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PS Portions January 2014: A Taste of Seminary Happenings

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PS Portions

A Taste of Seminary Happenings

January 2014

From President Phil Krey 
Stories of Perseverance

The stories in this edition of PS Portions are about perseverance in doing good, rooted in a deep faith and trust in God.
     We recall a sermon by Pr. John Hoffmeyer noted that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was in the habit of preaching on "love of enemy" at least once a year. 
     Pr. Robert B. Robinson describes how for 16 years a student-led trip to rebuild houses and buildings Johns Island, South Carolina, is an experience students and the Gullah of the island do not forget. 
     Pr. Katie Day talks about finding "energy and imagination" to end poverty. We share a story of perseverance in ministry despite debilitating illness. 
     I also note the passing of long time LTSP Trustee Dr. Robert Blanck. His many contributions to this school, the greater church, and the world will be long remembered. Read more from President Krey...

Preacher John Hoffmeyer recalls Dr. Martin Luther King's vision of love for enemies

Prof. John Hoffmeyer
The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech are probably the most likely words of Dr. King's to be recalled at his January 15 birthday and the January 20 Day of Service observed in his honor, noted the Rev. Dr. John Hoffmeyer during his chapel sermon at LTSP on King's birthday. Read more about Pr. Hoffmeyer's remarks...

Finding "energy and imagination" to end poverty

Prof. Katie Day LTSP Professor Katie Day reflects on the complex and deepening predicament of poverty 50 years after U.S. President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty in America.           
     Faith-based advocates have felt like lone voices in the wilderness for years, trying to get policy makers to focus on the reality of poverty in the U.S., as well as around the globe. Yet is like, suddenly, everyone from President Obama to the Republican leadership is currently focusing on the increasing economic disparity in our country.
     Professor Day reflects on the challenges we face in persevering to end poverty ...

Johns Island: A tradition of January service by seminarians to neighbors in the south

Students at the saw stationSixteen years ago, a group of great students at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) became concerned about the burning of churches in the south and wanted to help rebuild. Rural Mission, an organization on Johns Island, just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, had a ministry of rebuilding and repairing houses for residents of the island, many of them elderly, who could not afford to fix up their own places. The students jumped at the opportunity and began a tradition that continues through today.

Persistent and courageous in ministry despite severe illness

Pr. Walter Hermanns at IsaiahThe Rev. Walter Hermanns, a 1987 alumnus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) who served courageously and with grace and dignity as a parish pastor in Racine, Wisconsin, despite a battle with Multiple Sclerosis, died December 12, 2013.
     His is a story of persistence and courage as he brought the Good News of Jesus Christ to many, including those with illness and disability. 
Join us for the first Augustana Institute at LTSP Lectureship featuring  keynote presenter noted ecumenist Bishop Jonas Jonson

Bishop Jonas Jonson

Saturday, March 22
Learn more and register online
Rest, Refreshment and Renewal April 12, 2014
Early registration discount ends January 31
The Thread That Binds
The Thread that Binds: 150 Years of Woman in Ministry is the theme.
Registration makes a perfect gift for the women in your life
Preaching with Power 2014
Preaching with Power: 
A Forum on Black Preaching and Theology 
returns for the 32nd year Sunday, March 9 - Thursday, March 13


Come test the waters: 

Wet Toes Weekend

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