Monday, March 30, 2009

Dean Rajashekar among Lecturers at international Lutheran consultation

The Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar, Dean and Luther D. Reed Professor, Systematic Theology, at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), is among the pleanry lecturers at the international consultation "Theology in the Life of Lutheran Churches – Perspectives and Ways of Transforming Churches Today" of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Augsburg, Germany. The consultation runs through March 31.

Dean Rajashekar is among 120 theologians from more than 30 countries taking part in the consultation, held under the auspices of the LWF Department for Theology and Studies (DTS). The meeting, held in collaboration with the Institute of Protestant Theology of the University of Augsburg, is the culmination of the DTS study program "Theology in the Life of the Church," which has been ongoing since 2004.

You can read the release about the consultation here.

Downloadable pdf copies of the plenary lectures, including Dean Rajashekar's, can be found on the LWF Web site here.

LTSP Announces Successful Faculty and Staff Searches

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has successfully completed three searches to fill open faculty and staff positions.

The Rev. Dr. Storm Swain has been appointed to the position of Assistant Professor for Pastoral Care and Theology and Episcopal Studies at LTSP effective July 1, 2009. Prof. Swain has already begun to teach at LTSP, serving as an adjunct professor this spring teaching Introduction to Pastoral Care. Prof. Swain recently completed a PhD in the Psychiatry and Religion program at Union Theological Seminary in New York, with her dissertation topic “Trinity, Trauma and Transformation: A Trinitarian Pastoral Theology reflected in the experience of the Chaplains at the 9/11 Temporary Mortuary at Ground Zero.” She holds a Bachelor of Theology (1992) from the University of Otago, New Zealand, having attended Knox Theological Hall majoring in Christian Thought and History, a Master of Sacred Theology (1999) and Master of Philosophy (2004) from Union Theological Seminary, and from the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute, graduate certificates in Psychoanalysis and Pastoral Psychotherapy. After graduation from Otago University, Prof. Swain served as Chaplain to Mental Health Services and later also as a CPE supervisor in Dunedin, New Zealand. She is also a priest in the Episcopal Church, most recently serving the church as Canon Pastor at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York.

The Rev. Dr. Quintin L. Robertson is the new Director of the Urban Theological Institute (UTI). Dr. Robertson officially begins his work at LTSP on May 1, and already has been introduced to the LTSP and UTI community at this spring’s Preaching with Power events. He will oversee the three programming areas of the UTI: first professional degrees with an African American focus through the MDiv Black Church Concentration and MAR Black Church Specialization, the UTI Certificate Programs, and Public Programming, of which Preaching with Power is the capstone event.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Dr. Robertson earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, and his Master of Business Administration Degree from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. He furthered his education by earning a Master of Divinity Degree and Doctor of Ministry degree from the Charles Harrison Mason Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). Dr. Robertson is an ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ and a member of Cathedral of Faith in Atlanta. He is a member of the Board of Directors for All Saints Bible College in Memphis, TN. He has mentored and trained many students in ministry throughout the U.S. He has served as Director of Admission and Recruitment for the Interdenominational Theological Center for ten years and Director of Campus Ministry for the Church of God in Christ in the Atlanta University Center for four years.

Dr. Michael Krentz joins LTSP July 1 as Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor. An Associate in Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Dr. Krentz comes to LTSP with some 30 years experience in parish music. He received Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He is a past-Dean of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and has served in the leadership of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, including chairperson of ALCM’s 1997 national conference, president of Region 1, and national Secretary-Treasurer.

In addition to leading the seminary choir and providing musical leadership for seminary worship, Dr. Krentz’s part time role will include teaching in the first professional curriculum and guiding Master of Arts in Religion students in the Liturgy and Music Specialization.

More on Prof. Swain and Drs. Robertson and Krentz will be found in the upcoming spring issue of the seminary magazine, PS.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Convocation 3/31: “Repairing the Public Sphere: A Christian Response to the Global Crisis”

Dr. William Storrar, Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ, will present on the topic Repairing the Public Sphere: A Christian Response to the Global Crisis on Tuesday, March 31, 11:30 am, in Benbow Hall of The Brossman Center on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Center of Theological Inquiry is an independent educational institution for advanced study. Dr. Storrar was formerly Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland.

Dr. Storrar earned his MA and BD from the University of Edinburgh, where he served as the Rector’s Assessor on the University Court. He was then called to parish ministry in the Church of Scotland, where he led a growing congregation of twelve hundred members. After parish ministry, he gained his PhD from Edinburgh University and lectured in Practical Theology at the Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow before being appointed to the Chair of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr. Storrar’s service in church and society in Scotland included chairing the Board of Ministry of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and chairing Common Cause, a Scottish civic forum on active citizenship and democratic renewal. As a minister, he was responsible for four Church of Scotland General Assembly reports: two on medical ethics, one on the government of Scotland and one on the vocation of the ordained ministry. As a citizen, he was the co-author of The Democracy Declaration (1992), the only common statement by all political parties and civic bodies supporting the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, 1999.

Dr. Storrar is an elected member of the International Academy of Practical Theology and the American Theological Society. His research interests as a practical theologian include ministry and mission in the context of social change and theology and public issues. His publications include the co-edited volume, Public Theology for the 21st Century, a major collection of essays on the ideas and issues shaping this emerging interdisciplinary field of theological inquiry (T&T Clark, 2004). In 2005 he initiated what became the Global Network for Public Theology (2007), a collaborative academic network linking twenty four public theology research centers and programs in higher education institutions on all continents. Dr. Storrar also chairs the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Theology (Brill).

Directions to LTSP can be found on the seminary Web site: www.Ltsp.edu/directions-ltsp

Friday, March 27, 2009

LTSP Annual Report Wins Award for James Walker

James Walker of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) has been recognized by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) for his work in Public Relations Materials – Annual Report. The DeRose-Hinkhouse Award ceremony was held in Boston, MA on March 29, 2009 in conjunction with RCC’s annual meeting, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary.

The award recognizes the achievements of RCC members who demonstrate excellence as religion communicators. Entries in various categories were judged by the Communications faculty of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL. The awards honor the late Victor DeRose and Paul M. Hinkhouse, who were leading lithographers in New York City.

Mr. Walker’s winning entry was the 2008 Annual Report of Donors to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and recognized the gifts from donors to LTSP in fiscal year 2008.

Paul Black, coordinator of the DeRose-Hinkhouse awards, reported that the judges confirmed they had to make some difficult choices due to the high quality of the submitted entries.

“The excellence in your members’ work is very impressive. All the judges found such outstanding work, beautifully done and very effective,” remarked Terry Lynn Johnson, ABC APR, associate professor in the journalism department at Eastern Illinois University.

LTSP, a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is committed to preparing ordained and lay ministers of the Word as leaders for the mission of the Church in the world.

The RCC is an interfaith association of religion communicators at work in print and electronic communication, marketing, and public relations. Established in 1929, it is the oldest association of religion communicators in America. There are twelve local chapters around the country as well as members-at-large in cities where a chapter does not exist. The chapters meet monthly, providing an outlet for education and networking for the members. The chapters also serve to promote excellence in the communication of religious faith and values as well as understanding among diverse faith groups.

A complete list of the 2009 DeRose-Hinkhouse award winners can be found at www.religioncommunicators.org.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Alumni Spring Convocation 2009: "Path of Forgiveness"

Monday-Wednesday, April 27-29, 2009

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) Alumni Spring Convocation 2009 will be held in memory and celebration of the life and work of LTSP's Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Greek The Rev. Dr. John H.P. Reumann (1927-2008). This time of remembrance includes the official beginning of fundraising for the John Reumann Chair of Biblical Studies, a workshop on Philippians: The Anchor Commentary 2008 (written by John Reumann), Tuesday Memorial Evening Prayer, and the Alumni Banquet including remarks by Dr. Erik Heen and members of the Reumann family. Convocation will held on the LTSP campus in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

Keynote presenter on the theme "Path of Forgiveness" is Dr. David Augsburger (at right), Professor of Pastoral Counseling, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary. And Convocation begins with the annual Easter Vespers. You'll find the schedule, registration information and more now online...

An updated memorial of Prof. Reumann is also on the LTSP Web site: ltsp.edu/reumann-memorial