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.

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