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PS Portions – December 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on December 23, 2016 at 2:37 am.

In December’s PS Portions, President David Lose talks about “Portraits of Jesus,” The Annual Advent Vespers in word and pictures, Advent Reflections, Tangled Blue – Songs and Stories for the Seminary Community, God’s Church worshipping on LTSP campus, and December Class Notes

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“Portraits of Jesus”

Posted by LTSP Communications on December 22, 2016 at 11:42 pm.

In the American Memorial Chapel of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, built to honor those US citizens who died defending Britain in World War II, there is a set of stained glass windows with pictures of Jesus, the nativity, … and George Washington.

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“Come! Bring Healing, Bring Peace” – The Annual Advent Vespers

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:26 pm.

On Sunday, December 4, the seminary and wider community marked the season with the annual Advent Vespers. Under the theme “Come! Bring Healing, Bring Peace,” the Service of Evening Prayer provided a time for prayer, reflection, and silence – things that are a gift from God in our fevered world.

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Advent Reflections

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 11:13 pm.

PS Portions invited several LTSP faculty, alumni, and students to reflect on the meaning of Advent, and to share their thoughts. Watch as Professor Karyn L. Wiseman, alumna the Rev. Linda Manson and Seminarian Lenny Duncan talk about Advent in times like these.

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Tangled Blue — Songs and Stories for the Seminary Community

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:30 pm.

Tangled Blue is the music of Aimée and Joel Pakan — a married couple from the ELCA’s Minneapolis Area Synod and the seminary community’s first ever Composers-in-Residence. Aimée and Joel moved to LTSP to study in the MDiv program this fall, and also lead chapel music at LTSP, even as they continue a performance schedule that’s taken them to Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, and Texas over weekends this fall and back to LTSP for weekday classes.

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God’s Church worshipping on LTSP campus

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:17 pm.

A local congregation, God’s Church, began worshipping in LTSP’s Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel in early December. It has been some time since the chapel hosted Sunday worship as members of the student body spend Sundays serving at – and learning from – congregations throughout the region.

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Class Notes – December 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:47 pm.

December’s class notes include an update from the Rev. Mark English, the death of Melvyn Alan Hammarberg, PhD (MDiv 1972), and emeritus professor the Rev. Dr. Gordon Lathrop is one of the participants in Spring Convocation 2017.

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LTSP Notes – December 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:12 pm.

LTSP Notes is taking this edition off as the seminary prepares for Christmas break and an exciting 2017. LTSP will be closed Friday, December 23, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017 – Blessed Christmas and Joyous New Year!

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PS Portions – November 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on November 27, 2016 at 6:50 am.

In November’s PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose reflects on “A Different Leader,” LTSP and LTSG Admissions Directors Nate Preisinger and Lauren Muratore share “A United Conversation,” Meet Your Advancement Team and learn more about the work they do for the seminary, along with upcoming special events (all free!), plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes.

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A Different Kind of Leader

Posted by LTSP Communications on November 26, 2016 at 1:05 am.

Almost every call committee I know, when searching for a pastoral candidate, has identified what it hopes its future pastor will be able to do: preach, teach, lead worship, pray, visit, extend pastoral care, and so on. That makes a certain sense and aligns with how we often think of leadership — leaders are the people who do things, who get things done, who take actions on behalf of their organizations.

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A United Conversation

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:55 am.

Recently, both Directors of Admissions for Philadelphia and Gettysburg seminaries — the Rev. Nate Preisinger and the Rev. Lauren Muratore — came together in beautiful Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia for a candid conversation about United Lutheran Seminary (ULS). They shared their visions, hopes, and personal experiences, as well as touching on the critical tuition-free initiative, groundbreaking curriculum, and other visionary ideas and priorities that will form this new institution.

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Meet Your Advancement Team

Posted by LTSP Communications on November 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm.

LTSP’s reinvigorated Advancement Team is “an extraordinary group of strong and capable individuals who check their egos at the door, manifest true humility, and produce an extremely high quality of work,” according to Dennis Trotter, Senior Vice President for Advancement and President of the LTSP Foundation.

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“Afternoon with the President”

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 5:10 pm.

LTSP’s Office for Advancement recently sponsored an “Afternoon with the President” event at Luther Crest Senior Living Community in Allentown. It featured LTSP President David Lose, who presented his vision for United Lutheran Seminary and answered questions from the group.

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Preaching Day is February 13: Anna Carter Florence and William Willimon – FREE – Register Today!

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:45 pm.

Preaching Day returns in 2017 with two dynamic and nationally known preachers – William Willimon and Anna Carter Florence – and a twist: we’re making it a one-day event on Monday, February 13, 2017 | 9:30 am – 3:30 pm | Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the LTSP Campus |
Free with registration!

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Dr. Paul D. Hanson presenting Lazareth Lecture February 21

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:30 pm.

Paul D. Hanson, BD, PhD, Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School, will be presenting the annual Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 11:00 am in Benbow Hall.

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LTSP Notes – November 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 3:01 pm.

In November’s LTSP News, information on a special retreat: Here Am I – Women Responding to God’s Call; and faculty updates from Prof. Nelson Rivera and Karyn Wiseman.

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Class Notes – November 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:19 pm.

In November’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Maggie Spring Ainslie, MDiv 1999, the Rev. Dr. Kathleen Mills, MDiv, STM 2005, and the Rev. Ron Hari, MDiv 1987, and the death of the Rev. William E. ‘Sonny’ Hayman Jr., MDiv 1989.

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PS Portions – October 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 21, 2016 at 2:27 pm.

In October’s PS Portions, President David Lose reflects on “Do you see that as a growth industry?” and shares a personal note, plus we meet alumnus the Rev. William Fluck, share a full collection of videos from the Money, Mission and Media event with great conversation for all leaders of the church, and October’s LTSP Notes and Class Notes!

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Do you see that as a growth industry?

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:11 am.

A few years ago, on a flight back from presenting at a synod assembly, I was seated next to a venture capitalist. He told me about a variety of opportunities in which he was currently investing. Then he asked me what I did. I shared that I was someone who trains leaders for the church. “Church,” he said, pausing for a moment, then asking, “Do you see that as a growth industry?”

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Donor Profile: William Fluck

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:42 am.

“The three best years of my life were my attendance at LTSP!” proclaimed the Rev. William A. Fluck, sharing a kind smile. “I found the intellectual rigor tremendously invigorating.” Pastor Fluck has been giving faithfully and generously to the seminary over many years for these reasons, and because, he says, “I feel the seminary is really the root of the church. I’ve had a positive experience along the way. I attribute that to my training.”

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Money, Mission, and Media: Insights and Strategies for 21st Century Ministry – video report

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 20, 2016 at 10:18 pm.

Ministry in the twenty-first century presents unique challenges and fresh opportunities for the church. At the forefront of these changes are questions about stewardship, mission, and the ever-evolving world of social media and technology. Presenters Adam Copeland, Mihee Kim-Kort, Keith Anderson, and fellow Philadelphia-area ministry practitioners explored what this means – watch the presentations for their insight and understanding.

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Joint Ecumenical Commemoration of the Reformation October 31 – Join us on campus this coming Monday for livestream viewing

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:50 pm.

LTSP invites ecumenical partners to share a live community gathering to view the livestream of this historic Joint Ecumenical Commemoration event in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. Monday, October 31, 2016 | Livestream begins 9:30 am | Open to all | No charge

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Called to Community: Singing the Baptized Life Festival November 4

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:47 pm.

LTSP and Trinity Lutheran Church are sponsoring the Called to Community: Singing the Baptized Life Hymn Festival on Friday, November 4, 2016, starting at 7:00 pm. The festival is being held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 100 W. Main Street, Lansdale, PA 19466. All are welcome.

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LTSP Notes – October 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:58 am.

In this month’s LTSP Notes, faculty updates from Professors Katie Day, Jon Pahl, Michael Krentz, and Nelson Rivera.

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Class Notes – October 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:17 am.

In October’s Class Notes, the Rev. Dr. Leah Schade presenting author’s conversation, an update from Moose Flores, and the deaths of the Rev. Jay Klick and the Rev. Jay Donald Rea.

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Philadelphia and Gettysburg Seminaries Offer Tuition-Free Education

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 6, 2016 at 11:01 am.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG) today announced a dramatic increase in the amount of financial aid each school is giving students, including making full-tuition scholarships available to all new full-time, ELCA rostered leader candidates studying in residence. “In partnership with the ELCA, our supporting Synods, and many faithful congregations and individuals, we decided the time is right to make seminary education far more affordable for our students,” declared Presidents Michael Cooper-White (LTSG) and David Lose (LTSP). In addition to this generous offer for new students, the schools also expect to increase scholarships for all current full-time enrollees.

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PS Portions – September 2016

Posted by LTSP Communications on September 27, 2016 at 1:22 am.

In September 2016’s PS Portions: President Lose looks at “Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Church and Culture,” Dean Sebastian Reflects: “A Vision for Theological Education,” LTSP Alumni Association – the year ahead, the UTI Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration brought the Reverend Dr. Marsha Brown Woodard to the lectern and pulpit for the 2016 event – watch the videos, The Augustana Museum is hosting an Open Day, Meet Student Leaders in the Class of 2020 and watch their videos, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Church and Culture

Posted by LTSP Communications on September 26, 2016 at 10:16 pm.

Six hundred empty pulpits. That’s what a recent ELCA study revealed. We currently have 600 pastoral vacancies in churches that want and can afford a pastor. Moreover, and taking into consideration estimates of the number of congregations that may shrink or close in the coming years, that number is expected to grow to 1,000 vacancies by 2020. And those figures only report pastors — and so don’t reflect shortages in youth workers, church musicians, or professional lay leaders in congregations and social ministry organizations — and is focused only on the ELCA, and so barely scratches the surface of the shortage of trained leaders that is besieging the larger church.

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The Dean Reflects: A Vision for Theological Education

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:58 pm.

Dean J. Jayakiran Sebastian reflects: Theological education takes place amidst the joys, frustrations, complexities, messiness, promise, and hope of everyday life. It is here that The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), in its long 152-year history, has encountered a plethora of opportunities and challenges, some met, others lost, that ultimately have made the institution what it is today, and will lead us as a community into our shared future with Gettysburg Seminary (LTSG).

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LTSP Alumni Association – the year ahead

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 9:47 pm.

After an eventful summer at the seminary and now the beginning of the last academic year as LTSP, the alumni are feeling nostalgic, concerned, and hopeful for the future of seminary education. The Rev. Annemarie Cook (MDiv ’07), President, LTSP Alumni Association considers the year ahead.

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