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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.

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.

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