United We Stand. United We Pray.
On June 30, 2017, both The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg marked the end of their respective communities with prayers, sadness, mourning, memories, reflection, and fellowship. The very next day, the communities consolidated to become United Lutheran Seminary — One Seminary, Two Campuses.
Speaking to many who attended these events, the words emotional, loss, ending, past, sadness, and history, often came up. But so did words like birth, community, share, blessing, journey, festive, joy, and pray. These are honest heartfelt words from both communities expressing raw emotions but also expectations of a hopeful future — together. So, indeed, we now stand United. But more importantly, United we pray — for our returning and new students (the largest incoming student body in a number of years), for peace in the world, for guidance, for ULS staff and faculty; the whole church in the world, and for United Lutheran Seminary — the newest graduate and professional school in theological education with the deepest roots.
Thanks be to God!