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PS Portions: August 2015

In August's PS Portions: President Lose considers "Coming Alongside," the Church and Advocacy, UTI is 35!, continuing the discussion in the aftermath of Charleston with LTSP's the Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard and the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson - and a reflection from the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer, the demise of the Scarlet Oak, fall events, and LTSP and Class Notes.

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From the President: Coming Alongside

Of the many unique features of the Gospel of John, one of my favorite is the Fourth Evangelist’s description of the Holy Spirit. Paracletos is the Greek word John employs, and it is translated variously as “Advocate,” “Helper,” and “Comforter.” But it’s really a compound noun perhaps better translated as “the one who comes alongside of” another. I love this word because I think it captures beautifully the work of the Holy Spirit not to solve our problems, but to come alongside as we struggle, not to grant our wishes, but to come alongside and test our visions and encourage us to work for our dreams.

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Associate Professor Charles Leonard reflects on Charleston and recalls his early life ‘pact with God’

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) alumnus and Associate Professor Charles Leonard vividly recalls the morning decades ago when he gave a trial sermon at then Messiah Lutheran Church at 40th and Broad Streets in North Philadelphia. He was a candidate to join the Rev. Michael Merkel on the congregation’s clergy staff. It would become his first call to a congregation. “A woman in the congregation stood up and said she could not handle having a black man as a pastor in the church,” recalled Leonard, who is associate professor for Integrated Theology and director for Contextual Education at the seminary. He’s been on the faculty for 18 years.

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Reflecting in the aftermath of Charleston: Quintin Robertson reminds ‘We are one in the spirit’

“For the past two months I have become enamored by the lyrics to the hymn, ‘We are one on the Spirit, one in the Lord. They will know we are Christians by our love’,” said the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson, director of the seminary’s Urban Theological Institute and Black Church Studies program.

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Events

Preaching Days – October 19-21

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.

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The UTI Certificate program starts September in Mt. Airy AND West Chester!

The Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has partnered with St. Paul’s Baptist Church of West Chester, Pennsylvania, to offer its Certificate Programs in Christian Ministry and Church Leadership at St. Paul’s - and on LTSP's Mt. Airy campus - beginning September, 2015.

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Events

UTI is 35! Join us!

The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) celebrates 35 years since its founding with two special days - Tuesday, September 22 - Lecture and Worship Celebration with Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., and Friday, October 23 - Gala Banquet with speaker Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Join us for the events! Become a sponsor!

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Events

“From Conflict to Convergence” – Tuesday, October 6 Convocation

Join LTSP Professor Emeritus the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert for a special convocation, “From Conflict to Convergence,” exploring the continued re-development of the relationship between the Lutheran church and other denominations and the Roman Catholic Church post-Reformation.

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Events

Opening Week 2015

All are welcome to the beginning of LTSP's 152nd Academic Year with Opening Invocation on Tuesday, August 25, and the first Eucharist service of the year on Wednesday, August 26.

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Ministry Resource Day – Thursday, September 17

“Digital Pluralism and the Death and Resurrection of the Church” Everyone knows the culture has changed – perhaps faster in recent years than at any time in centuries. But what, exactly, has changed? And why does the Church so often feel left behind? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we do about it? Join LTSP President the Rev. Dr.David Lose for for this free event on Thursday, September 19! Info and free registration...

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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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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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Degree Programs

Doctor of Ministry

Designed as a flexible program, the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced professional degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry. It presupposes both the completion of a first professional degree in theology and experience in a field...

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Employment

Employment

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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Contextual Education

Field Education

The typical MDiv student undertakes a field education assignment for each of four semesters (normally the first two years of a full-time program).

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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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Degree Programs

Master of Arts in Public Leadership

The MASTER OF ARTS in PUBLIC LEADERSHIP (MAPL) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) trains those committed to making a difference in the world through public leadership.

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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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Denominations

Black Church Studies

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) offers theological education to church leaders, representing a range of denominations, that is relevant and upbuilding for the African American community in a number of different areas.

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Admissions Policies & Information

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia offers degrees in The Master of Divinity, The Master of Arts in Religion, The Master of Arts in Public Leadership, The Master of Sacred Theology, and The Doctor of Ministry.

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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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The Community

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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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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