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PS Portions: May 2015

From the President – Sending out leaders

President David Lose and a graduateUnder the sunny skies of a beautiful, warm (but not too warm!) May day, and in the beautiful sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, the staff, faculty, and Board of Trustees of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia were pleased to send fifty-two leaders into lives of service and ministry.

As we were lining up and getting ready to process, I thought about the number of lives these fifty-two graduates would touch over the course of their careers through their leadership in congregations, social ministry agencies, Synod staffs, seminaries, advocacy groups, and more. Read this month’s message from President Lose

Fifty two graduates at the 151st LTSP commencement

Commencement selfieFifty-two seminarians were awarded degrees and certificates during the 151st commencement exercises May 19, 2015 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, Pennsylvania.

In addition to the awarding of degrees and certificates, highlights included memorable remarks from Palestinian Lutheran Pastor Dr. Mitri Raheb, a presidential welcome from the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, an address by Senior Class President Mark David Johnson, and a welcome to the graduates by Alumni Association President the Rev. Annemarie Hartner Cook. The seminary choir offered two selections under the direction of Dr. Michael Krentz and Sheila D. Booker. Read about the speeches, watch the videos, view photos, and more starting here

Journey to Baltimore

North Street BaltimoreIn the aftermath of the tragic death of Freddie Gray while in police custody in April, four seminary alumni commented on the challenges to their respective ministries in the painful days and weeks that have followed.

“The Freddie Gray case is not the first of its kind in Maryland,” said the Rev. Wolfgang Herz-Lane, bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the ELCA. “Did you know that in the past three years in Maryland 109 prisoners have died while in police custody, most of them African American males?” Watch the video and read reflections on ministry in a city gripped by racial injustice

Being a “Church-for-Others”

Professor Katie DayIn late April the campus was once again filled with the laughter and conversation of reuniting old friends and cultivating new as Spring Convocation brought graduates and others from far and wide to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). It is always so wonderful to see students I’ve taught, going back to 1985. (Yes, I’m a relic.)

I can’t always remember names right away but the faces, even softened by time, are always recognizable. We talked about how LTSP has changed (or not), the twists and turns of life journeys, how our families are doing, and memories of those dear to us who have joined the cloud of witnesses. Read more of Professor Katie Day’s reflection

Co-op Program enjoys strong first year

Co-op seminarian Micah Krey at Trinity Fairview VillageThe idea of the program is that Co-op students can immediately apply their classroom learning to a congregational setting simultaneously. The initiative makes sense financially too: we can give seminarians more financial support through remuneration where they serve and complete their seminary training in three years rather than four. We’re finding that to be a really positive development, and so are the students. Read more and watch the video on the experience of two this year’s pioneering Co-op program seminarians

Living on the Edges: Spring Convocation recap

Class of 1955 - 50th year reunionThe Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Spring Convocation 2015 featured numerous highlights including three presentations about “Living (and worshiping) on the Edge as a Church,” awards honoring three distinguished LTSP alumni, and the heartwarming dedication during Easter Vespers of the refurbished harpsichord originally built in the early 1970s by the late Dr. Robert Bornemann, Anna Burkhalter Professor of Old Testament and originator of the seminary choir. And, in the photo, a good showing by the Class of 1955. Read reports, watch videos, and view slide shows from Spring Convocation

Elizabeth Brunton first staff recipient of Class of 2015 Award of Appreciation

Mark David Johnson and Elizabeth BruntonElizabeth Brunton, a recent MDiv graduate of the seminary who serves as the school’s Director of Financial Aid, was chosen as the first recipient of the Class of 2015 class gift. The modest grant was presented during an April chapel worship.

“In academic institutions, a significant number of people work behind the scenes. Unfortunately, sometimes their work goes unrecognized – even though they often have a very formative impact on the students. The LTSP Class of 2015 wishes to give back to the supportive staff of the seminary. In place of a traditional gift, this year’s senior class would like to announce the Class of 2015 Award!” Read more about the award and recipient Elizabeth Brunton

In Class Notes: Notes on the Rev. Keith Anderson, the Rev. Dr. Julius Carroll, the Rev. Mark English, and the Rev. Raymond A. Miller, and obituaries for the Rev. Paul A. Schaediger (BD 1962), the Rev. H. Gerhardt (Gary) Kugler (BD 1966), and he Rev. Larry V. Schell (BD 1962).

This month’s LTSP Notes: LTSP part of “Art Gallery along Germantown Avenue,”report on an Informational Session on Rawabi development in Palestine, and recent activities of the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera.

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