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PS Portions: March 2017

In the March PS Portions President David Lose considers "The God We Do Not Expect," LTSP Director of Donor Services Kathie Afflerbach talks about "Grand Jury: Public Witness," Preaching with Power's 35th Anniversary, Paul Hanson presents thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture, plus Class Notes and LTSP Notes.

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The God We Do Not Expect

In Lent this year, we are treated to four weeks of readings drawn from the Gospel According to John. “Treated” is the operative word in that last sentence for me because I so much enjoy John’s evocative imagery, rich symbolism, and depth of theology. As I have been reading once again through these stories of Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman at the well, the man who receives his sight (let’s name him for what he has become, not what he suffered!), and Lazarus, I was struck by the element of surprise in each of them.

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Grand Jury: Public Witness

LTSP Director of Donor Services Kathie Afflerbach (MAR 2009), a deacon in the ELCA, reflects on her experience serving two years on a county grand jury, and how her service was informed by her faith and seminary education. Watch our conversation...

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Preaching with Power’s 35th Anniversary

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Urban Theological Institute's Preaching with Power promised to be a series of memorable events, but a late winter snow storm was not the type of event planned as part of the celebration!

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Paul Hanson presents thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture

Paul D. Hanson, BD, PhD, Florence Corliss Lamont Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard Divinity School, presented a thought-provoking Lazareth Lecture in Theology and Ethics at LTSP on February 21. Professor Hanson brought his expertise and thoughts on the role of church and faith in society, especially in the current political context, to an audience of guests and students, and opened the floor to the audience for an engaging discussion.

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“On the Way to United Lutheran Seminary” Webinar LIVE Monday, April 3

Register now for the Monday, April 3 live webinar “On the Way to United Lutheran Seminary” with Presidents David Lose and Michael Cooper-White sharing the latest information on ULS. Bishop Claire Burkat will be the moderator. The webinar will be live from 7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT, and space is limited. There is no cost to attend the webinar.

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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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United Lutheran Seminary Sees Both Visible and Invisible Progress

Announces New Logotype, Official Action by Accreditors and Dept of Ed
United Lutheran Seminary marked both visible and invisible progress as it introduced its new graphic mark and typography today and noted recent action by two accrediting agencies and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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2017 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge is April 21

The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert will be keynote speaker at the all-day Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge at LTSP on April 21. The challenge invites seminary students to explore new ways of engaging Scripture in a congregational or ministry setting. Four students share their projects and learnings at this day-long event. A panel of practitioners, led by keynote speaker Dr. Wengert, will respond to each presentation, and those in attendance will be invited to respond. The day is free and open to the public - lunch included, registration required!

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Nelson Rivera Appointed Associate Professor of Theology at Moravian Seminary

The Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry, and Director of the Latino Concentration, will join the Moravian Theological Seminary faculty this fall as Associate Professor of Theology.

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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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Vocation and Discernment

Good News! God is still very active in this world! Through the Holy Spirit, people of faith are called to be followers of Jesus Christ in their various vocations in life, whether they be plumbers or painters, teachers or...

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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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The LTSP Experience

President David Lose

The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose is president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Lose assumed his duties at the start of the 2014-2015 academic year. He was Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St....

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Student Learning Assessment

Assessment of student learning at LTSP is the systematic collection of information about student learning, using the time, knowledge, expertise and resources available, in order to inform decisions about how to improve student learning.

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The LTSP Experience


LTSP's online bookstore with makes it possible for students to do "one stop shopping" for all of their textbooks. You can order your books online, get cash back at the end of the semester, charge books to...

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Certificate Programs

Certificate of Theological Study

Students with accredited undergraduate degrees who desire first professional-level courses for credit but do not desire to enter a degree program may choose instead to take a more limited program leading to a Certificate of Theological Study.

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Given my diversified upbringing and experience with several different denominations before (and after!) confirmation, I am drawn to an ELCA Lutheran seminary to deepen my theological roots and understandings.

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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

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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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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Academic Programs

Continuing Education

Learn more about the ways that LTSP can help you continue your education as a church leader or interested lay person, including Non-Credit Continuing Education, Certificate Program in Lutheran Church Leadership, Biblical Insights on Faithful Leadership, Seminars on Educational...

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"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."