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LTSP Alumni Association – the year ahead

LTSP Represented at the ELCA 2016 Churchwide Assembly

LTSP Represented at the ELCA 2016 Churchwide Assembly

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. To some, it seems that this change has come quickly and without much warning. Others who have been more connected to campus are giving significant and necessary attention to the current faculty, staff, and students. Most alumni I have encountered over the last year have expressed hopefulness in this process of transition and a strong beginning for the new seminary to come.

Alumni from LTSP are scattered all over the world as they serve their call to further the gospel of Jesus Christ. This summer, during the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, a few of us were able to organize an informal gathering over lunch. While we attempted to reach as many alumni present at the event as possible, it was clear that we did not find all who may have wanted to eat together. During our lunch together, we reconnected with old friends, made new connections, and discussed the needs of the seminary and the ways alumni can be helpful to those who are part of the campus community. Dr. Paul Rajashekar joined us and gave us some additional insight into the transition of two seminaries into one. We appreciated his honesty and perspective as both a professor and former dean of the seminary.

The Alumni Board met in August to plan for the year ahead and to begin to explore what this transition means for how we organize our alumni association when the new seminary has opened. We have initiated conversations with the Gettysburg Alumni Council leadership and look forward to exploring the possibilities of shared work ahead. Along with supporting the campus community as much as possible through attending events and keeping the community in our prayers, the board is looking forward to our final Spring Convocation as LTSP. The two-day event will take place Monday and Tuesday, March 27-28, 2017, and we will gather under the theme of “Remembrance and Promise.” A more formal announcement with information will be available soon. Please save the date and join us for what promises to be a fitting event to both recognize the impact that LTSP has had on the church and celebrate the continuing work of the Holy Spirit as LTSP joins with Gettysburg and becomes United Lutheran Seminary.

I encourage all alumni to keep the seminary in their prayers for the coming academic year as change and transitions take place in the midst of a community that seeks to share the gospel above all else.

– The Rev. Annemarie Cook (MDiv ’07), President, LTSP Alumni Association

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