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PS Portions – July 2015

July's PS Portions opens with LTSP President David Lose reflecting: "What do I know about racism? Really. Yes, I think I understand racism intellectually, as a concept and idea and theory. And, yes, perhaps from time to time I’ve even experienced some measure of prejudice, of being judged ahead of time because of assumptions people hold based on what they see. But, really, these occasional moments of prejudice or bias are not the same as racism." We explore further with LTSP alumni Rozella White and Bishop Dwayne Royster, Professor Karyn Wiseman, and "Mourning Charleston."

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From the President: Knowing and Understanding

What do I know about racism? Really. Yes, I think I understand racism intellectually, as a concept and idea and theory. And, yes, perhaps from time to time I’ve even experienced some measure of prejudice, of being judged ahead of time because of assumptions people hold based on what they see. But, really, these occasional moments of prejudice or bias are not the same as racism.

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Alumna Rozella White describes her pioneering ELCA work with millennials in today’s world

Rozella White (MAR, 2010) wrote in a recent blog post (and follow up) that she considers herself “a bit of a unicorn — a Black Puerto Rican, third generation Lutheran. I was baptized, confirmed, married, educated, and called to ministry in this church [the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America].”

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“God is breaking through” in Charleston’s aftermath, believes seminary alumnus Dwayne Royster

In the aftermath of the recent mass murders around a Bible study table in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) alumnus Bishop Dwayne Royster believes the culture of America is in a “kairos moment.” “A lot of people are upset about all the upheaval that’s going on after Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, but I’m not one of them,” Royster said.

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July Reflection: Preaching in context … Even when it is difficult

One of the first things that I teach in my intro to preaching course is the importance of being true to the CONTEXTS of preaching — the plural nature of that word is absolutely intentional. I remind students that realtors may talk about the importance of “location, location, location.” But in preaching it’s “context, context, context.”

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UTI is 35! Save the Dates!

The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) celebrates 35 years since its founding with two special days - Tuesday, September 22 - Lecture and Worship Celebration with Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., and Friday, October 23 - Gala Banquet with speaker Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

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“Guppy Tank” Classroom Experience Helping Students Embrace Social Justice

While a professor at Valparaiso University, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Dr. Jon Pahl always enjoyed the chance to engage in service learning projects with students. “I had never had the same kind of opportunity since teaching here,” said Pahl, the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor of the History of Religion. That is, not until this past academic year, when he decided to launch a classroom concept modeled after the network television show “Shark Tank.” He called it “The Guppy Tank,” for lack of a more suitable title.

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Abundant Life Initiative Advises Students on Managing Debt, and Myriad Ways to Cut Expenses

Thanks to a grant to the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries from the Lilly Endowment, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has initiated The Abundant Life Student Advising Center (ALSAC) to assist seminarians with their finances both in the short and long term. After its first year, it is helping to make life easier for LTSP seminarians.

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Reflections on ministry in a city gripped by the explosive pain of racial injustice

In the aftermath of the tragic death of Freddy Gray while in police custody in April, four seminary alumni commented on the challenges to their respective ministries in the painful days and weeks that have followed. “The Freddy Gray case is not the first of its kind in Maryland,” said the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. “Did you know that in the past three years in Maryland 109 prisoners have died while in police custody, most of them African American males?”

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Co-op Program enjoys strong first year, anticipates expanding

The idea of the program is that Co-op students can immediately apply their classroom learning to a congregational setting simultaneously. The initiative makes sense financially too: we can give seminarians more financial support through remuneration where they serve and complete their seminary training in three years rather than four. We’re finding that to be a really positive development, and so are the students.

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UTI Certificate Programs

UTI Certificate in Christian Ministry

The CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in CHRISTIAN MINISTRY equips clergy and lay leaders for faithful and effective ministry in the parish by enhancing their skills in Bible study, church doctrine, church history, preaching, and worship.

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The Community

Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel

The gathering of the LTSP community around Word and Sacrament stands at the core of our life together, continuing to shape who we are and how we live, learn, and serve. Music and liturgy frame our engagement with the...

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Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Religion

The MASTER of ARTS in RELIGION (MAR) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares students for further academic study and ministerial leadership in the Christian Church.

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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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Alumni Giving

As an alumnus/a of LTSP, you know the value of your education and experience while here on campus. Consider joining fellow alumni in making a gift to the seminary.

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The LTSP Experience

Urban Theological Institute

For over 30 years, The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has been dedicated to providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant and upbuilding for the African American community.

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Degree Programs

The Master of Divinity — Co-operative Model

New, first of its kind model: Students graduate in three years with a full Master of Divinity degree, a strong foundation in spiritual formation, and three years of congregational leadership experience.

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Financial Aid

Financing a seminary education involves much more than paying bills. It requires prayerful planning and budgeting, good money and time management skills, and joyful receiving of gifts! This guide describes eligibility and application processes as well as the different...

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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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Degree Programs

Master of Sacred Theology

The MASTER of SACRED THEOLOGY (STM) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) emphasizes academic accomplishment, providing fuller mastery of an area or discipline of theological study.

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The LTSP Experience

Mission and Vision

Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world.

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Registrar

Registration for Fall Semester 2013 Is Now Open! Deadline for on-time registration is Friday, August 2

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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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Take a Course

Adults of all educational and religious backgrounds are welcome to take courses at the seminary for personal and professional enrichment or to find out if seminary is right for you through LTSP’s Adult Learning offerings.

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The LTSP Experience

Campus Safety and Security

The primary responsibilities of the LTSP Security Office are: Protection of life and property Prevention of crime Providing service to members of the seminary community while concurrently preserving an environment conducive to the pursuit of educational goals and personal growth

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Affiliated Students

All First Theological Degree-Level student whose MDiv studies have been undertaken at a non-ELCA seminary, if seeking ordination in the ELCA, are required to “affiliate” with an ELCA seminary. The seminary assists the student’s ordination process, oversees the student’s...

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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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Contextual Education

Clinical Pastoral Education

CPE is an ecclesiastical (not academic) requirement for ordination by the ELCA and some other denominations. Designed to provide an intensive pastoral care experience coupled with deep reflection and discernment, CPE offers students the opportunity to hone their listening...

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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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