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PS Portions – October 2014

PS Portions - October 2014

From the President: Now What?

DavidLose-crop2-webEvery once in a while, someone will share something with you – a story, a recollection, a funny scene – only to conclude by saying, “You really had to be there.”

I feel a little bit like that with regard to the 150th Anniversary celebration. From the time shared with Phil Krey and his family Thursday afternoon to recognize his fifteen years as president and twenty-five years of service to the school, to the service of thanksgiving at the original site of LTSP in downtown Philadelphia, to the gala – and it really was a gala! – banquet filled with moving tributes, prayers, and song (not to mention dinner and dancing!), you really had to be there to take it all in.

In this issue we bring you highlights from the celebration, along with stories about the Urban Theological Institute’s own 34th Celebration, and more. Read more from President Lose…

Celebrating 150 years and a future ‘that God has created and fashioned’

Liturgy of Celebration at Franklin SquareCelebration of the 150th Anniversary of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia began with a liturgy of thanksgiving on Franklin Square, near the site of the seminary’s first building (photo at right,) before processing to the Gala festivities in Center City. We bring you stories on the Gala and other events, including a reception honoring past president Philip Krey, a conversation with ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, and a festive Community Cookout, all starting here…

A stirring UTI 34th Anniversary Lecture and Worship Celebration with Pastor Kevin R. Johnson

The Rev. Dr. Kevin JohnsonLTSP’s Urban Theological Institute celebrated the 34th anniversary of its founding with the 4th Annual Lecture and Worship Celebration on September 27. This year’s lecture and sermon by the Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, the fifth senior pastor of the nationally renowned Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, included a sermon befitting a celebration of God’s steadfast love, a stirring and inspirational message that gave powerful meaning to the Lecture and Worship Celebration. Read more and view videos and photos of the event…

Lazareth Lecturer Larry Rasmussen calls for restoration of a sacred “gut love” of natures

Dr. Larry RasmussenIn a global culture focused on material sufficiency and abundance, often at nature’s expense, is humanity capable of embracing a new form of “creation justice” that restores believers to a deeply pervasive “gut love” of Mother Earth and her remarkable gifts?

That was the focus October 7, 2014,  for the evocative remarks of Dr. Larry L. Rasmussen, ThD, Reinhold Neibuhr Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Read more and watch the lecture, “In the Midst of New Dimensions: From Social Justice to Creation Justice”…

150th Anniversary Keepsakes Now Available!

150th Commemorative Books for sale! ($20): Holiday, graduation, birthday, etc. gift for the LTSP fan in your life! Fundraiser for student scholarships!

Limited edition of 150th Brossman Center giclee prints for sale! ($150) Have a print of the beautiful painting commissioned for Phil Krey! Fundraiser for student scholarships!

Order online here…

 

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