Tuesday, March 20, 2012

You're Invited: LTSP Groundbreaking and Community Celebration Lunch Thursday at 12 noon

You're Invited: LTSP Groundbreaking and Community Celebration Lunch Thursday at 12 noon

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) invites the Northwest Philadelphia Community to join us in celebrating the groundbreaking for the final section of The Brossman Center, the "Library Connector," and to recognize Pennsylvania state Representative Cherelle L. Parker (D-200th district) for her work in the community and supporting LTSP. The connector that will join the historic Krauth Memorial Library to The Brossman Center on the seminary campus. It will provide handicapped access to the library, which is used by both seminary faculty and students and members of the community. A community lunch in Benbow Hall of The Brossman Center immediate follows the ceremony.

Pennsylvania state Representative Cherelle L. Parker represents portions of Philadelphia county, including the Mt. Airy neighborhood where LTSP is located. Rep. Parker has been important to the development of The Brossman Center as a community resource to Mt. Airy and the wider Northwest Philadelphia community, and was instrumental in making the connector a reality by providing $500,000 in state capital assistance funding for the construction.

Event: Groundbreaking for the Library Connector of The Brossman Center of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and Community Celebration Lunch

When: Thursday, March 22, 2012 starting at 12 noon, with lunch following

Where: The campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119 - location will be the space between the Krauth Memorial Library and The Brossman Center. A campus map is available at http://Ltsp.edu/campus-map, parking is available on campus adjacent to the library and The Brossman Center

Who: LTSP President Philip Krey, PA Representative Cherelle L. Parker, other seminary and community dignitaries

Invited:  Members of the Northwest Philadelphia community

LTSP Hosting Let it SHINE! - African American Lutheran History Day on Saturday, May 26

You are invited to a delightful afternoon of fellowship and celebration honoring two American legacies: Black Lutherans and Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. Enjoy a delicious catered luncheon, inspiring keynote presentation by The Rev. Dr. James K. Echols, Premiere Screening of the Grover and Irma Wright video, and uplifting Candlelight Jazz Concert, remembering our ancestors who have gone before us. Let it SHINE! is scheduled for Saturday, May 26, 2012 from 11:30am – 3:30pm (Memorial Day Weekend) on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia.

Keynote speaker The Rev. Dr. James K. Echols was the first African American to serve as president of a North American Lutheran seminary, serving in that capacity at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) from 1997 to 2011. He was academic dean at LTSP from 1991-1997. He joined the LTSP faculty in 1982, teaching American Church History. A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Echols received a BA from Temple University and an MDiv from LTSP. He continued his studies at Yale University, where he received his MA, MPhil, and PhD in the history of Christianity.

Dr. Echols has been a leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and in the wider community, serving on the board of the ELCA Division for Ministry, the executive committee of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the steering committee of the USA Section of the Council of International Black Lutherans. He is the editor of I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Future of Multicultural America (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).

Seating is limited! Register Early! Tickets – $50 each, Table of 8 – $400. Table includes program tribute and 10 Grover Wright DVDs.

To register go to Ltsp.edu/letitshine or contact Yvonne Lembo, LTSP Office for Philanthropy, 215.248.6318 or ylembo@Ltsp.edu.

Proceeds benefit the Dr. Grover C. and Irma S. Wright Scholarship Fund.

Monday, March 12, 2012

30th Annual Preaching with Power continues through Thursday

The Urban Theological Institute of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia celebrates thirty years of Preaching with Power starting Sunday, March 18 with The Rev. Dr. Jasmin Sculark preaching at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 41-59 E Haines Street, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Preaching with Power celebrates outstanding African American preachers and teachers, and comprises five preaching events at Philadelphia churches, along with a lecture and Black Sacred Music concert on the seminary campus. All events are free and open to the public, with free will offering proceeds benefiting the seminary's Rev. Dr. Joseph Q. Jackson Endowed Scholarship Fund.

This year's schedule of preachers and events:

Sunday, March 18, 2012, 6:30 pm
The Rev. Dr. Jasmin Sculark preaching
Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 41-59 E Haines Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Monday, March 19, 2012, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Otis Moss III preaching
Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, 25 West Johnson Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 11:15 am
Dr. Eddie Glaude, lecturer
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center,
7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19119

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. Kevin Dudley preaching
Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 East Vernon Road, Philadelphia, PA 19150

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 11:15 am
Black Sacred Music Concert, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19119

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. DeForest B. “Buster” Soaries preaching
Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ, 6401 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. Jessica Kendall Ingram preaching
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 419 S 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Directions to venues and details on the events are available online at www.Ltsp.edu/PreachingwithPower.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir and Brass Ensemble to Perform at LTSP March 19

The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir and College Singers and the Lenoir-Rhyne University Brass Ensemble will perform in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Monday, March 19, at noon. The ensembles are appearing as part of their spring tour. The performance is free and open to the public.

Repertoire for the thirty minute concert will be drawn from the choir’s 2012 tour repertoire, which includes Alleluia by Randall Thompson, Hear My Prayer by Henry Purcell, Qui tollis peccata mundi by Johann Sebastian Bach, O for the Wings of a Dove by Felix Mendelssohn, If You Love Me by Paul Weber, and O Day Full of Grace by F. Melius Christiansen.

The College Singers, a select vocal ensemble from the A Cappella Choir, and the choir are directed by the Rev. Dr. Paul D. Weber. The University Brass are conducted by Christopher Nigrelli.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir celebrates its seventy-sixth concert season this academic year. The choir has sung for the installation of two national Lutheran bishops, mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and the 2009 Lutheran unity service at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. In April 2007, the choir gave its final concert for the spring in Blacksburg, Virginia, in remembrance of the first anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre. The choir has taken eleven tours abroad, the most recent to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany in May 2011. 

Dr. Weber, now in his thirteenth year as director, is only the third tenured conductor of the choir in its seventy-six year history. Weber and his wife, university organist Florence Jowers, joined the Lenoir-Rhyne faculty in 1996 to found the Sacred Music Program for the training of undergraduates in the craft and practice of church music.

Established in 1891, Lenoir-Rhyne University is a private, coeducational university located in Hickory, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is open to students from all religious backgrounds. The web site is www.lr.edu

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