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PS Portions – October 2014

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm.

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.

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From the President – Now What?

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 8:00 am.

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.

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

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:58 am.

150liturgy-150hPerhaps the spirit and richness of the seminary’s 150th Anniversary Gala Banquet Celebration and the milestone it symbolized was best addressed in the remarks of its 12th president, the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, as the evening at the Ballroom at the Ben, 9th and Chestnut Streets, not far from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Center City birthplace, came to a close. Read Dr. Lose’s comments, along with keynote speaker ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and others, and view photo galleries from the Liturgy of Thanksgiving at Franklin Square and the reception and banquet at the Ben…

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Tribute to Philip Krey ends with ‘one more thing…’

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:56 am.

The Rev. Dr. Philip KreyIt was an event, a tribute to the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, retired president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), that ran a bit long. But nobody seemed to mind.

The tribute took place in a packed Benbow Hall of The Brossman Learning Center, a structure on the footprint of the seminary’s “Old Dorm” that was a construction highlight of Krey’s 15-year tenure as LTSP’s president. Fittingly, he was presented a unique painting of the structure rendered by local artist Clarissa Shanahan.

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Watch: A conversation with Bishop Eaton

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:54 am.

“What does God’s justice really look like?” and “Where is the Lutheran church (ELCA) these days in getting churches to “look like” the American population as a whole — in terms of people of color? How is the church working to discover and train qualified people of color for future leadership?” were just two of the questions raised at the Conversation with ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton. Read more, watch a video of the conversation, and view a slide show from the event…

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Community Cookout closes 150th Anniversary Celebration Events

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:52 am.

LTSP 150th Community Cookout!The celebration of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s 150th Anniversary events concluded with a Community Cookout. Students, faculty, alumni, staff, and members of the wider seminary and Northwest Philadelphia/Mt. Airy community celebrated with food including burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers grilled by seminarians, and special beer brewed for the Anniversary Celebration by Mt. Airy’s Earth Bread + Brewery. View the slide show from the event…

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

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:51 am.

The Rev. Dr. Kevin JohnsonIt was 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 marking the 34th anniversary of the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). The Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, the fifth senior pastor of the nationally renowned Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia, was both lecturer and preacher for the anniversary day.

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

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:50 am.

In 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 and one-time St. John’s Visiting Professor at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).

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Class Notes – October 2014

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:48 am.

Pastor Marc Stutzel, Certificate 2011, Pastor, Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake, NJ After completing my Lutheran year at LTSP in 2011, also my first year of my MDiv, I graduated cum laude from General Theological Seminary in 2014, and was called as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey on September […]

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LTSP Notes – October 2014

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 7:46 am.

Dr. Jon Pahl, Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor in the History of Christianity and Director of MA Programs Jon Pahl traveled to Israel/Palestine with a contingent of Philadelphia religious leaders, including Bishop Claire Burkat, Pastor Pat Davenport, and Pastor Ellen Meissgeier, where he met up in Jerusalem (and at the Jordan River – where […]

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Prospective Student Day: Saturday, Nov. 8

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm.

Interested in degree programs (MDiv, MAR, MAPL, DMin, STM, PhD), certificate programs, or lay theological educational programs? Join us at the next Prospective Student Day! Prospective Student Day is designed to inform prospective students on the educational programs offered as well as financial aid and admission processes, and more. Meet others feeling called to theological learning! Learn more and register here…

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‘Human Rights in Philadelphia’: October 21 Convocation with financier/producer Sam Katz

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 10, 2014 at 11:11 am.

Join us for remarks by lifelong Philadelphian and former mayoral and gubernatorial candidate turned documentary producer Sam Katz for the October 21 convocation – 11:30 in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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150th Anniversary events: Celebratory Community Cookout begins at 5 pm!

Posted by James on October 6, 2014 at 5:24 pm.

Join us for the final 150th Anniversary Celebratory Community Cookout – today at 5:00 pm.

Learn more and join us for this free event – open to the entire community!

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PS Portions – October 4 Anniversary Edition

Posted by LTSP Communications on October 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm.

October 4, 2014 marks the 150th Anniversary of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. On this date 150 years ago, the first professors of the new seminary were formally installed in a ceremony at St. John’s Church on Race Street, Philadelphia. In this special issue of PS Portions, we look back and look forward, and introduce the Commemorative Issue of PS, the magazine of Philadelphia Seminary. Thanks be to God! See the latest issue…

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From the President – Moving Forward in Faith

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:30 am.

DavidLose-crop2-webA little later this month, we’ll have an opportunity as a community to give God thanks for the 150-year history and legacy of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) with a special Liturgy of Thanksgiving at the original site of the seminary and at a Gala Banquet that evening in downtown Philadelphia. We will have a chance to recall and recognize some of the important contributions the seminary has made over this century-and-a-half as it has faithfully educated more than 5,000 public leaders for a public church. I can’t wait, as I’m sure it will be a wonderful night, and I hope you are planning to attend also.

In this issue, we hear from Student Body President Justin Lingenfelter and his thoughts on the school, on its 150th anniversary and moving forward. We invite you to join me in conversation on the future of the church – and what kind of seminary we need to be. And we give you the Commemorative Issue of PS Magazine – Looking Forward in Faith. Read more…

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Student Body President ‘excited’ about 150th gala and ‘moving forward in faith’

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:15 am.

Justin LingenfelterStudent Body President Justin Lingenfelter, an LTSP middler, exudes energy and enthusiasm when he looks forward to being part of the 150th anniversary celebration October 16.

He says he is excited “not only to celebrate where we have been and where we are now but also to be looking ahead toward what is next. I think the celebration is setting just the right tone by moving forward. That is part of our legacy and that is very cool.”

Read more of Justin’s thoughts on the seminary, today and is we move forward in faith, and watch an extended interview…

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Class Notes – September-October 2014

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 10:05 am.

The Rev. Peter A. Pettit, PhD, MDiv 1980, Director, Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Associate Professor of Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA Just celebrated 15 years at IJCU, as it celebrated 25 years at Muhlenberg! Devoting lots of time to co-directing New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel, an education project of the College with the […]

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LTSP Notes – September-October 2014

Posted by James on at 10:00 am.

The Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, Associate Professor of Homiletics; Director of United Methodist Studies September 21 – Attended the People’s Climate March in NYC with 400,000 other persons interested in issues related to the climate and sustaining Mother Earth. September 23-25 – Moderating one session and presenting at an event for the General Board of […]

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