Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Seminary Education: What the Church Expects? theme of March 1 Convocation

Bishop Roy Riley
Bishop E. Roy Riley, of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be the presenter at the Tuesday, March 1 convocation at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Bishop Riley will speak on the topic "Seminary Education: What the Church Expects?" The convocation is scheduled for 11:30 am in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the LTSP campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The convocation is free and open to the public.

Bishop Riley provides pastoral and administrative leadership to the 180 congregations and almost 80,000 baptized members of the ELCA on the territory of New Jersey. He has led the New Jersey Synod as bishop since 1991, and was re-elected to his current 6 year term at the 2007 synod assembly.

The March 1 Convocation is the latest on the LTSP Theme for the Academic Year 2010-2011, "Theological Education in the Changed Context of the Church and Society." Future convocations include:

Mar. 13-17: Preaching With Power Week, UTI Convocation 3/15

Mar. 22: Hein-Fry Lectures—a speaker from abroad

Mar. 29: Nolde Lecture (to be announced)

Apr. 19: Faculty Panel—Insights from the convocation series

May 3-4: Spring Alumni Convocation 2011 - One God, Many Christs: How Jesus is Incarnated in America, Keynote Richard Wrightman Fox, Professor of History at the University of Southern California (USC) 5/3-5/4; 5/3 Earth Day—Green Team (Plaza)

May 10: Social Ministry Convocation

Convocations and programs are open to the public, and with the exception of Alumni Convocation are free of charge.

During the past few decades theological education has been undergoing change. The change is more perceptible with regard to the gender, age, and racial/ethnic composition of faculty, staff and students. Patterns of seminary attendance, academic schedule and the structure of the curricula are undergoing change. With the advent of computers, Internet and modern technology, new and creative modes of delivery of education have been developed. Students have exhibited diverse motivations and vocational aspirations. Degrees have multiplied, theological disciplines have become specialized and sources of financial support have shifted. The cost of theological education, dwindling support from denominations, debt load of students, pressure to reduce duration requirements, have all raised serious questions about the quality and sustainability of seminary education over the long haul.

These changes to some extent reflect societal changes that have impacted the church. The social location of the church and the long-stand privileges the culture had extended to Christian churches have now diminished. The religious landscape of our society has undergone change. The face of Christianity too has changed due to immigration and migration of people. Mainline denominations have experienced significant decline in membership. Denominations and denominational identity have weakened. In short the ecology of theological education has changed and will experience further changes. Much has changed and more changes are on the way!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dr. Norma Cook Everist presenting "Leadership for Building Trustworthy Environments within the Church and in the Public World" February 22

Dr. Norma Cook Everist, the St. John's Summit Professor for 2011, will be presenting on the topic "Leadership for Building Trustworthy Environments within the Church and in the Public World" at the next Convocation at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), scheduled for Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 11:30 am in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the LTSP campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The convocation is free and open to the public.

Dr. Everist is Professor of Church Administration and Educational Ministry at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. From her Wartburg biographical sketch:
Professor Norma Cook Everist came to Wartburg in 1979 after teaching at Yale Divinity School. She helps foster a seminary community atmosphere of shared power and partnership that builds on the gifts and insights of the students, which in turn enhances learning for leadership in the church and in the world.

She is a widely known lecturer across the country and the author of numerous books. Her most recent titles include Transforming Leadership, co-authored with Craig Nessan, and Christian Education as Evangelism, co-authored by twelve professors at Lutheran Seminaries of the ELCA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.
Dr. Everist is playing a strong role in the ELCA five-year Book of Faith initiative.  She is on the editorial board of the forthcoming Lutheran Study Bible.  She prepared the assessment tools for individuals and faith communities included in the book Opening the Book of Faith, and is part of a group preparing a Select video course on methods of teaching the Bible. She has served nationally and internationally on many task forces and committees in the areas of ministry, leadership, theological education, gender studies, and ministry in daily life. She is faculty editor for The Persistent Voice networking newsletter. She enjoys visiting congregations and church agencies where Wartburg graduates serve.
 Everist is a deaconess and an ordained ELCA pastor.
The St. John’s Summit professorship annually brings a distinguished visiting professor to LTSP to teach and share in the life of the seminary community. The professorship is funded by a gift from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Summit, New Jersey.

The February 22 Convocation is the latest on the LTSP Theme for the Academic Year 2010-2011, "Theological Education in the Changed Context of the Church and Society." Future convocations include:

Mar. 1: Seminary Education: What the Church Expects? – Bishop Roy Riley, New Jersey Synod

Mar. 13-17: Preaching With Power Week, UTI Convocation 3/15

Mar. 22: Hein-Fry Lectures—a speaker from abroad

Mar. 29: Nolde Lecture (to be announced)

Apr. 19: Faculty Panel—Insights from the convocation series

May 3-4: Spring Alumni Convocation 2011 - One God, Many Christs: How Jesus is Incarnated in America, Keynote Richard Wrightman Fox,Professor of History at the University of Southern California (USC) 5/3-5/4; 5/3 Earth Day—Green Team (Plaza)

May 10: Social Ministry Convocation

Convocations and programs are open to the public, and with the exception of Alumni Convocation are free of charge.

During the past few decades theological education has been undergoing change. The change is more perceptible with regard to the gender, age, and racial/ethnic composition of faculty, staff and students. Patterns of seminary attendance, academic schedule and the structure of the curricula are undergoing change. With the advent of computers, Internet and modern technology, new and creative modes of delivery of education have been developed. Students have exhibited diverse motivations and vocational aspirations. Degrees have multiplied, theological disciplines have become specialized and sources of financial support have shifted. The cost of theological education, dwindling support from denominations, debt load of students, pressure to reduce duration requirements, have all raised serious questions about the quality and sustainability of seminary education over the long haul.

These changes to some extent reflect societal changes that have impacted the church. The social location of the church and the long-stand privileges the culture had extended to Christian churches have now diminished. The religious landscape of our society has undergone change. The face of Christianity too has changed due to immigration and migration of people. Mainline denominations have experienced significant decline in membership. Denominations and denominational identity have weakened. In short the ecology of theological education has changed and will experience further changes. Much has changed and more changes are on the way!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

"Integrating Theology on the Ground" topic of Tuesday, February 15 Convocation

Faculty members of the Integrative area at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) will be presenting on the topic "Integrating Theology on the Ground" at the next Convocation, scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 11:30 am in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the LTSP campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The convocation is free and open to the public.

Faculty members presenting on the topic are The Rev. Dr. Wayne Croft, Sr., Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr. Associate Professor of Homiletics and Liturgics in African American Studies; The Rev. Dr. Katie Day, The Charles A. Scheiren Professor, Church and Society and Director, Metropolitan/Urban Concentration; Dr. Michael Krentz, AIM, Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor; The Rev. Dr. Charles Leonard, Associate Professor, Practical Theology and Director, Contextual Education; The Rev. Dr. Richard Stewart, Associate Professor, Communications, Parish Administration; The Rev. Dr. Storm Swain, Assistant Professor, Pastoral Care and Theology and Director of Anglican Studies; and The Rev. Dr. Karyn Wiseman, Assistant Professor of Homiletics.

The February 15 Convocation is the latest on the LTSP Theme for the Academic Year 2010-2011, "Theological Education in the Changed Context of the Church and Society." Future convocations include:

Mar. 1: Seminary Education: What the Church Expects? – Bishop Roy Riley, New Jersey Synod

Mar. 13-17: Preaching With Power Week, UTI Convocation 3/15

Mar. 22: Hein-Fry Lectures—a speaker from abroad

Mar. 29: Nolde Lecture (to be announced)

Apr. 5: Prof. Norma Cook-Everist, St. John’s Visiting Professor

Apr. 19: Faculty Panel—Insights from the convocation series

May 3-4: Spring Alumni Convocation 2011 - One God, Many Christs: How Jesus is Incarnated in America, Keynote Richard Wrightman Fox,Professor of History at the University of Southern California (USC) 5/3-5/4; 5/3 Earth Day—Green Team (Plaza)

May 10: Social Ministry Convocation

Convocations and programs are open to the public, and with the exception of Alumni Convocation are free of charge.

During the past few decades theological education has been undergoing change. The change is more perceptible with regard to the gender, age, and racial/ethnic composition of faculty, staff and students. Patterns of seminary attendance, academic schedule and the structure of the curricula are undergoing change. With the advent of computers, Internet and modern technology, new and creative modes of delivery of education have been developed. Students have exhibited diverse motivations and vocational aspirations. Degrees have multiplied, theological disciplines have become specialized and sources of financial support have shifted. The cost of theological education, dwindling support from denominations, debt load of students, pressure to reduce duration requirements, have all raised serious questions about the quality and sustainability of seminary education over the long haul.

These changes to some extent reflect societal changes that have impacted the church. The social location of the church and the long-stand privileges the culture had extended to Christian churches have now diminished. The religious landscape of our society has undergone change. The face of Christianity too has changed due to immigration and migration of people. Mainline denominations have experienced significant decline in membership. Denominations and denominational identity have weakened. In short the ecology of theological education has changed and will experience further changes. Much has changed and more changes are on the way!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

LTSP 2008 Outstanding Alumnus The Rev. Dr. Lee Miller has died - former board member and Lutheran bishop was 72

From Upstate New York Synod Bishop Marie C. Jerge:

The Rev. Dr. Lee Miller
We give thanks for the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Lee M. Miller. Dr. Miller entered life eternal on January 31, 2011 at the age of 72 surrounded by family and prayers.

Dr. Miller served as Bishop of the Upstate New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America from 1992 to 2002.  Prior to that he served the Upper New York Synod of the Lutheran Church in America as Assistant to Bishop from 1976 to 1992 and Mission Director on behalf of the ELCA.  He served as pastor at First, Lockport from 1971 to 1976 and assistant pastor at First, Jamestown from 1965 to 1971.

He served as a school board member in Jamestown and Lockport, convener of the Collegium of the New York State Council of Churches and on many boards of trustees.  These include Lutheran Social Services of Upstate New York in Jamestown, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Augsburg Fortress Publishing House, Minneapolis. He was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia in 2008.

He is survived by his wife Joan, to whom he was married more than 45 years, and their children: daughter Beth Ann and her husband Phillip McCollum and grandchildren Amelia and Damon, son the Rev. Lee M. Miller II and his wife Heather and grandson Griffin; his brother Frank Miller, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-law relatives.

Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, Feb 5, 2011 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 3101 Tyson Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19149.  A second service will be at 5:30 pm on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, 873 Dewitt Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Notes of condolence may be sent to the Miller family at 6423 Scotland Road, East Syracuse, NY  13057-1529.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to:

Upstate New York Synod
Bishop Lee M. Miller Equipping the Saints fund
110 Hinsdale Road
Camillus, NY  13031

St. Stephen Lutheran Church
873 Dewitt Street
Syracuse, NY  13203

or

St. John's Lutheran Church
3101 Tyson Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149

Rest eternal grant him, O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon him. ELW p. 284
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Grace and peace,
Marie C. Jerge, Bishop


The Syracuse Post-Standard has published a story on syracure.com: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2011/02/former_lutheran_bishop_dies_at.html