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Welcome alumni and friends: Spring Convocation 2015!

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 12, 2015 at 4:25 pm.

Explore how leaders in the church are both challenged and blessed by the edges we encounter at Spring Convocation 2015. Join us Tuesday, April 28, 2015 on the LTSP campus!
HIGHLIGHTS: Tuesday Program: learning sessions by President David Lose and Pastor Leila Ortiz, LTSP PhD Candidate, plus “Worshipping on the Edge” by the Rev. Kevin Strickland, Director of Worship, ELCA. Tuesday evening: faculty reception; Easter Vespers worship and dedication of the Bornemann Harpsichord; the annual Banquet with presentation of Distinguished Alumni Awards and “State of the Seminary” address by President Lose.

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PS Portions – March 2015

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 11, 2015 at 8:59 am.

From the President – Metanoia Metanoia. It is one of the key terms of Lent. We often translate it as repentance, changing one’s behavior in response to spiritual conversion. But it might also be translated as a turning around, a significant change in one’s attitude and perspective that leads to a different way of doing […]

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Breaking News! LTSP and Diakon receive more than $14 million bequest

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 8:59 am.

Bequest will be split evenly between organizations
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) today, March 11, 2015, jointly announced the receipt of a more than $14.5 million bequest that will be split evenly between the two organizations.
The bequests of over $7.2 million to each organization were made by the late Helen Nicholson Palmer of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, who passed away in December 2012. Her husband, Frank R. Palmer, who died in 1992, was the former president and CEO of Carpenter Technology Corp., also of Wyomissing.

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From the President – Metanoia

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:43 am.

Metanoia. It is one of the key terms of Lent. We often translate it as repentance, changing one’s behavior in response to spiritual conversion. But it might also be translated as a turning around, a significant change in one’s attitude and perspective that leads to a different way of doing things.

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The challenges of restoring Peter Muhlenberg’s 240-year old robe

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:38 am.

Once she restored the Masonic apron belonging to George Washington and the Masonic sash owned by Benjamin Franklin. Textile conservator Nancy Love also recently fashioned an African American History Museum exhibit featuring about 40 costumes worn by the 1950s and 1960s rock singing sensations the Supremes.
For the past two years, she has been thinking about and working on the restoration of an estimated 240-year-old preaching robe worn by Peter Muhlenberg, the son of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, often referred to as the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in North America.

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Why Turkey is at a Turning Point, Why American Christians Should Care, and What You Can Do

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:22 am.

With ISIS and terrorist killings in the news, it’s important to lift up the stories of the vast majority of peace-loving Muslims around the world.

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Church in the New England Snow

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 1:03 am.

It is no secret that New England has been continuously covered with snow this winter. As snow banks piled up to form mountain ranges and the snow in our yards rising to meet the window ledges — and another snowstorm seeming to appear in every weather forecast — many churches in New England have been called on to get creative with worship services to reach their communities. St. Mark Lutheran Church, Norwich, Connecticut, has also had to adapt ministry as a result of unceasing snow.

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Lenten Reflection: Bringing “church” to the public square in New York City

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:46 am.

A young woman emerged from the Union Square subway station and spotted our large sign: “Ashes and Prayer.” Dressed in an expensive looking coat and scarf, walking with purpose and confidence, it seemed like she had it all together. She came over to us and asked, “Really? Can I get ashes right here and now?” I said, “Yes. And we would also like to pray for you.” We exchanged first names. Then I asked what we could lift to God in prayer on her behalf. Her face dramatically changed expression as she bowed her head toward the ground and quietly said, “I’m flying home tomorrow … to bury my younger sister.”

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March 2015 LTSP Notes

Posted by LTSP Communications on at 12:25 am.

The Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dean of the Seminary; H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures; Director, Multicultural Mission Resource Center Dean Sebastian attended an international conference at the Tantur Institute of Ecumenical Studies in Jerusalem on “Tantur and the Future of Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue” between January 8th – 11th, 2015, at […]

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March 2015 Class Notes

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 10, 2015 at 11:58 pm.

The Rev. Steven Jensen (MDiv 1973), U.S. Navy Chaplain (Retired) Dr. N. Fred Nelson and new wife Robin are in Hawai’i for their honeymoon. I’m Fred’s daughter Erika ‘s godfather and performed her wedding 20 years ago. First met him at Gettysburg for summer concentrated Greek class in 1969. Tis estin houtos? Sending one of […]

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Alumnus John Steinbruck has died

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 6, 2015 at 3:04 pm.

Remembered as a community organizer and seeker of justice, John Steinbruck “was an outstanding example of all that is right and possible in public theology,” noted LTSP Charles A. Scheiren Professor of Church and Society the Rev. Dr. Katie Day. “He ‘walked his talk and talked his walk’ consistently and without compromise.” Click Learn More for service details.

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PBS History Detectives: The Muhlenberg Robe

Posted by LTSP Communications on March 3, 2015 at 7:56 pm.

An artifact – a pastor’s robe – from the historical collection of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is one of the “cases” investigated by PBS television’s History Detectives. The episode aired on Monday, July 23, 2007 at 9:00 pm PBS stations. Detectives investigator Elyse Luray and a camera crew from series co-producer Lion Television […]

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