Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blessed Easter from LTSP

A Taste of Seminary Happenings

EASTER 2014
President Phhilip Krey An Easter Message from President Krey
In an age often filled with fear, all of us at the Philadelphia Seminary wish you the joy of Easter. Jesus, the crucified, is risen and goes before you. May he greet you with the hope of the resurrection and transform all of your fears and anxieties into faith and trust in the God who raised him from the dead for us. 
Blessed Easter,
Philip Krey

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PS Portions April: A Taste of Seminary Happenings

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A Taste of Seminary Happenings

April 2014


From the President: Celebrating students, innovation and Swedish history

President Philip Krey
We at the seminary pray you are having a blessed and meaningful Holy Week and Easter season.
In this issue of Portions you will meet several remarkable seminarians; get to know David Jordon, the director of our new Co-op initiative, a partnership involving congregations and the seminary; and learn about the first Augustana Institute observance on our campus. The stories in this issue really provide an overview of life on and off campus in our 150th anniversary year.
Read more...

Bishop Jonas Jonson Augustana Institute lecture salutes pioneer Swedish Ecumenist Nathan Söderblom

The inaugural lecture of the Augustana Institute at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) on March 22 served as both a celebration of the Swedish Lutheran Church tradition in America and a stirring celebration of Swedish Nobel Peace Prize recipient (1930) Nathan Söderblom, regarded as the architect of the twentieth-century ecumenical movement so familiar to contemporary churchgoers.
The lecture, by retired Swedish Bishop Jonas Jonson, was followed by a panel discussion. Read the story, view photos of the event and recordings of the lecture and panel discussion...

The Nolde Seminar: Following the legacy of O. Frederick Nolde
Prof. John Nunes
"The on-going, snakelike consequences of sin in our society are as painful and pervasive as they are unpopular to talk about," the Rev. Dr. John Nunes, Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University, told a session of this year's Nolde seminar. The Nolde seminar, taught by professors including Dr. Nunes and LTSP President Philip Krey, is sponsored by the Nolde family along with the Nolde Lecture. 

Seminary's 'Green Team' celebrates accomplishments
LTSP Green Team makes a difference
LTSP Senior Seminarian Dustin Wright thinks about Psalm 8 whenever someone asks him why Christians (and others) should care for God's creation. "My favorite part of the Psalm reads, 'O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!'," he says. "It's my favorite because that's where caring for creation really begins; recognizing the beauty and majesty of God's work and our connection to it."

Fieldwork ship visits in the Port of Philadelphia fulfill LTSP seminarians
Seminarians Richter and Kirk with Pr. Bill Rex at SCI
Seminarian Lori Anne Kirk has a storehouse of fieldwork memories from visiting ships for the Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) of Philadelphia and South Jersey this year. Fieldwork is part of a contextual education initiative The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) and other seminaries offer to afford students practical experience to complement their classroom learning.
Pr. David Jordon
Pastor David Jordon laying foundation for new Co-op program
Pastor David Jordon has only been on the seminary staff for a little more than six weeks, but he has already laid considerable groundwork as director of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia's (LTSP) brand new initiative, The Master of Divinity - Co-operative Model (Co-op).
      A new initiative supported by a grant from the Thrivent Financial Lutherans foundation, the Co-op Model aims to reduce or eliminate student debt as they study for and enter into ministry. 

Check out this month's Class Notes, with the latest on LTSP's alumni and friends. You're an important part of Class Notes - we welcome you to share your own stories! 
This month's LTSP Notes includes notes on the new Frederick Houk Borsch Chair in Anglican Studies, expanding ATSI programs, and three professors are awarded tenure.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Frederick Houk Borsch Chair of Anglican Studies inaugurated at LTSP


The Frederick Houk Borsch Chair of Anglican Studies was inaugurated at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in a brief ceremony in the seminary's Schaeffer Ashmead Chapel during Wednesday Eucharist on April 9, 2014. The chair at LTSP was established as the Anglican Studies chair as the result of a generous gift from The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Colleagues and graduates of LTSP serving in the Pennsylvania diocese joined the seminary community and members of the LTSP board of trustees for the worship service, where Borsch presided.

The Rt. Rev. Frederick Houk Borsch, PhD, was the first holder of the Episcopal chair, serving since the fall of 2003, and also teaching as Professor of New Testament for much of this time. Borsch was earlier the Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles and has a long involvement with theological education. He has been on the faculty of several seminaries in the United States and England, and served as Dean and President of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and interim Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Author or editor of more than twenty books, he was for some years Dean of the Chapel at Princeton University, where he taught in the Department of Religion and the Program in the History, Archaeology and Religion of the Ancient World.



Dr. Borsch presiding at worship
(from left to right) The Rt. Rev. Edward Lee, Assisting Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania; Bishop Claire Burkat, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; President Philip D.W. Krey, LTSP; The Rt. Rev. Rodney Michel, Assisting Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania; The Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dean and H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures, LTSP; Dr. Borsch; The Rev. Dr. Katie Day, Charles A. Scheiren Professor of Church and Society, LTSP; The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania
(from left to right) The Rt. Rev. Edward Lee, Assisting Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania; The Rt. Rev. Rodney Michel, Assisting Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania; Dr. Borsch; The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel, Bishop, The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

LTSP's 150th Anniversary Highlighted in 2 part series - Part 2 now online

The Chestnut Hill Local, a weekly newspaper published in Northwest Philadelphia, is highlighting The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia's 150th anniversary with a series of articles.

You can read part 2, from the April 2, 2014 edition, on the Local's website here.

You can read part 1, from the March 26, 2014 edition, on the Local's website here.

The seminary's own look back, a website covering the history of LTSP, is coming this spring as a separate multimedia website.

Exploring questions of Life and Faith: Live Thursday 7 pm

Exploring Series at LTSP
Concerned with the decline in church membership?...

Then join the conversation - Live on campus and Live streamed online - at the inaugural event of the "EXPLORING" series - presented by The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Exploring questions of Life and Faith:
a conversation with a panel of smart people
who don't go to church

Bishop James HazelwoodFeaturing the Rev. James Hazelwood, Bishop of the ELCA New England Synod

Thursday, April 10, 2014
• 6:30 pm - walk in registration
• 
7:00 pm - program begins
• On campus and Online
  • Live on the LTSP campus or Live-streamed to your computer!
  • Free with registration!
  • Audience participation!
  • Light snacks will be served to the campus audience.
Register online today - click here - or call 215.248.7302

To see the live-streamed event, go to Ltsp.edu/ExploringSeries on Thursday, April 10 at 7 pm EDT! Be sure to register for the event, either to attend on campus or online, so you can receive updates and attendee information before the event!

More about Bishop Hazelwood
Bishop on a Bike

The Rev. James Hazelwood was elected bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at the synod's assembly in June 2012. Long time pastor of St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Charlestown, MA., he told the South Kingstown Independent in a story after his election that he didn't start out to be a religious leader after college - in fact, he was mostly interested in music and basketball. Born in Concord, MA, Bishop Hazelwood is the first native New Englander and the first parish pastor to serve as bishop of the New England Synod since the ELCA was founded in 1987. His wife, the Rev. Lisa Stoen Hazelwood, serves as senior pastor at St. Andrew.

Bishop Hazelwood explained his interest in advancing the church in the 21st century in an entry on his "Bishop on a Bile" blog written after he was elected. The entry started with part of what he told the assembly before voting was held:

"'...I have a great gig going on in Charlestown at St. Andrew. I am not looking for a new call.'” I meant it, I still mean it. St. Andrew has been the best community of faith, the best laboratory for 21st century mission, the most flexible and willing people I have ever experienced. Why would I want to leave it? “'But, if you,'” I said to the assembly, “'want to go on an adventure or experimentation, of trying to figure out where God is pulling us, and seek to ask questions about what it means to do and be church in New England in this time. That’s a different story.'” Those may not be the exact words I said, but that was the essence of what I said.

"I do not know the workings of the Holy Spirit, but here is my more rational understanding of what happened in Spring-field. Our church in New England, and across North America, is experiencing a seismic shift. Whether it’s declining participation in congregational life, shift in where people go for spiritual understanding, economic dislocation or just plain old general angst, you can easily see these are strange and un-understandable times. I think most everyone in the church, and certainly those at the Assembly in Springfield understood this to be the case. That was one line going through the place on June 8, 9 & 10 [the dates of the assembly]."

He also noted in the entry:

"The other line was my personal autobiography of not having grown up in the faith, living and breathing life as an unchurched kid in the post-Wategate era of the 1970’s in Southern California. My story of baptism at a Lutheran Bible camp, and the understanding I have of how those outside the church think. This was another line going through the Mass Mutual Center [where the synod assembly was held].
"Somehow these two lines intersected at a particular point in time, and/or the Holy Spirit brought them together. If this event had been held any number of years ago, I’m not so sure the results would be the same. In an earlier era, it’s possible I might have been seen as an entertaining fringe candidate. But, the times and the person were brought together.
"Now what?"

You can read more of Bishop Hazelwood's thoughts on the Bishop on a Bike website, and follow him on Facebook.

Don't miss these next events in the "Exploring Series":

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Tuesday & Wednesday: Celebrating Frederick Borsch Chair, Remembering Robert Blanck

Please join the seminary community
as we hold two important celebrations:
Memorial Service for Dr. Robert F. Blanck
Tuesday, April 8
Dr. Robert F. Blanck, Esq.The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) community will gather on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm for a memorial service to celebrate the life and many contributions of seminary trustee Dr. Robert F. Blanck, Esq. Dr. Blanck died January 16, 2014 at the age of 87. 
Still a trustee at the time of his death, Dr. Blanck served as chair of the trustee board from 1976 to 2003. He was recognized by the seminary in 2001 with the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity (DD).
The Rev. Dr. Robert Robinson, Anna Burkhalter Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at LTSP, will be preaching, and Bishop Claire Burkat, of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will be presiding.
The memorial service will be held in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the LTSP campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Ample parking is available on campus, and all are welcome to join us to remember and celebrate this true friend of the seminary and the greater church.
Frederick Houk Borsch Chair in Anglican Studies to be Inaugurated Wednesday, April 9

Prof. Frederick Houk BorschThe Frederick Houk Borsch Chair of Anglican Studies will become the name of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia's Chair of Anglican Studies at a brief ceremony that will be a part of Wednesday Eucharist on April 9, 2014 at 11:30 am in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the LTSP campus. Prof. Borsch was the first holder of the Chair beginning in the fall of 2003. He served as Professor of New Testament for much of this time. Borsch was earlier the Episcopal Bishop of Los Angeles, and has a long involvement with theological education having been on the faculty of several seminaries in the United States and England, and been dean and president of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and interim dean of the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Author or editor of more than twenty books, he was for some years Dean of the Chapel at Princeton University, where he taught in the Department of Religion and the Program in the History, Archaeology, and Religion of the Ancient World.

Please join the seminary community in celebrating Prof. Borsch and the Anglican Studies program this coming Wednesday. The chapel is on the LTSP campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Parking is available on the seminary campus, and all are invited to attend.