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Join the LTSP Community as we Remember and Commemorate 153 Years of Educating and Forming Public Leaders for Engagement in the World. Friday, June 30, 2017 | 3:00 pm | Ashmead-Schaeffer Chapel – Reception immediately following. Send us your thoughts on video – see the event page for details! More information and reservations…
Posted by LTSP Communications on June 10, 2017 at 11:56 am.
In PS Portions for June 2017 – The 153rd Commencement Issue, President David Lose reflects on Commencing a New Adventure; story, videos, photos and more from the 153rd Commencement – including individual photos of graduates; information on the June 30 LTSP Closing Service and Reception; Three Days Retreat: Coming together in the midst of liturgy; Asian Theological Summer Institute returns to LTSP for 11th Year; Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge 2017 at LTSP event recap; Reformation 500th Anniversary Prints; plus June Class Notes and LTSP Notes.
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We held a grand commencement just a few weeks ago. I haven’t checked the records, but I suspect that with more than 100 graduates crossing the podium to receive their degrees and certificates, it came close to setting or breaking any recent commencement records at LTSP. It was a day of joy, of celebration, of thanksgiving, and of beginnings.
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The 153rd Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia was held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Over 100 certificate and degree recipients were joined by faculty, staff, board members, family, and friends to celebrate the special occasion, which also marked the culminating commencement of the seminary before it joins with Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg to form United Lutheran Seminary on July 1, 2017. View videos, photos, and individual graduate photos…
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The 2017 Graduates – listings and individual photos
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For a number of years, on and off, liturgy students of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) have traveled to historic Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, Pennsylvania, to celebrate and experience the Triduum, all in one day known as the Three Days Retreat. This year brought a different aspect – with United Lutheran Seminary on the horizon, we were joined by students from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG).
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The Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI) at LTSP returned to the seminary campus for the eleventh time from May 30 – June 3, 2017. A unique opportunity for developing scholars, ATSI offers an Asian thematic focus for students who otherwise may not have the help and support of an Asian professor/faculty in their place of study.
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The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge (HFBFC) was launched in 2015 to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of new examples of faithful, innovative, and effective ways of teaching and learning Scripture. Four students shared their projects and learnings at the April 21, 2017, day-long event. A panel of practitioners, led by keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, responded to each presentation, and the audience was then invited to question the presenters.
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Created by LTSP alumnus the Rev. Daniel Brettell (MDiv 2. STM 2017) with the cooperation of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA (NEPA), is able to make available a limited number of reproductions of two pieces of Reformation history. Each of these reproductions represents the theology and doctrine of Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon, and are the result of research done by Pr. Brettell in concert with Dr. Karl Krueger late this past winter.
Posted by LTSP Communications on June 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm.
In Class Notes, reports on Deacon Jennifer Trinity-Baker and Chaplain Carol Rowehl, and the deaths of the Rev. William deHeyman, MDiv 1960, and the Rev. Dr. Roger William Spencer, MDiv 1973.
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In LTSP Notes, an update from Prof. Katie Day.
Posted by LTSP Communications on May 9, 2017 at 10:09 pm.
In this issue of PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose: “Ready, Set, Launch,” ULS President-elect Latini Meets and Greets, Remembering Fred Borsch, Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff, and video and photos from Spring Convocation 2017 – REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE… Plus LTSP Notes from retired profesor Richard Stewart and an update from Luther D. Reed Professor J. Paul Rajashekar, and Class Notes from the Rev. Melvin Hammer and the Rev. Carl W. Ames, plus the Rev. Thomas Richter shares stories about climate change and ministry in Alaska, and an opportunity to share your LTSP stories.
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They don’t often televise rocket launches anymore. I suppose they are too commonplace. But I am just old enough to remember the last couple of launches of the Apollo space program that sent astronauts to the moon and the excitement generated as the voice from Mission Control counted down, “10, 9, 8, 7… 3, 2, 1, Ignition, Blast off!”
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United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) President-elect Theresa Latini recently visited the LTSP campus to meet with students, staff, and faculty. After being introduced and providing background information about herself, Dr. Latini fielded questions from the community. Inquiries ranged from “Do you play tabletop games and what is your experience with Settlers of Catan?” to “How welcoming and open are you, and are you a safe person for us?”
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Members of the seminary community share their remembrances of The Rt. Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch, professor, colleague, and friend to many in the community. Dr. Borsch, known to many as simply “Fred,” died early on April 11, 2017, from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia. He was 81 years old. Read their remembrances and watch videos and a slide show from his time at LTSP.
Posted by LTSP Communications on May 8, 2017 at 8:34 pm.
Believing that being both in the classroom and the pulpit is necessary for a seminary professor, the Reverend Wayne E. Croft Sr., DMin, PhD, the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies at LTSP also serves as Senior Pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dr. Croft talks about his work as professor and pastor, and his work in the community. Dr. Croft is being recognized this summer by the American Baptist Churches with the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award for outstanding work for peace and justice.
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LTSP alumna the Rev. Nicole Diroff’s faith journey has led her to the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, where she serves as Associate Executive. Pr Diroff talks about her work, and about the Interfaith Center’s Inter-Seminary Initiative. The initiative brought Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel to the LTSP campus for conversation, and seminarians share their reflections on the event.
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LTSP welcomed alumni and friends to the last Spring Convocation of the Philadelphia seminary on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, 2017, for “Remembrance and Promise,” both a celebration of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a look toward the promise of United Lutheran Seminary. Watch videos and slide shows from Spring Convocation
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In this issue’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Melvin Hammer and the Rev. Carl W. Ames, plus the Rev. Thomas Richter shares stories about climate change and ministry in Alaska, and an opportunity to share your LTSP stories.
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LTSP Notes this issue includes a Louisville Institute-funded project by retired Professor Richard Stewart and an update from Luther D. Reed Professor J. Paul Rajashekar.
Posted by LTSP Communications on March 23, 2017 at 6:29 pm.
In the March PS Portions President David Lose considers “The God We Do Not Expect,” LTSP Director of Donor Services Kathie Afflerbach talks about “Grand Jury: Public Witness,” Preaching with Power’s 35th Anniversary, Paul Hanson presents thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.
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In Lent this year, we are treated to four weeks of readings drawn from the Gospel According to John. “Treated” is the operative word in that last sentence for me because I so much enjoy John’s evocative imagery, rich symbolism, and depth of theology. As I have been reading once again through these stories of Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well, the man who receives his sight (let’s name him for what he has become, not what he suffered!), and Lazarus, I was struck by the element of surprise in each of them.
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LTSP Director of Donor Services Kathie Afflerbach (MAR 2009), a deacon in the ELCA, reflects on her experience serving two years on a county grand jury, and how her service was informed by her faith and seminary education. Watch our conversation…
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Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Urban Theological Institute’s Preaching with Power promised to be a series of memorable events, but a late winter snow storm was not the type of event planned as part of the celebration!
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Paul D. Hanson, BD, PhD, Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School, presented a thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics at LTSP on February 21. Professor Hanson brought his expertise and thoughts on the role of church and faith in society, especially in the current political context, to an audience of guests and students, and opened the floor to the audience for an engaging discussion.
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In March’s Class Notes, updates from the Right Rev. C. Franklin Brookhart, the Rev. Robert Argot, the Rev. James T. Heckman, Kristen Opalinski, the Rev. Tom Irwin, and the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, and the death of alumna the Rev. Dr. Wanda E. McNeill (DMin 2005).
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In March’s LTSP Notes, the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera appointed Associate Professor of Theology at Moravian Seminary and Dr. Michael Krentz provides an update.
Posted by LTSP Communications on February 15, 2017 at 12:58 pm.
In the February 2017 PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose considers “The Next Generation of Leaders,” “Salt and Light,” Icon Gifts, Preaching Day 2017 – A Successful Revival, Preaching with Power – Celebrating 35 Years!, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.
Posted by LTSP Communications on February 14, 2017 at 8:51 pm.
Who will form the next generation of leaders?
This is a pressing question, as a recent ELCA research study concluded that there are currently more than 600 congregations who want and can afford a pastor but cannot find one because of a growing clergy shortage. By 2020, the number of empty pulpits will grow to 1000. LTSP President David Lose provides some answers in this month’s reflection.
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The Rev. Dr. David Lose preached on “Salt and Light” at chapel to open the spring semester on Wednesday, February 8, starting with “I’m not sure I can remember a time when we’ve needed salt and light more. So much fear, so much division, so much disenfranchisement, darkness, and dread. No, I don’t think I can remember a time when we’ve needed salt and light more than we do just now.” Read the rest of the sermon here.