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PS Portions – Spring 2017

In this issue of PS Portions, LTSP President David Lose: "Ready, Set, Launch," ULS President-elect Latini Meets and Greets, Remembering Fred Borsch, Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff, and video and photos from Spring Convocation 2017 - REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE... Plus LTSP Notes from retired profesor Richard Stewart and an update from Luther D. Reed Professor J. Paul Rajashekar, and Class Notes from the Rev. Melvin Hammer and the Rev. Carl W. Ames, plus the Rev. Thomas Richter shares stories about climate change and ministry in Alaska, and an opportunity to share your LTSP stories.

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“Ready, Set, Launch”

They don’t often televise rocket launches anymore. I suppose they are too commonplace. But I am just old enough to remember the last couple of launches of the Apollo space program that sent astronauts to the moon and the excitement generated as the voice from Mission Control counted down, “10, 9, 8, 7… 3, 2, 1, Ignition, Blast off!”

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ULS President-elect Latini Meets and Greets

United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) President-elect Theresa Latini recently visited the LTSP campus to meet with students, staff, and faculty. After being introduced and providing background information about herself, Dr. Latini fielded questions from the community. Inquiries ranged from "Do you play tabletop games and what is your experience with Settlers of Catan?" to "How welcoming and open are you, and are you a safe person for us?"

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Remembering Fred Borsch

Members of the seminary community share their remembrances of The Rt. Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch, professor, colleague, and friend to many in the community. Dr. Borsch, known to many as simply "Fred," died early on April 11, 2017, from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia. He was 81 years old. Read their remembrances and watch videos and a slide show from his time at LTSP.

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Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft

Believing that being both in the classroom and the pulpit is necessary for a seminary professor, the Reverend Wayne E. Croft Sr., DMin, PhD, the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies at LTSP also serves as Senior Pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dr. Croft talks about his work as professor and pastor, and his work in the community. Dr. Croft is being recognized this summer by the American Baptist Churches with the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award for outstanding work for peace and justice.

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Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff

LTSP alumna the Rev. Nicole Diroff's faith journey has led her to the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, where she serves as Associate Executive. Pr Diroff talks about her work, and about the Interfaith Center's Inter-Seminary Initiative. The initiative brought Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel to the LTSP campus for conversation, and seminarians share their reflections on the event.

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Spring Convocation 2017 – Remembrance and Promise: Report, Videos & Photos

LTSP welcomed alumni and friends to the last Spring Convocation of the Philadelphia seminary on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, 2017, for "Remembrance and Promise," both a celebration of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a look toward the promise of United Lutheran Seminary. Watch videos and slide shows from Spring Convocation

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Greetings from President-Elect Latini

"I look forward to sustained dialogue in the near future about our common calling, about the shape of public theology in North America today, about living into this union of two historic Lutheran institutions, and about the promises of God that uphold us all."

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Position Opening: Chief Financial Officer for United Lutheran Seminary

United Lutheran Seminary (to be launched on July 1, 2017) is seeking to fill the position of Chief Financial Officer. The review of applicants begins on April 15, 2017, and the search remains open until filled. Please share this posting!

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Position Opening: Associate Director of Admissions for United Lutheran Seminary

United Lutheran Seminary (to be launched on July 1, 2017) is seeking to fill the position of Associate Director of Admissions. The starting date is negotiable, but preference is no later than May 1, 2017. Please share this posting!

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Academics

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

Multicultural Mission Resource Center

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is a seminary deeply rooted in a long historical and denominational tradition that has opened itself up to innovative theological and missiological possibilities.

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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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LTSP 150th Anniversary Timeline

LTSP 150th Anniversary Timeline

As part of its 150th Anniversary, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has created an interactive timeline website to share the story of the seminary - WITNESS TO A CHANGING WORLD: BUILDING ON OUR DYNAMIC PAST. Learn more about...

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Contact the Registrar

Have questions about Courses, Credits, and Test-Outs?

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Financial Aid

Financing a seminary education involves much more than paying bills. It requires prayerful planning and budgeting, good money and time management skills, and joyful receiving of gifts! This guide describes eligibility and application processes as well as the different...

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Apply Now

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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Denominations

Anglican Studies Program

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has long expressed an ecumenical partnership with the ECUSA through a relationship with the Diocese of Pennsylvania. For more than thirty-five years Episcopal seminarians have been receiving theological education at LTSP.  In today's climate, we welcome those...

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Why LTSP?

Given my diversified upbringing and experience with several different denominations before (and after!) confirmation, I am drawn to an ELCA Lutheran seminary to deepen my theological roots and understandings.

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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 Weekend

The Weekend

The Weekend is a chance for you to spend intentional time wondering how God can use you to serve the church and the world. You'll be invited to wonder, imagine, and learn. April 7-9, 2017 based in Gettysburg |...

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The Legacy of Grover and Irma Wright

In fall 2010, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) established The Dr. Grover C. and Irma S. Wright Scholarship Fund for African American Lutheran Students for LTSP students seeking to become rostered professional leaders in the church. The inauguration...

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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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Academic Calendar

This is the academic calendar that contains all dates of note for the current academic year.

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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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"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."