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


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(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.