Tuesday, September 02, 2014

PS Portions - the Back to School 2014 Issue

PS Portions Back to School

From the President: The First Day of School

LTSP President David Lose
I've always loved the first day of school. The excitement of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The mystery of entering into a new classroom and having a new teacher. The sheer "newness" of back-to-school clothes, fresh textbooks, and crisp, clean pieces of paper just waiting to be written on. I think that's what I loved best about the first day of school - it represented a new year filled with unlimited possibilities.In this issue you'll find other things new. You'll read about two of the first students in the MDiv Co-operative Model Program, about the new "Lutheran Confessions 2015," about a recent graduate in a new adventure in ministry, and the events which started this new - 150th Anniversary - year. Read more from President Lose...

The MDiv Co-operative Model - Two different paths to a different way to prepare for ministry

Jeanette and Diogenes
Jeanette Surita-Vazquetelles, a new Philadelphia Seminary (LTSP) MDiv Co-op student, and her husband, Diogenes, keep bumping into people who change their lives. Jeanette, a fashion designer from the Bronx, New York, first felt a call to ministry during first communion classes in a Roman Catholic parish. "It was a poor neighborhood, and the nuns were very strict, but I enjoyed the curriculum because it was all about Jesus. I wanted to become a nun and show others all about the love of Jesus, but my family told me I was too young to become a nun." Today, both are at LTSP, called via "coincidences..."

Seminarian Alex ZuberAlex Zuber, a new Philadelphia Seminary (LTSP) Master of Divinity - Co-operative Model (Co-op) student, once thought he wanted to become a physician. A resident of Roanoke, Virginia, Zuber was majoring in public health education at James Madison University, intent on specializing in pediatric cardiology. "It didn't take long for me to figure out I wasn't cut out to be a doctor," Zuber explained. "I began to discover that relating to patients would be the best part, rather than the actual practice of medicine." Now, Alex is looking forward to Urban/Rural Settings...

A year in Hungary with Young Adults in Global Mission

YAGM Group to Hungary
LTSP alumnus Dan Purtell (MAPL 2014) set out in August for a year of learning and service as part of the Young Adults in Global Mission Program of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). He was deployed to Hungary for the year long mission experience, and will return to the United States in July 2015. He is sharing his year in ministry and adventure through a just-started blog. Read more about Dan's story...

Team-teaching the Lutheran Confessions

Professors Krueger. Luther and Rivera
The idea first surfaced at an area meeting of the faculty last fall. Under consideration was the strategy for teaching the Lutheran Confessions in the spring semester of 2015 following the retirement of Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, a renowned teacher of the Confessions at Philadelphia Seminary (LTSP). Dr. Karl Krueger, director of the Krauth Memorial Library and Professor of the History of Christianity at the LTSP, turned to Dr. Nelson Rivera, an associate professor of Systematic Theology, and said, "Why don't we try teaching the course together? I'll do the part on Reformation History and you can lead the class in theological discussions." The idea clicked. The team-teaching approach at the seminary is anything but novel, but to hear the two professors talk, the class promises to be distinctive. Read more about Lutheran Confessions 2015...

Inspirational messages mark opening of the 150th Academic Year

President David Lose
The opening week of the seminary's 150th anniversary year featured an inspirational sermon August 25 on the importance of "community" and a welcome and sermon with a leadership focus from the school's new president, the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose. A historical highlight was the August 25 opening convocation depiction of the seminary's early history by the Rev. Dr. Karl Krueger, Professor of the History of Christianity and Director of the Krauth Memorial Library. "What has made this seminary work through history is that it is made up of a collection of individuals with a common goal," said the Rev. Dr. Katie Day in her message, part of the opening day Service of the Word in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Memorial Chapel. Learn more, watch videos and view a slide show of the week's activities...

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Friend of the seminary Dorothea Henry has died

Dorothea Henry (Legacy.com)Dorothea (Dottie) W. Henry, 82, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, a good friend of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Funeral services were held at 11 am Saturday, August 2 from St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Route 118, Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township.

Along with her husband Frank, Dottie was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity at the seminary's May 2008 commencement. Members of St. Paul's, the Henrys have focused much of their charitable work on educational, healthcare and general interest projects in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. At the seminary, they have donated Henry Family Hall in the seminary’s Brossman Learning Center in thanksgiving for their relationship to three LTSP alumni. They also donated a notable collection of Bibles that have been displayed in Brossman’s Exhibition Room.

Frank and Dottie Henry at the 2008 commencement with President Krey
Frank and Dottie Henry at the 2008
commencement with President Kre
LTSP President the Rev. Dr. Philip Krey noted that Dottie Henry served on the board of trustees of Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries and predecessor bodies, and that Frank is a member of LTSP's President's Council. The Henrys were always among those Dr. Krey visited on trips to Florida to call on seminary alumni and friends, and he recalled Dottie Henry as "a model of leadership in every way."

Read more in the obituary supplied by Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home and Diakon Lutheran Social Services
Dorothea (Dottie) W. Henry, 82, of Dallas passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

Born in Aurora, IL, Dottie was the daughter of the late Eduard and Eleonora Mohr Wichmann. She was a graduate of Wauwatosa High School, Wauwatosa, WI, and Ripon College, Ripon, WI.

Before moving to the Wyoming Valley of Pennsylvania in 1960, she was employed as a social worker by the Lutheran Welfare Service, Milwaukee, WI. Dottie was a member and past president of the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital Auxiliary, as well as a member of the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center Auxiliary and a chairwoman of the Geisinger Gala. She was a board member and past president of the American Cancer Society, Wyoming Valley Unit; sustaining member and past president of the Junior League of Wilkes-Barre; former board member of Heritage House, College Misericordia, and a member of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania's Advisory Board. Dottie was a member of the Thursday Club and active with the Salvation Army.

An avid golfer, Dottie was a member of the Wyoming Valley Country Club and a past Women's Club champion. She traveled extensively with "The TOADS," Twenty-fifth Overseas Anniversary Delegation, a group of her best friends that traveled the world together.

Dottie was a former Sunday school teacher at St. John's Lutheran Church, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and a board member of Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Dallas, PA, and its choir.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her parents, was a sister, Edette Brockman.

Surviving are husband of 58 years, Frank M. Henry, Dallas, PA; daughter, Marjorie H. Marquart, also of Dallas; sons, Frank M. Henry Jr., Philadelphia, PA; and Scott E. Henry and wife, MaryJane D. Henry, Shavertown, PA; grandchildren, Brigitte Henry, Scott M. Henry, John Henry and Jane Henry; Samantha Marquart and Olivia Marquart; Lauren Henry, Frank M. Henry III, Kirk Fry and their mother, Wendy Henry; three nieces and a nephew.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday from St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Route 118, Dallas, PA 18612. The Rev. Lynn H. Rothrock officiated. Interment was in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

The family would like to thank Jim Considine for his continued support and care over the last 20 years. They would also like to thank Geisinger Medical Systems.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 474 Yalick Road, Dallas, PA 18612; The American Cancer Society , 71 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701; or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown. - See more online here. (portrait photo from Legacy.com)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PS Portions - July 2014

PS Portions - July 2014

A Taste of Seminary Happenings - July 2014

From the President: Then, Now, and Moving Forward in Faith  

President Philip KreyThis issue of PS Portions features two intriguing articles. 

History of any institution is often easily forgotten. Retired US Navy Chaplain Steve Jensen '73 offers a remarkable glimpse into the "then" that comprises the early 1970s life on the campus, ranging from memories (and pranks) from the Old Dorm to a perspective on the Vietnam era's impact on the campus. 

Prison ministry is not a new kind of initiative across the church. In decades past, Lutheran Pastor John Parkinson served impressively in this area of ministry. Today, Ed Neiderheiser is a Lutheran Chaplain serving at Graterford. A profile on Linda Manson, a current LTSP student, explores her "now" contemporary approach as a mission developer/redeveloper for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in establishing Living Gospel Ministries, an outreach to furnish vital resources and encouragement to everyone connected with the criminal justice system. Read more from President Krey...

Alumnus Steve Jensen '73: Vivid memories of seminary and life as a Navy Chaplain

Chaplain Steve Jensen One of the most vivid memories from Chaplain Steven Jensen's seminary days took place off campus.

Albany, New York, native Jensen '73 (USN ret.) was serving as a seminary intern at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and fulfilling a once-a-week reserve military responsibility to journey to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. On a fateful Tuesday the Marine Chaplain's office where he was assigned received an emergency phone call for help from Philadelphia International Airport.  Read about Chaplain Jensen's story, his call, his service, and more...

LTSP student Linda Manson focuses on criminal justice ministry 

Linda MansonLinda Manson, ready to embark on her last year at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), remembers being instilled in her youth with the critical importance of ministering to "the least of these." 

No wonder for more than 30 years Manson has been called to prison ministry - for many years as a volunteer visitor and mentor, then as a life skills education coach and re-entry specialist for the Pennsylvania Prison Society at Broad and Vine Streets in Philadelphia. Despite terrific satisfaction she derived from teaching soon-to-be ex-offenders about topics like job skills and readiness, finding job opportunities for inmates nearing release, developing programming and mentoring lifers at Graterford, to name a few responsibilities, she felt a spiritual component was missing in her professional life. Read more about Linda's story...

Check out the new Ltsp.edu!  

Ltsp.edu new home pageLtsp.edu has a new look, a new feel, and new features! The new version of the website, which went live with a "soft introduction earlier in the month, incorporates the latest in web design, making it friendly to computers and portable devices. The content has been reorganized, and the home page now offers a changing selection of content on the site - giving a glimpse of what's available. Learn more about the new Ltsp.edu...

In July's Class Notes: The Lutheran Continued Influence on a Baptist Preacher, a reflection from UTI alumnus the Rev. Khalfani Drummer (MDiv 1998), a new call for the Rev. Bill Peterson (MDiv 2010), the death of the Rev. Gregory Peter Dzwonczyk (MDiv), and notes on the Rev. John Deisinger, the Rev. Joe Irvin, the Rev. Rick Summy, the Rev. Al Martin, the Rev. Emily Hartner, the Rev. Julie Recher, and the Rev. Becca Middeke-Conlin 

This month's LTSP Notes include a note from Krauth Memorial Library Public Services Assistant Sharon Baker, who has updated a list of LTSP alumni from the first commencement in 1864 through the 150th class, and Dr. Jon Pahl notes his cover story contribution to the July 2014 issue of The Lutheran, "The New Inequality: Our Lutheran Vocation."

Thursday, June 19, 2014

PS Portions for June 2014

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A Taste of Seminary Happenings

June 2014

From the President: The 150th Anniversary celebration continues - and looking toward the future
President Philip KreyWe have many things to celebrate this month! The 150th Commencement was a festive and celebratory event, highlighted by the address by past ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson. The Asian Theological Institute celebrated the 8th annual event for Asian and Asian American scholars and faculty mentors. And the celebration continues as we approach the coming academic year with a robust entering class, and the excitement of Oxtober's 150th Gala Banquet and Celebration events. Read more...
The 150th Commencement
Commencement is always a time of celebration and festivity, and the 150th was a special event highlighted by the awarding of certificates and degrees to 65 graduates, stirring remarks from former ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson - who was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity - and reflections about Peter J. L. Perella, LTSP alumnus and STM student who died during the spring semester. Read details about the 150th Commencement, view photo galleries of the event and graduates, along with a list of the certificate and degree recipients, and watch video highlights...
The 2014 Co-Presidents reflect
2014 Co-presidents Laura Tancredi and Karen Sease
The commencement reflections of Co-Presidents of the Class of 2014, Laura Tancredi and Karen Sease, offer insights regarding campus life...
    So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom (Psalm 90:12) informs their reflections. Read more...
David Lose: The LTSP president-elect recalls his seminary days, his journey that is leading him back to his alma mater, and some early thoughts on the future 
LTSP President-Elect David Lose
Minutes after he was named President Elect of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, the Rev. Dr. David Lose, a seminary alumnus, reacted to the unanimous recommendation of the Trustees to appoint him.
    "For a moment I was absolutely speechless," he said. "...It is an incredible honor ... humbling, daunting ... to consider the challenges and opportunities ahead and to discern with others the vision God has for this place. I am so grateful that all of my experiences have come together to make this opportunity possible. And I can't wait to address those challenges and opportunities."
Asian Theological Summer Institute Returns to LTSP for the 8th Year
ATSI 2014
Nineteen Asians/Asian Americans scholars who are focused on theological education at the PhD and ThD level joined seven faculty mentors for the eighth Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI), May 27-31, 2014, sponsored by The Lutheran Theological Seminary and supported by Henry Luce Foundation. The Institute functions as a doctoral seminar, allowing participants to test doctoral proposals/projects in the company of guest professors and scholars serving as mentors.
A senior gift for seminarians to follow, and a tradition continues
Prof. Karyn Wiseman strikes a Muhlenberg pose
This month, two photo collections to share from life at LTSP:
  • The 2014 senior gift was something for their colleagues to use - a clean up and spruce up of Wiedemann basement
  • Old Trappe Church shared its place in the legacy of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg and allowed seminarians to follow in the footsteps of the "founder of American Lutheranism" for a day of learning, worship, discovery - and a measure of fun. 

Check out this month's
Class Notes
, with the latest on LTSP's alumni and friends. Stories include alumnus the Rev. Dr. Martin Lohrmann joining Wartburg Seminary faculty. You're an important part of Class Notes - we welcome you to share your own stories! 
This month's LTSP Notes includes notes on Professors Nelson Rivera, Karyn Wiseman and Michael Krentz.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Calling all Pastors, Congregational Leaders, and Synod Staff to Co-op Model Information Night

Calling all Pastors, Congregational Leaders, and Synod Staff:
You are invited to attend The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Master of Divinity Co-operative Model (Co-op) Information Night on Tuesday, June 24, at 6:30 pm in Benbow Hall on the seminary campus.
  • Eat & Drink: enjoy wine and a light meal on us!
  • Learn: about the new, exciting, ground-breaking Co-op program, and how Co-op benefits congregations which work in partnership with Co-op students.
  • Engage: with faculty and staff!
Co-op engages a seminarian in concurrent seminary study (full time) and learning/work (part time) in a congregation. Congregations receive consistent, part time leadership for three full years, and seminarians enter ministry with significant congregational experience and little or no seminary debt. More information about the program may be found at Ltsp.edu/Co-op.
If you plan to attend this informative and fun event, contact me at djordon@Ltsp.edu or 215.248.6272.

Hope to see you June 24!

The Rev. David Jordon
Director of MDiv Co-operative Model

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The 150th Commencement

The 150th Commencement

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The 150th Commencement: Seminary awards certificates, degrees to 65 members of the class of 2014
Remarks by former ELCA Presiding Bishop and reflections about Peter J. L. Perella among many highlights

Sixty-five seminarians were awarded certificates or degrees during the 150th commencement exercises of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, held May 20 , 2014 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, PA.
"Selfie" moment with Prof. Cláudio Carvalhaes and commencement speaker the Rev. Mark HansonThe ceremonies, clearly a highlight of the school’s 150th anniversary year, featured stirring remarks from the Rev. Dr. Mark Hanson, immediate past presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the seminary’s parent denomination. Hanson and the Rev. Claire Burkat, bishop of the ELCA’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and an alumna and trustee of the seminary, offered tributes to the Rev. Dr. Philip D. W. Krey, who ends his 15-year tenure as the seminary’s president at the end of August.
President Philip KreyIn welcoming remarks, Krey praised the graduates, calling them “wise and courageous leaders…who have already distinguished themselves as leaders in the church.” He acknowledged the service of two faculty members, the Rev. Dr. Wil C.M. Gafney and the Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, who have received calls to teach at other seminaries. And he expressed his delight at the presence of Hanson, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree during the ceremonies. Krey termed Hanson a “public leader for a public church,” acknowledging him as an “unflagging advocate” for many causes, and expressed gratitude for his “enormously generous support” for the costly enterprise of theological education. Hanson served nearly 12 years a Presiding Bishop. During his term as presiding bishop, he was elected president of the Lutheran World Federation, and traveling widely in that role. His wife, Ione, was a guest at the ceremonies.
Kathryn Perella with Elizabeth and Cecelia The ceremonies were marked by cheers and applause, but also by moments of sadness. Two graduates were honored posthumously. The late Anthony Eric Bunch was awarded an Urban Theological Institute Certificate of Christian Ministry. The late Rev. Peter J.L. Perella, who succumbed to cancer February 24 at the age of 35, was awarded a Master of Sacred Theology degree that was accepted by his widow, Kathryn, and the couple’s three children, Elizabeth, 8, Cecilia, 6, and Isaac, 2 (at right). A heartwarming tribute and personal reflection about Perella was offered by Hanson, who knew him well in Perella’s service to the denomination. Perella, who was the ELCA’s Director for Worship Formation and Liturgical Resources at the time of his death, oversaw the ministry of word and sacrament on behalf of the presiding bishop, and directed the work of the churchwide worship staff. The tribute brought tears to many in the audience.
Bishop Claire Burkat - center left - introducing speaker Mark Hanson - center rightBurkat introduced Hanson before his remarks, noting his “Lutheran witness has been marked by grace, insight, and sincere faith.”
Hanson congratulated the graduates, also praising the seminary that, despite challenges, “today 150 years later serves as a beacon in a public church, grounded in theology and scripture and in its community.” He called on the audience for a moment of “hooping and hollering” for a great seminary, and the audience readily complied. He also referenced the seminary’s President-Elect David Lose, praising him for his “evangelical and missional imagination.”
Commencement speaker Mark HansonIn his main remarks (some highlights only), Hanson gave the graduates a question to ponder, “What will be the THIS in the this and the that” that marks your lives and ministry? He referenced Mark:8 and the words of Jesus, who asked his disciples “‘who do you say that I am’…The question still stands today.” Hanson in recent weeks had contacted members of the graduating class for their insights on the question, and challenged the audience – on the spot – to address it with those seated with them in the pews. Hanson noted that Lutherans often remain reluctant to proclaim what Jesus means to them in their lives, and urged the graduates “wherever you are serving, whatever you become, to speak openly about this.” He said he believes that some of the exodus and disinterest of younger generations regarding the modern church has come about because there can be more rebuking than proclamation expressed by believers. And some of that rebuking is at the expense “of those in poverty, without jobs and needing food stamps. Those demanding equal education for all are rebuked and told there is not enough money. The migrants who grow our food, clean our cars and take care of our yards are rebuked…”
Commencement speaker Mark HansonAt one point he criticized the mindset of some preachers whose sermons can be marked by “homey platitudes, moral theistic deism, rather than focusing on God’s abundant mercy.” He said some messages “cater to consumer cravings and helping people feel better about their success.” He urged the graduates to resist making themselves their ministry, rather urging them to focus on their parishioners’ “longing to hear stories about Jesus. Point beyond yourselves to what this Jesus Christ as Lord is about. It is Christ present in life’s struggles, extending a radical welcome to all who are out in the world.” He said that Jesus is with people in all their brokenness and suffering, and that God has a profound solidarity with people suffering most in the world.
Hanson also urged the graduates to consider a final question. “Who will speak to you who are being called? Do you believe in God’s grace or don’t you? Who do you wish would speak God’s word of forgiveness to you?” He noted there will be times when the new leaders will wish they had done something they had not accomplished, or would feel they have fallen short.  He said there may be family and friends to call upon at such times, also noting that if the graduates truly believe it, the power and presence of the Holy Spirit can speak to them of forgiveness.
Co-presidents Laura Tancredi and Karen SeaseClass of 2014 co-presidents Laura Tancredi and Karen Sease gave remarks based on the words of Psalm 90, “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts with wisdom.” They cited memories ranging from the ringing of the Krauth Memorial Library clock’s bell to lessons learned in the classroom, noting that each member of their class was on a singular journey, marked sometimes during seminary by death of a loved one, marriage, new relationships, or the birth of a child. They noted the class had arrived as strangers, “but as we look around we see friends, colleagues, and partners in a ministry we share.” And as geographical distance may mark their journeys apart in the future “those relationships will be no less significant.” They noted that, as new patterns will come to mark their days, when their new calls are marked by challenges, they hope to “draw upon the lessons and patterns of seminary…and reach out to each other in support, friendship, and love. We remind each other that the work of the church does not ultimately depend upon us but on God. It is God who created us and redeemed us through death on a cross that will sustain us and the church throughout our ministry. Because of that we need not be afraid to try, to be creative in our work, and sometimes even to fail. We do not number our days in successes and failures, wins and losses, or according to any of the world’s standards. Instead, we number our days according to God’s unending grace and mercy.”
Seminary alumna the Rev. Audrey Moodey, ’88, representing the LTSP Alumni Association, extended “hearty congratulations” to the graduates and urged them to stay connected to each other and to the seminary. “Return for convocations. Stay in touch so that we may celebrate not only the joys of today but the celebrations of your lives to come as you go forth to do God’s work in God’s world.”
As the ceremonies closed, Krey thanked Trinity for hosting the ceremonies and offering a reception to follow in the church’s Hyson Hall. “It has been a wonderful privilege to serve you as president, and we are blessed to have David Lose as my successor. My last act is to summon all of you to our 150th anniversary celebration on October 16.”
Commencement 2014Commencement participants, in addition to Krey, were the Rev. Dr. Jayakiran Sebastian, dean of the seminary, who distributed diplomas and certificates; the Rev. Dr.  Robert Robinson, Anna Burkhalter Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and Interim Faculty Secretary, who called the graduates forward; Gafney, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, who gave the opening prayer; Dr. Michael E. Krentz, Interim Chaplain, Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor, who led music for the occasion; lectors Daniel Purtell, Student Body President, Class of 2014, and Theresa Reese, Class of 2014, and Jay Mitchell, Class of 2014, who was crucifer.
In a moment of personal privilege and testament to scholarly persistence during the awarding of degrees, Krey noted that Master of Arts degree recipient Christine Summy had “begun working toward this degree 15 years ago at the same time I became President.”

Certificate recipients are:

Commencement 2014Urban Theological Institute Certificate of Church Leadership
Barbara M. Blount of Philadelphia, Debra Estella Simpson of Philadelphia, and Emory Ellis of Wyncote, PA
Urban Theological Institute Certificate of Christian Ministry
In addition to the aforementioned Bunch, who lived in Philadelphia:
Nancy L. Alston of Philadelphia, Lisa K. Beckton-Fitch of Philadelphia, Thomas C. Butler, Sr. of Philadelphia, Hazel Elizabeth Carrawell of Philadelphia, Patricia Ann Clark of Philadelphia, Heather Giardinelli Cronan of Merion Station, PA, Barbara Ann Goodson of Philadelphia, Wilberta C. Jackson of Norristown, PA, Yvonne Lytle of Philadelphia, Cynthia Yolanda Stanford of Jeffersonville, PA, Vernell M. Stewart of Philadelphia, Rosa Ellen Thomas of Philadelphia, and Tavio D. Williams of Philadelphia
Certificate of Theological Education for Emerging Ministries
Winston L. Dookram of West Islip, NY
Certificate of Theological Study
Derek William Solberg of Philadelphia (Lutheran Studies)
Advanced Graduate Certificate
Sarah Elizabeth Clausen of Philadelphia, Sharon Faye Fleshman of Philadelphia, Michael Giansiracusa of Palmyra, NJ, and Jennifer Lynn Sweitzer of Absecon, NJ

Degree recipients are:

Group SelfieThe Degree of Master of Arts in Public Leadership
Carilynn Jann Hayes of Woodstock, GA (Honors), and Daniel Ebb Purtell of Hebron, CT
The Degree of Master of Arts in Religion
Caroline Ann Dunleavy of Berwyn, PA, Christine Louise Summy of Wyomissing, PA, and Brent Emerson Haddix of Philadelphia, PA (Honors)
The Degree of Master of Divinity
Karen Warker Bernhardt of Vineland, NJ (Honors), Agnes Glabdomai Bryant-Gbardoe of Trenton, NJ, Ronald Victor Dziuk, Jr., of Downingtown, PA, Daniel Kyle Eisenberg of Pittsburgh, PA (Honors), Joshua Henry Ferris of New Tripoli, PA, (Honors), Dedra Ann Florence-Johnson of Philadelphia (Degree awarded with Black Church Concentration Certificate), Paul Bruce Gibson of Tarpon Springs, FL, Tammy Patricia Harmer of Deptford, NJ, Timothy James Hearn of New York, NY (Degree awarded with Black Church Concentration Certificate), Ian Andrew Hill of Warriors Mark, PA, Douglas Kent Hjelmstad of Philadelphia, Group SelfieEric Malm Johnson of Clinton, NJ (Honors), Jane Larsen McCready of Westfield, NJ, Jay Childs Mitchell of Naugatuck, CT (Degree awarded with Metropolitan/Urban Ministry Concentration Certificate), Julie Grasham Osterhout of Leesport, PA, Theresa Hill Reese of Sicklerville, NJ (Degree awarded with Black Church Concentration Certificate), David Thomas Reppert of Conshohocken, PA (Honors), Chris Allen Rothharpt of Birdsboro, PA, Karen Marie Sease of Columbia, SC (Honors), Ben William Siebert of Celina, OH (Honors), Dominic Sarmue Smyth of Yeadon, PA (Degree awarded with Interfaith Concentration Certificate), Jonathan Ryan Steiner of Lanham, MD, Laura Marie Tancredi of Lansdale, PA (Honors), and Dustin George Wright of Manchester, CT (Honors, Degree awarded with Interfaith Concentration Certificate)
The Degree of Master of Sacred Theology
In parentheses after the name of each candidate is the name of the faculty advisor. In some cases the subject of an STM thesis is noted in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.
STM recipient Guy GlimpGuy L. Glimp of Somerdale, NJ (Dr. David Grafton), Eric Douglas Mull of Brooklyn, NY (Dr. Timothy Wengert), Peter J. L. Perella, formerly of New Baltimore, MI (Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes), Carol Ann Rowehl of Philadelphia (Dr. Storm Swain, thesis title: Adapting Healthcare Chaplaincy to the Veterinary Setting), Nikolaus Satelmajer of Silver Spring, MD (Dr. Timothy Wengert, Degree awarded with Distinction, thesis: A Bold Sixteenth Century Mission: The First New Testaments for Croats, Bosnians, Serbs, Bulgarians and Turks), Alicia Carla Simpson of Philadelphia (Dr. Robert Robinson), Byron Wesley Smith III of Ramsey, NJ (Dr. Jon Pahl), and Duangsuda Sribuaai of Oniangmai, Thailand (Dr. Erik Heen)
The Degree of Doctor of Ministry
In parentheses after the name of each candidate is the name of the candidate’s project supervisor and the subject of the DMin project document submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.
Il Sun Teresa (Sophia) Ko-Davis of East Greenbush, NY (Dr. Storm Swain, subject: Introducing Ancient Models of Spiritual Exercises and Contemplative Prayer in Ecumenical and Diverse Cultural Settings)
DMin recipientsRobert Randall Thomas of Radcliff, KY (Dr. Robert Hughes, subject; Exploring Theodicy in Combat: How to Preach and Minister to Suffering Soldiers)
Stephen Paul Verkouw of Lancaster, PA (Dr. Richard Stewart, subject: From Pasture to Well: Facing Demographic Challenge and Developing Missional Identity in an Urban Congregation)
The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
In parentheses after the name of each candidate is the name of the candidate’s advisor and the title of the dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.
Shirley S. Guider of Center Valley, PA (Dr. Storm Swain, thesis: Contrapower Sexual Harrassment: Scarring the Sacred Relationship)
Dr. Shirley Guider
Timothy Andrew Leitzke of Philadelphia (Dr. Nelson Rivera, thesis: Kerygma and Anarchy: Bultmann’s Homiletic and Levinas’ Ethic as Partners in a Postmodern Homiletical Theory)
Dr. Timothy Leitzke
Leah Delight Schade of Milton, PA (Dr. John Hoffmeyer, thesis: Preaching and Ecofeminist Theology at the Crossroads: Homiletic Theory and Praxis in Dialogue with a Lutheran Ecofeminist Christology)
Dr. Leah Schade
San No Thuan of Insein, Myanmar (Dr. Paul Rajashekar, thesis: The Lotus and the Cross: A Buddhist-Christian Engagement for Human Dignity and Human Rights in Myanmar)
Dr. San No Thuan

About the commencement speaker and Honorary Doctor of Divinity recipient:

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, known for his evangelical passion and imagination, served nearly 12 years (2001-2013) as presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Prior to that election, he was bishop of the ELCA’s St. Paul Area Synod, having previously served as pastor of three Minnesota congregations. He advocates for the renewal of the church’s preaching and public voice, for the strengthening of ecumenical and inter-religious relationships, and for reconciliation and justice in society, with special attention to those living with poverty and discrimination. A Minneapolis native, pastor Hanson graduated from Augsburg College with a BA in sociology. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and received an MDiv from there in 1972. He also attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in 1979. In 2003 he was elected president of the Lutheran World Federation, and has traveled widely. During his service as presiding bishop, Pastor Hanson received honorary degrees from Augsburg College, Wittenberg University, Grand View University, Capital University, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Susquehanna University, Wartburg College, and The Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration, Madras, India. He is the author of two books, including Faithful yet Changing, The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Books). Pastor Hanson is married to Ione Agrimson, director of social work at Minneapolis and St. Paul Children’s Hospitals prior to moving to Chicago with her husband. The couple has six adult children and four grandchildren.

View a photo gallery of highlight images on the Commencement web page (more photos coming)

Friday, May 16, 2014

PS Portions for May 2014

PS Portions - May 2014
  A Taste of Seminary Happenings

MAY 2014

From the President: Transitions: Appreciation, Excitement, Commencement, Celebration!
President Philip Krey
As I approach the end of my time as president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia (LTSP), I want to once again express my deep appreciation to our trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, bishops, synods, donors, and friends for all your support over the last 15 years. I am excited and pleased at the Board's election of my successor, the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, who begins his duties at the beginning of the new academic year. And there's so much more to share in this issue, Read more...
LTSP President-elect the Rev. Dr. David Lose The Rev. Dr. David Lose elected next LTSP President
The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been elected president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). President-elect Lose assumes his duties at the start of the 2014 academic year,  Read more about Dr. Lose and view a photo gallery from his May 13-14 visit to the seminary as he was in conversation with LTSP faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the LTSP Board...

Community organizing seeds planted: LTSP alumni lead to positive change
Pr. Ed Livingston, Prof. Katie Day, Bishop Dwayne Royster
How does today's church bring hope to those experiencing the profound frustration of hopelessness in communities and neighborhoods marked by poverty and injustice?
      Last month, two alumni from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), Bishop Dwayne Royster and the Rev. Ed Livingston, gathered with Professor Katie Day to discuss the role of community organizing in today's church world, and how the seminary's training has helped them become leaders in community organizing initiatives.

Frederick Houk Borsch: Naming of Anglican Chair "a sign of shared cooperation"
Professor Frederick Borsch
When the Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch was honored April 9 with the seminary's Anglican Chair being named for him, Borsch acknowledged the naming as a "great honor."
     "But you have to remember," Borsch said, "even though I have been here for some time, the Chair is really a sign of shared cooperation between Lutherans and Episcopalians. We've been cooperating for a long time. And I think the Chair celebrates the good things we have been doing together."
Spring Convocation focuses on seminary's founding with an eye on church renewal

Observing the 150th anniversary of LTSP's founding, Spring Convocation this April focused on both history and church renewal.
       The gathered alumni heard from three keynoters. LTSP president the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, seminary president and Ministerium of New York Professor of Early Church History, led off with a focus on the circumstances of the seminary's founding in 1864. Afternoon remarks on "Renewal of the Church" were delivered by the Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Church renewal was addressed by the Rev. Beth Ann L. Stone, an assistant to Bishop Robert Driesen of the Upper Susquehanna Synod (PA) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Plus anniversary class reunions, recognition of distinguished alumni,

Alumnus's ministry approaches win plaudits from community newspaper
The Rev. Keith AndersonSeminary graduate the Rev. Keith Anderson (STM '02) recently made the news, earning plaudits as "Citizen of the Week" from the Ambler (PA) Gazette. "With programs like 'God on Tap' and 'Coffee and Conversation' and 'Ashes on the Go', Anderson has made it his mission to break down the walls of the church and rewrite the definition of what organized religion looks like," the Gazette wrote in an article by Eric Devlin. Anderson has been one of the pastors at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church for about a year and a half after having served a congregation in Boston for 10 years.

LTSP 150 Timeline now online!
Explore the 150 years of LTSP history - not to mention connections to Martin Luther, Swedish Lutherans, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, and more on the special LTSP 150th Anniversary Timeline website. You'll find stories, video, images and more now, and more content coming through the year as we approach the Anniversary Celebrations in October. Plus, share your memories, stories, and wishes throughout the site.