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 TeologĂ­a 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.