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LTSP Notes – October 2016

Faculty Updates

Prof. Katie DayThe Rev. Dr. Katie Day |The Charles A. Scheiren Professor of Church and Society, and Director of the Metropolitan/Urban Concentration

While the Rev. Dr. Katie Day is on sabbatical this semester, she has a number of activities planned.

On September 30, Prof. Day was part of a day-long symposium, part of “Public Theology Today” presented by the Center for Public Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary engaging the intersection of faith, politics, and the public sphere. The symposium included scholars from a variety of disciplines.


Prof. Jon PahlDr. Jon Pahl |Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor in the History of Christianity

Jon Pahl contributed a chapter, “An Economic Reading of Luther’s Catechisms,” in a new book, The Forgotten Luther: Reclaiming the Social-Economic Dimension of the Reformation.

Jon was also honored as Trinity Lutheran Seminary’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for 2016.

And Dr. Pahl spoke (with student Marsha Baxter) at The President’s Challenge for Interfaith and Community Service at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Dr. Pahl and Marsha spoke about interfaith service as a component in the public theology curriculum at LTSP, under the title “How Black Lives Matter in Interfaith Service.” LTSP was one of 3 seminaries in the United States invited to participate.

Jon has had a busy early fall with preaching and speaking engagements at First Presbyterian Church in Neenah, Wisconsin,  and The Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, and Calvary Lutheran Church, West Chester, all in Pennsylvania. He also guest taught at Swarthmore College.

Finally, JP “sat in” on the sax with several choirs and bands, and his jazz quartet provided music for a fundraiser for Heeding God’s Call, an anti-gun violence social ministry organization.


MichaelKrentz-2015-web200Dr. Michael Krentz, AIM | Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor, and Director of the TEEM Program

Michael Krentz provided three devotions based on the Hymn of the Day for the Center for Church Music’s series of devotions. They may be found online here.

He also served as organist Dedicatory Organ Recital and Service of Thanksgiving at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Living Word in Roslyn, Pennsylvania, on September 29.


NelsonRivera-2015-web200The Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera | Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry, and Director of the Latino Concentration

Prof. Rivera presented a three-Sunday Adult Forum Series on “Speaking of the Spirit” at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church in Ambler, Pennsylvania, as well as a presentation and discussion on “Hispanic Culture, Religious Experience, and Theology” at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Summit, New Jersey.

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