Friday, October 31, 2008

Come and See! LTSP Prospective Student Day November 13

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) trains leaders from more than 30 denominations for a wide range of ministries in the world. Whether you are a person in the pew looking to learn more about your faith, or a person called to be a pastor, youth leader, educator or counselor, we have programs to fit your needs, finances and schedule.

You can learn more at Prospective Student Day, Thursday, November 13th, 6:30 pm -- 8:30 pm. It's an opportunity to meet members of our outstanding faculty and diverse student community. Explore programs including the Master of Divinity degree, with evening and weekend options, and the part time Doctor of Divinity advanced degree where those already serving in ministry can sharpen their skills. Learn about grants, scholarships and loans to finance your education. Located in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, we are readily accessible by train, bus or car.

Register for the Lutheran Theological Seminary Prospective Student Day at Ltsp.edu or call 215-248-7302.

Prof. Erik Heen 2008 Quodlibet Distinguished Presenter

Dr. Erik M. Heen, LTSP Professor of New Testament and Greek, is this year's distinguished presenter for Quodlibet, where each year a member of the faculty at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is presented with "any question whatsoever" and responds in this tradition-based, rigorous academic exercise. The Quodlibet answer session will be held Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 11:30 am in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center, on the seminary campus at 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The event is free and open to the public.

Following LTSP tradition, students, faculty and others were invited to present any question whatsoever at a session the Tuesday before the November 4 lecture. While recognizing Quodlibet is an academic tradition, any question, on any topic, was accepted, and Prof. Heen will present his responses on November 4.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Come & See! LTSP Prospective Student Day Oct. 25

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia trains leaders from more than 30 denominations for a wide range of ministries in the world. Whether you are a person in the pew looking to learn more about your faith, or a person called to be a pastor, youth leader, educator or counselor, we have programs to fit your needs, finances and schedule.

You can learn more at Prospective Student Day, Saturday, October 25th. It's an opportunity to meet members of our outstanding faculty and diverse student community. Sit in on a class. Explore programs including the Master of Divinity degree, with evening and weekend options, and the part time Doctor of Divinity advanced degree where those already serving in ministry can sharpen their skills . Learn about grants, scholarships and loans to finance your education. Located in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, we are readily accessible by train, bus or car.

Register for the Lutheran Theological Seminary Prospective Student Day at Ltsp.edu or call 215-248-7302.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Voting and the American Religious Marketplace now online

Because the framers of the US Constitution determined the nation would have "no established church," you might think Americans would feel "less connected" to religion in general and to the the importance of religion across the political scene, but the opposite is true. That was part of the first of two messages delivered at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia Oct. 7 by Political Science Professor Laura Olson of Clemson University, who teaches American Politics and Religion in Politics at the school.

You can view both informative presentations by Prof. Olson online at Ltsp.edu/olson.

Monday, October 06, 2008

LTSP Alumnus Installed as Bishop in Northeastern PA Synod

The Rev. Dr. Samuel R. Zeiser was installed as bishop, the shepherd and spiritual leader of nearly 152,000 Lutherans of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), on Saturday, September 27, 2008. More than 800 clergy and lay persons representing the 291 synod congregations in a 14-county area of northeastern Pennsylvania witnessed the installation in Elm Park United Methodist Church,
Scranton, a site chosen based on its ability to accommodate the number of people expected.

Bishop Zeiser received the Master of Divinity degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in 1977, and a Master of Sacred Theology from LTSP in 1989. He earned a doctor of philosophy degree in 2001 in Religious and Theological Studies.

Preaching and presiding at the installation service was ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson, and assisting minister was Priscilla Schlenker Kinney, vice president of the synod and a member of the LTSP board.

More photos and information about Bishop Zeiser’s installation can be found on the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s Web site, http://www.nepsynod.org.



In the photo: The Rev. Dr. Samuel R. Zeiser surrounded by (clockwise from bottom left) the Rev. Robert Driesen, Bishop, Upper Susquehanna Synod; the Rev. Dr. Russell Mitman, Conference Minister, Penn Southeast Conference, UCC; the Rev. Susan W. Hassinger, Bishop, Wyoming Conference, United Methodist Church; the Rev. Harold S. Weiss, Bishop Emeritus, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod; the Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem; the Rev. Margaret Payne, Bishop, New England Synod; the Rev. Claire S. Burkat, Bishop, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod; the Rev. David R. Strobel, Bishop Emeritus, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod; the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; the Rev. Marie Jerge, Bishop, Upstate New York Synod. (behind Bishop Hanson is the Rev. Martha Sipe)

LTSP Hosts International Delegation of Scholars and Religious Leaders

On Friday, September 26, 2008, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) hosted an international delegation of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders taking part in a Fulbright Fellowship Interfaith Community Action Program, arranged through the Dialogue Institute of Temple University. The afternoon session began with a welcome and introductions of the Fulbright participants, and LTSP faculty and PhD students by Dr. David D. Grafton, Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at LTSP. LTSP Dean, Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar, Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology, then provided a presentation on "Pedagogy for Interfaith Relations." Dr. Rajashekar explored the issues related to how a Christian Protestant Denominational seminary trains public leaders of the Church in a religiously pluralistic environment. The presentation was followed by a fruitful dialogue. The Fulbright participants completed their visit with a tour of the LTSP campus.

The ten Fulbright participants were Dr. Fahrad Abdulrahman Alhououdi - Vice Dean of Academic Research at Iman Muhamed bin Saud Islamic University in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ziad Elias Fahd - Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavorial Sciences at Notre Dame University in Lebanon, Mr. Ghassan Abdel Salaam Manasra - Imam of the Quadi Sufi Center in Israel, Mr. Akhtarul Shaukat Ali - head of the Department of Islamic Studies at the Zakir Husain Institute in India, Mr. Mohammad Modasir Ali - Assistan Professor of Comparative Religion at International Islamic University of Islamabad in Pakistan, Fr. Serge Moussa of the Society of Missionaries of Africa in Burkina Faso, Dr. Fatimah Husein - Executive Director of the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies of the Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, Ms. Mehri Niknam - Exectutive Director for the Joseph Interfaith Foundation in England, Fr. Michael Chua Kim Wah - Ecclesiastical Assistant of the Archdiocesan Ministry of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in Malaysia, and Mr. Khedimeliah Moussa - Manager in Sustainable Development for EHESS-CADIS in France.