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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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The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge

Posted by LTSP Communications on June 8, 2016 at 2:10 am.

Seminarian John Heidgerd (MDiv 2015), serving his internship year at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, New York City, was among eight students – one from each of the seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – to be part of the Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge. John’s presentation was on “The Soul Cafe.” John describes The Soul Cafe and the Challenge in a short video.

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Bring Items to Convocation for the Third World Down the Street Care Kits Project

Posted by LTSP Communications on April 6, 2016 at 11:16 pm.

Help this service project for our homeless neighbors by LTSP’s Seminarians Action Alert Network (S.A.A.N.) with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA and congregations

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“Christ is Risen! Alleluia!”

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 28, 2016 at 6:00 am.

Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Christ is Risen indeed. Alleluia.

This is the age-old cry Christians have been making for nearly two millennia, ever since word first spread that death could not hold onto God’s chosen One. To those of us who have grown up in the church, the Easter acclamation is as familiar as it is ancient.

Yet lately I have wondered whether we say it too easily and too quickly.

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Congregational Hospitality: How to Really Welcome the Stranger – Presentation Videos

Posted by LTSP Communications on February 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm.

As a visitor to a different congregation almost every Sunday since September 2002, Beth Lewis, President and CEO of Augsburg Fortress, the ministry of publishing of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has developed a strong sense of what works and what doesn’t in terms of how congregations reach out to visitors and prospective members. You will come away from viewing these sessions with specific, practical ideas for helping children, youth, and adults live out our Biblical mandate of welcome and improve hospitality for mission in your congregation. Watch the presentation…

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Reflecting on “World Interfaith Harmony Week” and the role of religious leaders…

Posted by David Grafton on February 12, 2016 at 8:40 am.

Like many positive stories regarding Christian-Muslim Relations, World Interfaith Harmony Week (February 1-7) passed without much fanfare or acknowledgement. Proposed by King Abdullah of Jordan to the U.N. way back in 2010, the week has not gained much traction. Recently, the Rev. Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation and Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran […]

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“Our God” and “Your God”: Christian Faith Among Other Faiths – On Campus and Online starting Feb. 18!

Posted by LTSP Communications on February 4, 2016 at 9:40 am.

Five consecutive Thursdays, February 18-March 17, 2016 | 7:00 pm-9:00 pm — Live on the LTSP campus OR online webinar — Presenter: The Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar, Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology, LTSP — This short course explores some of the challenges in Christian relations with people of other religions in a pluralistic society, examining a number of critical theological issues. Learn more and register today!

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Reflecting on resources for Terrorism…

Posted by David Grafton on December 17, 2015 at 9:44 pm.

Ever since 13 November, and the Parish attacks by DAESH, there has been a spike in the fear of terrorism. This has resulted in reactive public rhetoric of anti-Muslim speech, acts and crimes. There have also been those individuals and communities that have reached out to local Muslim communities in friendship and support. American Christians continue […]

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Advent Reflections

Posted by LTSP Communications on December 16, 2015 at 6:20 pm.

Members of the LTSP community – alumni, seminarians, staff, and faculty – share thoughts on Advent, and you are invited to share yours.

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Peace Not Walls: Advocacy for Palestine

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 4:30 pm.

The ELCA Peace Not Walls exhibit came to the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in early December to share the story of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) campaign to bring “positive peace” to the Holy Land. The campaign is part of a greater effort which brings together Israelis, Palestinians, and international workers in an effort to bring long term peace and justice to the area, which is connected to the traditions of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Learn more and watch a slide show of the exhibit…

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Continuing the Conversation: “Thoughts and prayers” — what is enough?

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 2:41 pm.

LTSP Professor Katie Day considers whether “thoughts and prayers” are enough after acts of violence in America, plus UTICA member the Rev. Dr. Kevin Johnson reflects on the Laquan McDonald case.

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Faculty Reflection: Dr. Erik Heen on Advent

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:52 pm.

LTSP Prof. Eric Heen reflects on Advent: Like Lent, Advent is a season of preparation that interrupts the flow of the church year. It is a “betwixt and between” place where extraordinary things can happen. In it Christian hope is born, a hope that is certain about the promises of God’s coming to us, for us.

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Reflecting on “Having the bags packed…”

Posted by David Grafton on December 9, 2015 at 8:37 am.

In November of 2001 we were living in Cairo working for the ELCA. I was serving as the pastor of St. Andrew’s United Church of Cairo, an international congregation with a large refugee ministry in the heart of downtown Cairo. The U.S. and its allies had just started bombing Afghanistan in response to the events […]

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LTSP Responds to El Aqsa incident

Posted by LTSP Communications on December 8, 2015 at 4:03 pm.

In response to the the detestable incident perpetrated at Al Aqsa Mosque in Philadelphia during early morning prayer on December 7, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post, we, the faculty of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, engaged in love of God and neighbor through the love of Jesus Christ and […]

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“Be willing to do something you never thought you could,” David Lose advises church leaders

Posted by LTSP Communications on September 25, 2015 at 11:47 am.

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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Reflecting on the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change

Posted by David Grafton on August 21, 2015 at 7:55 am.

An international Islamic symposium held this week in Istanbul (17-18 August 2015) announced a new declaration on global climate change supporting the Kyoto Protocol. This declaration, while not binding on any particular Muslim community, provides scriptural and theological arguments from the Qur’an for pro-active responses to global climate change. The two important theological assertions are God’s […]

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Mourning Charleston: LTSP community joins the nation

Posted by LTSP Communications on July 14, 2015 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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