Spring Convocation 2013

Spring Convocation 2013!

Spring Convocation - April 30-May 1, 2013
“Living out the Legacy of our Dynamic Past”

Convocation was a great event -
photos, recordings and stories coming soon.

Who are we called to be? How will we embody the faith and courage of our ancestors? How will we serve a new and changing world, longing for hope? We must ask these questions and must ask them with purpose — with mission in our bones, with the call of God ringing in our ears. As The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) celebrates 150 years of training leaders, we pause to reflect on what God has done. What are our roots? How have our mistakes and scars informed us? What have been our most significant contributions? But these questions are not simply reminiscent, nor are they particular to the history of LTSP. They are the questions that every leader, every ministry, every congregation must ask.

Spring Convocation featureed reflections on this theme by the Rev. Dr. James Echols, Director for Theological Resources and Networks, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgy, LTSP. In addition to Dr. Echols and Dr. Carvalhaes, three congregational pastors who are living these changes in their daily ministry responded to Drs. Echols and Carvalhaes, and lead us in thinking about our own contexts for ministry.

The Rev. Dr. James EcholsThe Rev. Dr. James Echols, Director for Theological Resources and Networks, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Echols received a BA from Temple University and an MDiv from LTSP. He continued his studies at Yale, earning his MA, MPhil, and PhD in the history of Christianity. He joined the LTSP faculty in 1982, teaching American Church History. Dr. Echols served as the Academic Dean at LTSP from 1991-1997, and as President of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago from 1997-2011. 

The Rev. Dr. Claudio CarvalhaesThe Rev. Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes, Associate Professor of Liturgy, LTSP.  Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Carvalhaes is a liturgist, theologian, writer, artist, and activist. He did his theological studies at the Independent Presbyterian Theological Seminary in São Paulo, Brazil, and holds a master’s degree in Theology and Literature from Methodist University’s Ecumenical Institute of the Graduate School of Religion in São Paulo. He studied ecumenism in Switzerland at the World Council of Churches and did his doctoral studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  A pastor of the Presbyterian Church USA, he served two churches, one in the outskirts of São Paulo with poor people, and one in Fall River, MA, with an immigrant community for ten years.