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

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)


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

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 on the Web.

ELCA NEWS SERVICE, August 10, 2007
For information contact:
John Brooks, Director (773) 380-2958 or