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PS Portions

PS Portions for June 2015



June 2015

President David Lose

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).

Learn about how LTSP is partnering with church and community organizations while raising leaders for God’s church in today’s world


The Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones

Remembering the Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones and his Contributions to Theological Education

When the Rev. Dr. G. Daniel Jones decided more than 30 years ago to move on from a nine-year call in Portsmouth, Virginia, a neighboring Lutheran pastor advised him that “his” seminary was “just down the street” from the congregation Jones would be serving – Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, a congregation of the American Baptist Churches.

“Upon arriving in Philadelphia, I discovered the Krauth Memorial Library at the seminary and took out 10 to 12 books a week to do my sermon preparation,” Jones recalled during a 2010 interview at Grace Church. He added that he found the library’s immense theological collection a treasure. Those library visits began an enduring 33-year affiliation with the seminary that in turn made him a treasure to the school he came to love, all while shepherding a growing nearby parish.

Read more about Dr. Jones and his involvement with LTSP and UTI


Matching Gift Spring Challenge

Make a Gift – Get Matched!

Together we can educate the church’s next generation of leaders. Each day, all of us at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) work our hardest to prepare a rich, supportive, and demanding environment in which women and men can learn the skills and grow in their faith to best serve a changed and changing church.

Please make a gift today. Every gift made by June 30, 2015, will be matched up to $50,000. If you’ve already made a gift, please know how grateful we are for your support and partnership.

Learn more and make your gift online today


Guppy Tank!

“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.

Read more and watch a video about “Guppy Tank”


ATSI 2015 attendees

Asian Theological Summer Institute at LTSP enjoys growth and banner year

Professor Peter Cho Phan, Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought at Georgetown University, sees The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) annual Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI) as a means “to help grow” a generation of new Asian and Asian American theologians and scholars. He also believes the Institute offers a chance to “build up new ideas and a broader understanding” about how Asians and Asian Americans are interpreting theology today. “We can talk about what we teach with regard to theology and what is significant about theological education for our culture. It is a wonderful opportunity.”

ATSI, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation and occurring each of the past nine years in late May on the seminary’s campus, was largely the brainchild of LTSP former dean and Luther Reed Professor of Systematic Theology the Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar.

Watch the video and read about this year’s ATSI



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.

Watch and learn about ALSAC – and how you can help with the center’s work


The Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, Sr.

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.

Read more in this month’s Reflection by the Rev. Wayne E. Croft, Sr., DMin, PhD, Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Prof. of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies


In Class Notes: Notes include updates from the Rev. Rachel Manke, the Rev. Scott Davis and the Rev. Gary Stiegler, and the death of the Rev. James Daniels, BD 1960.This month’s LTSP Notes: Staff changes, and faculty updates from The Rev. Dr. Wayne E. Cropft, Sr., The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman, and Dr. Michael Krentz, AIM.

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