PS Portions

PS Portions – July 2014

PS Portions - July 2014

A Taste of Seminary Happenings – July 2014

From the President: Then, Now, and Moving Forward in Faith

President Philip KreyThis issue of PS Portions features two intriguing articles.

History of any institution is often easily forgotten. Retired US Navy Chaplain Steve Jensen ’73 offers a remarkable glimpse into the “then” that comprises the early 1970s life on the campus, ranging from memories (and pranks) from the Old Dorm to a perspective on the Vietnam era’s impact on the campus.

Prison ministry is not a new kind of initiative across the church. In decades past, Lutheran Pastor John Parkinson served impressively in this area of ministry. Today, Ed Neiderheiser is a Lutheran Chaplain serving at Graterford. A profile on Linda Manson, a current LTSP student, explores her “now” contemporary approach as a mission developer/redeveloper for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in establishing Living Gospel Ministries, an outreach to furnish vital resources and encouragement to everyone connected with the criminal justice system. Read more from President Krey…


Alumnus Steve Jensen ’73: Vivid memories of seminary and life as a Navy Chaplain

Chaplain Steve JensenOne of the most vivid memories from Chaplain Steven Jensen’s seminary days took place off campus.

Albany, New York, native Jensen ’73 (USN ret.) was serving as a seminary intern at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and fulfilling a once-a-week reserve military responsibility to journey to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. On a fateful Tuesday the Marine Chaplain’s office where he was assigned received an emergency phone call for help from Philadelphia International Airport.  Read about Chaplain Jensen’s story, his call, his service, and more…


LTSP student Linda Manson focuses on criminal justice ministry

Linda MansonLinda Manson, ready to embark on her last year at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), remembers being instilled in her youth with the critical importance of ministering to “the least of these.”

No wonder for more than 30 years Manson has been called to prison ministry – for many years as a volunteer visitor and mentor, then as a life skills education coach and re-entry specialist for the Pennsylvania Prison Society at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia. Despite terrific satisfaction she derived from teaching soon-to-be ex-offenders about topics like job skills and readiness, finding job opportunities for inmates nearing release, developing programming and mentoring lifers at Graterford, to name a few responsibilities, she felt a spiritual component was missing in her professional life. Read more about Linda’s story…


Check out the new Ltsp.edu!

Ltsp.edu new home pageLtsp.edu has a new look, a new feel, and new features! The new version of the website, which went live with a “soft introduction earlier in the month, incorporates the latest in web design, making it friendly to computers and portable devices. The content has been reorganized, and the home page now offers a changing selection of content on the site – giving a glimpse of what’s available. Learn more about the new Ltsp.edu…


In July’s Class Notes: The Lutheran Continued Influence on a Baptist Preacher, a reflection from UTI alumnus the Rev. Khalfani Drummer (MDiv 1998), a new call for the Rev. Bill Peterson (MDiv 2010), the death of the Rev. Gregory Peter Dzwonczyk (MDiv), and notes on the Rev. John Deisinger, the Rev. Joe Irvin, the Rev. Rick Summy, the Rev. Al Martin, the Rev. Emily Hartner, the Rev. Julie Recher, and the Rev. Becca Middeke-Conlin

This month’s LTSP Notes include a note from Krauth Memorial Library Public Services Assistant Sharon Baker, who has updated a list of LTSP alumni from the first commencement in 1864 through the 150th class, and Dr. Jon Pahl notes his cover story contribution to the July 2014 issue of The Lutheran, “The New Inequality: Our Lutheran Vocation.”

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