Tuesday, March 25, 2014

LTSP's coming to Hartford! Join us!

LTSP's Coming to Dinner!

LTSP Hits the Road! 

You are invited to a place near you
for dinner hosted by the Philadelphia Seminary

Join us at LTSP!You are invited - at no cost to you, and no strings attached - to join us for dinner at one of these locations:
  • Saturday, April 5, 5:30 pm - City Steam Brewery Café - Hartford, CT.
Become a student!This event is for you if you have ever thought about serving
  • as a pastor.
  • one of the church's leaders with youth.
  • as a church musician.
  • by providing leadership for a social service organization, advocacy group, or overseas mission group.
  • or in any number of other charitable or service oriented professions.
and leaders for the churchThis will be an evening to discern where and how God is calling you next; an evening spent with others who are figuring out how to best prepare for the next big adventure God has in store; an evening of good food, stimulating conversation, and the Spirit's presence.
We know you undoubtedly talk with people about call and discernment. It is just those people who will benefit from this Saturday evening dinner. So even if you are not personally discerning a new chapter in your own life, we welcome you to invite others who you know will benefit from such an event and come together to one of the dinners.
In each case, the dinner will be hosted by local pastors. The visit team from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) will include three current students, an LTSP professor, and two members of the LTSP staff.  
who want to engage with the worldHere's what you will experience:
  • Hear first-hand from LTSP students what it's like to study at one of the most cutting-edge seminaries in the USA.
  • Find out how intellectually stimulating and down-to-earth the faculty is at LTSP.
  • Learn the ways LTSP is a great place to prepare for ministry and many other ways of serving in church and/or charitable organizations.
  • Find out how to finance a seminary education that won't put you in debt for the rest of your life.
  • Get the scoop on ways you can design a course schedule that works around your personal and family obligations.
for the sake of the future.This is an event that you don't want to miss!
Please RSVP by the prior Wednesday by emailing admissions@Ltsp.edu. Please indicate any dietary restrictions.
We'll see you soon for a great Saturday evening dinner and an evening full of inspiration and information. If you know someone who is in discernment, share this message with them - they're invited too! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

PS Portions - March 2014

From the Editor: Moving Forward in Faith

LTSP 150 - Moving Forward in Faith

This month's PS Portions celebrates recent exciting events, the legacy The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia carries forward in the century of updated English translations of the Book of Concord, and an alumnus' "retirement" ministry.
      An anniversary is a time to look to the years ahead as well to remember what has already passed. Read further to learn more about LTSP's looking forward as we continue, in our 150th year and beyond. Read more...
The Book of Concord, 2000 edition The Book of Concord:
"a practical resource"

How big a challenge is it today to keep alive in the minds of believers the Book of Concord, the collection of the most important confessional and theological documents of Luther's day, originally published in 1580?
      Recently retired Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Reformation History the Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, co-editor of the most recent volume, reflects: "I tell people the Book of Concord is about believers caught in the act of confessing their faith, and I tell my students that, outside of their use of the Bible, the Book of Concord will be the most practical book they will use during their seminary training." Read more from a conversation with Dr. Wengert...
Quintin Robertson preaches stirring sermon for African Descent Heritage celebration

The Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson preached to members of the African Descent Lutheran Association (ADLA) during a celebration of African Descent Heritage called "Breaking the Chain" during Black History Month. 
LTSP's Quiintin Robertson preaching
      During the service of word and praise part of the celebration at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), Dr. Robertson urged his listeners to put their hands in the hand of Jesus in order to "meet the challenge of your greatness." He also spoke of three giants to slay along the journey of their Christian lives. Read about Dr. Robertson's sermon and the ADLA event...
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Conner, Sr.
Preaching with Power preacher advises: Whatever your nightmare, "Refocus on your dream..." 

The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Conner, Sr., advised his Preaching with Power congregants March 12 to "refocus on your dream" once they have experienced the kinds of nightmare episodes that confront Christians during their lifetimes.
      Pr. Conner, a member of LTSP's Alumni Board who earned his MDiv and DMin degrees from the seminary, gave his dynamic message at the Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ. The annual March Preaching with Power celebration, at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and in community churches, is sponsored by the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of the seminary. 
Energized by 22 volunteer years at Independence National Historical Park

LTSP alumnus Ed Uthe

LTSP alumnus Edward Uthe has served as an interpreter at Independence National Historical Park since 1992, one year after his retirement as a researcher for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, focusing on aspects of individual, congregational, and synodical giving, stewardship programs, and mission support for the denomination's Commission for Financial Support. All in all, Uthe's career spanned 41 years in the church.

Save the Date!
LTSP 150th Anniversary Banquet:
Thursday, October 16, 2014

Plan to attend the gala LTSP 150th Anniversary Banquet at the Ballroom at the Ben, 834 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Festivities will begin at 5:30 pm with an optional "Liturgy of Thanksgiving" at Franklin Square, site of the first erected seminary building. The assembly will then process to the Ben for cocktails and dinner at 7:00 pm. Keynote address at the celebration will be by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. Details to come! Save the date - Thursday, October 16 - now!
Check out this month's Class Notesa 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! And don't miss LTSP Notes with updates from seminary faculty and staff.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Join us for a Book Celebration Convocation March 25

You're invited! Join the community of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia to celebrate recently published works by seminary faculty at the Book Celebration convocation on Tuesday, March 27, 2014 at 11:30 am. The convocation will be held in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center, on the seminary campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. The convocation is free and open to the public. The celebration will start by enjoying cake in The Brossman Center student lounge at 11 am.

Faculty authors will share short presentations about their books, along with comments on the writing process. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions about the writing process and about the books being celebrated.

The faculty authors and their recent books are:
Visit the seminary website for directions to campus and on site parking.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Uncommon Common Prayer liturgy & lecture this Wednesday, March 19

Common Prayer

How does the liturgical, theological, and devotional use of global Books of Common Prayer build bonds of affection?
 An Aotearoa New Zealand perspective?

A liturgy, lecture, and lunch

Wednesday March 19th, 2014, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Schaeffer Ashmead Chapel and Benbow Hall, 
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia 
and offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.

Sponsored by the Philadelphia Theological Institute 
of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and the 
Anglican Studies program of The Lutheran 
Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP)

Join with PTI and the seminary community for the Eucharist from the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer, followed by lunch and a lecture. Introduction by Mrs. Phoebe Griswold, member of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross.
 Preacher and presenter is the Rev. Dr. Eleanor Sanderson from the Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia. Celebrant and MC is the Rev. Dr. Storm Swain, Director of the Anglican Studies Program at LTSP. 
Program Host is the Rev. Cn. James L. Shannon, Philadelphia Theological Institute.

Dr. Sanderson, 36, is a UK born citizen and permanent resident of New Zealand. She is the keynote speaker for the 2014 Anglican Women at Prayer conference in Virginia. She was ordained as a Deacon in 2005 and as a Priest in 2006 within the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia. She has served in the Diocese of Wellington since that time in a number of different roles. Alongside her ordained ministry in the church, she has a strong and active commitment within international community development and as an academic.

A light lunch will be available.  Please make your reservation by emailing Dr. Swain at sswain@Ltsp.edu.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Preaching with Power begins Sunday!

 Celebrating thirty two years in 2014, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia's Urban Theological Institute through Preaching with Power has invited outstanding African American preachers to Philadelphia for a week each March to celebrate the finest in African American preaching through the Preaching with Power series.

Preaching with Power is hosted both on the seminary campus and in congregations throughout the community. Host congregations include those of the American Baptist Churches, the United Methodist Church, the Church of God in Christ, the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

All events are free and open to the public. Offering proceeds benefit the Rev. Dr. Joseph Q. Jackson Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarship support to students who study in the seminary's Urban Theological Institute.

This year's Preaching with Power line up:

Click the name of the preacher/lecturer to view their biography and for venue details.

Sunday, March 9, 2014, 4:00 pm
African American Sacred Music Concert
Reformation Lutheran Church
1215 East Vernon Road, Philadelphia, PA 19150

Monday, March 10, 2014, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. Jerry M. Carter, Jr.
Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Germantown
41 West Rittenhouse Street, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:15 am
Dr. Cain Hope Felder
Lecture: The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center,
7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19119

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 7:00 pm
Dr. Alvin O’Neal Jackson
Harold O. Davis Memorial Church
4500 North 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 11:15 am
Bishop Audrey Bronson
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel
7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19119

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 6:30 pm
The Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Conner, Sr.
Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ
6401 Ogontz Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19150

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 7:00 pm
The Rev. Dr. Margaret Elaine M. Flake
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
419 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Unable to Attend?
Contributions to the J. Q. Jackson Scholarship Fund can be made at any time. Make checks payable to LTSP — The Joseph Q. Jackson Endowed Scholarship Fund and send to: The LTSP Foundation, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119, or you can give online.