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PS Portions: August 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on August 13, 2015 at 2:50 pm.

In August’s PS Portions: President Lose considers “Coming Alongside,” the Church and Advocacy, UTI is 35!, continuing the discussion in the aftermath of Charleston with LTSP’s the Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard and the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson – and a reflection from the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer, the demise of the Scarlet Oak, fall events, and LTSP and Class Notes.

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From the President: Coming Alongside

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:19 pm.

Of the many unique features of the Gospel of John, one of my favorite is the Fourth Evangelist’s description of the Holy Spirit. Paracletos is the Greek word John employs, and it is translated variously as “Advocate,” “Helper,” and “Comforter.” But it’s really a compound noun perhaps better translated as “the one who comes alongside of” another.

I love this word because I think it captures beautifully the work of the Holy Spirit not to solve our problems, but to come alongside as we struggle, not to grant our wishes, but to come alongside and test our visions and encourage us to work for our dreams.

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Amy Reumann’s public policy ministry includes concerns about hunger, housing, and civil rights

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:45 am.

While growing up on the LTSP campus the first 18 years of her life, the Rev. Amy Reumann explained that it never occurred to her to seek ordination.

“Even though I wasn’t thinking about ordination when I went off to college, the seminary campus served as a great incubator for me. I can’t say enough about what that meant.” She explained she learned a lot from students during formative years. And she learned a great deal from family sabbatical experiences in places like Jerusalem, India, Germany, and England. “Each place had different realities and faith communities. I always came back changed.”

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Associate Professor Charles Leonard reflects on Charleston and recalls his early life ‘pact with God’

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:37 am.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) alumnus and Associate Professor Charles Leonard vividly recalls the morning decades ago when he gave a trial sermon at then Messiah Lutheran Church at 40th and Broad Streets in North Philadelphia. He was a candidate to join the Rev. Michael Merkel on the congregation’s clergy staff. It would become his first call to a congregation.

“A woman in the congregation stood up and said she could not handle having a black man as a pastor in the church,” recalled Leonard, who is associate professor for Integrated Theology and director for Contextual Education at the seminary. He’s been on the faculty for 18 years.

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Plans unfolding for 35th UTI anniversary; Satellite location for UTI certificate offerings

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:31 am.

This fall the seminary’s Urban Theological Institute (UTI) will observe its 35th anniversary with two special events. UTI also introduces, for the first time, a satellite site location in West Chester offering two of its certificate programs.

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Reflecting in the aftermath of Charleston: Quintin Robertson reminds ‘We are one in the spirit’

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:21 am.

“For the past two months I have become enamored by the lyrics to the hymn, ‘We are one on the Spirit, one in the Lord. They will know we are Christians by our love’,” said the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson, director of the seminary’s Urban Theological Institute and Black Church Studies program.

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Scarlet Oak’s demise and removal signals sadness and an occasion for celebration

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:15 am.

Loss of life can inspire wide-ranging emotion — intense sadness and grief, also often occasioned by the opportunity to celebrate a life well lived. Such a unique time is upon the seminary, as the Scarlet Oak on campus became too dangerous to remain standing.

Monday, July 20, 2015, marked an historic loss for the seminary and its family when the majestic Scarlet Oak, located on the campus between The Brossman Learning Center, Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, and Hagan Hall, was taken down.

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August Reflection: The Miracle of Mother Emanuel

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:46 am.

The great German-American Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt said that forgiveness was the greatest miracle, because it interrupts the predictable playing out of the consequences of the past. Forgiveness, she explained, frees both those who forgive and those who are forgiven from being bound by the consequences of a past wrong. Forgiveness initiates something new.

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LTSP Notes – August 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:20 am.

In August’s LTSP Notes: LTSP hosting 17th annual Empty Bowl dinner, Campus Closure Policy, President Lose keynote speaker at NEPA Adult Ministry Festival, and celebrations for Ruth M. Aden, wife of LTSP Emeritus Professor LeRoy Aden, and former LTSP professor Charles R. Streich.

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Class Notes – August 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:36 am.

In August Class Notes: The Rev. Dr. Luka Ilić and wife Angela celebrate the birth of son Massimo, and the deaths of alumni the Rev. Glenn G Neubauer and the Rev. Harry G. Stetser.

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PS Portions – July 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on July 14, 2015 at 11:06 pm.

July’s PS Portions opens with LTSP President David Lose reflecting: “What do I know about racism? Really. Yes, I think I understand racism intellectually, as a concept and idea and theory. And, yes, perhaps from time to time I’ve even experienced some measure of prejudice, of being judged ahead of time because of assumptions people hold based on what they see. But, really, these occasional moments of prejudice or bias are not the same as racism.” We explore further with LTSP alumni Rozella White and Bishop Dwayne Royster, Professor Karyn Wiseman, and “Mourning Charleston.”

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From the President: Knowing and Understanding

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:11 pm.

What do I know about racism? Really. Yes, I think I understand racism intellectually, as a concept and idea and theory. And, yes, perhaps from time to time I’ve even experienced some measure of prejudice, of being judged ahead of time because of assumptions people hold based on what they see. But, really, these occasional moments of prejudice or bias are not the same as racism.

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Alumna Rozella White describes her pioneering ELCA work with millennials in today’s world

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:03 pm.

Rozella White (MAR, 2010) wrote in a recent blog post (and follow up) that she considers herself “a bit of a unicorn — a Black Puerto Rican, third generation Lutheran. I was baptized, confirmed, married, educated, and called to ministry in this church [the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America].”

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“God is breaking through” in Charleston’s aftermath, believes seminary alumnus Dwayne Royster

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:36 pm.

In the aftermath of the recent mass murders around a Bible study table in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) alumnus Bishop Dwayne Royster believes the culture of America is in a “kairos moment.”

“A lot of people are upset about all the upheaval that’s going on after Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, but I’m not one of them,” Royster said.

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Mourning Charleston: LTSP community joins the nation

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:23 pm.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) community continues in mourning with the nation as funerals are held for Pastor Clementa C. Pinckney and the eight other persons killed while engaged in Bible study and prayer June 17 at historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The community continues to ask and respond to the question: What can, and must, people of faith, and a community whose mission is to raise leaders in the world, do to address not only the deaths but also the underlying issues raised — again — by this act, an act that took the lives of people engaged in learning about God, singled out because they were African American — for the church, for the nation, for the world, for God’s creation.

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July Reflection: Preaching in context … Even when it is difficult

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:19 pm.

One of the first things that I teach in my intro to preaching course is the importance of being true to the CONTEXTS of preaching — the plural nature of that word is absolutely intentional. I remind students that realtors may talk about the importance of “location, location, location.” But in preaching it’s “context, context, context.”

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LTSP Notes – July 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:48 am.

LTSP Notes for July include construction project updates, administrative staff realignment update, former president The Rev. Dr. Philip D. Krey is called to congregational ministry, and faculty updates for the Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton, the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, and the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman.

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Class Notes – July 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:44 am.

July’s Class Notes include updates from the Rev. Dr. Leah D. Schade, the Rev. Roxi Kringle, the Rev. Dr. Denise Brown, the Rev. Kevin Shock, the Rev. Byron Schmid, the Rev. Leslie Scanlon, and Carol Rowehl, and remembering the Reverend Dr. James E. Gunther (BD 1959).

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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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