Monday, April 30, 2012

Luther 2017 address by Dr. Reiner Haseloff Wed. May 16

LTSP?Luther 2017

Dr. Reiner Haseloff
The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of what became known as the Reformation. It has been almost 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in what is now Germany. Preparations are already well underway to mark the anniversary, and on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, Dr. Reiner Haseloff, Minister-President and highest ranking elected official of the German state of Saxony-Anhalt will be visiting The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Saxony-Anhalt is home to Wittenberg and other sites connected to Luther. Governor Haseloff will speak on the Luther 2017 celebration, and share activities both ongoing and planned to mark the Luther Decade (2008-2017). Governor Haseloff’s speech and other events of the day are free and open to the public.

The events, planned for The Brossman Center on the LTSP campus at 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, will begin with a coffee hour from 9:00 to 10:00 am, sponsored by the LTSP “Friends of the Krauth Memorial Library.” Governor Haseloff will address the community at 10:00 am. Following his address, around 11:00 am, participants are invited to attend one of four smaller discussion groups led by the governor; the Secretary of Cultural Affairs for Saxony-Anhalt; and two high-ranking officials of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland (Evangelical Church in Germany), managing director of the office "Luther 2017 – 500 Years of Reformation" the Rev. Michael Wegner and regional Bishop Siegfried Kasparick. The event concludes at noon.

Learn more about the Luther 2017 celebration and the Luther Decade on the LTSP website:

Seminary celebrates groundbreaking for new Krauth Library Connector

New structure, scheduled to be completed this year, will make the 1908 Library ADA compliant. State Rep. Cherelle Parker helped to secure funds to make the new construction possible.

The Krauth Memorial Library, completed in 1908 on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), is the only public building on the 13-acre Northwest Philadelphia campus that is not accessible to all.

Now, thanks in significant measure to the efforts of Pennsylvania state Rep. Cherelle L. Parker (D-200th District), who secured a $500,000 grant for the project from the Commonwealth’s Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program, the library will feature a welcome mat for everybody before the end of this year.

ADA compliance will be made possible by a new “Library Connector” to be constructed between the seminary’s Brossman Learning Center and the library. Parker was honored Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the groundbreaking event celebrating the anticipated construction. The announcement from LTSP President Philip D. W. Krey during his remarks that the interior hall of the new connector will be “called Parker Hall in honor of state Rep. Cherelle Parker” obviously moved Parker. Krey also told onlookers that the new structure will be named for Timothy Breidegam, the late son of Helen and DeLight Breidegam. Construction on the connector is scheduled to begin soon and be completed by the end of the summer, according to Eric Butz of Roberson Butz Architects, who gave remarks at the groundbreaking.

“When this library was dedicated on June 3, 1908, this community was introduced to an architectural wonder,” said library director Dr. Karl Krueger. Krueger noted that the historic building’s glass floor and skylights made it possible for early students to enjoy natural light in the structure. Then LTSP Dean Henry Eyster Jacobs said at the time of the library’s opening that “we need books as resources to empower leaders.”

Krueger said the library’s mission hasn’t changed in more than a century. “The shelves, books and materials in the library have the same mission as then – to empower people to service in this community, city, and the world.” He thanked Parker for her role in making the building’s critical resources truly available to everyone.

Representing the faculty, the Rev. Dr. Katie Day, Charles A. Scheiren Professor, Church and Society, and director of LTSP’s Metropolitan/Urban Concentration, said to Parker, “Thank you for making our lives easier and for providing our campus with more aesthetic enjoyment. You have made a tremendous contribution.” Day described her responsibilities as a professor teaching seminarians about how church relates to society. “I believe this is what it is all about,” she said. “The relationship between the church, the public, and government – this (project) is what it looks like.” She said the connector reality goes beyond just “good intentions to meet a need” to the forming of “effective partners” to produce results. Day described Parker as someone who comes from membership of Enon Baptist Church in Philadelphia’s Mt. Airy and who has used her faith and skills to foster relationships “between communities of faith, the government and a plethora of communities.”

A surprise guest and speaker was the Rev. Dr. Gladys Willis, an LTSP alumna who was dean and professor at historic Lincoln University, Parker’s alma mater. Rep. Parker was a student in a Shakespeare class Dr. Willis taught at Lincoln. The professor, now retired, remembers Parker as a “lively, persuasive student… It is a special honor for me to be here to celebrate a former student.” Willis praised Parker as someone who “continues to raise your voice in the community for those who have no voice. I am proud of you and respect you dearly.”

Dan Muroff, former president of East Mt. Airy Neighbors (EMAN) for four years, reminded listeners of LTSP’s concerns for the wider community, and that EMAN’s offices are located on campus, an example of partnership between the school and its neighborhood. “The Brossman Center facility here serves as the Town Hall for Mt. Airy and most of Northwest Philadelphia,” he said. He described Parker’s efforts to secure a grant to benefit LTSP’s campus as evidence of her commitment to the community, and said it is remarkable she was able to secure passage of the bill making the grant possible during just her first term in office. “You are a rising star in Harrisburg,” Muroff said of Parker.

In expressing appreciation for her recognition, Parker thanked Muroff for serving as her “connector” to the seminary and its mission that includes caring about the community. She thanked Kimberly Turner of the office of state Rep. Dwight Evans (D-203rd District) for her role in helping to secure the grant. And she expressed gratitude to Dr. Willis for her influential teaching in Parker’s life.

Speaking of her decision to advocate for funding for the seminary project, she said she becomes uneasy about institutions where only the members benefit from what it does. “It’s important for members of a (wider) community to share in the benefits of an institution like this one because you don’t know how you may inspire or motivate those you serve in the community to become part of your extended family, and Rev. Krey you always made your community service concern evident to me after I met you.”

Parker told her listeners that as a Christian and Baptist she appreciates how leaders from churches she connects with come to LTSP to study and emerge to become key leaders beyond the seminary’s campus. “These leaders connect with the community in ways that politicians can never connect,” she said. “I believe that politics is simply a tool used to decide how scarce resources are allocated. These are tax dollars, your dollars,” Parker said to her audience. “And before you cast a vote to decide how they will be used you better be sure that your vote will translate into something tangible that will benefit the community you serve.” Parker said she feels very certain that her vote will be making that kind of tangible difference. “This is an awesome day for Northwest Philadelphia.”

Groundbreaking participants included Krey, Krueger, Parker and Butz. The invocation was delivered by the Rev. Lamont Wells of Reformation Lutheran Church in Philadelphia, a student in the seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program. The Reading and Collect for the occasion was delivered by the Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian, seminary chaplain and seminary dean-elect. He is also the H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures and Director of the Multicultural Mission Resource Center at LTSP. Student body President Laura Gorton (MAR 2012) also participated.

Members of the Northwest Philadelphia community joined seminary students, faculty, and staff for the ceremony and the community luncheon that followed.

Photo Slide Show
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Lenoir-Rhyne Choir fills LTSP Noon Prayer with Music

The Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir and College Singers, accompanied by the University Brass Ensemble, lead the seminary community in a special Music and Prayer at Midday service in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) on Monday, March 19, 2012. The musicians were in the middle of their Spring 2012 tour, which included stops in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland before returning to Hickory, North Carolina, home of Lenoir-Rhyne, on March 24.

The A Cappella Choir and Singers and University Brass Ensemble provided music before and during the service, including a brass selection, Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (Praetorius), choral responses Qui tollis peccata mundi (Bach) and O Day, Full of Grace (Christiansen), and a choral blessing, Christ with Me (Weber), and lead the assembly in singing the closing hymn, O God beyond All Praising (arr. Hobby). The Rev. JoAnna Novak Patterson (MDiv 2009), an alumnus of the Lenoir-Rhyne class of 2002, joined her alma mater’s choir for one of their selections. Her studies at Lenoir-Rhyne included sacred music.

The A Cappella Choir and Singers are directed by Dr. Paul Weber, who has lead the choir since 1999. The University Brass Ensemble was lead by Christopher Nigrelli, conductor, with Jeana Neal Borman, collaborative artist and Morgan Lane, student organist. The choir has toured nationally since 1951 and traveled abroad every fourth year since 1971. It is well known for its lyrical tone and for its performance of both concert and worship music repertoire. The choir has sung for the installation of two national Lutheran bishops and performed for the 200th anniversary of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. One choir member with an LTSP connection is Micah Krey, son of LTSP president Philip Krey and registrar René Diemer.

Lenoir-Rhyne University, located in Hickory, North Carolina, is one of 26 universities and colleges of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can learn more about Lenoir-Rhyne University at

View a slide show of photos from the service – click any image to go to the photo gallery:

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Grant Me a Grant! workshop April 29

Looking for Funds for Ministry?
Haven’t Written a Grant, but Wish You Could?
Want Help Improving Your Grant-Writing Skills?

Please join us Sunday, April 29, 2-5 pm for
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Grant Me a Grant!

This engaging workshop is an opportunity to explore different sides of the grant process — how to avoid obvious wastes of time, and how to maximize your efforts. You’ll take away some foundational knowledge of the grant-seeking process, and how to verify a good “fit” between proposal and purpose.

Beatriz "Bia" Viera, Vice President for Philanthropic Services at The Philadelphia Foundation, will be keynote presenter, and you’ll also learn with a team of accomplished grant-writers and peers in the social service and ministry sectors.

The event will be held in The Brossman Learning Center of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

Ample parking is available on campus. Directions to LTSP are here.

Registration Fees:
  • $20/individuals in the General Public
$10/non-LTSP students & service corps members
  • Free for LTSP Students and Agencies Affiliated with the Field Advisory Board of the LTSP MAPL Program
Register online here.

Download a Matchmaker, Matchmaker flyer (pdf).

About the keynote presenter:
Beatriz "Bia" VieiraBeatriz “Bia” Vieira is Vice President for Philanthropic Services of The Philadelphia Foundation, where she oversees the community foundation’s grantmaking process. The Philadelphia Foundation disperses over $20 million in grants funded by the foundation’s donors. She joined the Foundation in 2008, and in 2010 took her current position, which was new to the foundation.

Previously, Ms. Vieira was the executive director of Lutheran Settlement House, and she sits on the board of directors of the Homeless Assistance Fund, Inc. and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ms. Vieira holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and anthropology and a master’s in literature from Temple University.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Come to the Earth Week Fair - Tuesday, April 24

The Environmental Stewardship Committee of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) invites the seminary and Northwest Philadelphia community to the 2012 Earth Week Fair!

A celebration of environmental stewardship and an opportunity to learn about green living in our community. Information, giveaways, and raffle items will be available from national businesses and local organizations.

Tuesday, April 24, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

William Allen Plaza (in front of the Chapel) on the LTSP campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119.

Click to learn more about the many participants at this year's Earth Week Fair.

Monday, April 23, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, LTSP Hagan Amphitheater:
Stacey Kennealy, Director of Certification Programs and Sustainability, GreenFaith, presents Greening Your Faith Community, how the practice of caring for creation can transform communities of faith.