Thursday, October 17, 2013

PS Portions October 2013: A Taste of Seminary Happenings

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A Taste of Seminary Happenings

October 2013

From President Phil Krey
A Life Worth Celebrating... and more

This month the seminary celebrated the life of friend and colleague Lois La Croix, who lost a lengthy battle with cancer in September. Lois was my executive assistant for many of the more than 20 years she served the seminary, and worked with former President Robert Hughes in the same capacity. The seminary held a memorial service October 16 with Dr. Hughes preaching. Lois is continuing to serve the seminary through the Staff Assistance Fund she helped establish. We also introduce you to the Philanthropy Team and their work, celebrate the Urban Theological Institute and the UTI's connections in Philadelphia, and celebrate the legacy of LTSP's O. Fred Nolde. Read more...

Connecting: LTSP's Office for Philanthropy
The LTSP Office for Philanthropy team
LTSP's Office for Philanthropy is not only an important connection to the seminary's graduates and donors - it has a larger role in connecting to current and future students, congregations and the church and community. Learn more about what the Office for Philanthropy does and meet the Philanthropy team...

Stewards of Abundance: Bringing the seminary to the region
Pastors at LTSP planning events in their areas
Thanks to a grant from the ELCA, funded by the Lilly Endowment, LTSP will be reaching out to make the case for theological education, assist in the discernment of prospective students, and raise awareness in congregations of the increasing need to offer scholarship assistance to seminary students. Learn more about Stewards of Abundance and see some of the parish pastors who came to LTSP to plan programs in their areas.
The Rev. Dr. DeForest 'Buster' Soaries challenges the Black Church
Dr. Buster Soaries Preaching
The Rev. Dr. DeForest "Buster" Soaries, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey, was the lecturer and preacher at the annual lecture and Worship Celebration marking the 33rd anniversary of the founding of the seminary's Urban Theological Institute (UTI). His lecture and sermon both addressed the need for a new black church response to the crisis of reckless personal spending habits he recognized early in his call to First Baptist. Read about the 'Lecture and Sermon, view event pictures and videos from the day.

Nolde 2013 Lecture: The 'heyday' of Protestant Ecumenicals and O. Frederick Nolde
Dr. David Little
Professor and long time peace activist Dr. David Little brought a special message to the audience of the third Nolde Lecture on October 1: a review of the history of the 1940s, 1950s and1960s when the Protestant Evangelical church, including LTSP Professor O. Frederick Nolde, was engaged in movements for world peace and human rights. Dr. Little was joined by student participants in the Nolde Seminar, who reflected on their experiences. Learn more about the lecture and view video and photos from the day.

Professor Erik Heen on the nature of sin in misuse of the Bible
Prof. Erik Heen
"I think it really is pretty easy to misuse the Bible." So begins a point that LTSP's John H. P. Reumann Chair in Biblical Studies, Dr. Erik Heen, made during a wider interview with Professor Heen that will be part of the 150th anniversary website. In this excerpt, Dr. Heen,  a leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith initiative, discusses how we, who he reminds the reader, are "not 80 per cent sinful, not 75 per cent sinful or two per cent sinful. We are 100 per cent sinful..." engage with the Bible. Read the interview here...

LTSP alumna Ruth Miller recalls her 20+ year journey to an MAR
Ruth Miller
She took her first course in Old Testament with Professor Robert Bornemann in 1977 “because my pastor told me to come to seminary,” and that course started Ruth Miller (MAR 2008) on a decades long path that saw her serving the church in a number of ways - and eventually leading to commencement!  Read about her story of study and service here...
Dr. Timothy Wengert's Final Public Lecture 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 
"The Final Word: Martin Luther's Freedom of a Christian for Today's Church"
Gifted to Grow
LTSP Vice President for Mission Advancement the Rev. Louise Johnson was one of the keynoter's at the Rocky Mountain Synod "Gifted to Grow" event. Learn more...

Save the date! Thursday, October 16, 2014! Celebrate the 150th anniversary of LTSP!

LTSP Alumni among speakers at City of God conference Oct. 24-26

LTSP alumni the Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear and Bishop Dwayne Royster are among the keynote speakers at The City of God: Philadelphia conference, October 24-26 at The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown. The conference provides an intimate learning laboratory where Christian leaders from the greater Philadelphia area will be inspired, encouraged, and networked together in understanding and working out God’s vision for the city.

The City of God: Philadelphia conference provides an intimate learning laboratory where Christian leaders from the greater Philadelphia area will be inspired, encouraged, and networked together in understanding and working out God’s vision for the city.
On October 24-26, we will be energized as we explore a theology of urban transformation and engage with practitioners who are leading thought provoking and creative ministries throughout Philadelphia. 
Join us as we share, network, learn practical tools, and visit local examples of community transformation initiatives!
Urban Pilgrimages
Keynote Speakers:
  • Will O’Brien Jesus in Philadelphia: A Theology of Urban Transformation”
  • The Rev. Dr Ernest McNear " Transforming Philadelphia: God's Spirit, Our Hands”
  • Bishop Dwayne Roystor "Community Organizing in Philadelphia: Working Toward a Renewed City"
  • The Rev. Dr. Douglaas Bailey "Word in the City" Reflections
Here is a quick glance at our Conference schedule
Thursday (10/24)
10:00am Registration at The First Presyterian Church in Germantown 
Thursday's Program includes lunch and dinner, as well as:  
  • “Word in the City” with Doug Bailey
  • Pilgrimage to Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry
  • Afternoon Keynote with Will O’Brien 
  • Dinner & Evening Keynote with The Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear  
9:00pm Departure
Friday (10/25)
8:30am “Word in the City” with Doug Bailey at The First Presyterian Church in Germantown 
Friday's Program includes lunch as well as:
  • Pilgrimage to Broad Street Ministry
  • Afternoon Keynote with Bishop Dwayne Royster
5:30pm Departure
Saturday (10/26)
8:30am “Word in the City” with Doug Bailey at The First Presyterian Church in Germantown 
Morning Workshops
12:00pm Closing worship

Registration for the event is $125, with a group discount (3 person max) of $100 each. Go to the registration page to register with a credit card or though PayPal, and for other details.

Friday, October 04, 2013

Memorial Service for Lois La Croix October 16

A Memorial Service for Lois La Croix, executive assistant to the president at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), is set for Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm in the Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the seminary campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue, in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. All are welcome to join the seminary community in celebrating La Croix, who died September 25 after a lengthy illness. A resident of Philadelphia’s Roxborough section, she was 59. The memorial service will be followed by a light luncheon in Benbow Hall. Please RSVP by October 10 for the light luncheon to Carrie Schwab at

Participants in the service will include Lois's pastor, the Rev. Annemarie Hartner Cook; the Rev. Dr. Robert Hughes, past president at LTSP; the Rev. George Keck, who worked with La Croix both at the Lutheran Church in America and at the seminary; the Rev. Curtis Haynes, past seminary chief financial officer; and LTSP president the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey.

Ms. La Croix requested that all donations be made in her memory for use for staff assistance. They can be sent to the Lois La Croix Staff Assistance Fund, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119, or call 215.248.6324.

You can read the announcement of La Croix's death here.