Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Position opening: Administrative Assistant -- LTSP Office of Development

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, located in Mt. Airy, seeks an experienced full-time administrative assistant to support the VP of Development. A strong candidate for this position is required to have a minimum of 5 years of administrative support experience. The preferred candidate will exhibit strong organizational and hospitality skills. Candidates must be capable of managing priorities. A hospitable nature is vital, as the candidate will work closely with donors, guests, students, faculty, and staff from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Intermediate to advanced computer literacy with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and database entry are required. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

Send covering letter, resume and salary requirement, by December 31, 2007 to foundationassistant@Ltsp.edu or mail to Human Resources, LTSP, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. EOE.

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Annual Advent Vespers - Listen Online

The Annual Advent Vespers
with the choir of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

SAVIOR of the NATIONS, COME!

The LTSP choir at Atonement Lutheran Church, Wyomissing, PA

The seminary choir led the 2007 Advent Vespers services in two locations, Atonement Lutheran Church in Wyomissing, PA, and in Mt. Airy at Grace-Epiphany Episcopal Church.

Selections from the Mt. Airy service with the choir, under the direction of seminary musician Mark Mummert and assisted by the Fairmount Chamber Ensemble, singing Psalm 141, with music composed by Seminarian Paul Friesen-Carper, and Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata No. 61, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland can be heard as online audio streams:

Listen Online

Psalm 141 (music composed by seminarian Paul Friesen-Carper)

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Cantata No. 61, J.S. Bach)

These are Real Player streams for listening online. Please download and install the free Real player if necessary.

Psalm 141

Seminarian Paul Friesen-Carper with the LTSP choir rehearsing Psalm 141music by Seminarian Paul Friesen-Carper - at right with the LTSP choir in rehearsal

Let my prayer rise up as incense,
My lifted hands as sacrifice,
I call to you, Loving God, quickly come to my aid.
Hear my voice when I cry to you!

Set a watch within me, God;
Let me will no evil thing;
May your righteousness reprove, may I bow to your will.
Break and bend! It is anointing oil.

Wickedness will come undone;
Evil, too, will break and bend;
Yet my eyes are turned to you, God, my safety, my peace.
Through these snares may I safely go.

Let my prayer rise up as incense,
My lifted hands as sacrifice,
I call to you, Loving God, quickly come to my aid.
Hear my voice when I cry to you!

View the text from Psalm 141 and Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland in Adobe Acrobat format.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

"The Word became Flesh, the Flesh becomes Song: A Latino Reading of Worship" Lecture December 4 at LTSP

Musician Jorge A. Lockward will speak on The Word became Flesh, the Flesh becomes Song: A Latino Reading of Worship at the next convocation at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). The lecture is on Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at 11:30 am in Benbow Hall of The Brossman Center on the LTSP Campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Mr. Lockward has served as Global Praise Program Coordinator for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church since January, 2000. He was a committee member of the Spanish Language United Methodist Hymnal, Mil Voces para Celebrar, and has served as consultant on Global Music for several denominational hymnals. He is the editor of Tenemos Esperanza, a trilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, English) songbook and recording of congregational song from Latin America published in 2003 by GBGMusik. He is also the co-founder and conductor-in-residence of Cántico Nuevo (New Song), a worship-and-arts ecumenical project in New York City.

Friday, November 16, 2007

LTSP Choir invites all to “Advent Vespers” services in Mt. Airy and Wyomissing

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) Choir will sing at two annual services of Advent Vespers in Philadelphia and Wyomissing. On Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 7:30 p.m., Advent Vespers will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church, 5 Wyomissing Blvd., Wyomissing, PA 19610 (call 610-375-3512 for more info.). On Sunday, December 2, 2007 at 7:30 p.m., Advent Vespers will be held at Grace Epiphany Church of Mt. Airy, 224 E. Gowen Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119 (call 215-248-4616 for more info.).

The LTSP Choir will sing Bach's Cantata No. 61, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, as part of the services. Seminary Musician Mark Mummert will conduct. For more information and to view posters for the event, please visit www.Ltsp.edu/vespers.

LTSP (www.Ltsp.edu), one of eight schools of its kind in the 5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.ELCA.org), is committed to preparing ordained and lay ministers of the Word as leaders for the mission of the Church in the world. LTSP awards first professional and advanced-level degrees to present and future church leaders. Almost 500 students study at the seminary. The student body is comprised mostly of Lutherans, but more than 35 percent are from 16 other faith backgrounds, including Episcopalian, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of God in Christ.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Quodlibet with Dr. Pamela Cooper-White

On Tuesday, November 6, 2007, the Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White presented her eagerly awaited Quodlibet response to an attentive and riveted audience in Benbow Hall at the Brossman Learning Center. Her warm and thoughtfully executed response presented a bold synthesis of her theological knowledge and insights coupled with the wisdom of her experiences.


Video of Quodlibet with Prof. Pamela Cooper-White


Rev. Dr. Cooper-White is
Professor of Pastoral Theology at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Chicago's Lutheran Seminarians take Luther Bowl by Storm

This story is from John Spangler, LTSG. John Knouse contributed to the story. The story was also reported in the Hanover PA Evening Sun (this link may expire).

The orange clad flag football team from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) fought a cold, raw wind and teams from seven other seminaries from across the country to lock up the annual Luther Bowl hosted on Seminary Ridge by the Gettysburg Seminary on Saturday, November 10, 2007.

This was the first tournament for LSTC which defeated a strong squad from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, SC) in the final game 27-0 to secure the trophy Book of Concord. They netted three wins earlier on the cold, damp western fields of the 52 acre Gettysburg Seminary campus, trouncing Trinity Lutheran Seminary, from Columbus, OH, Virginia Theological Seminary, from Alexandria, VA, and Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, VA along the way.

Eight teams competed, including Philadelphia Seminary, Trinity Episcopal Seminary from Pittsburgh, and the host Gettysburg. All games were highly competitive, with teams fielding the fastest, youngest teams in years. The play is coeducational, and soggy turf from hours of rain kept injuries to a minimum.

The dramatic championship game featured the undefeated teams, both having dominated their opponents throughout the day. The seminarians from Chicago outlasted their collegial opponents and played mistake free against an equally strong Southern squad. Interceptions did in the team from Southern, and Chicago was able to capitalize on every mistake.

The day began cool and cloudy, and the temperatures seemed to drop when a mid morning wind picked up from the north. But the players doggedly drove on, each team completing at least three games. Host Gettysburg had a disappointing day, losing to Southern in its opening match, but came away with a win against rival Philadelphia. Players thanked the hosts for putting on a fun tournament, one that was “worth the long trip” taken by several of the teams.

Cris Frigm, a second year student, and one of the many persons involved in coordinating this event said “This is really a great community event, it’s the only sporting event our school has at this time and it’s always competitive, and good clean fun”.

The Luther Bowl has been taking place for over 30 years now, and originally took place because of the rivalry between two Lutheran seminaries involving a split in the 1860's when the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia was formed. Many decades later those two schools formed the Luther Bowl as a type of rivalry game, which then expanded to four Lutheran teams and eventually breaking denominational barriers to make it eight.

“Seminary flag football is about having fun, building community, and engaging in good old-fashioned competition,” said John Newton co-captain of the team and a student at Virginia Theological Seminary. “The VTS Fighting Friars want to win, and we take winning seriously, but winning always takes a backseat to having fun and building community,” Newton said. “We play pretty hard, but at the end of the day we shake hands and hug, we smile and congratulate one another, regardless of whether we win or lose.” “And through it all we grow closer to God and to one another, it’s a very special part of seminary life,” Newton added.

Peter Horn, a first year Gettysburg student athlete said, “It’s always a heck of a lot of fun to get a chance to break from your studies and compete in an event that’s so much fun.” He added, “I enjoy the opportunity to meet all the other seminary students from all over and playing such a great game.”

Results in the games played during the tournament were as follows:

Southern 13 vs Gettysburg 7

Trinity Episcopal 26 vs Philadelphia 6

Gettysburg 13 vs Philadelphia 7

Southern 18 vs Trinity Episcopal 0

Trinity Episcopal 38 vs. Gettysburg 13

Southern 14 vs Philadelphia 12

Chicago 26 vs. Trinity Lutheran 6

VTS 13 vs Union 7

Trinity Lutheran 26 vs VTS 13

Chicago 31 vs Union 12

Union 20 vs Trinity Lutheran 19

Chicago 26 vs VTS 6

Final: Chicago 27 vs Southern 0


LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AT GETTYSBURG
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CONTACT: John Spangler 717-338-3010 jspangler@ltsg.edu www.Ltsg.edu/news
(John Knouse contributed to this story)

Friday, November 09, 2007

LTSP thanks State Rep. Cherelle Parker for her support of The Brossman Learning Center

PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 8, 2007) – A crowd of more than 30 community members recently gathered on a rainy Friday afternoon at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) to thank State Rep. Cherelle Parker for her efforts to obtain funding toward the development of the Brossman Learning Center at LTSP. During the ceremony, Rep. Parker pledged her continuing support to the community institution.

The seminary hosted the formal ceremony and reception thanking Rep. Parker for securing a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania toward the development of the Brossman Learning Center and the Lutheran Archives at LTSP. Coffee and cake, and wine and cheese were shared at this joyful community event.

Words of appreciation were presented by LTSP President Philip D.W. Krey, LTSP Dean J. Paul Rajashekar, and LTSP student Christoph Schmidt. From outside the seminary, Executive Director Rachel Falkove of Interfaith Hospitality Network of Northwest Philadelphia and State Rep. Dwight Evans took a moment to share their appreciation, both for Rep. Parker’s efforts and for the seminary’s gracious hospitality as a resource to the community, both in times past and present.

The $20 million Lutheran Archives Center / Brossman Learning Center on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is a 60,977 square foot building that blends the preservation of a vacant historic 1888 building with stunning new construction, designed to serve as a conference center for Northwest Philadelphia and a destination site for heritage tourism. Included in the new building are: compact storage space for library volumes and space for archives from the colonial era to the present from Lutheran, Episcopal and Swedish archives; a museum and exhibition room of colonial artifacts for heritage tourism; a multi-purpose lecture hall/banquet hall with the capacity to hold 500; 11 technologically-equipped conference rooms plus breakout rooms; a full-service kitchen; and offices for staff and administration. The facility is used heavily by community groups and associations. The Brossman Center was designed by George Yu and Associates of Philadelphia with construction by Alvin H. Butz Company of Allentown and Philadelphia.

The Brossman Learning Center is conveniently located at 7301 Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy, with plenty of on-site parking, and is readily accessible by mass transit. An additional phase of the building plan is a $6 million to $8 million renovation project for the seminary’s library and a larger museum space.

LTSP (www.Ltsp.edu), one of eight schools of its kind in the 5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.ELCA.org), is committed to preparing ordained and lay ministers of the Word as leaders for the mission of the Church in the world. LTSP awards first professional and advanced-level degrees to present and future church leaders. Almost 500 students study at the seminary. The student body is comprised mostly of Lutherans, but more than 35 percent are from 16 other faith backgrounds, including Episcopalian, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of God in Christ.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Convocation: Quodlibet

The Rev. Dr. Pamela Cooper-White
Professor of Pastoral Theology
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Question Session –
11:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Response Session –
11:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Benbow Hall, The Brossman Learning Center
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Rev. Dr. Cooper-White is Professor of Pastoral Theology at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Community invited to attend ceremony thanking State Rep. Cherelle Parker for efforts to secure $500,000 development grant

On Friday, October 26, 2007 at 3pm, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) invites the local community to attend a ceremony to formally extend appreciation to State Representative Cherelle Parker for her successful efforts to secure a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania toward the development of the Brossman Learning Center and the Lutheran Archives, both located at LTSP in Mt. Airy. Following the ceremony, the seminary will host a reception at the Brossman Center.

LTSP President Philip D.W. Krey states, "These funds have had a great impact upon the Mt. Airy neighborhood, helping to ensure that the new public facilities are state-of-the-art and provide a valued resource for the entire community.” He invites the community to attend the reception, which will “offer an opportunity to see the facility that has become among the most utilized gathering places of choice for public meetings and events in Philadelphia’s Northwest neighborhoods.”

The Brossman Center is located at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia at 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. On-site parking is available, and the location is accessible by mass transit.

The $20 million Lutheran Archives Center / Brossman Learning Center on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is a 60,977 square foot building that blends the preservation of a vacant historic 1888 building with stunning new construction, designed to serve as a conference center for Northwest Philadelphia and a destination site for heritage tourism. Included in the new building are: compact storage space for library volumes and space for archives from the colonial era to the present from Lutheran, Episcopal and Swedish archives; a museum and exhibition room of colonial artifacts for heritage tourism; a multi-purpose lecture hall/banquet hall with the capacity to hold 500; 11 technologically-equipped conference rooms plus breakout rooms; a full-service kitchen; and offices for staff and administration. The facility is used heavily by community groups and associations. The Brossman Center was designed by George Yu and Associates of Philadelphia with construction by Alvin H. Butz Company of Allentown and Philadelphia. An additional phase of the building plan is a $6 million to $8 million renovation project for the seminary’s library and a larger museum space.

LTSP (www.Ltsp.edu), one of eight schools of its kind in the 5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.ELCA.org), is committed to preparing ordained and lay ministers of the Word as leaders for the mission of the Church in the world. LTSP awards first professional and advanced-level degrees to present and future church leaders. Almost 500 students study at the seminary. The student body is comprised mostly of Lutherans, but more than 35 percent are from 16 other faith backgrounds, including Episcopalian, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of God in Christ.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Lectures at LTSP will address controversies surrounding evolution and faith

Guest lecturer: Dr. John F. Haught
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Benbow Hall
The Brossman Learning Center at LTSP
7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Dr. Haught will present two lectures:
11:30 a.m. – “Science, Theology and the Origin of Life”
7:00 p.m. – “Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?”

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Dr. Haught is Distinguished Research Professor from Georgetown University’s Theology Department and director and founder of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He earned his PhD and an MA from The Catholic University of America.
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Georgetown theologian John F. Haught has spent a lifetime probing the relationship between science and faith. He’ll deliver two thought-provoking lectures Oct. 16 at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Why is evolution such a lightning rod for so many people of faith?

And how do faith and science “mix” when it comes to pondering concepts such as evolutionary biology? Where is God in all of this? And how can believers gain an appropriate perspective when it comes to challenging scientific matters like evolution? What do religion and science have to say to each other?

These questions and others will be considered in two sets of remarks when theologian Dr. John F. Haught speaks Tuesday, October 16, 2007, at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Haught is a Distinguished Research Professor from Georgetown University’s Theology Department.

Dr. Haught, a Roman Catholic, has spent his career pondering the relationship between science and faith. He offered key testimony during the 2005 “Kitzmiller vs. Dover School Board” trial in U.S. District Court during which Dover parents challenged their school board’s decision to have “Intelligent Design” as part of the public school science curriculum in their community. In that trial process Judge John Jones, a Lutheran, ruled that Intelligent Design is not science and does not properly belong in the curriculum.

At 11:30 a.m., October 16, 2007, Dr. Haught will discuss the topic, “Science, Theology and the Origin of Life.” At 7:00 p.m. that evening, he will discuss, “Evolution and Faith: What is at Stake?” Both lectures are free and open to the public. Dr. Haught’s appearance is generously underwritten by a grant from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown, PA.

Dr. Haught has taught at Georgetown University for 38 years. He is director and founder of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion. He regularly presents talks on science and religion related to Einstein, Galileo, Teilhard, Whitehead, and focuses in his remarks on the disciplines of Astrobiology, Ecology, Cosmic Purpose, evolutionary materialism and scientific naturalism.

Dr. Haught has written dozens of books, including: Responses to 101 Questions on God and Evolution (New York: Paulist Press, 2001); God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution (Westview Press, 2000); Is Nature Enough: Meaning and Truth in the Age of Science (Cambridge University Press, 2006); and a newly published work, Science and the Christian Faith (Maryknoll: Orbis press).

Dr. Haught holds his PhD and an MA from The Catholic University of America.

Come and See! Seminary invites you to Prospective Student Day on Thursday, October, 25, 2007 at 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, October 25, 2007, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) will host a Prospective Student Day, which is open to anyone interested in degree, certificate, or lay theological education opportunities. To find out more or to register for the event, visit www.Ltsp.edu/admission/visit/visit.html or contact the LTSP Admissions Office at (215) 248-7302 or admissions@Ltsp.edu. LTSP is located at 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

* Is God calling you to become a leader in the church?
* Do you feel called to study theology but are not yet sure which program is right for you?
* Do you have a hunch that God is calling you to something new?

Come and see what LTSP has to offer! LTSP has education opportunities for a wide range of students – from lay leaders in congregations who are interested in learning more about the bible, the church's traditions and leadership to those who are being called to serve the church as a public minister of the gospel to those who want to pursue advanced degrees to enhance their current ministries and/or be prepared to teach in a college, university or seminary. Please join us for worship; refreshments; conversation with students, faculty and staff; and information about education opportunities, financial aid and admissions processes.

The seminary’s fully-accredited Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Religion programs prepare those with undergraduate degrees to serve as pastors and church leaders. Concentrations such as Black Church, El Instituto de Teología y Pastoral, and Metropolitan/Urban offer opportunities for specialized study. LTSP also offers advanced degrees: Master of Sacred Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy. And for those who wish to explore faith questions or become better church leaders, the Urban Theological and Faith and Life Institutes offer a wide range of certificate and non-credit programs.

Can’t come to a Prospective Student Day? The LTSP Admissions Office can arrange a personal visit at your convenience. A personal visit gives you the chance to consider your call to leadership in the church by spending a day or two on campus with the seminary community. For more information, please contact the LTSP Admissions Office at (215) 248-7302 or admissions@Ltsp.edu.

LTSP reflects the diversity of God’s church with a student body that represents many different denominations, including Lutheran, Episcopalian, Methodist, Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal, and Church of God in Christ. Our day, evening and weekend classes offer a number of options to meet a wide variety of needs. The LTSP campus in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, has a park-like feel with trees and open space. The seminary is convenient to major highways and public transportation.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Convocation

Dr. Melva Wilson Costen
"Socio-Cultural Realities and a Vision of African American Worship into the Future"
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
11:30 a.m., Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center @ LTSP
See update below

On Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at 11:30 a.m. in Benbow Hall, Dr. Melva Wilson Costen will present her convocation lecture, "Socio-Cultural Realities and a Vision of African American Worship into the Future." All are welcome to attend this free lecture at the seminary.

Dr. Costen is Helmar Emil Nielsen Professor Emeritus of Music and Worship at Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Atlanta, GA.

Update: Listen to Prof. Costen's address with introduction by Prof. Dirk Lange in the podcast here: archive.Ltsp.edu/media/mp3/convo100207.mp3

Monday, September 24, 2007

Memorial Service for David Wartluft

A memorial service for The Rev. Dr. David Wartluft, former Director of the LTSP Library, will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2007 at 2pm in the seminary chapel. Dr. Wartluft died on July 9, 2007. Members of Dr. Wartluft's family will be in attendance. A brief reception will follow the service. All are welcome.

View the original 'in memoriam' posting from July 2007.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

“First Friday Concert Series” at LTSP begins 2007-2008 season

On Friday, October 5, 2007, at 6:30 p.m., the First Friday Concert Series of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) begins its 2007-2008 series. Soprano Ruth Ideen, assisted by Seminary Musician Mark Mummert at the piano, will present a 45-minute concert of vocal works by G. F. Handel, Henry Purcell, W. A. Mozart, Gabriel Fauré, Johannes Brahms, and Mark Hayes in the Seminary Chapel. The concerts of the First Friday series are free, and all are welcome.

Soprano Ruth Ideen is consistently praised for her direct and expressive communication, whether singing art song, oratorio or opera. An avid recitalist, Ruth recently performed a program of music and poetry for children in the Music at Abington series. This past summer, Ms. Ideen was proud to be a member of the musical team that led worship for the Worship Jubilee, celebrating the new Evangelical Lutheran Worship and the ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

Ruth Ideen has appeared with The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Olaf Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Community Orchestra, and University of Minnesota Orchestra. Most recently, Ruth Ideen was seen as Amina in Bellini’s La Sonnambula with the Concert Opera of Philadelphia. Ms. Ideen has performed the roles of "Miss Pinkerton", The Old Maid and the Thief with The Princeton Festival, "Baby Doe", The Ballad of Baby Doe, and "Lucia", The Rape of Lucretia at the University of Minnesota where she studied with Glenda Maurice. A graduate of St. Olaf College, Ms. Ideen premiered the roles of "Princess Clara", The Hero of Hamblett, and the title role in Donata's Gift by Minnesota composers James McKeel and Daniel Kallman respectively. Later this fall, Ms. Ideen will perform with the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir in a performance of Vaughan Williams’ Song of Thanksgiving.

Mark Mummert is Seminary Musician at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he is Cantor to the chapel, conducts the Seminary Choir, and teaches courses in church music. Mr. Mummert is also Cantor at Christ Ascension Lutheran Church in Chestnut Hill. Mark is a composer of the first setting of Holy Communion in Evangelical Lutheran Worship, the core worship resource of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As a performer, Mr. Mummert has appeared with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, the Haddonfield Symphony Chorus, the Choral Arts Society, Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, the Temple University Concert Choir, and in solo recitals for the American Guild of Organists.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Israel-Palestine Peace Forum

Tuesday, September 18, 2007
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Benbow Hall at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP)
7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119

LTSP students have organized an Israel-Palestine Peace Forum, which will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Benbow Hall at The Brossman Learning Center. Three panelists from The Dialogue Project in Brooklyn, NY (one Jewish, one Muslim, and one Christian) will discuss the current situation in Israel and Palestine and how peace is possible.

Speakers
Marcia Kannry – a Jewish American who lived in Israel for six years and former Executive Director of The Jewish National Fund

Faozia Aljibawi – a Palestinian American, born in New York; currently a patient liason at Lutheran Medical Center.

Rev. Khader El Yateem – the Palestinian Christian Minister of the Salaam Arabic Church in Bay Ridge Brooklyn and serves the Lutheran Church Council on special missions throughout the world. Father El-Yateem grew up in Beit Jala, Palestine.

More about the speakers
Faozia Aljibawi is Palestinian American, born in New York and raised in Park Slope, she graduated from John Jay High School. Faozia received her BA in Psychology from Touro College and is completing her Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling. Faozia is a patient liason at Lutheran Medical Center. She is active in many immigrant-long time resident bridge building efforts and has served as the Interfaith Co-Chair for the Dialogue Project’s Annual Teach In.

Rev. Khader El Yateem is the Palestinian Christian Minister of the Salaam Arabic Church in Bay Ridge Brooklyn. He serves the Lutheran Church Council on special missions throughout the world and is involved in poverty and hunger issues. Father El-Yateem participates in a Brooklyn Dialogue Circle, hosted by the Arabic Church. He grew up in Beit Jala, Palestine.

Marcia Kannry is a Jewish American who lived in Israel for six years. A former Executive Director of The Jewish National Fund, Marcia traveled throughout Israel and the occupied territories during the first intifadah. Her own experience with dialogue at that time began the journey that has led to the creation of The Dialogue Project. Marcia earned her B.A. in religious studies from the University of Pittsburgh and has pursued master studies at New York University.

Visit www.thedialogueproject.org for more information about The Dialogue Project.

Visit www.Ltsp.edu for more information about The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

LTSP Opens 144th Academic Year



The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia celebrated the beginning of its 144th academic year with Opening Day on Tuesday, September 4, 2007. The day was filled with worship, learning, fellowship, and exploration. See the LTSP Web site - Ltsp.edu/openingday2007 - for highlights including a photo collection and a recording of Dr. Gail Ramshaw's keynote lecture "Restoring Easter's Three Days: Why Bother?"

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Meet the Faculty online

The first of a series of Meet the Faculty videos from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia are now online. Professors Pamela Cooper-White and Wil Gafney talk about their teaching, research and call, and what brought them to the seminary. More videos will be added each month and announced here on the LTSP Media blog.

Meet the Faculty at Ltsp.edu/meetthefaculty.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

LTSP Opening Day, 144th Academic Year

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia presents...
LTSP Opening Day, 144th Academic Year

Opening Eucharist
Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Opening Day Convocation
“Restoring Easter’s Three Days: Why Bother?”
Dr. Gail Ramshaw, Professor of Religion, La Salle University
(MDiv, Union Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Wisconsin)


11:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119

Other Opening Day activities:

2:00 PM Informal Discussions with Academic Advisors (see LTSP Community Calendar)

AFTERNOON OPTIONS

3:30 PM

- Art Tour of the Brossman Center - Mr. Louis Bugno Meet at the Brossman Security Desk
Mr. Louis Bugno

- Community Opportunities - Ms. Terri Youngblut Multi-Cultural Mission Resource Center
(3rd Floor Brossman Center)

- Conversations with Student Body Leaders Lull Lounge (1st Floor Brossman Center)

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is committed to preparing ordained and lay ministers of the Word as leaders for the mission of the Church in the world. For more information about LTSP, please visit www.Ltsp.edu.

8/31 - additional information added for other activities for the day

Saturday, August 11, 2007

ELCA Assembly Hears Bible Study on Christian Freedom


The Rev. Timothy J. Wengert, professor, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, led a bible study Aug. 10 analyzing the concept of "freedom in Christ" for participants at the 2007 Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

The churchwide assembly, the chief legislative authority of the ELCA, is meeting here Aug. 6-11 at Navy Pier's Festival Hall. About 2,000 people are participating, including 1,069 ELCA voting members. The theme for the biennial assembly is "Living in God's Amazing Grace: Thanks be to God!"

Comparing the fifth chapter of the book of Galatians with Martin Luther treatise, "Freedom of a Christian," Wengert began his study by quoting the Apostle Paul -- "In Christ you are free!" he said. "Free from sin, free from law, free from death, free from the devil and evil, free from guilt and shame, free from doubt and despair, free from working your way into God's good graces!"

However, Wengert said, too many Lutherans are unaware of this freedom. "According to a recent poll, almost half the Lutherans in the United States think that we are saved by our works, by our moral rectitude! We are not! We are saved by God's grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone!"

Then Wengert challenged participants, asking, "So, now that you are free from doing anything, what are you going to do?" Quoting again from Paul's Gospel, Wengert emphasized that God's grace isn't an excuse to sin. "For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence."

Instead, said Wengert, this freedom is an opportunity to do good in thanksgiving for God's grace. He urged participants to consider this quote from "Freedom of a Christian": "I will therefore give myself as a Christ to my neighbor, just as Christ offered himself to me; I will do nothing in this life except what I see is necessary, profitable and salutary to my neighbor, since through faith I have an abundance of all good things in Christ."


Information about the 2007 ELCA Churchwide Assembly can be found at http://www.ELCA.org/assembly/ on the Web.

ELCA NEWS SERVICE, August 10, 2007
For information contact:
John Brooks, Director (773) 380-2958 or news@elca.org http://www.elca.org/news

Sunday, July 29, 2007

President Krey this week's Influences subject


The Philadelphia Inquirer in this Sunday's Currents section highlights The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia's president The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey in its Influences column (page C2). The item is not yet on line, we'll link to it when available.

President Krey and his brother Peter edited and translated the recently released Luther's Spirituality from Paulist Press.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Chandler Carriker Chosen to Lead Theological Education with Youth

(Gettysburg, PA) The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg announce their choice of Chandler Carriker as the new director of Theological Education with Youth.

Theological Education with Youth (TEY) is a creative initiative of the two Lutheran seminaries who have joined with congregations, youth ministries and synods located primarily in Regions 7 & 8 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to amplify the faith and witness of outstanding high school youth.

Deeply impressed by the shape of the seminaries’ youth emphasis, Carriker accepted the appointment, saying “I am honored to be a part of this program” which, he added, “has not only deepened and strengthened the dsiciplieship of the youth who have been a part of it, but has played an incredible role in the life of the Church as a whole.”

Carriker holds a B.A. in History from North Carolina State University, and a Master of Arts in Religion (Church History and Religious Education) from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, where he also is currently completing a Master of Sacred Theology. His previous experience as Senior Staff Area Director for Camp Lutheridge in Arden, NC, as a Seminary Representative for the 2x2 Program for ELCA Eastern Cluster Seminaries aiding college students in vocational discernment, as a Teaching Assistant at Southern Seminary, and his work with Project Connect of the Eastern Cluster of ELCA Seminaries has helped prepare him for this diverse role directing TEY programs.

“We of the Lutheran Seminaries at Gettysburg and Philadelphia are very excited to have Mr. Chandler Carriker as our new Director for TEY,” said the Rev. Mark W. Olsen, Director of Admissions at Gettysburg Seminary, who led the search process on behalf of both seminaries. “Chandler’s background, education and experience have equipped him with gifts and skills which, when combined with his passion for theology and youth, will enable him to lead TEY into a continued successful and sustainable future.”

Carriker, who will be based at Gettysburg Seminary, officially begins on August 27, 2007 He is also lead guitarist and vocalist for the acoustic Christian rock band “Boywonder.” He is married to Naomi Carriker, a recent graduate of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.

TEY is now in its eighth year of offering transforming events with youth in four featured types of programs:
  • one day formation events, the Affirmation of Baptism Festivals, which welcome up to 60 ninth grade youth to the campuses of each seminary yearly.
  • a week-long Crossroads Event for up to 25 rising juniors (those who have just completed their tenth grade year), inviting youth to travel to a variety of places where the gospel intersects with and transforms the world.
  • a two week Summer Theological Academy for up to 20 rising seniors (those who have just completed their eleventh grade year), hosted at an ELCA college. The Summer Theological Academy is an intentional Christian community of worship, high quality theological courses and questioning, vocational conversation, servant learning and arts.
  • one week biblical and theological conversations with high school-age Counselors-in-Training and other youth leaders, held at outdoor ministry centers (church camps) of Regions 7 & 8, ELCA.
The Gettysburg and Philadelphia seminaries were two of 49 seminaries receiving youth initiative grants from the Lilly Endowment totaling $57 million for this purpose.

To learn more about TEY visit their website: tey.easterncluster.org or contact TEY coordinator Carrie Schwab, (215) 248-7382, cschwab@ltsp.edu

More information and other news releases are available at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg web site: www.ltsg.edu, by email at info@ltsg.edu, or by calling (717) 334-6286. Contact The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, www.ltsp.edu or 800-286-4616, or 215-248-4616.

information from our colleague John Spangler at LTSG

Monday, July 23, 2007

Muhlenberg's Robe on History Detectives - More Information

PBS' History Detectives show with a segment on Peter Muhlenberg's robe, part of the seminary's collection, aired on many PBS stations earlier tonight. You can read our original story on our blog here. You'll also find in the comment section to the original blog entry some additional research supplied by a genealogist/researcher who was inspired by the show to dig further into the story.

The show's Web site has more background and a transcript, and links to your PBS station's schedule where you can look for repeat showings and future show dates. The site is:

pbs.org/historydetectives

What were the findings? The robe is likely to have been Peter Muhlenberg's - and was certainly from the time of the Revolution - but the story connected to the robe is probably more myth than fact. As Elyse Luray notes, the robe is in a deteriorated condition, and the experts from Colonial Williamsburg recommended that it be restored before again being placed on display. While the robe may be safely in storage, other items from the seminary collection are on display in a special exhibition room, which is open by appointment. Contact LTSP for more information: communications@Ltsp.edu

(updated 7/26 to note blog comment entries)

Friday, July 20, 2007

LTSP PhD Program Granted Approval

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has been granted approval to change the Doctor of Theology (ThD) to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), effective immediately. The content of the doctoral program will remain the same. Gerald L. Zahorchak, D.Ed., Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, informed seminary President Philip D.W. Krey that final approval has been given to LTSP’s petition for the change in nomenclature.

While both ThD and PhD degrees are considered equal in the eyes of the accrediting agencies of divinity schools and seminaries, The Rev. Dr. Margaret Krych, Associate Dean of Graduate Education, notes, "Many of our graduates will teach in colleges and universities where the PhD degree is better known than the ThD. I believe the change in nomenclature will help our graduates secure the teaching positions for which they are so well prepared."

The third class of PhD students will begin study this fall, and the seminary will be accepting applications for the PhD program through January 2008. In addition to the PhD program, LTSP also offers the advanced level degrees of Master of Sacred Theology (STM) and Doctor of Ministry (DMin). For more details, go to Ltsp.edu/advanced, or contact Dr. Krych, mkrych@Ltsp.edu.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

In Memoriam: The Rev. Dr. David J. Wartluft, DD -- 9/22/1938 - 7/9/2007











Rev. Dr. David J. Wartluft, former director of Krauth Memorial Library at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), died Monday afternoon, July 9, 2007, due to complications from surgery.

Condolences may be sent to Dr. Wartluft’s daughter, Pastor Rebecca Knox:

Pr. Rebecca Knox
900 Bedford Avenue
Reading, PA 19607

The funeral will be held 10:00 am on Saturday, July 14, 2007 at St. Daniels Lutheran Church, 480 Big Springs Road, Robesonia, PA. There will be a visiting hour from 9-10 am at the church. There are no visiting hours scheduled at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be given for the David Wartluft Library fund at LTSP and mailed to the LTSP Foundation, 7310 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. The family is considering using this fund in David’s memory for the renovation of the Krauth Memorial Library as it approaches its 100th anniversary.

Following are letters from two of Dr. Wartluft's colleagues, Rev. Dr. Margaret A. Krych, Associate Dean and Norton Professor of Christian Education and Theology at LTSP, and Dr. Karl Kreuger, current Director of the Krauth Memorial Library and Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at LTSP.


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David Wartluft

The Rev. David Wartluft, DD, was a dear friend, alumnus, and devoted servant of The Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). He studied in the joint program of MDiv (then BD) at LTSP and MA at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1964 with both degrees. In 1968 he earned an MS in library and information science from Drexel University. He also completed the greater part of an STM at LTSP while serving in parish ministry. Rev. Wartluft was admitted to PhD candidacy at the University of Pennsylvania but chose not to complete the degree program in order to pursue parish ministry. In 2003, LTSP awarded him a well-deserved Doctor of Divinity degree for his service over many decades.

Dr. Wartluft began ministry as assistant chaplain and instructor in religion at Springfield College and then as pastor at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Allentown. In 1966 he became reference librarian and cataloguer at LTSP's Krauth Memorial Library. In 1969 he became assistant librarian, and after promotion in 1977, served as director of the library and faculty member until his retirement in 2002. He received tenure in 1980, and was promoted to the equivalent rank of full professor in 1986. Throughout his long career as librarian, he served with meticulous care and devotion. Always a willing colleague, he assumed many committee responsibilities, and served as secretary of the faculty for a number of years prior to retirement. Rev. Wartluft was also active in establishing the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia, of which he was at various times vice-president and board member.

Dr. Wartluft was a careful scholar and researcher. He published a number of articles and indexed more than 50 books. He was a dedicated teacher of courses in Lutheran piety and spirituality at LTSP and guided hundreds of students in ways to use the library for research. In fact, he taught in the DMin Colloquium only two weeks before his death. He was advisor before and after his retirement to a number of STM and DMin students and will be sorely missed by the five DMin students who were his advisees at the time of his death.

In addition to his work at LTSP, Dr. Wartluft served the American Theological Library Association - as executive secretary for 10 years, and as a member of their board of directors, secretary, recording secretary, development officer and member of the advisory committee. He held many other positions related to various library associations, including the Southeastern Pennsylvania Library Association. He also held offices in the Lutheran Historical Conference and the Lutheran Historical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania of which he was a life member. In addition, he was active in community organizations such as West Mt. Airy Neighbors and Town Watch until his retirement.

Ever the pastor, Rev. Wartluft preached regularly in congregations in the Philadelphia area, and in Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod. We rejoice in his great love for the Church and for the Gospel, his strong faith, his courage in the face of several bouts with cancer, his friendship and collegiality, and his allegiance and service to LTSP.

Margaret A. Krych

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The Rev. Dr. Margaret A. Krych is Associate Dean and Norton Professor of Christian Education and Theology, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
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Friends:

Although an ocean currently separates us, I know that our grief unites us. I opened the email from Diana yesterday morning, ten minutes before I had to board a bus that would take me to London and the British Library. Whether I was working with the 1560 Geneva Bible in the reading room or watching a performance of Shakespeare’s ‘Loves Labor Lost’ at the Globe Theater that night, my thoughts continually returned to the loss of our friend and librarian.

I found comfort in the fact that the last time I saw David was on June 14th at the ATLA Convention in Philadelphia and that he heard me deliver my paper on the development of the Eastern Cluster Lutheran Library. It gives me comfort because the paper paid tribute to his important contribution – the 1996 paper entitled “Optimum Library Service in a Cluster Context.” This paper was circulated among the librarians and the Dean at Philadelphia and was eventually incorporated into the planning and project grant. As I noted, “The paper was optimistic and spoke of building on strengths, cooperative acquisitions, and reductions in lesser-used materials. The paper’s optimism, however, was not theoretical but experiential, rooted in the positive experience of its author with other theological librarians in the Delaware Valley. As he wrote on the eve of his retirement in 2002, ‘I stand in the wake of three local theological librarians, Henry Scherer (my predecessor), Gilbert Englerth of Eastern Baptist Seminary (now Palmer), and Arthur Kuscke of Westminster Theological Seminary, who began to meet socially and informally. But from that sprang the Southeastern Pennsylvania Theological Library Association [SEPTLA] which has now existed more than forty years…’”

David cherished friendships and because of his nurturing spirit, theological librarianship blossomed in the Delaware Valley and in our Eastern Cluster. At the conclusion of the paper’s presentation, I had the staff of our three libraries stand-up and then asked David to stand-up so that he could be recognized and thanked by us and his peers for his contributions. At the conclusion of the session, the nine of us from the Eastern Cluster Lutheran Library adjourned to Ted Montana’s Bar and Grille for lunch where we once again toasted and thank him for his 30 year ministry at LTSP and in the Eastern Cluster.

The next day, I boarded a plane for Europe.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.

Standing in David’s wake,
Karl

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Dr. Karl Krueger is the current director of the Krauth Memorial Library and Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Friday, July 06, 2007

PBS television history show highlights artifact from LTSP historical collection (air date: Monday, July 23, 2007 at 9pm)

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 will air Monday, July 23, 2007 at 9:00 pm on many PBS stations. Detectives investigator Elyse Luray and a camera crew from series co-producer Lion Television came to the LTSP campus in March to film part of the investigation and to reveal their findings.

The History Detectives team was investigating a popular story, which holds that the robe, part of the seminary’s collection since early in the 20th century, was worn by Revolutionary War figure and Lutheran pastor, Peter Muhlenberg. According to the story, General George Washington had recruited Muhlenberg as a leader in the militia before the American Revolution. On Sunday, January 21, 1776, as pastor of a congregation in the Shenandoah Valley in the colony of Virginia, Muhlenberg took his text from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes and delivered a sermon calling for volunteers for the county militia in the Continental Army. He concluded the sermon with the words, “There is a time to pray and a time to fight…” dramatically removing his clerical robe to reveal his officer’s uniform.

Mary Redline, researcher and grant writer for LTSP’s Krauth Memorial Library and the Northeast Lutheran Archives, also housed at LTSP, contacted the History Detectives and asked them to investigate: Is the legend true? Is this the robe that Peter Muhlenberg wore?

The legend is important to both the Revolutionary War and to the role the Lutheran Church played in the colonies and the United States. Peter Muhlenberg’s father, Henry Melchior
Muhlenberg, is considered the father of American Lutheranism, and founded many congregations that exist to this day. While the legend may or may not be true, Peter Muhlenberg did go on to become a general in the colonial army, and after the Revolution, returned to church life as a lay person and served the new country in Congress and other positions.

So, is the legend true, and was the robe Peter Muhlenberg’s? You’ll have to watch the History Detectives to find out! For local stations and times, search by your zip code at the History Detectives website.

For more information about The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, including the seminary’s historical collection, please visit www.Ltsp.edu.

Investigating the Legend of Peter Muhlenberg’s robe is one of LTSP’s planned activities to celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg in 2011. Henry Melchior Muhlenberg is considered the father of American Lutheranism, and his work was important to the life and faith of the colonists, and to the development of what became the United States of America.

Following is a select list of broadcast dates and times*:

Monday, July 23
at 9:00 pm
Philadelphia: WHYY TV 12
Allentown/Bethlehem: PBS 39
New York: Thirteen WNET
Buffalo: WNED 17
Troy: WMHT 17
Rochester: WXXI/Channel 21
Syracuse: WCNY/Channel 24
Binghamton: WSKG Public TV 46
Plattsburgh: Mountain Lake PBS 57
Watertown: WPBS/Channel 16
Connecticut: CPTV-Connecticut Public TV
Maine: MPBN Channel 10 Lewistown
Boston: WGBH Channel 2
Springfield: WGBY Channel 57
Vermont: VPT/Vermont Public TV 33

Wednesday, August 1, 10:00 pm
New Hampshire: NHPTV Durham Channel 11

Thursday, August 9, 8:00 pm
New Jersey: NJN New Jersey Network

*Subject to change. Please check local listings. Additional air times may be scheduled.
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Click on the link to download a publication quality version of each photo from the LTSP web:

History Detectives’ Elyse Luray is about to reveal her research results to LTSP’s Mary Redline.







Elyse Luray from PBS’s History Detectives and Mary Redline look over Peter Muhlenberg’s robe, subject of a History Detectives investigation.








Public Television’s History Detectives on location in the LTSP Exhibition Room in The Brossman Center.







History Detective Elyse Luray doing research in the Krauth Memorial Library at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.













(this entry was updated 7/10/07 to clarify Peter Muhlenberg's service after the Revolution)

Monday, July 02, 2007

Katie Day part of Global Worship program faculty

The Rev. Dr. Katie Day, Charles A. Schieren Professor, Church and Society, and Director, Metropolitan/Urban Concentration, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, was a member of the faculty at a recent 10-day New York City conference on Global Worship organized by New York Seminary professor Lowell Livezey. The workshop was covered by the New York Times in a July 2 article, For a Master Class on Global Worship, It’s Destination Queens.

Prof. Day is on the right in the photo showing participants in the program that accompanies the article on the Web.

Friday, June 22, 2007

LTSP Awarded $150,000 NEH Grant to Translate Colonial Correspondence

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has been awarded a three-year, $150,000 collaborative research grant by The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The award will support the preparation of an English edition of the correspondence of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg (1711-1787), the patriarch of American Lutheranism. The translations will be completed by Dr. Wolfgang Splitter of Germany. Others involved in the grant include Dr. Jon Pahl, Professor of the History of Christianity in North America at LTSP; Mary A. Redline, researcher for LTSP’s Krauth Memorial Library and the Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia; and Rev. Martin Lohrmann, a doctoral student at LTSP. Rev. Dr. Timothy Wengert, Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Church History at LTSP (pictured right), will be directing the project.

Professor Wengert notes, “As we approach the three-hundredth anniversary of Muhlenberg’s birth in 2011, it is fitting that we give to his spiritual descendants and to the country he finally called his own a more complete record of his deepest thoughts and severest struggles as a colonial clergyman.”

Muhlenberg played an important role in 18th century America both as a leader in colonial Lutheranism and in cultural and political developments across the colonies. He left behind more than 15,000 pieces of correspondence, with figures such as Benjamin Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Hanoverian Court in London. Wengert explained that the letters, written during the tumultuous years of the Revolutionary War, will be translated from the original German into English for the first time. Translating the entire body of Muhlenberg’s correspondence will allow scholars to discover anew “just how complicated life was at that time for the Christian clergy and laity alike,” Wengert continued, “Muhlenberg served as a religious leader for the single largest group of immigrants, the German-speaking, in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These letters will also depict the countless hurdles that this diverse group of immigrants overcame to establish their religious life and culture in a world dominated by English-speaking people.”

LTSP received one of just 79 awards for We the People projects in U.S. history and culture, a special recognition by the NEH for model projects that advance the study, teaching, and understanding of American history and culture. In announcing the awards, NEH Chairman Bruce Cole noted “With these grants, NEH continues its support of wide-ranging and substantial projects that explore the great ideas and great events of both our own culture and other cultures throughout the world.”



LTSP (www.Ltsp.edu), one of eight schools of its kind in the 5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.ELCA.org), is committed to preparing ordained and lay ministers of the Word as leaders for the mission of the Church in the world. LTSP awards first professional and advanced-level degrees to present and future church leaders. Located in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia on the site of the historic Battle of Germantown of the Revolutionary War, almost 500 students study at the seminary. The student body is comprised mostly of Lutherans, but more than 35 percent are from over 30 other faith backgrounds, including Episcopalian, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of God in Christ.

LTSP Alum Victor M. Rodriguez, Former Lutheran President of Caribbean, Dies

(this story is from the ELCA News Service, June 21, 2007)

Victor M. Rodriguez, Former Lutheran President of Caribbean, Dies

CHICAGO (ELCA) -- The Rev. Victor M. Rodriguez, a synod president of the former Lutheran Church in America (LCA) and retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), died June 18 from injuries sustained in a car accident in Ocala, Fla. He was 81.

A memorial service for Rodriguez was held June 20 at his home congregation, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Ocala, Fla. Another memorial service will be held July 15 at Iglesia Luterana La Santisima Trinidad (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church), Lomas Verdes, Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico, Rodriguez received a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, in 1952, and a master of divinity degree from Mount Airy Seminary, Philadelphia, in 1955. The seminary became the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia -- one of eight seminaries of the ELCA. As a seminarian, Rodriguez started the first Lutheran Latino ministry in Camden, N.J. In 1969 Rodriguez was awarded an honorary degree from Wagner College, Staten Island, N.Y. Wagner is one of 28 colleges and universities of the ELCA.

Ordained in 1955 in the former United Lutheran Church in America (ULCA), Rodriguez was pastor of Iglesia Luterana Nuestro Salvador (Our Savior Lutheran Church), Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, from 1955 to 1957. He was pastor of Iglesia Luterana Santisima Trinidad from 1957 to 1964. There Rodriguez helped start the first Lutheran school -- pre-kindergarten to grade 12 -- in the Caribbean Synod.

In 1964 Rodriguez became president of the ULCA's Caribbean Synod. During his tenure the ULCA became the LCA, and Rodriguez continued his role as president until 1976. The LCA merged with two other Lutheran churches in 1987 to form the ELCA in 1988.

After serving 12 years as synod president, Rodriguez became a mission developer and started two congregations -- Iglesia Luterana Cristo Rey (Christ the King Lutheran Church), Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Iglesia Luterana Christo Victorioso (Christus Victor Lutheran Church), Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. Rodriguez retired in 1991 and moved to Ocala, Fla.

"His life and ministry were a witness of God's work in the world. Our family affirms his ministry and sees him as our mentor. My uncle has a brother, some nieces and nephews who serve at the ELCA churchwide office, seminaries and congregations," said Carmen Rodriquez-Rivera, director of Latino ministries, ELCA Multicultural Ministries, and a niece of Victor Rodriguez. "We continue to live in the hope that he is now living in the Church Triumphant," she said.

"For us it has been a sincere loss. He is deeply cared for among members of the ELCA Caribbean Synod, and we ask God to console his family," said the Rev. Francisco L. Sosa, interim bishop, ELCA Caribbean Synod.

Rodriguez is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sara, and their two adult children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

For information contact:

John Brooks, Director (773) 380-2958 or news@elca.org http://www.elca.org/news ELCA News Blog: http://www.elca.org/news/blog

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Help us exceed the 2007 Leadership Fund goal!

LTSP is approaching the end of the 2006-2007 fiscal year, and your gifts can help us exceed our goal of raising $600,000 for the Leadership Fund. The Leadership Fund helps provide LTSP students with financial assistance so they can enter ministry while carrying a minimum of debt. Your gifts toward this year's goal will help give the seminary the funds it needs to assist our students.

LTSP Board of Trustees chairperson Dr. Addie Butler shares her thoughts on the Leadership Fund... You can give online here.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

143rd Commencement Highlights online


The 143rd commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia was a glorious event on a glorious day. Read highlights, see photos and listen to the addresses from the event, held for the first time outdoors on the quad in front of The Brossman Center.

Start here on the seminary Web site:

www.Ltsp.edu/commencement07

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Come and see what LTSP has to offer: Seminary invites you to Open House on Thursday, June 21, 2007, 6:30-8:30pm


PHILADELPHIA, PA – Is God inviting you to learn, to lead, to be formed? Asking you to be a leader in the church? Is God calling you to something new?

We can help. The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) will host an Open House on Thursday, June 21, 2007, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You’ll have an opportunity to reflect on these questions, to meet others who may be feeling God’s call, and to consider what in the world God wants you to do. You will meet seminary students, staff, and faculty, and experience our convenient yet retreat-like campus and state-of-the-art Brossman Learning Center.

You can register for the LTSP Open House by web, email, or telephone. To register online, please visit www.Ltsp.edu/openhouse. You can also register by sending an email to admissions@Ltsp.edu or by calling 1-800-286-4616, ext. 7302.

Our fully-accredited Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Religion programs prepare those with undergraduate degrees to serve as pastors and church leaders. Concentrations such as Black Church, El Instituto de Teología y Pastoral, and Metropolitan/Urban offer opportunities for specialized study. LTSP also offers advanced degrees: Master of Sacred Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Theology. And for those who wish to explore faith questions or become better church leaders, the Urban Theological and Faith and Life Institutes offer a wide range of certificate and non-credit programs.

Learn more about The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on the Web: www.Ltsp.edu. Interested in academic programs? Contact the admissions office – admissions@Ltsp.edu or 215-248-7302. Interested in the latest at LTSP? Sign up for the eNewsletter: www.Ltsp.edu/enews.

Can’t come to the Open House? Our admissions office can arrange a personal visit at your convenience. A personal visit gives you the chance to consider your call to leadership in the church by spending a day or two on campus with the seminary community. For more information, please contact the LTSP Admissions Office at 1-800-286-4616, ext. 7302 or admissions@Ltsp.edu.

Come and see!

The seminary reflects the diversity of God’s church with a student body that represents many different denominations, including Lutheran, Episcopalian, Methodist, Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal, and Church of God in Christ. Our day, evening and weekend classes offer a number of options to meet a wide variety of needs. Our campus in Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, is both beautiful and convenient to major highways and public transportation.

LTSP presents unique summer learning program for children – “Kids’ College at the Sem”

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Kids’ College at the Sem is a three-week program starting July 9, 2007, that will give youth beginning grades 5 – 9 in September experiences in entrepreneurship, career self-exploration and hands-on experience in architecture and interior design. Kids’ College will expose area children to academic and vocational opportunities that will contribute to their education and broaden their cultural knowledge and talents. Participants can register for one, two or all three weeks.

Classes each week will run from 9:00 am to noon. The first week, July 9 –13, will be taught by The Business Center on Youth Entrepreneurship. The second week, July 16-20, will focus on career and self-exploration taught by Career Consciousness. The third week, July 23-27, will provide a hands-on experience learning about architecture and interior design as taught by Philadelphia University. Each week-long course costs $60 per child. Register online at www.Ltsp.edu/kids_college or by mail: Kids College at LTSP, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. For more information, contact Terri Youngblut at 215-248-7313 or tyoungblut@Ltsp.edu. Space is limited so register early.

Kids’ College at the Sem is modeled on a successful program run by Ohio State University, Marion, Ohio. The program at LTSP brings together local institutions in one central Mt. Airy location. Kids’ College at the Sem allows children, families, community organizations, and academic institutions to work together to raise healthy, happy, and employable future generations.

Through a generous grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, LTSP is able to channel additional resources to support local non-profit organizations. This initiative, Freed to Serve our Neighbor, is a coordinated effort to pool resources and greatly expand involvement directed at helping the Northwest Philadelphia community. As coordinating institution for Kids’ College at the Sem, LTSP brings together resources already in the neighborhood to create a program that will make a significant difference in the lives of our neighbors in concrete ways, providing resources for families’ emotional and financial health, and contributing to improved education for children.

As part of the Freed to Serve our Neighbor initiative, this year Kids’ College at the Sem classes will be taught by two local businesses, The Business Center and Career Consciousness, and a local institute of higher education, Philadelphia University. While each class can be taken individually, all three will broaden career possibilities for the children. For example, a student may discover he or she has a “green thumb,” decide to start a business growing flowers, fruits or vegetables with classmates as a school fundraiser, while another student can design and build a stand to sell the flowers or produce.

LTSP (www.Ltsp.edu), one of eight schools of its kind in the 5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.ELCA.org), is committed to preparing ordained and lay ministers of the Word as leaders for the mission of the Church in the world. LTSP awards first professional and advanced-level degrees to present and future church leaders. Almost 500 students study at the seminary. The student body is comprised mostly of Lutherans, but more than 35 percent are from 16 other faith backgrounds, including Episcopalian, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of God in Christ.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Preaching With Power starts Monday!


Special Event the week of March 12!

The Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia presents...
The 25th Annual "Preaching with Power" series!
Monday, March 12 - Friday, March 16, 2007
One lecture and six sermons, celebrating African American preaching and theology

All are welcome! Come and be inspired!

For 25 years, the seminary has brought to Philadelphia for a week each March the finest in African American preaching as part of the Preaching with Power series.

This series is hosted both on the seminary's campus and in congregations throughout the community. The congregational backgrounds include the American Baptist Churches, the United Methodist Church, the Church of God in Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America denominations.

All Preaching with Power events are free and open to the public. Collection proceeds benefit the J.Q. Jackson Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship support to students who study in the seminary's 25-year-old Urban Theological Institute.

For more information and a schedule of events... http://ltsp.edu/preachingwithpower

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Hein-Fry Lectures Coming Tuesday

The annual Hein-Fry Lecture comes to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Tuesday, February 27.

The theme for Series XVI is The State of the Bible in North America, and the guest lecturer is Dr. Donald Hagner, the George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. Prof. Hagner will present two lectures at 9:30 and 11 am.

Faculty respondent is Dr. Erik Heen, professor of New Testament and Greek at LTSP. Prof. Heen's lecture will be at 2 pm. A plenary dialog will follow at 3 pm.

Lectures will be held in Benbow Hall the The Brossman Center on the LTSP campus. All Hein-Fry lectures are free and open to the public.

9:30 Lecture: Dr. Donald Hagner
11:00 Lecture: Dr. Donald Hagner
12:30 Lunch break
2:00 Faculty Response: Dr. Erik M. Heen
3:00 Plenary Dialog

Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center [campus map]



For more information on the Hein-Fry Lecture Series, see the series pages:
http://www.elca.org/heinfry/2007/

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Future of Christianity in Central and Eastern Europe

"The Future of Christianity in Central and Eastern Europe" Bishop Dr. Julius Filo (right) -- Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession in the Slovak Republic; Former Vice-President of Lutheran World Federation for the Central Eastern European Region, 1997-2003

On Tuesday, February 20, 2007, Bishop Dr. Julius Filo presented a convocation lecture titled, "The Future of Christianity in Central and Eastern Europe," before an audience at the Brossman Center. His lecture described the religious history of the region and gave insight into present trends for this "meeting place of the western and eastern European traditions."

An audio recording of his lecture is available online: http://www.ltsp.edu/media/mp3/convoaudio022007.mp3.

On the recording:
0:00 Introduction - Dr. Karl Krueger, LTSP
4:58 Lecture - Bishop Filo

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Prof. Quivik discusses "The Final Goodbye"

Melinda A. Quivik, assistant professor of practical theology-Christian assembly at The Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia, will be discussing Funeral Trends and Burial Practices online from now through January 23. Prof. Quivik, whose book A Christian Funeral: Witness to the Resurrection, was published by Augsburg Fortress in 2005, is quoted in this month's The Lutheran magazine in the article The final goodbye - Death and taxes are constant, but funerals are changing. You'll find the article online on the Lutheran's Web site: http://www.thelutheran.org/article/article.cfm?article_id=6251 You'll also find a link to the discussion on this page.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Mt. Airy Schools Art Show, “Increase the Peace,” at LTSP through King Day

Honoring the spirit of the holiday season and the inspiration of Martin Luther King, Mt. Airy Public Elementary School students were asked to create artwork that symbolized Peace – in their lives, homes, community or the world. Twenty-four students submitted drawings, which will be on display on the first floor of the Brossman Center at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA (www.Ltsp.edu).

The Mt. Airy Schools Art Show and Contest will run from Mt. Airy First Friday on January 5, 2007 until Martin Luther King Day, January 16, 2007. The community is invited to attend the show and vote on the artwork. Ballots will be tabulated on January 17, 2007, and prizes will be awarded to the students at their schools, shortly thereafter.

The idea for the art show grew out of the escalating violence, and gun violence in particular, in Philadelphia. “With the murder rate at almost 400 dead and the year not yet over, it’s important for community groups, schools, government agencies and religious institutions to breathe life into the situation and help ease neighborhood tensions by acting with a tactical focus toward creating a safe community,” said LTSP organizer and Community Relations Coordinator, Terri Youngblut. “As citizens, we are called to stand up for justice and peace and to teach our children that they too can make a difference. This focus is especially important to help children avoid risky behaviors and crime such as illegal drug use, in order to become healthy, well-adjusted adults.”

The art show and contest idea was initiated by The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in conjunction with the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement (NIM) Congregation and Community Council Peace Initiative and the Mt. Airy Schools Committee (MASC). It is anticipated to be a yearly event.

You can see some of the entries on the LTSP Web.

“Changing Families” symposium series opens with “Disconnected Young Single Fathers”

“Disconnected Young Single Fathers” is the topic of the first session of the “Changing Families and the Challenge for Urban Ministry: From Surviving to Thriving” symposium series on Saturday, January 20, 2007, at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Keynote speakers at the first session are Ronald Mincy, Maurice V. Russell Professor of Social Policy and Social Work Practice, Columbia University, and Joseph T. Jones, Jr., Founder and President of the Center for Fathers, Families and Workforce Development, Baltimore, MD. The program begins at 9:00 am at The Brossman Center at LTSP, and the public is encouraged to register.

The second session of the series, on Saturday, March 3, 2007, will explore “Vulnerable Young Single Mothers” with keynoters Kathy Edin (University of Pennsylvania) and Brenda Girton-Mitchell (National Council of the Churches of Christ), and the third, on Saturday, April 14, 2007, will address “At-Risk Children of Changing Families” with keynoters Marcia J. Carlson (Columbia University) and Victoria Yancey (School District of Philadelphia). The series is sponsored by the Metropolitan/Urban Concentration and Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

For more details and to register for any or all of the sessions, please visit the “Changing Families” website at www.Ltsp.edu/changingfamilies. You may also email changingfamilies@Ltsp.edu or call (215) 248-4616.