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PS Portions

PS Portions – November 2014

PS Portions November 2014


From the President:
Heard “On the Road”

LTSP President David Lose

“I received great training at seminary, for which I’m profoundly grateful. And yet sometimes I wonder if I was trained for a church that no longer exists.”

If there is one sentiment I’ve heard expressed more than any other during my time “on the road” meeting with congregational leaders, it’s this one. It’s not that seminary training wasn’t excellent, it’s that the world has changed … a lot! … and keeps changing at a pace most of us find rather bewildering. For this reason, many of us have wondered whether what we were trained to do, and have done faithfully for many years, is still adequate to the challenges of the world in which we currently live. Read more from President Lose…

Reflections on a Ministry Career of Facilitating Extraordinary Congregational Growth

The Rev. Dr. Alyn Waller

“The period of ‘Walmarting’ of the church is coming to an end,” was only one of the messages the Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller shared with the audience at the recent Exploring Series event at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Pr. Waller engaged the live and interested audience in the Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, along with more participants who joined the live webcast, sharing his experience as senior pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, which the Philadelphia Inquirer describes as the largest congregation in the Philadelphia area. Read more and view the video and photos of the event…

Heart-stopping street-side display at LTSP honors memory of victims slain by illegal guns

Heeding God's Call

It was a heart-stopping, captivating memorial display along Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy in front of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) during election week.

The street-side display featured 201 mounted shirts, each lettered with the name, age and date of death of someone killed during 2013 by illegal guns on the streets of Philadelphia.

At the eucharist held during the All Saints Day chapel service at the seminary November 5, the shirts were incorporated into the service, and afterward congregants assembled outside to pray for the individuals represented. Learn more about the memorial and view a slide show of images of the LTSP community as members prayed for those memorialized.

Sam Katz recounts his exploration of Philadelphia history and the place of faith in Philadelphia over the years

Sam Katz lecturing

In a riveting hour-plus on October 21, 2014, Philadelphia politician/financier turned film producer Sam Katz told a seminary convocation audience about his adventuresome seven-year effort to tell the story of the founding of Philadelphia on film.

Introduced by seminary professor Katie Day as a “Philadelphia and Mt. Airy treasure,” Katz has led a complex life. As a financier he’s been involved in such varied projects. He’s run for Philadelphia mayor on the Republican ticket three times (1991, 1999, 2003), and in 1994 was a gubernatorial candidate in Pennsylvania. As CEO of Philadelphia First he was involved for a time with issues surrounding financial oversight of Philadelphia.

Now he is consumed with his History Making Productions and is producing “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment” Read more and watch the lecture, including clips from “Philadelphia: The Great Experiment”

Phobos take the 49th Luther Bowl
Philadelphia Phobos at the 2014 Luther Bowl

Philadelphia Seminary’s Phobosians defended the seminary’s honor on November 1 at Luther Bowl XLIX, the annual inter-seminary event held in Gettysburg. Phobos faced teams from Union and Wartburg (with additions from Southern seminary) on the way to the final competition against Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.

Final score: LTSP 34 – Gettysburg 14!!

Read more and view a slide show of the Phobosians in action…

Fourth Annual Cookin’ with Who? brings the Northwest community together
Cookin' with Who? 2014 chefs

Philadelphia Seminary’s the Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman for the second year in a row proved to be the “People’s Choice” with her recipe for Coca Cola Beef BarBQ Brisket for the Fourth Annual Cookin’ with Who? fundraiser. She was joined in the awards by Mt. Airy community activist Laura Morris Siena, whose vote getting and fundraising skills led to her being awarded the “Mt. Airy Platinum Spatula.”Learn more about the celebrity chefs, view a slide show of the event and watch the chefs’ campaign” videos…

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