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?"