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PS Portions

PS Portions – Spring 2017

PS Portions for March 2017

Spring 2017


President David Lose

Ready, Set, Launch

They don’t often televise rocket launches anymore. I suppose they are too commonplace. But I am just old enough to remember the last couple of launches of the Apollo space program that sent astronauts to the moon and the excitement generated as the voice from Mission Control counted down, “10, 9, 8, 7… 3, 2, 1, Ignition, Blast off!”

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

ULS President-elect Latini

ULS President-elect Latini Meets and Greets

United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) President-elect Theresa Latini visited the LTSP campus to meet with students, staff, and faculty. After being introduced and providing background information about herself, Dr. Latini fielded questions from the community. Inquiries ranged from “Do you play tabletop games and what is your experience with Settlers of Catan?” to “How welcoming and open are you, and are you a safe person for us?”

Read more, view a slide show from the event, and watch Dr. Wayne Croft reflect on the work of the search committee…

Remembering Fred Borsch

Remembering Fred Borsch

Members of the seminary community share their remembrances of The Rt. Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch, professor, colleague, and friend to many in the community. Dr. Borsch, known to many as simply “Fred,” died early on April 11, 2017, from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of leukemia. He was 81 years old. Read their remembrances and watch videos and a slide show from his time at LTSP.

Watch videos and read remembrances about Fred Borsch…

Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft

Academy and Pulpit: Pastor and LTSP Professor the Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft

Believing that being both in the classroom and the pulpit is necessary for a seminary professor, the Reverend Wayne E. Croft Sr., DMin, PhD, the Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies at LTSP also serves as Senior Pastor of the St. Paul’s Baptist Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Dr. Croft talks about his work as professor and pastor, and his work in the community. Dr. Croft is being recognized this summer by the American Baptist Churches with the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace and Justice Award for outstanding work for peace and justice.

Learn more about Dr. Croft and his work in the congregation and the classroom…

Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff

Public Witness through Interfaith Understanding: The Rev. Nicole Diroff

LTSP alumna the Rev. Nicole Diroff’s faith journey has led her to the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, where she serves as Associate Executive. Pr Diroff talks about her work, and about the Interfaith Center’s Inter-Seminary Initiative. The initiative brought Interfaith Youth Core founder Eboo Patel to the LTSP campus for conversation, and seminarians share their reflections on the event.

Watch Pr. Diroff tell about her journey and the work of the Interfaith Center…

Spring Convocation 2017 - recap

Spring Convocation 2017 – REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE…

LTSP welcomed alumni and friends to the last Spring Convocation of the Philadelphia seminary on Monday and Tuesday, March 27 and 28, 2017, for “Remembrance and Promise,” both a celebration of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and a look toward the promise of United Lutheran Seminary. We’re collected photos and videos from the convocation.

Watch videos and view slide shows of the Convocation events…

Class Notes

Read this issue’s Class Notes with updates from the Rev. Melvin Hammer and the Rev. Carl W. Ames, plus the Rev. Thomas Richter shares stories about climate change and ministry in Alaska, and an opportunity to share your LTSP stories.

LTSP Notes

In this issue’s LTSP Notes, a Louisville Institute-funded project by retired Professor Richard Stewart and an update from Luther D. Reed Professor J. Paul Rajashekar.

As The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia closes its final year before becoming part of the new United Lutheran Seminary, we could like to share your memories as well as your ministry stories in the remaining issues of PS Portions. Please share using our online form here.

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