
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This October saw the return of the popular Preaching Days to the LTSP campus. For three days, attendees were rewarded with lectures fro five outstanding preachers along with worship opportunities, workshops, and opportunities for fellowship and reflection.
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The Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is celebrating its 35th Anniversary, and a highlight of the anniversary year was the Gala Celebration Banquet, keynoted by the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.’s address. Watch video of Dr. Wright’s address, view photos from the Gala, and read about the celebration…
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LTSP’s the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman reflects on her new appointment as Associate Dean for First Theological Programs.
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LTSP Dean the Rev. Dr. Jayakiran Sebastian talks about Black Lives Matter in the context of the seminary community and the seminary’s and church’s engagement with the world today.
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In November’s LTSP Notes: updates from PhD Student Drew G. I. Hart, the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, Dr. Michael Krentz, and the Rev Dr. David D. Grafton.
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In November’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Dr. Victor Tinambunan, the Rev. Dr. Denise Brown, the Rev. Heidi Neumark, the Rev. Gordon Simmons, and Moose Flores.
Posted by LTSP Communications on October 30, 2015 at 4:00 pm.
In October’s PS Portions: President David Lose addresses the words “We see you,” and what that means: we know about your faithful ministry … and are appreciative. Stories and reports include Remembering Businessman and Philanthropist DeLight Breidegam, Jr.; Dr. James Forbes – special guest for the Annual UTI Lecture and Worship Celebration; video and report from the “From Conflict to Convergence” convocation with Prof. Timothy Wengert; A “Global” Ministry with Seafarers; Continuing the Conversation: A Year After Ferguson; October Reflection: A Muslim Reformer and His Community Comes under Fire (Again); and An Appreciation of Mark Staples – plus October LTSP and Class Notes.
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Last week we hosted the rejuvenated Preaching Days on the LTSP campus. At the close of that event, I shared some words with those in attendance that I want to address also to you: “We see you.” I don’t mean that in an ominous or intrusive way, and certainly not in the sense of watching to make sure you’re minding your Ps and Qs. What I mean is that we know about your faithful ministry … and are appreciative.
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Berks County, Pennsylvania, businessman and philanthropist DeLight E. Breidegam, Jr., along with his wife Helen, have been faithful in their philanthropy to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. He recently died at age 89, leaving a legacy at LTSP and elsewhere in Pennsylvania and around the world.
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The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in the City of New York, brought powerful speaking and preaching to Philadelphia on September 22 for the annual UTI Lecture and Worship Celebration, which this year kicked off the UTI’s 35th year. Read the reports and watch the videos of the lecture and worship celebration.
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The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., deeply inspired a lecture audience September 22, 2015, on the occasion of the 35th Anniversary of the Urban Theological Institute’s (UTI) Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration, at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). His topic, based on a reading of I Kings19: 11-16 was “A Fresh Anointment for a New Appointment.” Forbes brought remarkable energy to his delivery, moving among the audience, alternating his evocative delivery style from loud to soft phrases, his large Brossman audience hanging on his every word.
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“Prophetic Ophthalmology” was the sermon title delivered by the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes Tuesday, September 22, when he preached at the Urban Theological Institute’s (UTI) Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration. Earlier in the day, he had lectured at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). For his sermon title, Forbes quipped that in teaching homiletics he often advised his students to avoid using “big words” in sermon titles. But this time he could not resist.
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LTSP Professor Emeritus the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert presented this special convocation, “From Conflict to Convergence,” exploring the continued re-development of the relationship between the Lutheran church and other denominations and the Roman Catholic Church post-Reformation. The convocation was held Tuesday, October 6, 2015, a short time after Pope Francis left Philadelphia after the World Meeting of Families 2015.
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An LTSP seminarian movingly describes his field work interaction with seafarers from around the world and pays tribute to those who deliver at great risk and cost to themselves the goods on which we depend.
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LTSP Alumni Association president the Rev. Annemarie Cook (MDiv 2007) in this video reflects on her experience in a suburban Philadelphia congregation on how congregations can carry on conversations about Ferguson, Charleston, #Black Lives Matter, and the continuing challenge of racism in America.
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In this Reflection, Dr. Jon Pahl writes: Turkey is in trouble. The recent bombing of a peace march in Ankara is only a symptom. Among the many threats facing the birthplace of Saint Paul, and the center of so much of historic Christianity, is internal dissension. Especially troubling is a recent smear-campaign against and political persecution of the Turkish Muslim Reformer Fethullah Gülen and those inspired by him.
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LTSP Director of Communications and PS Portions editor Merri Brown writes: I reluctantly accepted our seminary writer Mark Staples’ letter of resignation the end of August with a heavy heart. Mark had been very forthright about his fluid situation with his health and family responsibilities, and future plans, and I appreciated his honesty and professionalism — his trademarks for as long as I have had the pleasure of knowing and collaborating with him.
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In October’s LTSP Notes: an update from the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, Luther Bowl’s 50th Anniversary, Chapel Bell Tower Restoration complete, and seminary writer Mark Staples shares a fond farewell reflection.
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In October’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Dana Heiserer, the Rev. Judith VanOsdol, the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade, and the Rev. Dr. Jack DiMatteo; Bishop Emeritus Harold Weiss (BD 1955) celebrating 60th Anniversary of Ordination; and deaths of the Rev. Paul H. Feil, the Rev. Milton C. Mann, and the Rev. Jan C. Walker.
Posted by LTSP Communications on September 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm.
In September’s PS Portions, President Lose discusses “responding to good counsel;” LTSP Alumni Association President the Rev. Annemarie Cook looks at the association’s work to support the seminary and LTSP alumni; LTSP begins the academic year with a diverse incoming class; Videos and more from Ministry Resource Day; meet new Vice Presidents David G. Grafton, Dennis Trotter and Trina Johnsten; and a beginning of the academic year reflection from Dean Kiran Sebastian. Plus LTSP and Class Notes and many Upcoming Events.
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In my visits with various constituents of the seminary over the last year, I have received a lot of good counsel about what today’s church needs from LTSP. And we are trying to respond. Your multiple requests, for instance, for the seminary to be more of a partner in equipping congregational leaders for a changed […]
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The Rev. Annemarie Cook, MDiv ’07, is still new in her service as president of the seminary’s Alumni Association, but she is clearly excited about the role the association is playing in the life of the seminary and the opportunities ahead. Cook is the pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Maple Shade, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia.
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They come from neighborhoods as close as the seminary’s Mt. Airy community, and from places much farther away — Minneapolis, Tampa, Nashville, and India, for example. LTSP’s newest students also have diverse vocational backgrounds. Some are very recent college graduates. One is the associate director for corporate and foundation relations for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Another has worked for an advertising company. Still another has worked for more than 20 years in data processing management for large banks. One new student has worked as a health claims examiner and in corporate training development. Meet some of LTSP’s newest students…
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Join the seminary community Tuesday, October 6, to hear Professor Emeritus Timothy J. Wengert address the topic of “From Conflict to Convergence.” His remarks, which will follow the visit to Philadelphia of Pope Francis in late September, will feature a look at critical developments in Lutheran/Roman Catholic dialogue.
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As Philadelphia prepares for Pope Francis, LTSP alumnus Bishop Dwayne Royster (MAR 2010, UTI) reflects on being part of a group which visited the Vatican earlier this year to discuss issues the Pope was expected to reflect on as during his appearances in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.
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LTSP President David Lose spent Ministry Resource Day discussing challenges and opportunities facing congregations in today’s world. Here’s a glimpse of highlights of the Ministry Resource Day presentations by Dr. Lose on “Digital Pluralism and the Death and Resurrection of the Church,” including videos and downloadable MP3 files.
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For the past eight years, the Rev. Dr. David Grafton has worn two hats — administering the seminary’s Graduate School (advanced-level degree program) and teaching Islamic Studies as a faculty member.
This summer he took on the responsibility of wearing four hats, agreeing at the behest of President David Lose to serve as Vice President for Planning, Assessment, and Administration at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) while continuing to teach Islamic Studies.
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Dennis Trotter, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) new Vice President for Advancement, has worked 30 years in higher education. Why come to a seminary at this stage in his career?