Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New Collaborative Program designed for Learners at a Distance

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (Lutheran) and Lancaster Theological Seminary announce their collaboration in offering introductory courses in Christian theology and history online starting Fall 2011. Incorporating emerging technologies, each offering is designed to introduce the participant to theological study while providing the flexibility to remain in his or her own location.

The first class to be offered through Lancaster Theological Seminary is Introduction to Theology taught by Professor Lee Barrett. At the same time, Lutheran will offer Introduction to the History of Christianity taught by Dr. Jon Pahl. These offerings are followed in Spring 2012 by Jesus and the Gospels through Lancaster Theological Seminary, and Introduction to Christian Ethics through Lutheran. Students accepted at either institution may take advantage of offerings at the other seminary.

These courses provide a foundation, should the participant desire to continue his or her education on either campus, in a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Religion degree program. Whether applied to a degree or as part of one’s life long learning plans, our Distant Learning Program will take you deeper into the study of Christianity.

Together, the two seminaries will be offering more courses than a individual seminary with 10 foundational courses in theology being developed. Whether seeking to pursue Christian theological studies in the future, or simply enhancing and expanding one’s knowledge, the participant will delve deeper into the study of Christianity, without having to become a resident on campus or commute to classes, through one-on-one instructor connection, video lectures, group discussions, collaborative projects, and relevant media content.

To request more information about our Distant Learning Program, please complete our online form or contact the seminary's admissions office, 215-248-7302.


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Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world. One of eight seminaries of the 4.5-million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (www.ELCA.org), LTSP awards first professional, such as the Master of Divinity, and advanced-level degrees to present and future church leaders. Almost 500 students study at the seminary. The student body is comprised mostly of Lutherans, but more than 35 percent are from 28 other denominations, including Episcopalian, Baptist, Presbyterian, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and the Church of God in Christ.

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