Sunday, December 24, 2006

Wengert comments on Preaching at Christmas

The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Church History at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, is one of several clergy quoted in today's Philadelphia Inquirer in an article entitled Getting a lock on holiday flock. Prof. Wengert comments on how, after 17 years as a professor, he is preparing to preach for a New Jersey congregation on Christmas Eve, something he has not done since he was a parish pastor in the Midwest. (The link takes you to the article on the site)

Saturday, December 23, 2006

We wish you a blessed Christmas and happy New Year

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia community will be celebrating Christmas break next week, and we wish all a most blessed and merry Christmas.

Our latest @PS eNewsletter tells some of the special events we have coming in the new year, with many more in the plans. Of special note is the Changing Families and the Challenge of Urban Ministry series, which begins Saturday, January 20 exploring the topic Disconnected Young Single Fathers.

God's abundant blessings to you in 2007!

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Special Programs for Many Interests

LTSP is planning a variety of not-for-credit special programs in the coming year, for a number of audiences in a variety of areas.

Professionals and others working with families and the issues they face in today's society will find the series Changing Families and the Challenge for Urban Ministry: From Surviving to Thriving of particular interest. From the practicing social worker to pastors in the parish to educators to congregational leaders to concerned individuals, the series addresses Disconnected Young Single Fathers, Vulnerable Young Single Mothers and At-Risk Children of Changing Families in three Saturday sessions starting January 20. See the Web site for expanded descriptions, presenters and workshop selections. Attend one, two or all three as you are able. Information and registration:

Rest, Refreshment and Renewal: A Gift for Women is a Saturday retreat filled with fellowship, learning, sharing and quiet time opportunities designed just for w. Spend February 11 on the LTSP campus in the company of other women who will give themselves the opportunity to enjoy this special gift. Topics, presenters, activities of the day and registration are all on the event Web site:

How popular literature connects - or doesn't connect - with the Word is the focus of the upcoming not-for-credit online course The Gospel in Fiction: Words and the WORD, being presented by Mr. Mark Rigg, Chair of English and lay chaplain at The Hill School, for the months of February and March, 2007. The latest online course from LTSP's Faith and Life Programs initiative, participants will be presented with weekly learning exercises and interaction with course participants and the instructor, all in an online learning environment that allows participants to join the weekly work at times most convenient to , anywhere they can access the World Wide Web. Open to all the people of God who want to learn and explore. More information and registration:

Many more programs and events are coming - be watching for descriptions and more information!

Peace to God's People on Earth

Peace to God's People on Earth, the wish of the season was celebrated in song and fellowship yesterday with the second Songs of the Seasons from Many People and Places sponsored by the Multicultural Mission Resource Center. Choirs from throughout the Philadelphia area, representation Christian traditions from around the world, shared their traditions for celebrating the birth of Christ with each other and the audience. It was truly a special way to prepare for Christmas. We'll post links to a complete story and photos of the day as soon as they're in place.

We hope you will be able to join us for next year's celebration.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Seminarians Receive ELCA Fund for Leaders in Mission Scholarships

The ELCA Fund for Leaders in Mission has announced full and partial scholarships to ELCA seminaries for 37 students, including 5 who are students at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). LTSP students awarded full scholarships for three academic years are:

+ Ramon Collazo, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
+ Jocelyn Johnson, Kittanning, Pa.
+ Elizabeth Nees, Chicago
+ Alexis Twito, Glendale, Wis.

LTSP student receiving a partial scholarship of $3,000 per year:

+ Teal Anderson, Baltimore, Md.

ELCA Presiding Bishop The Rev. Mark S. Hanson presented the full scholarships at a ceremony in Chicago on November 10.

The complete article from the ELCA News Service can be found online here:

Learn more about The Fund for Leaders in Mission:

Andrena 'set free' tells the faith journey of seminarian Andrena Ingram

Andrena Ingram, a seminarian at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and her story of living with faith and HIV, is featured in an article in this month's The Lutheran. You and read the article and see photos here:

Andrena joins Josselyn Bennett (right), ELCA director for poverty ministries with the Church in Society division of the ELCA to discuss the church's response to HIV and AIDS. The discussion is open now through December 12. Join the discussion here:

You can read other stories about LTSP students on the seminary Web site:

Mark Staples: "Becoming 'new'"

Mark Staples, Director of Faith and Life Programs at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), has been telling readers of The Lutheran about his year-long sabbatical. The final installment, about how a year away yields five insights on changing roles in retirement, is in this month's magazine and online:

Since Mark has returned to campus, he has been working on a number of exciting programs and resources. You can find them online by starting here: