Friday, February 24, 2012

LTSP Highlighted on WHYY's Newsworks

Newsworks, a news and community information project of Philadelphia public broadcaster WHYY, posted a story and video on February 23 by Kris Kitts and Becky Kerner of Philadelphia Neighborhoods, one of Newsworks' reporting partners. The story, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia bridges sacred and secular living, includes comments and a video featuring seminary students, faculty and staff, and highlights LTSP's involvement in the community and programs like the Master of Arts in Public Leadership, an example of how students live out the seminary's commitment to developing and nurturing individuals for engagement in the world.

The story and video are posted on the Newsworks website at
Photo from Newsworks taken during the Duke Ellington Vespers on February 18.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

German Lutheran Theologian Oswald Bayer presenting lecture March 6 at LTSP

Oswald Bayer, DrTheol, the 2012 St. John's Summit Professor at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), will present the annual St. John's Summit Professor lecture on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at 11:30 am in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center on the seminary campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The lecture is free and open to the public.

A preview of the lecture: "The word of God, which remains forever (Is. 40:8), enters the public realm, apocalyptically, and yet it remains a mystery. The mystery is that of the divine name, which unlike all other mysteries, especially the agonizing mystery of evil and the hardness of heart, is not a riddle that once solved is put aside. It is the mystery of the eternally rich, living and therefore inexhaustible God."

Dr. Oswald Bayer is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He is particularly engaged in research on Martin Luther and Johann Georg Hamann, and serves as the academic leader of the Luther Academy Sondershausen-Ratzeburg. He is also an ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church of Württemberg, and was the editor of Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie from 1986-2006. Dr. Ayer champions a Lutheran theology that is creative and eager to engage philosophical thought. His life's work has been the exploration of the often polemical engagement of Reformation theology with modern thought (see, for example, Theology the Lutheran Way, published in 2007, and Freedom in Response: Lutheran Ethics: Sources and Controversies, which also appeared in 2007). He is particularly concerned with ascertaining the place and task of Lutheran theology in our time. This intention is paradigmatically apparent in his book, Johann Georg Hamann as a Radical Enlightener, recently published by Eerdmans. The volume is also available in a Japanese edition. His Martin Luther's Theology: A Contemporary Interpretation has been published in German, English, Portuguese and Chinese. Vitor Westhelle lauds Professor Bayer as "[o]ne of the most significant and original Lutheran voices of this generation, in both historical and systematic theology."

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.

A collection of Dr. Bayer's books can be found on the site.

Written by The Rev. Martin Lohrnann, PhD '10 and John Kahler. Dr. Lohrmann's doctoral dissertation was on "Johannes Bugenhagen's Commentary on Jonah (1550): Biblical Interpretation as Public Theology in the Reformation."

Starting March 2: Seminars on Educational Ministry in Congregations

This spring semester, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is offering a series of five one-day not-for-credit seminars/workshops exploring various facets of educational ministries in congregations. Each day long educational ministries seminar is taught by a qualified practitioner and aims to provide a concentrated focus on a theme. The seminars are open to interested Pastors and Christian Educators (for non-credit or continuing education credit). Sessions will be held on the seminary campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. We invite you to join us!

Detailed information and registration are available online at, or contact Kathie Afflerbach, LTSP Coordinator for Non-Credit Education, at

Here are some details:

Seminars on Educational Ministry in Congregations
Five one-day seminars/workshops exploring various facets of educational ministries in congregations. Open to Pastors and Christian Educators of all denominations (available for CE and not for credit - see the website for details and to register.

Friday, March 2, 9 am - 4 pm: Technology and Adult Education in Congregations offered by the Rev. Keith Anderson, Pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Woburn, MA and co-author of the forthcoming book Click2Save: The Digital Ministry Bible (Morehouse 2012).

Friday, March 23, 9 am - 4 pm: Biblical Literacy in Congregations offered by Dr. Erik Heen, John H. P. Reumann Professor in Biblical Studies, LTSP.

Friday, April 13, 9 am - 4 pm: Education for Interreligious Engagement offered by The Rev. Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar, Luther D. Reed Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean, LTSP.

Friday, April 20, 9 am - 4 pm: Sunday School and Young Adult Ministries offered by The Rev. Dr. Jessicah Krey-Duckworth, Assistant Professor of Congregational and Community Care Leadership, Luther Seminary, St. Paul. MN.

Friday, May 4, 9 am - 4 pm: Multicultural Religious Education in Congregations offered by The Rev. Dr. Nelson T. Strobert, Professor of Christian Education in the Paulssen-Hale Chair of Church and Society and Director of Multicultural Programs, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA.

See the website for details, fees and to register online:

Ellington Epiphany Vespers at LTSP to mark end of Epiphany Season

Come celebrate the conclusion of the Epiphany Season with the joyful music of Duke Ellington, set in the context of a Vespers service with readings and prayers.  From "Prelude to a Kiss" to "I'm Beginning to See the Light" to "Jump for Joy," come enjoy the sounds of one of America's foremost composers as we conclude this season of light and begin to prepare for Lent. The Ellington Epiphany Vespers will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012, at 8 pm in the chapel of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. 

A free will offering will benefit the LTSP Master of Arts in Public Leadership Program and Lutheran Settlement House. Musicians include seminary students, faculty and friends Richard Mandel, piano; Jon Pahl, saxophones; Carmine Pernini, bass; Rodney Smith, drums, with possible special guests.

Directions to the seminary can be found at Ample free parking is available on campus.

(image of Duke Ellington from the Library of Congress New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection)

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Seminaries Select Chelle Huth to Direct Theological Education with Youth

The Lutheran Theological Seminaries at Philadelphia and Gettysburg announce that Ms. Chelle Huth, Associate in Ministry, will direct their joint Theological Education with Youth (TEY) program.
TEY is a creative initiative of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Joining with congregations, youth ministries and synods located primarily in the Northeast Regions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), TEY is designed to amplify the faith and witness of high school youth as gifted leaders and theologians. TEY is now in its tenth year of offering transforming events with youth in four different meeting places.
As director, Huth will work in both schools’ efforts to expand outreach to young persons through an annual Theological Academy, a Crossroads “plunge” experience, facilitating counselor training at regional outdoor ministries, and other settings.  The director will coordinate the work of others who may be involved in TEY-related work, and will be a primary liaison to the Eastern Cluster’s Project Connect, as well as the Region 9 Bishops’ School held annually at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.    
Huth is rostered as an Associate in Ministry in the ELCA. She holds a masters degree from Gettysburg Seminary in Christian Education/Youth Ministry (2004), a Certificate in Youth and Family Ministry from Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA, and an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts/Social Science from Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, PA. An experienced worker with youth, she has served as Coordinator of Youth Ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Cumberland, PA, Coordinator of Family & Youth Ministries at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Mechanicsburg, PA, and Parish Associate at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Shiremanstown, PA. Huth has served on the staff of national youth gatherings of the ELCA, taught in the seminaries’ shared TEY programs and Gettysburg Seminary’s Youth Certification School, as well as other events in the region.
Huth said “I am thrilled to be called as the Director of Theological Education with Youth. I have served this ministry in a variety of ways even before its inception, helping to write the original grant proposal for LTSG. I look to continue building on the amazing foundation of TEY and am excited to see where the Holy Spirit will take this ministry in the future.”
The Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer, Professor of Systematic Theology at Philadelphia Seminary, expressed his excitement in welcoming Chelle as the new TEY director. "Her immense experience and expertise in youth ministry, including her deep knowledge of TEY as a program, will enable her both to build on the strong foundation past directors have laid and to take TEY in important new directions.”
Gettysburg Seminary’s Associate Director of Admissions, Ms. Julie Stecker, noted that “Chelle Huth not only brings incredible gifts for organization and leadership, but also for challenging young people to think theologically about how the biblical witness is relevant to their everyday lives in creative and faithful ways.”
Gettysburg Seminary President Michael L. Cooper-White commented on the selection of Huth, and the continued collaborative work by both Philadelphia and Gettysburg seminaries, “working in ongoing partnership to support this vital ministry, I know we will continue to do faith-filled, theologically grounded ministry with youth, and do it extremely well under her leadership.” 

Learn more about TEY on their website:
Contact Chelle Huth at 717.338.3038, or email