LTSP Notes: May 2015
LTSP part of “Art Gallery along Germantown Avenue”
The corner of Gowen and Germantown Avenues is the northern edge of the LTSP campus along the avenue, marked by one of the signs identifying LTSP and The Brossman Center. The sign recently was joined by a part of the Inside Out Exhibit assembled by the Philadelphia Museum of Art from its extensive collection. The exhibition. in place through mid-August, placed reproductions of a small portion of the museum’s vast collection in locations along Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill sections of Philadelphia.
The seminary’s piece from the exhibition is early 15th Century Central Tibetan work “Four Hevajra Mandalas of the Vajravali Cycle.” The artist is unknown. Other pieces are by Warhol, Dali, and others, and are selected to reflect the site where they are placed. More on the Inside Out Exhibit can be found on the Mt. Airy USA website.
Did you know the seminary has a collection of religious art? Pieces can be found throughout campus, especially on the upper floors of The Brossman Center. You are welcome to explore the art any time The Brossman Center is open.
Luncheon Informational Session on Rawabi development in Palestine
A group of members of the LTSP and wider communities were invited to an informational lunch discussion on Rawabi, the first planned Palestinian city in the West Bank. The presenter for the discussion was Dr. Abeer Shaheen, a recent PhD recipient from Columbia University.
Rawabi is a new community for Palestinian families that will provide opportunities for affordable home ownership, employment, education, leisure and an attractive environment in which to live, work and grow. Developed following best practices of urban master planning, sustainable environmental policy, regionally suited architecture and state of-the-art infrastructure, Rawabi hopes to become a hub of commerce and technology innovation.
Guests at the lunch, many long long interested in peace and understanding in Palestine and Israel, asked a number of questions about the city, and learned about the master plan, challenges of developing a new city in the middle of the West Bank, and long term goals and dreams of the developers.
LTSP’s Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor in the History of Christianity and Director of MA Programs Dr. Jon Pahl hosted the event.
The Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry and Director of the Latino Concentration
Led an adult forum on “Care of Creation” and preached at the Stewardship of Creation Sunday Service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Newark, Delaware.
Presented on the topic “Speaking of the Spirit,” and then preached at the Ascension Day Service for the Delaware Conference of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Springfield, Pennsylvania.