LTSP Notes – March 2016
The Librarian’s Next Chapter
After 17 years of service at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger has decided to retire in June 2016. Dr. Krueger began as the Assistant Librarian under the Rev. David Wartluft in 1999, and completes his service as the fourth Director of the Krauth Memorial Library and the Professor of the History of Christianity. During his tenure the library received a major makeover, internally and externally. While no longer administering the library, Dr. Krueger will continue his part-time ministry at Washington Memorial Chapel, preach and preside in congregations in the Delaware Valley when asked, and teach at the seminary as needed or available.
As he stated in his letter to President David Lose, “Know that I can only pursue this opportunity because of the courage of my church to defend the rights of LGBTQ people in ministry. It’s a new day, and I no longer need to look over my shoulder and worry that I might lose my job and/or call. Because of your stand for justice, I have meaningful options. For that I am eternally grateful. Thank you for the opportunity of serving my church and preparing leaders for ministries of Word and Service and Word and Sacrament.”
Dr. Krueger’s final public address at LTSP is entitled “Not for Our Eyes: Readers Talking to Themselves and Sometimes God.” It will showcase handwritten marginal notes in the books of some noteworthy readers. The lecture will be held in The Brossman Center. The address and reception to “give thanks” for his work and ministry at LTSP is being planned for May.
Library Connector Update
Construction of the Library Connector between The Brossman Center and Krauth Memorial Library is entering the finishing stages, and the dedication is being planned to coincide with Library Director the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger’s address and reception. Here’s a slide show of the nearly-completed project (click here to go to the photo gallery):
Welcome Senior Major Gifts Officer Vincent Dent
Vincent Dent joined the LTSP advancement staff as a Senior Major Gifts Officer on February 29, 2016. Prior to joining LTSP, Vincent held a number of senior level advancement positions including serving as the Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania; Vice President of Advancement at Metropolitan Career Center, a workforce development nonprofit in Philadelphia; Vice President of Advancement at Liberty Lutheran, a human services and retirement community nonprofit in Ambler, Pennsylvania; Vice President of Advancement at United Church Homes, a retirement community and affordable housing nonprofit in Marion, Ohio; Senior Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving at the Overseas Council, Indianapolis, Indiana, an international faith based nonprofit that supports overseas seminaries and ministries; and as Senior Fundraising counsel with Phoenix Development Services, Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Vincent’s areas of expertise include major gifts, planned giving, campaign planning, oversight and execution, advancement infrastructure, fiscal management, annual funds, and marketing.
“It is a blessing to work at such a fine and historical institution like The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. I have always been an admirer of the seminary and have had significant connections with some of the staff and Board of Trustees because of my affiliation with Liberty Lutheran. Working here feels like coming home.”
Vincent is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan.
Vincent and his wife Kim and their dog Chico live in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, and have two adult children, Erin and Vincent. The Dents worship at The Church of the Open Door in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where Vincent serves as treasurer and sings in the choir with his daughter Erin.
Three Days Retreat
An LTSP tradition continues this year! The Rev. Dr. Mark Oldenburg, Dean of the Chapel and Steck-Miller Professor of the Art of Worship at LTSG, and Dr. Michael Krentz, LTSP Director of Music Ministries/Seminary Cantor, are leading a Three Days Retreat in Trappe, PA on April 9. Free for LTSP and LTSG students; $15 for others.
Celebrate the liturgies of The Three Days – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter – all on one day. In addition, there will be time for reflection or to explore the beautiful grounds of historic Augustus Lutheran Church, where Henry Melchior Muhlenberg preached and is buried. The services will be held in the building known as Old Trappe Church, dedicated in October 1746, the oldest unchanged Lutheran church building in continuous use in the Unites States.
Attendees will eat lunch (provided) and dinner (pot luck) together.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 | 10:00 am – 9:00 pm | Old Trappe/Augustus Church, 717 West Main Street, Trappe, PA
Cost: Free for LTSP and LTSG students; $15 for others. To register, contact Michael Krentz at mkrentz@Ltsp.edu or 215.248.7386.
The Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian
Dean of the Seminary; H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures; Director, Multicultural Mission Resource Center
Recent Publications in Journals and Edited Books:
“’Wandering Arameans?’: Interrogating Identity in a Diasporic Society: Dalitness In Indian Hyphenated Americans,” in Exchange: Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research, Vol. 45 (2016), pp. 1 – 17.
“’Only Christ and No Formulation of Christ Can Determine the Frontier’: J. Russell Chandran’s Ongoing Challenges to Christian Ecumenism,” in Jesudas M. Athyal, ed., A Light to the Nations: The Indian Presence in the Ecumenical Movement in the Twentieth Century (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2016), pp. 143 – 152, notes pp. 238 – 240.
“Contributions of Indian Christian Theology Towards the Ongoing Theologizing in the Indian Context,” in Samuel George and P. Mohan Larbeer, eds., Christian Theology: Indian Conversations (Bangalore: Board of Theological Education of the Senate of Serampore College, 2016), pp. 41 – 59.
“Multiple Religious Belonging: Some Observations,” Current Dialogue, issue on ‘Multiple Religious Belonging: Exploring Hybridity, Embracing Hospitality’, Issue 57 (December 2015), pp. 9 – 13.
The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman
Associate Dean for First Theological Degrees; Associate Professor of Homiletics; Director of United Methodist Studies
Recent activities include:
Preaching at Gloria Dei Church, Huntington Valley, PA, February 20-21
Keynote speaker and preacher at the Preacher’s Convocation for the Holston Annual Conference of the UMC, Pigeon Forge, TN, February 22-24.
Preaching at Reformation Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, PA, February 28
Teaching Adult Forum at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, Upper Dublin, PA, March 6
Preaching at Temple Lutheran Church, Havertown, PA, March 20
Preaching at Reformation Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, PA, April 3