Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Report from the LTSP Board of Trustees - Spring 2013

Communication to the Seminary Community:
Decisions and Recommendations of the Board of Trustees of
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, April 22-24, 2013
  • The Dean of the seminary was awarded an Endowed Chair.
  • A balanced budget proposal for the year 2014 was approved.
  • The Board learned that LTSP meets all the standards required at this time by the Middle States Commission of Higher Education.
These were among the highlights of the spring meeting of the Board of Trustees held on campus April 22-24.
In a joyful celebration with the seminary community, the Board participated in the chairing of the Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian as he received the H. George Anderson Chair in Mission and Cultures. The Dean's chairing lecture was entitled "The Always-Generous and Ever-Ready Church." For a complete pictorial, written, and video account of the ceremony, visit LTSP.edu. Don't miss it!
The Board approved a balanced budget for fiscal 2014, beginning July 1, 2013.
It approved a process to explore the sale or development of some of the perimeter properties that the seminary owns.
It approved a second reading of the seminary bylaws that restructures the Board and established term limits for members of the Board. Six members whose terms expired were thanked for their distinguished service at a special luncheon and the community Eucharist. They are Lynn H. Askew, Dr. Addie J Butler, the Rev. Rolf Hedberg, Sonja Hegymegi, the Rev. Dr. Marjorie H. Keiter, and the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Krommes.
The Board elected the following retiring and former board members to emeritus status: Lynn H. Askew, Dr. Addie J Butler, John Heck, the Rev. Rolf Hedberg, Sonja Hegymegi, the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Krommes, Dr. Earl Marsan, Carl Phelps, Bishop Roy Riley, and Dr. Nelvin Vos.
The Board learned with pleasure that the draft report of the recommendations from the focused visiting team to the Middle States Commission of Higher Education indicates that LTSP meets all the standards. The Board thanked the Rev. Louise Johnson, Vice President for Mission Advancement, for her leadership in the successful outcomes, and all who worked so hard on the report and the visit.
In various committees, the Board also assessed the outcomes of the four goals of the strategic plan and heard a summary of goal four, which is the new "Flexible, Affordable, and Relevant" curriculum. 
The Faculty sabbatical reports and applications for sabbatical were approved.
Upon the recommendation of the Faculty, the Rev. Dr. John Nunes was elected as the St. John's Summit Visiting Professor for the spring semester 2014. Dr. Nunes is the President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief. He attended the Urban Theological Institute at LTSP and has helped to teach the O. Frederick Nolde Human Rights course.
The Board approved 85 LTSP candidates for graduation on May 21, 2013, pending completion of their requirements.
The Board also rejoiced in the exciting outcomes of Project Sponsor, a new initiative of LTSP led by Don Johnson, Vice President for Student Development. This initiative has a goal to minimize two of the most significant obstacles facing those considering a seminary education. One is the issue of student debt; the other is helping students sustain the confidence that their efforts to prepare for public ministry will truly lead to their helping church members grow in faith.
The Board also made a motion to thank all those who participated in the President's Evaluation, and the Board is taking the information under advisement.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

How to be ‘the always generous and ever-ready Church of today’ described by seminary Dean

(scroll to the bottom of the story to view a video and slide show of the ceremony and lecture)

Jayakiran Sebastian gave his remarks during a ceremony conferring on him the H. George Anderson Faculty Chair for Mission and Cultures on April 23, 2013. He joined the faculty in 2007.
Do Christian antiquity or the Protestant missionary expansion to India in the 18th century have anything to teach those of us living through what some regard as a “bad” time to be the church?
Dr. Sebastian with Dr. Karl Krueger (L)
and LTSP Board Chair Dr. John Richter
In a word, yes, believes the Rev. Dr. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dean of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and a resident of Philadelphia’s East Mt. Airy. Sebastian’s thoughtful advice was part of a paper presented in The Brossman Learning Center at LTSP during the occasion of his receiving the H. George Anderson Faculty Chair for Mission and Cultures. Part of that learning, he said, is to discern from the past how best to remain true to “our” faith while remaining open to others different from ourselves as they express their foundational faith perspectives. He noted the critical importance of being willing to “accompany” others.
In remarks he titled “The Always-Generous and Ever-Ready Church,” Sebastian, known as “Kiran” by colleagues and friends, at the outset took note of the words of the Rev. Dr. H. George Anderson, a seminary alumnus and one-time Presiding Bishop of the seminary’s parent Evangelical Lutheran Church in America denomination: “The most insidious challenge we face as the church … involves the soul of the church … that it is a matter of faith, ‘trust in God’s promises’…We are in danger of losing that core conviction.” His lecture was a thoughtful exploration about the always challenging work it takes to be the church, staying true to our faith in a world that has been changing since the early days of Christianity and promises to continue changing through the ages. Dr. Sebastian, a Presbyter of the Church of South India, directs the seminary’s Multicultural Mission Resource Center as well as serving as Academic Dean, a post he assumed July 1, 2012. He has also served as chaplain of the seminary.
Near the outset, Sebastian acknowledged with gratitude the legacy and leadership offered by Anderson, “who faced a variety of challenges as a pastor, seminary teacher, president of a Lutheran college, and as the second presiding bishop of the church.”  In Anderson, he said, “we are honoring someone who championed ecumenical hospitality and denominational rootedness, along with compassionate sensitivity to all the changes that were shaking long-held convictions and certainties.”
Reflecting on Anderson’s ministry in Columbia, SC, during the Civil Rights movement and the questions that were facing churches who, for various reasons, had not taken a prophetic stand, he talks about how choices resulted in the possibility that the churches could be “that voice of prophetic truth, a sign of grace, a beacon of hope, and a source of healing for our culture,” where the “church was not in the headlines; but the headlines were different because of the church.”
“Aren’t we living through a bad time to be the church?” Sebastian asked. “Aren’t we living through declining memberships; economic hardships, theological bottlenecks, cultural tensions; social ferment, denominational instability; interfaith misunderstandings; and a survival doomsday scenario?”
“For Bishop Anderson, every day was a good day to be the church, and this meant that the gathered community had to fulfill its vocation and calling in the public sphere,” Sebastian said.
Sebastian drew upon two historic chapters to outline a rationale for thinking through how to be the church today. He first referenced a short letter by Cyprian of Carthage to his congregation during the Decian persecution (249-251), noting that the term “always-generous and ever-ready” is a paraphrase of the words of Cyprian. Sebastian explained the Decian persecution was “a universal” persecution of the day, requiring all inhabitants of the Roman Empire (with the exception of Jewish communities) to offer sacrifice and receive a certificate that they had done so. “Before this persecution there had been no centrally organized and executed persecution of Christians,” Sebastian said. The Emperor Decian’s purpose was to produce “not martyrs but apostates, and in large measure he had succeeded,” Sebastian said. As for Cyprian, he fled to a “safe hideout” from where he attempted to rally his congregations to resist the demands of the state and organize help for those who were suffering. “He notes how anxious he is to return to his people, who are eagerly longing to see him quickly. He says that the reason he cannot fulfill their desire is because he has to take into account ‘the general peace of the community’ which leads him to endure the separation even though it leaves him feeling dispirited. His point is that his presence in Carthage could be a cause of provocation for the ‘pagans’ causing ‘an outburst of violence. He hopes his lack of visibility would leave his congregation as untouched as possible.” In his letter, Cyprian offers detailed instructions regarding the ongoing need to continue the “charitable works so necessary to sustain and empower the vulnerable members” of the congregation. He urges clergy to be “scrupulous” in caring for “widows, the sick and all the poor.”
“The world of Cyprian’s letter was a world of uncertainty and unpredictability; it was a world where systematic, organized cruelty, which underlay the veneer of civilization, tried to stamp out what the ruling powers considered to be acts of defiance and deviance,” Sebastian said. “It was a world where it seemed to be every person for himself or herself, where suspicion reigned and familiar patterns of life in community had broken down. Sound familiar? In this context the desire of Cyprian to concretely care for the ‘least’ and most vulnerable members of his community, his preparedness to take risks for the sake of Christ, shines out as an example of something from which we can continue to learn in a world of competition, a world of which has no time to look back at those deliberately left behind, a world which is increasingly seeking glamour, riches and success, a world that seems to be denying inter-connectedness of the human family and easily overlooks the joys and aspirations, the hopes and fears of vast sections of humanity, especially those whom (LTSP faculty member) Wil Gafney, in writing about female prophets, talks about – those ‘whose names were forgotten, whose stories stopped circulating, but we know they were there.’”
“They are here,” Sebastian said, “and it is here that we recognize that people like Cyprian speak to us across the centuries, in terms of urgency, urgency because of their experience of grace. As we continue to strive to merge our modern ideas and structures into actual oneness, we must not grow deaf to his words nor immune to respond as Cyprian, enriched by his experience of the God of all grace affirmed that it is always a good time to be the church, the always generous and ever-ready church.”
Sebastian’s second illustration comes from his homeland, involving the first Protestant missionaries to India, who hailed from Germany, Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg and Heinrich Plutschau, who served in the Danish Colony of Tranquebar in South India 300 years ago. Sebastian described how, in a short time after coming to India, Ziegenbalg not only mastered the language but also delved deeply into Tamil literature, wrote grammatical works, investigated Proverbs and cultural practices, organized meetings between the practitioners of local religion, which involved religious “disputation,” started educational opportunities including probably the first school for girls in the region, and set up a printing press.
Ziegenbalg’s work entitled “A Detailed Description of the South Indian Society” was dedicated to King Fredrick IV. The work remains “one of the most significant sources of sociological and religious inquiry into the life of the peoples of South India at the beginning of the 18th century,” Sebastian said. On the title page, the book is described as presenting in a comprehensive manner “the theological as well as the philosophical principles and teachings of South Indians that are based on their own writings and communicated to beloved Europe for useful learning.” Explained Sebastian, Ziegenbalg undertook the work  “to show in what kind of terrible (religious, spiritual) errors the South Indians live and how urgent it is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ for their salvation.” He noted at the time that in order to convert a group of peoples, it was considered critical to understand them and their religious customs and practices. “In order to convert one has to understand,” Sebastian said of the view of the time. “In order to understand one has to enter deep into the life and practices of the people; in order to correct, error must be understood, in order to triumph, evil should be detected and named. This is hardly the basis for inter-religious understanding, but is surely the basis of the desire to know and to name…”
 The goal of the missionaries? “All through our life we desire to heartily serve God and the Royal House of Denmark in an appropriate and useful manner so that through our present work many South Indians would be saved.”
Sebastian commended the painstaking efforts of Ziegenbalg to analyze the customs and mores of Indian society, but noted the broader intentionality of the analysis needs to be remembered. “It is not my purpose to point an accusing finger at Ziegenbalg,” he said. “Rather we ought to use such occasions (as the 300th anniversary) to ask ourselves how we, who have entered this rich and varied legacy, have internalized, whether consciously or unconsciously, embedded attitudes toward those who continue to live in accordance with their long-held faith practices. Reducing people to mono-identities based on presumed religious identity has long been the bane of comparative religious studies. It is to the credit of Ziegenbalg that he glimpsed, albeit in a patronizing manner, the reality about the goodness and truth being found amongst people of good will, wherever they come from and whatever their religious allegiances could be. “In the inter-religious venture today, one has to foster the virtue of humility and the willingness to introspect honestly and courageously,” Sebastian said. “There is much that we can learn and much we can unlearn from the attitudes and behaviors of pioneers like Ziegenbalg. We have the benefits of hindsight and living in interesting times.” He said there is always room for consideration of “the other” in the always generous and ever-ready church of today.
For a missiology today, Sebastian concluded, the right approach is one that is respectful, curious, engaging and always prepared to give an account of what our foundation means to us, while at the same time remaining open and ready to receive accounts and explanations regarding why others believe in their particularities and the ways in which their foundational truths are expressed. He referenced language in The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America document “Global Mission to the 21st Century” that talks about accompaniment – walking together in God’s mission implying mutuality and interdependence – as the model for mission in the current time.
He said that, as Bishop Anderson once noted, “If we repent of our pride, our gracious Lord may still have work for us to do…”
Sebastian recalled the occasion of his marriage 26 years ago to the date of his lecture, and briefly traced his career journey of faith through the decades in India and beyond to the point of “the unexpected invitation “ to join the LTSP faculty. “We have truly experienced the reality of the always generous and ever-ready exemplification of what the church is in this wonderful place.”
Dr. Sebastian joined the seminary faculty in 2007. He earned his Doctor of Theology in 1997 from the University of Hamburg, Germany (Magna Cum Laude). In 1991, he earned his Master of Theology from the Federated Faculty for Research in Religion and Culture, Kottayam, India, where he received the All-India Prize for having the highest grade in all branches of study for the degree. He was awarded his Bachelor of Divinity in 1984 from the United Theological College in Bangalore, India, where he was likewise honored for receiving the highest grades in his courses of study. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Bangalore University (1980). He went on to teach from 1988 to 2007 at the United Theological College, where he served as Professor of Theology and Ethics and Chair of the Department, Dean of the Doctoral Division, Secretary of the Governing Council and Editor of the Bangalore Theological Forum. At LTSP he has led courses on the History of Christianity, with a focus on the Early Church, Theology and Ethics of the Early Teachers of Faith, Gospel and Cultures, Global Christianity, Study of the Churches at the Edge of Empire, Eucharist and the Koinonia of the Church, Baptism and the Unity of the Church, and courses on Religious Toleration and Public Theology. He enjoys scholarly books and classical music, especially the works of J.S. Bach.
His wife of 26 years is Mirinalini, to whom he gives enormous credit for supporting his career and helping the family acclimate to a new culture in the U.S. The couple has two adult children, son Neeraj, who after studying cell biology is now engaged in creative writing, and daughter Saagarika, who is studying mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Watch the video of the ceremony and lecture:
View the slide show (click any image to go to the photo gallery)

One Student. One Sponsor. One Leader At A Time. LTSP announces Project Sponsor

Project Sponsor Logo
PROJECT SPONSOR, a new initiative of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), is aimed at minimizing two of the most significant obstacles facing those considering a seminary education. One is the issue of student debt; the other is helping students sustain the confidence that their efforts to prepare for public ministry will truly lead to their helping church members grow in faith.
The years of seminary and candidacy are an exhilarating time of great learning and of growing in kindness, compassion, and caring skills that the church needs in its leaders. At the same time, this is a period of hard work and personal sacrifice for students and their families. The costs of tuition, combined with the cost of even the most austere living arrangements, can be daunting, to say the least. During these years, seminarians need — more than perhaps at any other time in their lives — the support, encouragement, and love of those for whom the vitality of the church and its leaders is so important.
Don Johnson“LTSP is committed to collaborating with every one of its students to minimize the amount of student debt incurred, and to support each student in every way,” according to Don Johnson, Vice President for Student Development. “Now, LTSP is offering all of us the opportunity to serve God and strengthen God’s church by being part of the solution to these major commitments.” Project Sponsor is designed to facilitate opportunities to build a personal relationship with a particular seminary student while providing the opportunity for financial sponsorship.
Here’s how it will work.
The cost of three academic years of seminary can be summarized as follows:
  • One year tuition ($16,000) + one year living expenses ($14,000) = $30,000
  • Two years tuition ($32,000) + two years living expenses ($28,000) = $60,000
  • Three years tuition ($48,000) + three years living expenses ($42,000) = $90,000
We are inviting individuals to consider sponsoring a student by making a donation to LTSP equal to one, two, or three years of a student’s tuition and/or living expenses. In this way, the generosity of sponsors will have a positive impact on the church and the world unlike any other. You can inspire a lifetime of generosity for the student who is sponsored, and indeed for the whole church.
Shortly after the Project Sponsor donation has been received, LTSP staff and faculty members will share with the sponsor the name of the student who has been chosen for sponsorship, and introduce them to each other by providing mutual contact information (address, email, phone numbers). An introductory conference phone call (Skype, if possible) will provide an additional opportunity to get acquainted. Early in the fall semester, we will invite the sponsors to come to the seminary campus for a brief orientation and in-person relationship building with the student they are sponsoring. If it is inconvenient for sponsors to travel to LTSP, we will make every effort for the student to visit sponsors where they live.
We are confident that the sponsor/student relationships will grow and flourish. Indeed, sponsors may very well find that their mentorship will result in a lifetime of friendship and mutual support.
Sponsors may request that their gift remain anonymous, or that their gift not involve the pursuit of a mentoring relationship with a particular student, and we will by all means accommodate such requests.
If you would like more information on this important way of participating in the mission of LTSP, which is to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world, please contact Don Johnson, djohnson@Ltsp.edu or call 603.848.9904.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Wittenberg Gospel Choir at LTSP May 14

The Gospel Choir from the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany will be appearing at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm as part of a tour in Southeast Pennsylvania in early May. The performance will be in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the seminary campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The public is welcome, and admission is free.

The Gospel Choir will present their American debut on Friday, May 10 at 7:00pm at Huff's Church, Alburtis, PA. The other venues on their tour include: Augustus Lutheran Church, Trappe (Saturday, May 11, 7:00 pm), Advent Lutheran Church, Harleysville (Sunday morning May 12, 8:30 am), St. Peter's Lutheran Church, North Wales (May 13, 7:00 pm), and Immanuel Lutheran Church, Northeast Philadelphia (May 16, 7:00 pm).

Under the direction of Thomas Herzer, the Gospel Choir is over thirty members strong. It includes not only members from the Castle Church, but also several singers from the Wittenberg community. It was founded as an outreach program for people who have a desire to sing great American Spirituals and Gospel music. Though the choir sings the music in English, only a small handful of the musicians actually speak English.

The Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany was built around the turn of the 16th century. It is the site where, in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door; an act many consider to be the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

An interview with Thomas Herzer and his wife Sarah, both organists and cantors at Castle Church, can be found at promotionmusic.org/The_Hertzers.html.

A color poster promoting the tour (pdf) can be downloaded at http://photos.Ltsp.edu/WittenbergGospelchoirPoster-042013.pdf.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dean Sebastian to receive H. G. Anderson Chair at lecture April 23

The Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dean and Professor at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), will be presented with the H. George Anderson Faculty Chair for Mission and Cultures at a special chairing ceremony and lecture on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. The ceremony and lecture begin at 11:30 am in Benbow Hall of The Brossman Center on the seminary campus at 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The ceremony and lecture are free and open to the public.

Professor Sebastian has chosen as the title for his first lecture as Anderson Chair "The Always-Generous and Ever-Ready Church," and in the lecture he will explore the always challenging work to be the church, staying true to our faith, in a world that has been changing from the early days of Christianity and promises to continue to change through the ages.

Learn more about Professor Sebastian on his LTSP profile page.

Financial Aid Webinar live April 23

LTSP Financial Aid Webinar

April 23, 2013, 6:30pm
What should you be doing to prepare to finance your theological education? Learn the ins and outs of financial aid from a live Webinar, April 23, 2013 at 6:30pm. Get an overview of the different types of financial aid and the applications you need to fill out in order to qualify for that aid. Financing a seminary education requires prayerful planning and budgeting, good money and time management skills, and the joyful receiving of gifts! The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is committed to providing financial aid for every degree program student who is at least a half-time and who demonstrates financial need. [register online]
Presenters: Elizabeth Brunton, MDiv ‘06, Director of Financial Aid;
Don Johnson, Vice President for Student Development; and
Matthew O’Rear, MDiv, Associate Director of Admissions

Friday, April 12, 2013

Ellington Easter Interfaith Vespers April 20

Prof. Jon Pahl on sax
On Saturday, April 20, the spiritually-inspired music of Duke Ellington will blend with readings about peace from the world’s religions in a joyous celebration of Easter, non-violence, and Spring! Join us at 7:30 pm in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Northwest Philadelphia. Free parking is available on campus. A free will offering will be collected to support several organizations.

If it’s true that “It Don’t Mean a Thing, if It Ain’t Got that Swing,” then this evening promises to be filled with meaning. The musicians of the G-D trio, with years of experience and training at Penn, Chicago, and the Hart School of Music - along with some special friends - are volunteering their talents to lift spirits out of any “Mood Indigo,” steel resolve to “Take the A Train” to peace, and celebrate hope and “Jump for Joy” on behalf of reducing gun violence and building a more peaceful Philadelphia.

Learn more about and support with your free will offering three organizations:

The LTSP Master of Arts in Public Leadership (MAPL) program (Ltsp.edu/PublicLeadership) prepares leaders for spiritually-inspired social service organizations. In partnership with the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and the Temple University School of Social Work, MAPL crosses boundaries of sacred and secular, and prepares leaders to solve social problems, promote justice, and build peace — by engaging spiritual and practical resources.

Heeding God’s Call (HeedingGodsCall.org) is a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence. We unite people of faith in the sacred responsibility to protect our brothers, sisters and children.

CeaseFirePA (CeaseFirePA.org) is a statewide coalition of survivors and advocates taking a stand against gun violence and criminals who use and traffic guns illegally.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Women: Come Rest, Refresh, and Renew on April 13

“Women at the Wheel” is the theme for LTSP’s annual
Rest, Refreshment, and Renewal Women’s Day 2013

Learn more about the experience from participant Linda Moore:

"Rest, Refresh, and Renew are just the right words for this exciting caring, learning, social, and spiritual event. Each year is a great learning experience. With so many varied and interesting topics to choose from, it is difficult to choose which you would like to take part in.

"Last year,s event was just such an example. We all learned about the important and surprising women in the lives of Martin Luther and Henry Muhlenberg, what women wore back ion those times, and gardening in colonial America, not to mention much more about ourselves.

"There are opportunities if one wants to explore the seminary and grounds - that is an option that is also available. One can take a well earned time out from the irritating things life seems to always throw you way that perhaps would just like to get away from for a time.

"The lunch and snacks are really great, too!

"The event is also a great way to meet new people to help you on your spiritual journey in life, with devotions before and after the event!

- Linda J. Moore, St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran, Perkasie, PA

Rest, Refreshment and Renewal 2013

Registration including refreshments and lunch is $40 per person or $275 for a table of 8. 

Register now and join us for the seventh annual event on Saturday, April 13, 2013. This day will use the Wholeness Wheel as its basis, inviting women to renew, reconnect, and refresh physically, emotionally, and spiritually in a day of fellowship and gathering. Invite your friends, colleagues and fellow church women to share this day.

Martin Luther said:
“This life, therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed.”

You are warmly invited to an engaging day of rest, refreshment, and renewal for women. We will gather around the Wholeness Wheel with its wellspring of resources to help us tap into God’s will for our spiritual well-being. Through worship, workshops, and a wonderful community exchange market, we will draw on refreshing streams to enhance the Social/Interpersonal, Intellectual, Emotional, Physical, Vocational, and Financial aspects of our Spiritual Well-being. Learn more about the Wholeness Wheel.
Tammy Devine
Tammy Devine, Wellness Manager with the ELCA’s Portico Benefit Services, will lead opening worship. Pastor Penny Stechmann of the ELCA’s New Jersey Synod, will preside over closing worship with Eucharist. A gifted panel of women clergy and professionals will coordinate our workshops. And neighborhood vendors will be on hand with a delightful selection of books and personal care products to enhance our well-being. You won’t want to miss this extraordinary day. Come and bring a friend!

See the schedule for the day here.

Proceeds from this gathering will support The Renewal Scholarship for Women in Ministry at LTSP, which was established to help renew the callings of women to the public ministry of the church.

Women of all faith traditions are invited and welcomed! Bring a friend or two who needs a day of rest, refreshment, and renewal!

Registration deadline: Monday, April 8, 2013
Registration Fee: $40.00 or $275 for a table of 8!
(Registration includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch)

Download and share the flyer with your congregation and friends. There are also bulletin inserts in color and in greyscale for your congregation to copy and share.