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.

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