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PS Portions

PS Portions – March 2016

PS Portions for March 2016

March 2016


President David Lose

“A goal as large as it is important”

It’s a goal as large as it is important: full tuition scholarships for all LTSP students.

We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from all quarters of the church to this initiative thus far, as people recognize the need to provide much more support to our students. Along with the positive comments, I have also heard several questions that I will try to address.

Read more from President Lose in this month’s message…

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Finding seminary where you are

If you asked me to give you a tour of the seminary I attended, I’d bring you to the Starbucks on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, New York. I’d show you the large black table where I would spread my theology textbooks and Greek New Testament book. I’d point out the power outlet that played such an essential role in my study sessions. I’d introduce you to George and Peggy, my non-matriculating, unintentional classmates. And I’d tell you that if you really wanted to understand my full seminary experience then you should order a small bowl of oatmeal and a grande blonde roast.

Read more about the rewards of finding seminary where you are…

God Still Moves Stones

Wayne E. Croft, Sr., Jeremiah A. Wright Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies, shares a reflection for the season: Ever since the time of Jesus critics like pre-Christian Albert Henry Ross have been attempting to disprove Jesus’ resurrection. It has been documented that once Jesus was entombed Jewish authorities took extraordinary measures to ensure that Christ’s body could not be moved or stolen. They were well aware of his prediction that he would rise from the dead on the third day, and as far as they were concerned this could only happen if the disciples stole his body.

Read this month’s faculty reflection…


Preaching with Power recap

The 34th Preaching with Power in photos

For the thirty-forth year, Preaching with Power, sponsored by the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), brought outstanding preaching, teaching, and a Celebration of Music in the African American Church to Philadelphia. Here’s a recap of the week in photos – recordings will be online with the April edition of PS Portions.

Read about the Preaching with Power events and view photo galleries…


Spring Convocation 2016

Spring Convocation starts April 11 – Alumni Board voting now open!

Alumni! Voting is now open for Alumni Board representatives! Vote today here, and come to Spring Convocation to see the results and join us for COURAGE Moving Forward…

Learn more – vote for your Alumni Board representatives and register for Spring Convocation today…


J.Q. Jackson Scholarship Recipients

Seminarians presented Awards and Scholarships

A number of awards and scholarships are presented to LTSP seminarians each year, including J.Q. Jackson Scholarship recipients Marsha Baxter and Sheila Boynton.

See more…



Support LTSP through Amazon Smile!

If you’re an shopper, your shopping activity can benefit LTSP! It’s easy, all you need to do is click on the link on the LTSP home page before you make a purchase and Amazon will donate to the LTSP Foundation.

Learn more…

March LTSP Notes

LTSP Notes for March: The Librarian’s Next Chapter, Library Connector Update, Welcome Vincent Dent, and Three Days Retreat, plus faculty updates from the Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian and the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman.

March Class Notes

March’s Class Notes: In this month’s Class Notes, updates from the Rev. Dr. Gene R. Stuckey, Sr.; Jennifer Davidson, PhD; and the Rev. Julius Carroll, plus a new book from PhD candidate Drew G.I. Hart. Plus the deaths of the Rev. Harry R. Billow, the Rev. Dr. John M. Brndjar, Marilyn “Butch” Walters, the Rev. Ray H. Hartman, the Rev. Terrence T. Mullins, the Rev. Joseph W. Schwartz, the Rev. Henry Sheppard, the Rev. Jack Traugott, and the Rev. Edward H. Wiediger.

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