From President Phil Krey - A life worth celebrating ... and other news

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A life worth celebrating ... and other news

President KreyThis month, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Lois La Croix, who lost a lengthy battle with cancer in September. Lois was my executive assistant for many of the more than 20 years she served the seminary, and worked with former President Robert Hughes in the same capacity. The seminary held a Celebration of Resurrection October 16 with Dr. Hughes preaching, followed by a light luncheon and opportunity for story-telling about Lois by colleagues, alumni, and friends. View the video of the Celebration of Resurrection service here. The seminary is establishing a “Staff Assistance Fund” in her memory. In her estate, Lois arranged to give to the fund. Hers is truly a life worth celebrating.

In this issue of Portions. you can read glimpses into the lives of the members of the seminary’s Philanthropic Team and what they do for the seminary community. They are wonderful. You can also read about the Stewards of Abundance grant received from the Lilly Foundation through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The grant makes it possible for the seminary to “hit the road” to nurture and encourage students of tomorrow throughout six key sites in Region 7 of the ELCA. LTSP’s Admissions Office and the Office for Philanthropy are collaborating on this venture.

Three notes that relate to our Urban Theological Institute (UTI):

UTI co-founder the Rev. Dr. Andrew Hopewell Willis, Jr., has been appointed an Auxiliary Bishop in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. I was honored to give a tribute at the September 27 celebration.

At the 35th anniversary celebration of the Christian Church of Philadelphia, UTI Director Quintin Robertson noted in prepared remarks that six of the nine “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism” Awards were presented to recipients who had either graduated from UTI or are closely connected to UTI.

You can read in this issue the remarks and sermon thoughts of the Rev. Dr. “Buster” Soaries, who honored us with his presence at UTI’s Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration on September 24. You’ll also find video of the lecture and sermon.

On October 1, Dr. David Little gave a remarkable Nolde lecture, recalling the legacy of our late faculty member Dr. O. Frederick Nolde, who had an enormous influence in global diplomacy and international peace efforts in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. We were so pleased that Fred’s widow, Nancy, and Fred’s daughter, Freddie, and her husband, Bruce, and son, Gordon, could be with us for the lecture. We were blessed to hear the stories and impressions of several of our students who have been part of the Nolde Seminar and benefitted from the experience of study and field work at the United Nations, all made possible by a wonderful Nolde family gift. We thank them so much that this legacy lives in a way that will help our seminarians be better prepared to serve in a world desperately in need of the values Fred Nolde held so high. And we are further grateful that Dr. Little will return in February to teach in the Nolde Seminar. You can read highlights of Dr. Little’s lecture here. We’re so pleased Dr. Little has become a part of the legacy here to highlight how important a figure Fred Nolde is as we prepare to celebrate our 150th anniversary year. Video of the lecture and student reflections are also online.

Mostly, I want to say thanks to you, dear readers, for all you do to encourage and support our mission to prepare tomorrow’s church leaders.

Philip D.W. Krey

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