Friday, November 15, 2013

PS Portions November 2013: A Taste of Seminary Happenings

From President Phil Krey

We have many exciting developments featured in this issue of PS Portions. Take a look...

  • Don't forget to honor our retiring Professor Timothy Wengert as he delivers his farewell lecture on November 19. For those of you too distant to attend, the remarks will be streamed live from our website at
  • Advent Vespers are right around the corner. At a special reception, we will be honoring Drs. Helga and Reinhard Schwartz with our Soli Deo Gloria Award. 
  • Please don't forget to mark your calendar, if you have not already done so, for our gala 150th anniversary celebration on Thursday, October 16, 2014.

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Lutheran Seminary receives $100,000 grant to underwrite new cooperative education initiative

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation funding aims to make theological education "more sustainable" for students, congregations, and the church, and has awarded a $100,000 grant to LTSP to underwrite a new theological education model entitled the Cooperative Master of Divinity. 

"We are delighted to assist LTSP through this grant," said Richard Kleven, vice president of the Thrivent Foundation. "We trust that this support will strengthen the initiative to those it serves." 

The grant is part of the foundation's Lutheran Grant Program, designed to assist Lutheran organizations and those they serve in achieving economic security and sustainability. In 2012, the program distributed more than $2 million in grants. Learn more about the initiative and its impact on the church, today and in the future...
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Willis
The Rev. Dr. Andrew Willis Celebrated

The Rev. Dr. Andrew Willis, LTSP trustee and co-founder of the seminary's 33-year old Urban Theological Institute (UTI), celebrated his elevation to the office of Auxiliary Bishop with the Commonwealth Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) in a festive banquet with family and friends on September 27, 2013. Joining Dr. Willis at the festivities was an impressive roster of distinguished COGIC-LTSP comrades. Learn more about the celebration...

The Rev. Martha KriebelFirst woman to receive an LTSP degree, Martha Kriebel remains a vigorous pastor at 78 and grateful for her seminary years

In 1965,the Rev. Martha Bean Kriebel became the first woman to earn a degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) - a Master of Sacred Theology. She had been ordained a United Church of Christ (UCC) pastor in 1959 and at the time was serving a Schwenkfelder congregation in Palm, Montgomery County, thanks to an agreement involving the UCC Synod and special vote of the congregation in the farming locale. Read Pr. Kriebel's story...

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