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.

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