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PS Portions – June 2017, The 153rd Commencement

In PS Portions for June 2017 – The 153rd Commencement Issue, President David Lose reflects on Commencing a New Adventure; story, videos, photos and more from the 153rd Commencement - including individual photos of graduates; information on the June 30 LTSP Closing Service and Reception; Three Days Retreat: Coming together in the midst of liturgy; Asian Theological Summer Institute returns to LTSP for 11th Year; Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge 2017 at LTSP event recap; Reformation 500th Anniversary Prints; plus June Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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Commencing a New Adventure

We held a grand commencement just a few weeks ago. I haven’t checked the records, but I suspect that with more than 100 graduates crossing the podium to receive their degrees and certificates, it came close to setting or breaking any recent commencement records at LTSP. It was a day of joy, of celebration, of thanksgiving, and of beginnings.

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The 153rd Commencement

The 153rd Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia was held Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Over 100 certificate and degree recipients were joined by faculty, staff, board members, family, and friends to celebrate the special occasion, which also marked the culminating commencement of the seminary before it joins with Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg to form United Lutheran Seminary on July 1, 2017. View videos, photos, and individual graduate photos...

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LTSP Closing Service and Reception

Join the LTSP Community as we Remember and Commemorate 153 Years of Educating and Forming Public Leaders for Engagement in the World. Friday, June 30, 2017 | 3:00 pm | Ashmead-Schaeffer Chapel – Reception immediately following. Send us your thoughts on video - see the event page for details! More information and reservations...

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Three Days Retreat: Coming together in the midst of liturgy

For a number of years, on and off, liturgy students of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) have traveled to historic Augustus Lutheran Church in Trappe, Pennsylvania, to celebrate and experience the Triduum, all in one day known as the Three Days Retreat. This year brought a different aspect – with United Lutheran Seminary on the horizon, we were joined by students from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG).

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Asian Theological Summer Institute returns to LTSP for 11th Year

The Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI) at LTSP returned to the seminary campus for the eleventh time from May 30 - June 3, 2017. A unique opportunity for developing scholars, ATSI offers an Asian thematic focus for students who otherwise may not have the help and support of an Asian professor/faculty in their place of study.

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Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge 2017 at LTSP

The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge (HFBFC) was launched in 2015 to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of new examples of faithful, innovative, and effective ways of teaching and learning Scripture. Four students shared their projects and learnings at the April 21, 2017, day-long event. A panel of practitioners, led by keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, responded to each presentation, and the audience was then invited to question the presenters.

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Events

Prospective Student Day! This Saturday, June 17, 10:00 am

Is God calling you to become a leader in the church? Do you feel called to study theology but are not sure what direction to take? Is God calling you to something new? If these questions are your questions, why not come to Prospective Student Day and get input from faculty, staff, and current students to help in the discernment process.

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Greetings from President-Elect Latini

"I look forward to sustained dialogue in the near future about our common calling, about the shape of public theology in North America today, about living into this union of two historic Lutheran institutions, and about the promises of God that uphold us all."

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News

Position Opening: Associate Director of Admissions for United Lutheran Seminary

United Lutheran Seminary (to be launched on July 1, 2017) is seeking to fill the position of Associate Director of Admissions. The starting date is negotiable, but preference is no later than May 1, 2017. Please share this posting!

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Certificate Programs

Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies

The Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies is designed to follow the first theological degree (MAR or MDiv), and to enable the candidate to engage in serious study in applied theology. It may be combined with study for either the...

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Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate Programs

Now on the LTSP campus and in West Chester! The UTI Certificate Programs are an initiative of The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant...

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Degree Programs

Master of Divinity

The MASTER of DIVINITY PROGRAM (MDiv) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares leaders from 30 denominations for a wide range of pastoral ministries in the Christian church.

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Admissions

Housing and Campus Life

LTSP offers a variety of housing opportunities for non-commuter students. Full time students can find accommodations in the Wiedemann Center and historic buildings on the periphery of campus.

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Contextual Education

Internship and Practicum

Internship is not an academic requirement for the MDiv degree but is an ecclesiastical requirement for ordination by the ELCA and some other denominations. Students needing internship should plan to do it between the second and third academic years.

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Certificate Programs

Anglican Studies Certificate

For more than thirty-five years Episcopal seminarians have been receiving theological education at LTSP. In today's climate, we welcome those who are seeking formation, education and opportunity in both lay and ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.

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Krauth Memorial Library

The Doberstein Window

This beautiful stained glass window was installed in the Krauth Memorial Library in March 1975. It is a memorial to Professor John W. Doberstein, whose friends had contributed funds for it in his memory.

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Black Church Studies

Preaching with Power 2016 – Watch the Preachers

Preaching with Power returned this March! Highlights for the 34th year include a Celebration of Music in the African American Church, a discussion of Terrorism in America — Sacred Places, plus powerful preaching by the Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley,...

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Giving

How Your Gift Helps

To realize the seminary’s vital mission requires significant funding. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and supporting synods provide a portion of the funds needed for annual operations. Tuition dollars, which are intentionally modest, also help. However, the...

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UTI Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate in Church Leadership

The CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in CHURCH LEADERSHIP prepares clergy and lay leaders to administer church programs, and to lead faithfully and effectively in today’s challenging contexts. The Certificate Program in Church Leadership is a ministry of the Urban Theological Institute...

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