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Spring Convocation 2017 starts today – Welcome alumni and friends!

Welcome LTSP Alumni and Friends!

Spring Convocation 2017

Join us Monday, March 27 – Tuesday, March 28, 2017,
as The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia presents
Spring Convocation 2017: REMEMBRANCE & PROMISE…
scroll down to register – registration with meals is closed – class gifts welcome


Monday evening: Cookout and Social Gathering (children welcome!)

Tuesday Program: Learning Sessions by the Rev. Heidi B. Neumark (MDiv ’82) and the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, plus Eucharist celebrated by the Rev. Dr. Gordon Lathrop, including the Alumni Choir singing a setting of Psalm 23 by Robert Bornemann.

Tuesday evening: Faculty Reception, Class Pictures, and Banquet

New! Be a part of the Alumni Choir singing a setting of Psalm 23 by Robert Bornemann at Tuesday Eucharist. Sign up here.


Monday, March 27, 2017
4:00 pm Registration  LTSP Seminary Choir with Robert BornemannBe part of the Alumni Choir at Spring Convocation 2017!
sign up here
4:15 pm Alumni Choir Rehearsal – Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel
5:00 pm Welcome and Prayer
5:15 pm Cookout (children invited)*
6:00 pm Chapel
6:30 pm Dessert and Games
7:30 pm Informal gatherings (local establishments and/or rooms on campus, Lull Lounge)
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
8:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Registration
9:30 am Welcome and Introductions
9:40 am Hymn Sing
10:00 am Session I – The Rev. Heidi B. Neumark (MDiv ’82)
11:30 am Eucharist – The Rev. Dr. Gordon Lathrop with Alumni Choir singing a setting of Psalm 23 by Robert Bornemann – Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel
1:00 pm Lunch*
2:15 pm Alumni Association Board Annual Meeting including Board Election
3:00 pm Session II – The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes
4:00 pm Reception with the Faculty* – Connector/Krauth Memorial Library Rotunda
5:00 pm Class Pictures/Break
6:00 pm Banquetand Announcement of Distinguished Alumni – Benbow Hall
* included in full registration, or purchase separately — see the registration form
Schedule subject to change.

$100 covers all programs and meals (housing additional) OR choose your own package.

Questions? Contact Kathie Afflerbach, or 215.248.6324.


About the Presenters

Per. Heidi NeumarkThe Rev. Heidi B. Neumark (MDiv ’82)

The Rev. Heidi B. Neumark (MDiv ’82) is an author, speaker, and Lutheran pastor in New York City. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed book Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx, which won the 2004 Wilbur Award given by the Religion Communicators Council, and Hidden Inheritance: Family Secrets, Memory and Faith (Abingdon, 2015), in which she shares her journey of discovering her Jewish heritage and her grandfather’s death in a concentration camp. “Within months of my discovery, I began a journey that took me to Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Brazil and a Passover table in Los Angeles with some newfound second cousins.”

Pastor Neumark has chapters and sermons in numerous other books, and writes regularly for The Christian Century and other journals. Pr. Neumark also serves as the executive director of a shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth. She holds an honorary doctorate of divinity from Muhlenberg College.

The Rev. Dr. James ForbesThe Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes

Senior Minister Emeritus of the Riverside Church in the City of New York, the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., is a noted speaker, preacher, and teacher. Pastor Forbes was named one of the 12 “most effective preachers” in the English-speaking world by Newsweek magazine. He is the president and founder of the Healing of the Nations Foundation, a national and global ministry for spiritual renewal and holistic health. Pr. Forbes was preacher and lecturer at the Urban Theological Institute’s 35th Anniversary Celebration.

The Rev. Dr. Gordon Lathrop

The Rev. Dr. Gordon LathropThe Rev. Dr. Gordon W. Lathrop is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Professor of Liturgy emeritus at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Born in 1939 and educated in Los Angeles, California (Occidental College), St. Paul, Minnesota (Luther Seminary), and Nijmegen, the Netherlands (the Catholic University of Nijmegen), from 1969-1984 he was parish pastor in Darlington, Wisconsin, campus pastor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and seminary chaplain at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. After teaching at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia from 1984-2004, he was named Professor of Liturgy Emeritus. From 2006-2012, he was Visiting Professor of Liturgical Studies at Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music. In recent years he has taught courses at the St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, and Virginia Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology (Fortress 1993), Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology (Fortress 1999), Holy Ground: A Liturgical Cosmology (Fortress 2003), The Pastor: A Spirituality (Fortress 2006), and The Four Gospels on Sunday: The New Testament and the Reform of Christian Worship (Fortress 2012). In 1985, he was the President of the North American Academy of Liturgy. In 1994, 1995 and 1997, he was a participant in international Faith and Order meetings on Worship and Christian Unity. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate in theology from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and from 2011 until 2013 he was President of Societas Liturgica, the international society of scholars in liturgy. He lives now in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Dr. Gail Ramshaw, a scholar of liturgical language and Professor Emerita of religion at La Salle University. Their children and grandchildren live all over the United States.

Dr. Lathrop continues to write and teach. His research interests are especially focused on bible and liturgy, liturgical theology, and liturgy and ecumenism.

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