Saturday, February 15, 2014

PS Portions: February 2014

PS Portions

A Taste of Seminary Happenings

From President Phil Krey 
So Much to Celebrate
As I read this month's stories, I am reminded again we have so much to celebrate.
     Our Adult Learning program has taken a new approach by being both in classroom and online - offering learners a choice that works best for them. The first offering was a top rated success, and this spring's with retired Professor Richard Stewart offers much the same. 
     We celebrate the Urban Theological Institute in several ways every year, including the coming Preaching with Power. UTI co-founder the Rev. Dr. Andrew Willis and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Gladys Willis, a UTI alumna, share their story and remembrances of the UTI.
     The generosity of donors, individuals and congregations, who support the students at LTSP is a constant cause to celebrate, and this month we celebrate a $10,000 gift from St. Luke Lutheran Church in Devon, PA - a gift which will benefit African American Lutheran students.
     That is just a sampling of what we have to celebrate. Read more from President Krey...
Two dreams come true...
Drs. Andrew and Gladys Willis"It's been a dream come true to see the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) at the seminary become such a success," said the Rev. Dr. Andrew Willis, co-founder of UTI some 35 years ago with friend and colleague the late Rev. Randolph Jones, a United Methodist pastor. "The idea had a lot of critics, and many thought it would never work."
     The formation and success of UTI was just one of many dreams realized by Dr. Willis and his wife, the Rev. Dr. Gladys Willis, as they have shared their many dreams and accomplishments. Read more about their dreams fulfilled ...

The value of Islamic Studies at LTSP
The Rev. Dr. David GraftonWhy does a Lutheran seminary - like The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) - have a program of Islamic Studies?
      "That's a good question," said the Rev. Dr. David Grafton, who joined the LTSP faculty seven years ago to direct such an initiative as well as to head up the seminary's Graduate School. 
Louise Johnson embraces historic leadership role

The Rev. Louise JohnsonTwo decades ago, the Rev. Louise N. Johnson could not have imagined herself serving LTSP as Vice President for Mission Advancement, using her writing and analytical skills in a post created last October to implement a new institution-wide assessment process for the seminary.
     In thinking about her new role, and the seminary she serves, she is in the right place at the right time. "We are learning to think differently," she explained. "We have an incredible opportunity to wonder how God is changing us." 
Johns Island: A Photo Essay
Last month's PS Portions shared the story of the annual student service trip to Johns Island, led by LTSP professor Robert Robinson.
     The group has returned to begin spring semester, and they share some of their experience in this photo essay ...
New! Check out Class Notes, a new feature in PS Portions which will share stories about LTSP's alumni and friends. You're an important part of Class Notes - we welcome you to share your own stories!

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