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.

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