As the Church year turns from Advent to Christmas, René and I wish you a blessed Christmas and New Year. May the joy that God is with us in Christ, and the knowledge that the world is reconciled to God in Christ, greet you over these days. At The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, we prepare ordained and non-ordained leaders who witness publicly to the Good news of God in Christ. This 145th academic year has been a wonderful year for the seminary, with a great student body and an excellent faculty getting ready for the church of the future. Our student applications for next year are double what they were last year at this time. We are also celebrating an anniversary of the Krauth Memorial Library: 100 years of Scholarship and Service. We experienced a major overhaul of Germantown Avenue, and the seminary contributed with the opening of the magnificent Allen Square in front of the chapel. In early 2009 we will welcome the bishop and staff of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Lutheran Synod onto the campus.
It has also been a challenging year as our endowment took a beating with the nation's economic downturn, but we are so thankful for the outpouring of support that we have received for the Leadership/Annual Fund as we attempt to reach a record goal of $1 million for the Fund, thus allowing us to protect the endowment for the future so that the seminary will stand like the new retaining wall in front of the chapel. Thanks to you, we are well on our way to this goal by June 30, 2009. It has not been easy, but we are baptized for times like this. God is teaching us to trust in God's loving mercy and to trust God's people to be there for the needs of theological education. Thank you for your trust in our stewardship. Merry Christmas.
- Philip D.W. Krey
You can help us reach our $1 million goal for the Leadership Fund. Please give online using your credit card. Thank you!
above, the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel at William Allen Square, the LTSP campus
William Allen Square
the space before construction
You'll find an album of photos of the chapel/William Allen Square construction online.
Photos of the first public event on William Allen Square, the December 5, 2008, Christmas tree lighting, also online.