The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) will celebrate its 30th Anniversary with three special events October 13-15, 2010. The Institute developed from a dream of its founders to create a seminary program that would have academic integrity, offered in the evenings and on Saturdays to meet the needs of working pastors in the African American community. Its founders, the Rev. Dr. Andrew Willis and the late Rev. Dr. Randolph Jones, approached a number of institutions and, as Dr. Jones often said, "Others said no, and Lutheran said YES."
The celebration includes the following events
30th Anniversary Concert: A Celebration of African American Sacred Music, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 7:00 pm (free-will offering), Sheila D. Booker, Coordinator, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5900 North 5th Street (5th St. & Nedro Ave.), Philadelphia, PA 19120.
30th Anniversary Worship Celebration, Thursday, October 14, 2010, 7:00 pm (free-will offering), The Rev. Dr. Carolyn A. Knight, Guest Preacher, at Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, 25 West Johnson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144.
30th Anniversary Gala Banquet & Reception, Friday, October 16, 2010, 6:30 pm, The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr., Guest Speaker, at The Brossman Center, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119. The banquet has sold out - a report will follow the event.
The Rev. Dr. Quintin Robinson, Director of the UTI, notes that, "Even after 30 years, we want to cultivate a deeper understanding, appreciation of and respect for African American theological inquiry and religious history, enriching the church and the seminary community.” Much as UTI and LTSP have been enriched by the last 30 years of carrying out the vision of Drs. Jones and Willis.
More information about the Urban Theological Institute's 30th Anniversary, including details of the events, is available online: www.Ltsp.edu/UTI30.
(revised to reflect banquet sell-out)