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PS Portions

PS Portions – December 2014

PS Portions December 2014

A Taste of Seminary Happenings • December 2014

From the President: Advent is my favorite season

LTSP President David Lose

Advent is my favorite season in the church year. By far.

Perhaps I shold clarify that it’s the “new” Advent that I particularly adore. For a very long time, Advent was simply a “little Lent” – same colors, same themes, same mood. But within the last generation or so, Advent has come into its own.

And Advent is about waiting. Not simply “holding back” until Christmas, but savoring the moments of anticipation before the feast so that our celebration may be all the richer and more meaningful. Read more from President Lose…

David J. Lose installed as twelfth president of LTSP

The Inauguration Service
David Lose was installed as the twelfth president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on December 7. This issue of PS Portions includes several stories, with photos and video:

Advent Reflections for Days of Waiting


Several members of the seminary community offered thoughtful reflections for our readers in keeping with the special season of Advent. Their reflections include Challenged and Confronted, Being Present in Anticipation, What are We Waiting For?, and more. Read their thoughts about the season…

Annual Tree Lighting – A Photo GalleryAnnual Tree Lighting

LTSP’s annual Tree Lighting on William Allen Plaza brought together the seminary and wider Mt. Airy community for caroling, refreshment, fellowship – and lighting the tree! – on Friday, December 5, 2014. LTSP president the Rev. David Lose and newly elected Pennsylvania State Senator Art Haywood offered remarks. Caroling was led by a Christmas Ensemble from the Salvation Army, Philadelphia Citadel. View the photo essay here.

After a Wawa robbery


Prayers at the WawaAfter the Wawa convenience store on Germantown Avenue at Allens Lane was robbed December 3, it didn’t take the seminary community long to perform a ministry of public presence for the store and its employees who for years have fed the seminary community with a steady diet of tasty hoagies, sandwiches, and coffee. Read more and watch a video about Prayers after the Wawa robbery…

Look for details soon!


  • Save the Date!
    Preaching with Power
    Sunday, March 15 to Thursday, March 19, 2015
  • Save the Date!
    Spring Convocation 2015
    Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28, 2015


Upcoming Educational Opportunities


For personal enrichment, continuing study. or leading to a degree, LTSP has many opportunities. Here are a few:

January Intensives

  • Spirituality, Prayer, Social Engagement: Texts, Contexts, and Critical Reflection
  • Death and Dying

Americans, the Bible, and the “Middle East” Adult Learning Workshop

Seminars on Educational Ministry in Congregations – Seven one-day seminars/workshops on Saturdays starting January 10 exploring various facets of educational ministries in congregations.

Audit a course this January or Spring

Asian Theological Studies Program online starting Spring 2014

150th Anniversary Keepsakes Available!


LTSP 150th Anniversary commemorative book and art150th Commemorative Books for sale! ($20): Holiday, graduation, birthday, etc. gift for the LTSP fan in your life! Fundraiser for student scholarships!

Limited edition of 150th Brossman Center giclee prints for sale! ($150) Have a print of the beautiful painting commissioned for Phil Krey! Fundraiser for student scholarships!

Order online here…

In Class Notes: updates from the Rev. Dr. Julius Carroll, the Rev. Colleen Montgomery, and the Rev. Donald L. Henderschedt.

This month’s LTSP Notes include the Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert joins the portrait gallery, and updates from the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, the Rev. Dr. David Grafton, and the Rev. Dr. Kiran Sebastian.

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