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Preaching Days – October 19-21- New! Full Schedule Update!

Preaching Days returns to LTSP with lectures, workshops, and worship opportunities, and with ample time for conversation, fellowship, and reflection! Outstanding presenters include Thomas Long, Audrey West and Paul Scott Wilson, along with LTSP's own Karyn Wiseman and Wayne Croft. NEW! Housing arrangements available!

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PS Portions: September 2015

In September's PS Portions, President Lose discusses "responding to good counsel;" LTSP Alumni Association President the Rev. Annemarie Cook looks at the association's work to support the seminary and LTSP alumni; LTSP begins the academic year with a diverse incoming class; Videos and more from Ministry Resource Day; meet new Vice Presidents David G. Grafton, Dennis Trotter and Trina Johnsten; and a beginning of the academic year reflection from Dean Kiran Sebastian. Plus LTSP and Class Notes and many Upcoming Events.

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Alumni Association President “Excited” About Her Still New Role

The Rev. Annemarie Cook, MDiv ’07, is still new in her service as president of the seminary’s Alumni Association, but she is clearly excited about the role the association is playing in the life of the seminary and the opportunities ahead. Cook is the pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Maple Shade, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia.

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Seminary Welcomes Richly Diverse New Class

They come from neighborhoods as close as the seminary’s Mt. Airy community, and from places much farther away — Minneapolis, Tampa, Nashville, and India, for example. LTSP’s newest students also have diverse vocational backgrounds. Some are very recent college graduates. One is the associate director for corporate and foundation relations for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Another has worked for an advertising company. Still another has worked for more than 20 years in data processing management for large banks. One new student has worked as a health claims examiner and in corporate training development. Meet some of LTSP's newest students...

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“Be willing to do something you never thought you could,” David Lose advises church leaders

LTSP President David Lose spent Ministry Resource Day discussing challenges and opportunities facing congregations in today’s world. Here’s a glimpse of highlights of the Ministry Resource Day presentations by Dr. Lose on “Digital Pluralism and the Death and Resurrection of the Church,” including videos and downloadable MP3 files.

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Faculty Reflection: Dean Kiran Sebastian and the new academic year

In the September faculty reflection, LTSP Dean the Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian reflects on the academic year ahead and the theme for the year, “God’s Creation and Public Theology.”

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Advocacy Day 2015

You're Invited! Advocacy Day 2015 Seminarians at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia are hosting an exciting day of workshops, informational kiosks, and talks around the issue of Advocacy and our Christian faith. Congregational leaders invited!

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UTI 35th Gala Banquet – October 23 – Sponsorships & Tickets Available

Join us as we Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of UTI! The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Gala Banquet Keynote Speaker. Anniversary sponsorships include Gala Banquet admission - individual seats available.

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The Institute for Lifelong Learning at LTSP

Whether you are a lay person, neighbor, leader in the church, or someone who is curious about faith in the world and has a desire to deepen your understanding, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia offers a wide selection of courses and workshops, taught by internationally acclaimed faculty and speakers, that are available in various formats — on-campus and online — to meet your busy schedule and satisfy your theological curiosity.

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“This is a kairos moment in time…”

“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,” says LTSP alumnus Bishop Dwayne Royster.

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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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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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2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Announcing the 2015 LTSP Distinguished Alumni Award recipients: The Rev. Marie C. Jerge '78, the Rev. Rick Summy '85, and the Rev. Roger Zepernick ‘68.

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Apply for admission to LTSP online. Click on degree of interest to apply now. There are separate forms and instructions for:

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LTSP is an excellent place to work. The seminary's park-like campus in the Mt. Airy section of Northwest Philadelphia is convenient to both Septa Chestnut Hill East and Chestnut Hill West lines. We currently have the position of Vice...

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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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Theological Education with Youth

TEY is Totally Excellent Youth. TEY is Transforming Events with Youth. TEY is Thoughtful Explorations with Youth.

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Registration and Course Information

Course Schedules

This page contains course schedules.

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Krauth Memorial Library

A major component in the seminary’s educational program is the 200,000 volume Krauth Memorial Library. It boasts one of the finest scholarly collections of any Lutheran institution in America.

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The Community

Asian Theological Summer Institute

An annual mentoring program for doctoral students of Asian heritage supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. The 2015 Institute is Tuesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 30, 2015.

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Admissions FAQ

A brief list of Frequently Asked Questions focusing on Admissions

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150th Anniversary Celebration

The 150th Gala Celebration was one of a fabulous series of events! See stories, photos, and videos in the October 27 edition of PS Portions. Read the special commemorative edition of PS magazine online.

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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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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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Black Church Studies

Preaching with Power 2015

The Thirty-third Anniversary of Preaching with Power brings outstanding preaching, teaching, and an African American Sacred Music Concert to Philadelphia. Proceeds from Preaching with Power benefit the J. Q. Jackson Scholarship Fund. Sunday, March 15 - Thursday, March 19,...

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Black Church Studies

Preaching with Power 2015 – Preachers

The Thirty-third Anniversary of Preaching with Power brings outstanding preaching, teaching, and an African American Sacred Music Concert to Philadelphia. Proceeds from Preaching with Power benefit the J. Q. Jackson Scholarship Fund. Watch videos of all the preaching and...

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Lutheran Studies Program

If you are planning to prepare for a career in a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, you are encouraged to begin the candidacy process with your synod one year prior to the time you plan to...

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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."