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Mourning Charleston: LTSP community joins the nation

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) community continues in mourning with the nation as funerals are held for Pastor Clementa C. Pinckney and the eight other persons killed while engaged in Bible study and prayer June 17 at historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The community continues to ask and respond to the question: What can, and must, people of faith, and a community whose mission is to raise leaders in the world, do to address not only the deaths but also the underlying issues raised — again — by this act, an act that took the lives of people engaged in learning about God, singled out because they were African American — for the church, for the nation, for the world, for God’s creation.

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PS Portions for June 2015

In PS Portions for June: President David Lose asks "What is the best way to educate leaders for the future church?," plus a remembrance of UTICA Chair Emeritus the Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones, a look at MAPL's "Guppy Tank," Asian Theological Summer Institute at LTSP's ninth year, the Abundant Life Center serves seminarians as they manage the financial challenge of seminary, a reflection on "Bridging the Gap between the Academy and the Church" by Prof. Wayne Croft, and Class and LTSP Notes. Watch and read!

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From the President: What is the best way to educate leaders for the future church?

Hold this question with me for a moment: What is the best way to educate leaders for the future church? I promise I’ll get back to that question. For the moment, though, I want to share with you that we are currently exploring several exciting partnerships at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).

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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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June Reflection: Bridging the Gap between the Academy and the Church

Earlier this month I attended Yale University Divinity School and completed a course entitled The Identity and Mission of the Black Church. The Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock served as the instructor. The purpose of the course was to analyze what black and womanist theologians have had to say about the identity and mission of the black church and to examine what black churches and their pastors have had to say in response. I was moved to spend a week at Yale and sit in Dr. Warnock’s class, not only because I wanted to be at the feet of one of the new Post-Civil Rights black theologians, but also because my passion is to bridge the gap between the academy and the church as well as black pastors and theologians.

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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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Join us for Summer Term!

LTSP offers a Summer Term full of learning opportunities! Why not take advantage of these outstanding course offerings to build and sharpen your skills? Register online today!

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Revitalizing Congregations through Worship: Special one week Course this July!

A Special Course this July to equip and rejuvenate your ministry: Revitalizing Congregations through Worship (July 6–10). Registration is open - register online!

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Visit the LTSP 150 Timeline online – new content added!

Explore the 150 years of LTSP history - not to mention connections to Martin Luther, Swedish Lutherans, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, and more on the special LTSP 150th Anniversary Timeline website. You'll find stories, video, images and more content looking back at the first 150 years of LTSP. Plus, share your memories, stories, and wishes throughout the site...

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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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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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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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Certificate Programs

Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies

The Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies is designed to follow the first theological degree (MAR or MDiv), and to enable the candidate to engage in serious study in applied theology. It may be combined with study for either the...

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Alumni

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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Certificate Programs

Certificate in Social Ministry and Church

LTSP offers a Certificate in Social Ministry and Church to persons who complete a set of eight courses at the seminary and who have also completed a degree of Master of Social Work (MSW).

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Institute for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Dialogue

The overall objective of the Institute is to encourage and facilitate conversation and communication among persons of different traditions in order to promote cooperation and understanding.

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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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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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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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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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Office for Philanthropy

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

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