Thursday, June 19, 2014

PS Portions for June 2014

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A Taste of Seminary Happenings

June 2014

From the President: The 150th Anniversary celebration continues - and looking toward the future
President Philip KreyWe have many things to celebrate this month! The 150th Commencement was a festive and celebratory event, highlighted by the address by past ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson. The Asian Theological Institute celebrated the 8th annual event for Asian and Asian American scholars and faculty mentors. And the celebration continues as we approach the coming academic year with a robust entering class, and the excitement of Oxtober's 150th Gala Banquet and Celebration events. Read more...
The 150th Commencement
Commencement is always a time of celebration and festivity, and the 150th was a special event highlighted by the awarding of certificates and degrees to 65 graduates, stirring remarks from former ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark S. Hanson - who was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity - and reflections about Peter J. L. Perella, LTSP alumnus and STM student who died during the spring semester. Read details about the 150th Commencement, view photo galleries of the event and graduates, along with a list of the certificate and degree recipients, and watch video highlights...
The 2014 Co-Presidents reflect
2014 Co-presidents Laura Tancredi and Karen Sease
The commencement reflections of Co-Presidents of the Class of 2014, Laura Tancredi and Karen Sease, offer insights regarding campus life...
    So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom (Psalm 90:12) informs their reflections. Read more...
David Lose: The LTSP president-elect recalls his seminary days, his journey that is leading him back to his alma mater, and some early thoughts on the future 
LTSP President-Elect David Lose
Minutes after he was named President Elect of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, the Rev. Dr. David Lose, a seminary alumnus, reacted to the unanimous recommendation of the Trustees to appoint him.
    "For a moment I was absolutely speechless," he said. "...It is an incredible honor ... humbling, daunting ... to consider the challenges and opportunities ahead and to discern with others the vision God has for this place. I am so grateful that all of my experiences have come together to make this opportunity possible. And I can't wait to address those challenges and opportunities."
Asian Theological Summer Institute Returns to LTSP for the 8th Year
ATSI 2014
Nineteen Asians/Asian Americans scholars who are focused on theological education at the PhD and ThD level joined seven faculty mentors for the eighth Asian Theological Summer Institute (ATSI), May 27-31, 2014, sponsored by The Lutheran Theological Seminary and supported by Henry Luce Foundation. The Institute functions as a doctoral seminar, allowing participants to test doctoral proposals/projects in the company of guest professors and scholars serving as mentors.
A senior gift for seminarians to follow, and a tradition continues
Prof. Karyn Wiseman strikes a Muhlenberg pose
This month, two photo collections to share from life at LTSP:
  • The 2014 senior gift was something for their colleagues to use - a clean up and spruce up of Wiedemann basement
  • Old Trappe Church shared its place in the legacy of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg and allowed seminarians to follow in the footsteps of the "founder of American Lutheranism" for a day of learning, worship, discovery - and a measure of fun. 

Check out this month's
Class Notes
, with the latest on LTSP's alumni and friends. Stories include alumnus the Rev. Dr. Martin Lohrmann joining Wartburg Seminary faculty. You're an important part of Class Notes - we welcome you to share your own stories! 
This month's LTSP Notes includes notes on Professors Nelson Rivera, Karyn Wiseman and Michael Krentz.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Calling all Pastors, Congregational Leaders, and Synod Staff to Co-op Model Information Night

Calling all Pastors, Congregational Leaders, and Synod Staff:
You are invited to attend The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia’s (LTSP) Master of Divinity Co-operative Model (Co-op) Information Night on Tuesday, June 24, at 6:30 pm in Benbow Hall on the seminary campus.
  • Eat & Drink: enjoy wine and a light meal on us!
  • Learn: about the new, exciting, ground-breaking Co-op program, and how Co-op benefits congregations which work in partnership with Co-op students.
  • Engage: with faculty and staff!
Co-op engages a seminarian in concurrent seminary study (full time) and learning/work (part time) in a congregation. Congregations receive consistent, part time leadership for three full years, and seminarians enter ministry with significant congregational experience and little or no seminary debt. More information about the program may be found at
If you plan to attend this informative and fun event, contact me at or 215.248.6272.

Hope to see you June 24!

The Rev. David Jordon
Director of MDiv Co-operative Model