Thursday, May 22, 2014

The 150th Commencement

The 150th Commencement

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The 150th Commencement: Seminary awards certificates, degrees to 65 members of the class of 2014
Remarks by former ELCA Presiding Bishop and reflections about Peter J. L. Perella among many highlights

Sixty-five seminarians were awarded certificates or degrees during the 150th commencement exercises of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, held May 20 , 2014 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lansdale, PA.
"Selfie" moment with Prof. Cláudio Carvalhaes and commencement speaker the Rev. Mark HansonThe ceremonies, clearly a highlight of the school’s 150th anniversary year, featured stirring remarks from the Rev. Dr. Mark Hanson, immediate past presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the seminary’s parent denomination. Hanson and the Rev. Claire Burkat, bishop of the ELCA’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod and an alumna and trustee of the seminary, offered tributes to the Rev. Dr. Philip D. W. Krey, who ends his 15-year tenure as the seminary’s president at the end of August.
President Philip KreyIn welcoming remarks, Krey praised the graduates, calling them “wise and courageous leaders…who have already distinguished themselves as leaders in the church.” He acknowledged the service of two faculty members, the Rev. Dr. Wil C.M. Gafney and the Rev. Dr. Cláudio Carvalhaes, who have received calls to teach at other seminaries. And he expressed his delight at the presence of Hanson, who was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree during the ceremonies. Krey termed Hanson a “public leader for a public church,” acknowledging him as an “unflagging advocate” for many causes, and expressed gratitude for his “enormously generous support” for the costly enterprise of theological education. Hanson served nearly 12 years a Presiding Bishop. During his term as presiding bishop, he was elected president of the Lutheran World Federation, and traveling widely in that role. His wife, Ione, was a guest at the ceremonies.
Kathryn Perella with Elizabeth and Cecelia The ceremonies were marked by cheers and applause, but also by moments of sadness. Two graduates were honored posthumously. The late Anthony Eric Bunch was awarded an Urban Theological Institute Certificate of Christian Ministry. The late Rev. Peter J.L. Perella, who succumbed to cancer February 24 at the age of 35, was awarded a Master of Sacred Theology degree that was accepted by his widow, Kathryn, and the couple’s three children, Elizabeth, 8, Cecilia, 6, and Isaac, 2 (at right). A heartwarming tribute and personal reflection about Perella was offered by Hanson, who knew him well in Perella’s service to the denomination. Perella, who was the ELCA’s Director for Worship Formation and Liturgical Resources at the time of his death, oversaw the ministry of word and sacrament on behalf of the presiding bishop, and directed the work of the churchwide worship staff. The tribute brought tears to many in the audience.
Bishop Claire Burkat - center left - introducing speaker Mark Hanson - center rightBurkat introduced Hanson before his remarks, noting his “Lutheran witness has been marked by grace, insight, and sincere faith.”
Hanson congratulated the graduates, also praising the seminary that, despite challenges, “today 150 years later serves as a beacon in a public church, grounded in theology and scripture and in its community.” He called on the audience for a moment of “hooping and hollering” for a great seminary, and the audience readily complied. He also referenced the seminary’s President-Elect David Lose, praising him for his “evangelical and missional imagination.”
Commencement speaker Mark HansonIn his main remarks (some highlights only), Hanson gave the graduates a question to ponder, “What will be the THIS in the this and the that” that marks your lives and ministry? He referenced Mark:8 and the words of Jesus, who asked his disciples “‘who do you say that I am’…The question still stands today.” Hanson in recent weeks had contacted members of the graduating class for their insights on the question, and challenged the audience – on the spot – to address it with those seated with them in the pews. Hanson noted that Lutherans often remain reluctant to proclaim what Jesus means to them in their lives, and urged the graduates “wherever you are serving, whatever you become, to speak openly about this.” He said he believes that some of the exodus and disinterest of younger generations regarding the modern church has come about because there can be more rebuking than proclamation expressed by believers. And some of that rebuking is at the expense “of those in poverty, without jobs and needing food stamps. Those demanding equal education for all are rebuked and told there is not enough money. The migrants who grow our food, clean our cars and take care of our yards are rebuked…”
Commencement speaker Mark HansonAt one point he criticized the mindset of some preachers whose sermons can be marked by “homey platitudes, moral theistic deism, rather than focusing on God’s abundant mercy.” He said some messages “cater to consumer cravings and helping people feel better about their success.” He urged the graduates to resist making themselves their ministry, rather urging them to focus on their parishioners’ “longing to hear stories about Jesus. Point beyond yourselves to what this Jesus Christ as Lord is about. It is Christ present in life’s struggles, extending a radical welcome to all who are out in the world.” He said that Jesus is with people in all their brokenness and suffering, and that God has a profound solidarity with people suffering most in the world.
Hanson also urged the graduates to consider a final question. “Who will speak to you who are being called? Do you believe in God’s grace or don’t you? Who do you wish would speak God’s word of forgiveness to you?” He noted there will be times when the new leaders will wish they had done something they had not accomplished, or would feel they have fallen short.  He said there may be family and friends to call upon at such times, also noting that if the graduates truly believe it, the power and presence of the Holy Spirit can speak to them of forgiveness.
Co-presidents Laura Tancredi and Karen SeaseClass of 2014 co-presidents Laura Tancredi and Karen Sease gave remarks based on the words of Psalm 90, “Teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts with wisdom.” They cited memories ranging from the ringing of the Krauth Memorial Library clock’s bell to lessons learned in the classroom, noting that each member of their class was on a singular journey, marked sometimes during seminary by death of a loved one, marriage, new relationships, or the birth of a child. They noted the class had arrived as strangers, “but as we look around we see friends, colleagues, and partners in a ministry we share.” And as geographical distance may mark their journeys apart in the future “those relationships will be no less significant.” They noted that, as new patterns will come to mark their days, when their new calls are marked by challenges, they hope to “draw upon the lessons and patterns of seminary…and reach out to each other in support, friendship, and love. We remind each other that the work of the church does not ultimately depend upon us but on God. It is God who created us and redeemed us through death on a cross that will sustain us and the church throughout our ministry. Because of that we need not be afraid to try, to be creative in our work, and sometimes even to fail. We do not number our days in successes and failures, wins and losses, or according to any of the world’s standards. Instead, we number our days according to God’s unending grace and mercy.”
Seminary alumna the Rev. Audrey Moodey, ’88, representing the LTSP Alumni Association, extended “hearty congratulations” to the graduates and urged them to stay connected to each other and to the seminary. “Return for convocations. Stay in touch so that we may celebrate not only the joys of today but the celebrations of your lives to come as you go forth to do God’s work in God’s world.”
As the ceremonies closed, Krey thanked Trinity for hosting the ceremonies and offering a reception to follow in the church’s Hyson Hall. “It has been a wonderful privilege to serve you as president, and we are blessed to have David Lose as my successor. My last act is to summon all of you to our 150th anniversary celebration on October 16.”
Commencement 2014Commencement participants, in addition to Krey, were the Rev. Dr. Jayakiran Sebastian, dean of the seminary, who distributed diplomas and certificates; the Rev. Dr.  Robert Robinson, Anna Burkhalter Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and Interim Faculty Secretary, who called the graduates forward; Gafney, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, who gave the opening prayer; Dr. Michael E. Krentz, Interim Chaplain, Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor, who led music for the occasion; lectors Daniel Purtell, Student Body President, Class of 2014, and Theresa Reese, Class of 2014, and Jay Mitchell, Class of 2014, who was crucifer.
In a moment of personal privilege and testament to scholarly persistence during the awarding of degrees, Krey noted that Master of Arts degree recipient Christine Summy had “begun working toward this degree 15 years ago at the same time I became President.”

Certificate recipients are:

Commencement 2014Urban Theological Institute Certificate of Church Leadership
Barbara M. Blount of Philadelphia, Debra Estella Simpson of Philadelphia, and Emory Ellis of Wyncote, PA
Urban Theological Institute Certificate of Christian Ministry
In addition to the aforementioned Bunch, who lived in Philadelphia:
Nancy L. Alston of Philadelphia, Lisa K. Beckton-Fitch of Philadelphia, Thomas C. Butler, Sr. of Philadelphia, Hazel Elizabeth Carrawell of Philadelphia, Patricia Ann Clark of Philadelphia, Heather Giardinelli Cronan of Merion Station, PA, Barbara Ann Goodson of Philadelphia, Wilberta C. Jackson of Norristown, PA, Yvonne Lytle of Philadelphia, Cynthia Yolanda Stanford of Jeffersonville, PA, Vernell M. Stewart of Philadelphia, Rosa Ellen Thomas of Philadelphia, and Tavio D. Williams of Philadelphia
Certificate of Theological Education for Emerging Ministries
Winston L. Dookram of West Islip, NY
Certificate of Theological Study
Derek William Solberg of Philadelphia (Lutheran Studies)
Advanced Graduate Certificate
Sarah Elizabeth Clausen of Philadelphia, Sharon Faye Fleshman of Philadelphia, Michael Giansiracusa of Palmyra, NJ, and Jennifer Lynn Sweitzer of Absecon, NJ

Degree recipients are:

Group SelfieThe Degree of Master of Arts in Public Leadership
Carilynn Jann Hayes of Woodstock, GA (Honors), and Daniel Ebb Purtell of Hebron, CT
The Degree of Master of Arts in Religion
Caroline Ann Dunleavy of Berwyn, PA, Christine Louise Summy of Wyomissing, PA, and Brent Emerson Haddix of Philadelphia, PA (Honors)
The Degree of Master of Divinity
Karen Warker Bernhardt of Vineland, NJ (Honors), Agnes Glabdomai Bryant-Gbardoe of Trenton, NJ, Ronald Victor Dziuk, Jr., of Downingtown, PA, Daniel Kyle Eisenberg of Pittsburgh, PA (Honors), Joshua Henry Ferris of New Tripoli, PA, (Honors), Dedra Ann Florence-Johnson of Philadelphia (Degree awarded with Black Church Concentration Certificate), Paul Bruce Gibson of Tarpon Springs, FL, Tammy Patricia Harmer of Deptford, NJ, Timothy James Hearn of New York, NY (Degree awarded with Black Church Concentration Certificate), Ian Andrew Hill of Warriors Mark, PA, Douglas Kent Hjelmstad of Philadelphia, Group SelfieEric Malm Johnson of Clinton, NJ (Honors), Jane Larsen McCready of Westfield, NJ, Jay Childs Mitchell of Naugatuck, CT (Degree awarded with Metropolitan/Urban Ministry Concentration Certificate), Julie Grasham Osterhout of Leesport, PA, Theresa Hill Reese of Sicklerville, NJ (Degree awarded with Black Church Concentration Certificate), David Thomas Reppert of Conshohocken, PA (Honors), Chris Allen Rothharpt of Birdsboro, PA, Karen Marie Sease of Columbia, SC (Honors), Ben William Siebert of Celina, OH (Honors), Dominic Sarmue Smyth of Yeadon, PA (Degree awarded with Interfaith Concentration Certificate), Jonathan Ryan Steiner of Lanham, MD, Laura Marie Tancredi of Lansdale, PA (Honors), and Dustin George Wright of Manchester, CT (Honors, Degree awarded with Interfaith Concentration Certificate)
The Degree of Master of Sacred Theology
In parentheses after the name of each candidate is the name of the faculty advisor. In some cases the subject of an STM thesis is noted in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.
STM recipient Guy GlimpGuy L. Glimp of Somerdale, NJ (Dr. David Grafton), Eric Douglas Mull of Brooklyn, NY (Dr. Timothy Wengert), Peter J. L. Perella, formerly of New Baltimore, MI (Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes), Carol Ann Rowehl of Philadelphia (Dr. Storm Swain, thesis title: Adapting Healthcare Chaplaincy to the Veterinary Setting), Nikolaus Satelmajer of Silver Spring, MD (Dr. Timothy Wengert, Degree awarded with Distinction, thesis: A Bold Sixteenth Century Mission: The First New Testaments for Croats, Bosnians, Serbs, Bulgarians and Turks), Alicia Carla Simpson of Philadelphia (Dr. Robert Robinson), Byron Wesley Smith III of Ramsey, NJ (Dr. Jon Pahl), and Duangsuda Sribuaai of Oniangmai, Thailand (Dr. Erik Heen)
The Degree of Doctor of Ministry
In parentheses after the name of each candidate is the name of the candidate’s project supervisor and the subject of the DMin project document submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.
Il Sun Teresa (Sophia) Ko-Davis of East Greenbush, NY (Dr. Storm Swain, subject: Introducing Ancient Models of Spiritual Exercises and Contemplative Prayer in Ecumenical and Diverse Cultural Settings)
DMin recipientsRobert Randall Thomas of Radcliff, KY (Dr. Robert Hughes, subject; Exploring Theodicy in Combat: How to Preach and Minister to Suffering Soldiers)
Stephen Paul Verkouw of Lancaster, PA (Dr. Richard Stewart, subject: From Pasture to Well: Facing Demographic Challenge and Developing Missional Identity in an Urban Congregation)
The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
In parentheses after the name of each candidate is the name of the candidate’s advisor and the title of the dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.
Shirley S. Guider of Center Valley, PA (Dr. Storm Swain, thesis: Contrapower Sexual Harrassment: Scarring the Sacred Relationship)
Dr. Shirley Guider
Timothy Andrew Leitzke of Philadelphia (Dr. Nelson Rivera, thesis: Kerygma and Anarchy: Bultmann’s Homiletic and Levinas’ Ethic as Partners in a Postmodern Homiletical Theory)
Dr. Timothy Leitzke
Leah Delight Schade of Milton, PA (Dr. John Hoffmeyer, thesis: Preaching and Ecofeminist Theology at the Crossroads: Homiletic Theory and Praxis in Dialogue with a Lutheran Ecofeminist Christology)
Dr. Leah Schade
San No Thuan of Insein, Myanmar (Dr. Paul Rajashekar, thesis: The Lotus and the Cross: A Buddhist-Christian Engagement for Human Dignity and Human Rights in Myanmar)
Dr. San No Thuan

About the commencement speaker and Honorary Doctor of Divinity recipient:

The Rev. Mark S. Hanson, known for his evangelical passion and imagination, served nearly 12 years (2001-2013) as presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Prior to that election, he was bishop of the ELCA’s St. Paul Area Synod, having previously served as pastor of three Minnesota congregations. He advocates for the renewal of the church’s preaching and public voice, for the strengthening of ecumenical and inter-religious relationships, and for reconciliation and justice in society, with special attention to those living with poverty and discrimination. A Minneapolis native, pastor Hanson graduated from Augsburg College with a BA in sociology. He was a Rockefeller Fellow at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and received an MDiv from there in 1972. He also attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School in 1979. In 2003 he was elected president of the Lutheran World Federation, and has traveled widely. During his service as presiding bishop, Pastor Hanson received honorary degrees from Augsburg College, Wittenberg University, Grand View University, Capital University, Lenoir-Rhyne College, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Susquehanna University, Wartburg College, and The Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration, Madras, India. He is the author of two books, including Faithful yet Changing, The Church in Challenging Times (Augsburg Books). Pastor Hanson is married to Ione Agrimson, director of social work at Minneapolis and St. Paul Children’s Hospitals prior to moving to Chicago with her husband. The couple has six adult children and four grandchildren.

View a photo gallery of highlight images on the Commencement web page (more photos coming)

Friday, May 16, 2014

PS Portions for May 2014

PS Portions - May 2014
  A Taste of Seminary Happenings

MAY 2014

From the President: Transitions: Appreciation, Excitement, Commencement, Celebration!
President Philip Krey
As I approach the end of my time as president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary of Philadelphia (LTSP), I want to once again express my deep appreciation to our trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, bishops, synods, donors, and friends for all your support over the last 15 years. I am excited and pleased at the Board's election of my successor, the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, who begins his duties at the beginning of the new academic year. And there's so much more to share in this issue, Read more...
LTSP President-elect the Rev. Dr. David Lose The Rev. Dr. David Lose elected next LTSP President
The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been elected president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). President-elect Lose assumes his duties at the start of the 2014 academic year,  Read more about Dr. Lose and view a photo gallery from his May 13-14 visit to the seminary as he was in conversation with LTSP faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the LTSP Board...

Community organizing seeds planted: LTSP alumni lead to positive change
Pr. Ed Livingston, Prof. Katie Day, Bishop Dwayne Royster
How does today's church bring hope to those experiencing the profound frustration of hopelessness in communities and neighborhoods marked by poverty and injustice?
      Last month, two alumni from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), Bishop Dwayne Royster and the Rev. Ed Livingston, gathered with Professor Katie Day to discuss the role of community organizing in today's church world, and how the seminary's training has helped them become leaders in community organizing initiatives.

Frederick Houk Borsch: Naming of Anglican Chair "a sign of shared cooperation"
Professor Frederick Borsch
When the Rev. Dr. Frederick Houk Borsch was honored April 9 with the seminary's Anglican Chair being named for him, Borsch acknowledged the naming as a "great honor."
     "But you have to remember," Borsch said, "even though I have been here for some time, the Chair is really a sign of shared cooperation between Lutherans and Episcopalians. We've been cooperating for a long time. And I think the Chair celebrates the good things we have been doing together."
Spring Convocation focuses on seminary's founding with an eye on church renewal

Observing the 150th anniversary of LTSP's founding, Spring Convocation this April focused on both history and church renewal.
       The gathered alumni heard from three keynoters. LTSP president the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, seminary president and Ministerium of New York Professor of Early Church History, led off with a focus on the circumstances of the seminary's founding in 1864. Afternoon remarks on "Renewal of the Church" were delivered by the Rev. Dr. Kevin R. Johnson, senior pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Church renewal was addressed by the Rev. Beth Ann L. Stone, an assistant to Bishop Robert Driesen of the Upper Susquehanna Synod (PA) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Plus anniversary class reunions, recognition of distinguished alumni,

Alumnus's ministry approaches win plaudits from community newspaper
The Rev. Keith AndersonSeminary graduate the Rev. Keith Anderson (STM '02) recently made the news, earning plaudits as "Citizen of the Week" from the Ambler (PA) Gazette. "With programs like 'God on Tap' and 'Coffee and Conversation' and 'Ashes on the Go', Anderson has made it his mission to break down the walls of the church and rewrite the definition of what organized religion looks like," the Gazette wrote in an article by Eric Devlin. Anderson has been one of the pastors at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church for about a year and a half after having served a congregation in Boston for 10 years.

LTSP 150 Timeline now online!
Explore the 150 years of LTSP history - not to mention connections to Martin Luther, Swedish Lutherans, Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, and more on the special LTSP 150th Anniversary Timeline website. You'll find stories, video, images and more now, and more content coming through the year as we approach the Anniversary Celebrations in October. Plus, share your memories, stories, and wishes throughout the site.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Preaching Scholar David J. Lose Elected President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose, Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been elected president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Lose assumes his duties at the start of the 2014 academic year, succeeding the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, who announced last year he is ending his tenure as the school's president after 15 years of service.

"We were blessed to have a number of candidates with excitingly diverse backgrounds to consider for leading the seminary," said the Rev. Dr. Elise Brown, who chairs the seminary Board of Trustees. "Dr. Lose's exemplary skills include strategic planning, relationship building, and an entrepreneurial spirit that will enable him to guide the seminary into a strong and bold future."

"For one hundred and fifty years, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has formed public leaders for a public church," Lose said. "Its deep confessional roots, ecumenical commitments, and responsiveness to its context and constituents have never been needed more than today. I am both humbled by the community's trust and thrilled by the prospect of working alongside great colleagues and students to lead the school into the future God has prepared for us."

Lose, 49, earned both his MDiv and STM at LTSP. A member of the preaching faculty at Luther Seminary since 2000, Lose served as Academic Dean from 2005-2008, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, led the creative team that developed, and directed several grants funded by the Lilly Endowment to research congregational vitality. He has been greatly interested in exploring new models for congregational leadership and witness in the twenty-first century.

Lose, born in Hughesville, a little town in Northeast Pennsylvania, spent most of his youth in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and then in high school moved a bit north to Myerstown. He is a 1988 graduate (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) of Franklin & Marshall College, where he was co-founder of a Habitat for Humanity chapter at the school, played varsity soccer, and was president of the Senior Honor Society. He was awarded his MDiv at LTSP in 1993, receiving several scholarly honors and serving as class president. He earned an STM with a concentration in Biblical Studies from LTSP in 1997. Subsequently, Lose earned a four-year Presidential Scholarship to Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was awarded a PhD in homiletics in 2000.

Prior to his faculty appointment at Luther Seminary, Lose held pastorates at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Summit, New Jersey, (1993-96), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Audubon, New Jersey, (1997-98) and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Princeton Junction, New Jersey, (1998-2000).

The author of a half-dozen books, his latest volume, Making Sense of the Christian Life (Augsburg Fortress), is forthcoming this winter. He is the author of scores of articles and book chapters, many of them focusing on the contemporary challenges of preaching in a changed and changing world, and he writes the weekly letter "Dear Working Preacher," which is typically viewed 50,000 times a month. His extensive record of community service includes current membership on the Board of Directors for Lutheran World Relief.

Lose makes his home in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Karin, son, Jack, 16, and daughter, Katie, 14.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Challenged and Renewed: Exploring personal growth in Ministry

The Exploring Series at LTSP

Challenged and Renewed:
Exploring personal growth in Ministry

Join us on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia for refreshments; Bible study; conversations with students, faculty, and staff; and information about education opportunities, financial aid, and admission processes. And meet others who are exploring. There is a $10 registration fee for this event.

Whether you or someone you know is a lay leader in a congregation who is interested in learning more about the Bible or the church's traditions and leadership, or someone feeling called to serve the church and the world as a public minister of the gospel or as professor at a seminary, we offer challenging and enriching education opportunities.

Saturday June 14, 2014 | 9:30 to 11:30am
Thursday June 19, 2014 | 6:30 to 8:30pm

For more information, please contact Don Johnson, Vice President for Student Development, or Matthew D. O'Rear, Associate Director of Admissions at 215.248.7302 or email

Register online here, or email

Monday, May 05, 2014

The Rev. Dr. David J. Lose recommended as next president of LTSP

Dear Members of the LTSP Community,

On behalf of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) Presidential Search Committee, I am pleased to offer the following update.

The committee was gratified by the excellent candidates who indicated interest in the position and were willing to engage in mutual discernment. Twenty-three nominations were submitted, and seventeen applications were received. An initial interview was conducted with eight candidates. A second interview took place with four candidates. The four finalists were diverse in terms of professional and academic degrees, gender, denominational affiliation, and clergy/lay. In each interview, candidates demonstrated theological acumen, a passion for theological education, and a profound love for the church.

Dr. David Lose After prayer and conversation, the committee chose to recommend the Rev. Dr. David J. Lose to the Board of Trustees for consideration as the next president of LTSP.

Dr. Lose is currently the Marbury Anderson Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Both his MDiv and STM were earned at LTSP. His curriculum vitae is attached.

Among Dr. Lose's many skills are strategic planning and relationship building. He demonstrates an entrepreneurial gift, having founded the Center for Biblical Preaching, including His analysis of the intersection of the culture and the church, and his interest in exploring new models for congregational leadership in the twenty-first century are important elements in exploring new opportunities for theological education. The committee viewed Dr. Lose as a leader with the capability to successfully guide the seminary into the future our gracious God sets before us.
I am personally grateful for the work of the committee, and their dedication and commitment. Members included:
  • The Rev. Cheryl Meinschein, Dr. Addie Butler, the Rev. Charles Miller, and the Rev. Harry McDowell, Board of Trustees;
  • Bishop Claire Burkat, Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod;
  • Dr. J. Paul Rajashekar and Dr. Storm Swain, faculty members;
  • Dr. Quintin Robertson, staff member;
  • Dan Purtell, student;
  • The Rev. Jonathan Strandjord, ELCA representative;
  • Maria Fumai Dietrich, alumna;
  • Dr. Richard Carlson, Eastern Cluster representative
The schedule for Dr. Lose's visit is as follows:
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
11:15 am
Discussion with Faculty (over lunch) Robert F. Blanck Board Room
2:30 pm Discussion with Staff Brossman 201
4:00 pm Discussion with Alumni Brossman 201
6:00 pm Chapel (Dr. Lose preaching, all are welcome!)
Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel
6:30 pm Student Meet and Greet
(evening classes delayed until 7:30 pm)
Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
9:00 am Discussion with Executive Cabinet Heinecken Room, Brossman 304
11:30 am Eucharist (Dr. Lose preaching, all are welcome!) Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel
12:45 pm Discussion with Students (students can bring a brown bag lunch or purchase lunch as part of the community meal) Benbow B and C
3:00 pm Meeting with Board of Trustees Robert F. Blanck Board Room

Ephesians 3:20-21
20 Now to the One who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine,21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

In God's Peace,
The Rev. Dr. John Richter signature
John Richter
Chair, Presidential Search Committee

Commitment to the City: A Religious Conversation between Christians and Muslims - May 7

Commitment to the City:
A Religious Conversation between
Christians and Muslims
Sponsored by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
The Community of Imam Warith Deen Mohammed in Philadelphia

Wednesday, 7 May 2014
7:00 – 9:00 pm

The Brossman Center
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
7301 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19119

The Rev. Dr. Katie Day
The Charles A. Scheiren Professor, Church and Society, LTSP
author of Faith on the Avenue: Religion on a City Street

Imam Muhammad Abdul Aleem

Imam of Masjidullah
author of Concordance to the Holy Quran, 5 vols
and Excellence of Worship

Imam Salaam Muhsin
Imam of Philadelphia Masjid

Dr. David D. Grafton
Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and
Christian-Muslim Relations, LTSP
Imam Eric Turner
Imam of Masjid Freehaven

Free and Open to the Public

Friday, May 02, 2014

Memorial service for the Rev. Rodney Smith (MDiv 2012)

A memorial service for The Reverend Rodney Smith (MDiv 2012), who died in Christ on April 29, 2014, will be held on Monday, May 5, 5pm, at New Hope Lutheran Church, 167-24 118th Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11434, there congregation where he was pastor. A repast will follow in the fellowship hall.

We will have more information as it becomes available. Please keep Rodney's family, congregation, colleagues and friends in your prayers.

(information from Metro NY Synod)