Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Turku Cathedral Boys' Choir in concert at LTSP October 20

Finland's Turku Cathedral Boys' Choir (Chorus Cathedralis Iuniorum) will be in concert at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7 pm. Co-hosted by LTSP and Finland's Honorary Consul, Philadelphia, Ms. Kristina Mattila, the concert will be presented in the Schaefer-Ashmead Chapel on the seminary's campus, 7301 Germantown Ave. in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Open to the public, a free-will offering will benefit the LTSP Chapel Fund.

Chorus Cathedralis Iuniorum (CCI), the Turku Cathedral Boys' Choir, was established in 1987 at the initiative of the joint music committee of the Turku Lutheran Parishes in the tradition of similar European boys’ choirs. In addition to their significant contribution to the musical life of the cathedral in Turku, a medieval city in southwest Finland, CCI sings in services at the cathedral and other Turku churches. CCI has made concert tours to Sweden, England, Germany, Estonia, the United States and Canada. They sing a capella and larger, orchestrated compositions, including pieces by composers such as Mozart, Schubert and Bach. The Choir’s concert at the seminary is part of a 10 day, three city tour of the U.S. that will also take them to New York and Washington, DC.

Visit the CCI website here.
Directions to the LTSP campus can be found online here.

Turku Cathedral Boys' Choir (Chorus Cathedralis Iuniorum)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Intersections Institute Presents Oct 7th Public Seminar: "Creating Shared Value through Collaboration"

The Intersections Institute announced its fall Public Seminar exploring a framework within which businesses and social ministry/social service organizations may advance and experience more substantive intersections together. Scheduled for Friday, October 7th, 2011 at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Ave. in the Mt Airy section of Philadelphia, the Institute will present a panel symposium comprising diverse perspectives around the proposition: “The corporate pursuit of creating shared value can be enhanced through collaboration with social ministry/social service organizations.” 

Topics will include corporate experience in the practice of socially responsible strategy; entrepreneurial practices led by business school faculty initiatives; social ministry organization perspectives from an SMO chief executive standpoint; and ethical guidance from the perspective of seminary faculty insights into organizational leadership. The concept of “shared value” and its metrics will be explored.

Presenting are: Dr. TL Hill, Associate Professor in Strategic Management, Temple University Fox School of Business, and Managing Director of Fox School’s Enterprise Management Consulting Practice (EMC), in the MBA program; Dr. James Childs, Fendt Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Colombus, OH; Larry R. Webber, Managing Director, Institute for Strategic Management Inc (ISM); Latoria J. Farmer, National Director, Diversity and Corporate Responsibility, KPMG LLP; and Dr. Patricia W. Savage, President/CEO, Allegheny Lutheran Social Ministries (ALSM), Hollidaysburg, PA.

The event is free and open to the public, and is scheduled for 10 am to 12 noon in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the seminary campus. Further information is available at the Institute’s website at

The Intersections Institute, directed by James Scott, challenges faith-inspired professionals to acquire and enhance managerial, business and theological acumen necessary to thrive at the intersections of service and leadership. To this end, the Institute coordinates two vanguard educational opportunities: the Masters in Public Leadership (MAPL), offered at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, in collaboration with Temple University’s School of Social Work and Fox School of Business; and the Certificate in Leadership of Faith-Based Organizations (CLFO), offered at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Muhlenberg Tercentenary Celebration: President Philip Krey

September 6, 2011

Dear Friends of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg,

With Lutherans in North America and Germany we remember Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, born 300 years ago on this date in Einbeck (Hanover), Germany. In 1742, Gotthilf August Franke, a leading German theologian, and Friedrich Michael Ziegenhagen, the Lutheran chaplain to the King of England, George II (also a Lutheran and ruler of Hanover), sent Muhlenberg as pastor and missionary to Pennsylvania. He moved from a planted, well-established church to a wilderness church in need of being planted (“ecclesia plantanda”). In 1748 Muhlenberg helped found the Pennsylvania Ministerium, the first Lutheran church body in North America, to which the ELCA traces its origins. He helped pastors and congregations to develop a constitution, a common liturgy and a common hymnal.

Muhlenberg also worked tirelessly to establish a well-educated, well-trained clergy in his adopted country. As the first seminary founded by the Pennsylvania Ministerium, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is proud to celebrate its true founder, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. Thus, it is only fitting that celebrate this day not only to remember a hero of the distant past but also to inaugurate our campaign for a Henry Melchior Muhlenberg scholarship, so that deserving Lutheran students at LTSP can continue the legacy of the patriarch of North American Lutheranism.

We also remember Muhlenberg for his fidelity to the gospel of justification by faith and freedom in Christ. In a letter of 1 May, 1753, admonishing New Jersey Lutherans, Muhlenberg worried about “people who call themselves Lutherans but do not experience anything of the true Evangelical faith in their hearts — about which Luther wrote in his preface to the Epistle to the Romans.” In difficulties, he wrote, “Thee greatest comfort is knowing the One in whom we believe and with whom we suffer for the sake of truth and godliness.” [From: The Correspondence of Heinrich Melchior Muhlenberg, vol. 3: 1753-1756 (Rockland, Maine: Picton Press, 2009), 40.]

As part of the celebration of Muhlenberg’s birth, the Francke Foundations in Halle, Germany (the institution that supported his work in the American colonies), working in close collaboration with LTSP, produced the exhibit that is now on display throughout the first floor of The Brossman Center. We give thanks to the Francke Foundations who have generously given the exhibit to the seminary as a permanent loan.

Thank you for your generous support of the seminary and for your eagerness to learn about and celebrate the work of the man whose statue has graced the seminary’s entrance for nearly a century, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg.

Philip D.W. Krey 
President, LTSP

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Web Streaming of September 6 Muhlenberg Day Events

The celebration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, known as "the father of American Lutheranism," begins at LTSP on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 (Muhlenberg's birthday!) with an opening day of events including special worship, a lecture by the Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, workshops by LTSP faculty and others on Muhlenberg's life and legacy, and more.

The day has proven to be very popular, with most events fully registered. LTSP will be live-streaming the opening worship at 10:45 am and the lecture with Dr. Martin Marty at 1:30 pm. Go to to view the live events, or to for schedules and recordings of live streamed events. The full schedule for the day can be found here.

If you are not able to attend, please join us online for the special worship and lecture as we celebrate the Legacy of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg on the anniversary of his birth.