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Philadelphia and Gettysburg Seminary Boards Act to Move Forward

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (LTSG) resolved to stay on a path that would lead to one theological seminary on two campuses after governing boards acted during their April meetings.

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Farewell Lecture by the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger: Thurday, May 12

"Not for Our Eyes: Readers Talking to Themselves and Sometimes God" will be the Farewell Lecture by the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, Director of the Krauth Memorial Library & Professor of the History of Christianity, to be presented Thursday, May 12, 2016 | 1:00 pm | Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center. All are welcome to join us to celebrate Dr. Krueger's service to the seminary and hear this lecture, which will highlight the marginal notes in books that belonged to some noteworthy individuals and are housed in the Rare Book Room of the library. Please register here (free!) if you plan to attend.

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Prospective Student Day! Saturday, April 23, 10 am to 1 pm!

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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“Christ is Risen! Alleluia!”

Christ is risen! Alleluia! Christ is Risen indeed. Alleluia. This is the age-old cry Christians have been making for nearly two millennia, ever since word first spread that death could not hold onto God's chosen One. To those of us who have grown up in the church, the Easter acclamation is as familiar as it is ancient. Yet lately I have wondered whether we say it too easily and too quickly.

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PS Portions – March 2016

In the March 2016 PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose reflects on "A goal as large as it is important," consider "Finding seminary where you are," Jeremiah A. Wright Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies Wayne E. Croft, Sr., reflects on "God Still Moves Stones," a photo essay from Preaching with Power 2016, Spring Convocation 2016, Seminarians presented Awards and Scholarships, Support LTSP through Amazon Smile!, plus LTSP Notes and Class Notes...

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A goal as large as it is important

It’s a goal as large as it is important: full tuition scholarships for all LTSP students. We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from all quarters of the church to this initiative thus far, as people recognize the need to provide much more support to our students. Along with the positive comments, I have also heard several questions that I will try to address here.

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Finding seminary where you are

If you asked me to give you a tour of the seminary I attended, I’d bring you to the Starbucks on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York. I’d show you the large black table where I would spread my theology textbooks and Greek New Testament book. I’d point out the power outlet that played such an essential role in my study sessions. I’d introduce you to George and Peggy, my non-matriculating, unintentional classmates. And I’d tell you that if you really wanted to understand my full seminary experience then you should order a small bowl of oatmeal and a grande blonde roast.

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Seminarians presented Awards and Scholarships

A number of awards and scholarships are presented to LTSP seminarians each year. See some of this year's recipients.

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Support LTSP through Amazon!

Support LSTP when you shop at Amazon! Click here to go to smile.amazon.com
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The Institute of 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, LTSP offers a wide selection of courses and workshops, taught by internationally acclaimed faculty and speakers and available in various formats — on-campus and online — to meet your busy schedule and satisfy your theological curiosity.

Next offering is Religion and Identity in the Middle East: the Rise of Islamic Radicalism, and more. Click for details and to register online!

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Accreditation and Statement of Educational Effectiveness

This page contains both the Accreditation Information and the Statement of Educational Effectiveness for The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

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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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Admissions

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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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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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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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

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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Office for Advancement

Contact information for the staff of LTSP's Office of Advancement. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Course Schedules

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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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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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The LTSP Experience

Denominations

For persons preparing for servant-leadership in the church, most denominations have a candidacy process that requires contact with the denomination prior to the beginning of seminary.

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Black Church Studies

Preaching with Power 2016 – 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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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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"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."