Thursday, September 10, 2009

Congregation and Community Day September 26

"Your Congregation and Your Community"

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is proud to present Congregation Day at LTSP, a day to celebrate and support you and your congregation in your mission in areas of ministry specific to your needs. This year Congregation Day is Saturday, September 26, 2009, and the theme is "Your Congregation and Your Community." Economic stress, population changes, greater connections with global communities, changing needs for outreach and mission, challenges of technology, and more, call for congregations to revisit their mission and place in their local communities. Creating and establishing a strong connection between your congregation and your local community is essential for congregational growth, sustainability, and mission development.

Congregation Day offers learning opportunities for youth and adults, providing ideas and resources that will help build and strengthen connections with their community. Workshops include: Who are the people in your neighborhood?, Media and Your Congregation, Partners for Sacred Spaces, Partnering with Non-Profit and Service Organizations, Walking the Walk, and Serving your Community in Tough Economic Times.

You will be able to experience the importance of connecting with your local community as LTSP celebrates the dedication of the William Allen Historical Marker on the new William Allen Plaza. The plaza was created by the seminary to connect the LTSP campus to the Mt. Airy community and provide a gathering place open and inviting to all. The dedication follows our morning lecture, William Allen and American Crisis: Then and Now, where LTSP Professor Jon Pahl will explore how people of faith today revive the ethical commitments and community engagement of colonial leader William Allen (see schedule of the day for more information). For those interested in learning more about William Allen, an hour lecture, William Allen: The Squire of Mount Airy, will be held following the dedication.

As part of Congregation Day, LTSP will be recognizing one congregation from each Region 7 synod with the Excellence in Ministry Award. Congregations receiving the award will be chosen for their connection to their local community and their support of theological education.

Come join us! Register online.

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