Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Advent Vespers 2009 - Audio Selections

The 2009 Advent Vespers of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) were held Sunday, December 6, and included a celebration of the Rev. Dr. Robert Bornemann. Dr. Bornemann's composition "Rejoice in the Lord Always" is the final selection in this recording. Learn more about Vespers here, and about Dr. Bornemann here. (this is an MP3 audio file)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Conversation with the President - December 2009

In the latest A Conversation with the President, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia's President the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey talks with the Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson, Director of the seminary's Urban Theological Institute (UTI). Dr. Robertson joined the seminary staff in July, and talks about his vision for the UTI and UTI's 30th Anniversary in 2010.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

LTSP Alumnus Romeo Dabee talks about Ministry in a changing world

LTSP Alumnus The Rev. Romeo Dabee talks about his discernment and seminary experiences, and his ministry at Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY. See the Fall 2009 issue of PS magazine, page 19, for the story.










Monday, November 9, 2009

Who Are Our Neighbors?

The Rev. Khader El-Yateem and the Rev. Khader Khalilia, alumni of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, talk about the challenges and rewards of ministry in a multicultural, multiethnic, multifaith community in Brooklyn, NY. Salam Arabic Lutheran Church is the center of the ministry done by these Palestinian Christians. See the story in the fall issue of PS, the magazine of LTSP.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

LTSP President's Message - October 2009

In the October edition of A Conversation with the President, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia's President, the Rev. Dr. Philip Krey, is joined by two senior seminarians, Steven Wilco and Elizabeth Nees, to talk about the seminary and internship experience.

Learn more about Peter Muhlenberg's robe referred to by President Krey on PBS History Detectives.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

President's Message: September 2009

In the September conversation, we meet four new seminarians, and President Philip Krey of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) speaks with LTSP Director of Admissions the Rev. Louise Johnson and Associate Director of Admissions Matthew O'Rear.

Monday, September 14, 2009

LTSP 146th Academic Year Opening Lecture by Prof. Richard Stewart

The Rev. Dr. Richard N. Stewart, Associate Professor, Communications, Parish Administration, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, presents the opening convocation lecture for the 146th Academic year: Who Saitheth that: IT IS NOT E-SAY TO BE GREEN?

LTSP 146th Academic Year Opening Sermon by President Philip Krey

The opening sermon of the 146th Academic year at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, LTSP President the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey preaching.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

President's Message: July 2009


In his latest video message, LTSP President Philip D.W. Krey is joined by H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures the Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian to talk about seminary education in a multicultural world. They also talk about worship life at LTSP - Dr. Sebastian has been appointed chaplain for the upcoming academic year - and introduce new Director of Music Ministries and Seminary Cantor Dr. Michael Krentz, AIM.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

President's Message: June 2009

President Philip D.W. Krey from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadephia (LTSP) is joined by LTSP Dean J. Paul Rajashekar to talk about the Asian Theological Summer Institute, and by Director of Graduate Studies David Grafton to talk about the seminary's advanced degree programs. President Krey also thanks those who have generously supported the seminary during the 2009 fiscal year, and especially those congregations and individuals who responded to Region 7 Seminary Sunday.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Tribute to the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Jr.

The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, IL, is a world-renouned preacher and has preached at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia a number of times over the years, and at Preaching with Power 2009 the seminary recognized Dr. Wright for his many contributions to the seminary. This short video of clips of Dr. Wright preaching at LTSP events and commencement was played at Preaching with Power.

Dr. Wright's connections to Philadelphia and LTSP are much deeper than his preaching. He was born in Philadelphia, and is the son of the late Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr., who in 1949 was one of the first two African Americans to receive a STM degree from the seminary. Pastor Wright served as pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia's Germantown section for 42 years, and was the congregation's pastor emeritus for an additional 21 years during retirement. 

LTSP has established an endowed chair, The Jeremiah A. Wright, Sr., Chair in African American Studies. Learn more about the Wright Chair and how you can make a gift to help endow the chair, LTSP's Urban Theological Instute and Preaching with Power.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

President's Message: May 2009

The Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) reflects on the 145th Commencement, Sunday, May 17, 2009, and gives thanks for the many gifts that help support LTSP's mission of raising leaders for the church in the world, with special thanks for those gifts, large and small, given during the recent Region 7 Seminary Sunday.

See speeches and other highlights from the 145th Commencement at www.Ltsp.edu/commencement09

The 145th Commencement: Class Address

The class address at the 145th Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, presented by Joseph Mantovani and Suzanne M. Spaulding, Sunday, May 17, 2009.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Doctor of Divinity Honorus Causa: LeAnna M. Washington

LeAnna M. Washington was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate in 2005, representing the 4th Senatorial District, after having served six consecutive terms representing the 200th Legislative District in the State House of Representatives. For more than two decades she has been a pivotal political force in the community, working tirelessly for communities throughout the region. The Brossman Center,  William Allen Square, and the renewal of the Wadsworth and Germantown Avenue business corridors would not have been completed without her effective leadership and support.  In the Senate she serves on numerous committees, including Aging and Youth and Public Health and Welfare.  Committed to the well-being of Pennsylvania's children and families, she serves on the Pennsylvania's Children's Trust Fund Board of Directors, the Children's Health Advisory Council, and the Governor's Health Care Advisory Panel.  She leads the Senate effort to end illegal handgun trafficking and has co-sponsored community forums on violence prevention.  Other legislative interests include dedicated funding for mass transit, improved services and conditions in nursing facilities, kinship programs for children in foster care, education reform, and development of the local economy. 

Senator Washington has triumphed over many personal challenges in her life. A high school dropout, teen parent, and victim of domestic violence early in her marriage, she went on to earn a Master's degree in Human Services from Lincoln University. She earned a Certificate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard.  She is the first woman elected to serve as Chair of the PA Legislative Black Caucus (PLBC) and the first woman Chair of Black Elected Officials of Philadelphia. She serves on a number of boards, including those of Arcadia University, the Greater Philadelphia NAACP, and the Sedgwick Cultural Center.  Her numerous community and civic awards include Outstanding Community Leader (Philadelphia Tribune, 2008), Civic Leaders Award (Women Against Abuse, 2007), Distinguished Leadership Award (Community College of Philadelphia, 2004), and Sojourner Truth Award (Women's Institute and Network, 1999).


Doctor of Divinity Honorus Causa: Cherelle Lesley Parker


Cherelle Lesley Parker is the Pennsylvania State Representative for the 200th Legislative District, which includes the seminary. Elected in 2005, she was the youngest African American woman ever elected to the Pennsylvania State House, where she serves on a number of committees, including Appropriations and Labor Relations. Having overcome adversity in her youth that, according to one mentor, "would make a pirate cry," Rep. Parker has earned a reputation for being one of the most results-oriented, politically savvy, and proactive legislators in the tri-state region, recognized for her strong analytical, strategic planning, and organizational skills. Rep. Parker has actively supported local and state economic development legislative initiatives and local projects, including renewal of the Germantown Avenue business corridor, The Brossman Center, and William Allen Square. She is leading the fight in the House for hand gun control, the special needs of children whose parents are incarcerated, and energy conservation. Committed to the ideals of community involvement, political empowerment and progressive social change, she regularly holds town hall meetings in her district, workshops for her constituents, the "Boys to Real Men Summit," and an annual NW Community Appreciation Awards dinner.

A graduate of Lincoln University, Rep. Parker is an active member of many boards, including that of her alma mater, and service-oriented organizations, including the National Congress of Black Women. She earned a Certificate from the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard in 2008 and participated in the University of Virginia Emerging Political Leaders Program in 2006. Among her numerous awards are Outstanding Alumna (Lincoln University Alumni Association, 2007); one of the Most Influential African Americans in Philadelphia (Philadelphia Tribune, 2007), and one of the area's 101 Connectors (Leadership Philadelphia Connector Project, 2006).

Monday, May 18, 2009

The 145th Commencement - Address by Chris Satullo

The 145th Commencement of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia was held Sunday, May 17, 2009 on the Mt. Airy campus. Chris Satullo, executive director of news and civic dialogue at WHYY, Philadelphia's public broadcasting station, was the presenter. Other video from the day will be posted on the LTSP Web site during the week following commencement. More information is online at www.Ltsp.edu/commencement09.

Forgiveness through Jewish, Muslim and Christian Eyes

From the 2009 LTSP Spring Convocation, April 29, 2009. The overall theme of the convocation was "Path of Forgiveness"

Panel Discussion:  Forgiveness through Jewish, Muslim and Christian Eyes Moderator: The Rev. Dr. Katie Day, The Charles A. Scheiren Professor, Church and Society, who teaches social ethics, alienation, and reconciliation at LTSP Panel: Rabbi Gregory S. Marx, Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA Iftekhar Hussain, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Philadelphia, PA


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Remarks: Remembering The Rev. Dr. John Reumann

Remarks: Remembering The Rev. Dr. John Reumann from the 2009 Alumni Spring Convocation at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Friday, May 15, 2009

A Spirituality of Forgiving: Thou shalt forgive thy neighbor as God has forgiven you

Lecture 2 of 2 by Dr. David Augsburger, Professor of Pastoral Counseling, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, at the 2009 Spring Convocation of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, April 28, 2009. The theme for 2009 was "Path of Forgiveness." More details on Spring Convocation: http://www.ltsp.edu/convocation09

Thursday, May 14, 2009

A Taxonomy of Forgiving: Thou shalt not nail thy neighbor to her past

Lecture 1 of 2 by Dr. David Augsburger, Professor of Pastoral Counseling, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, at the 2009 Spring Convocation of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, April 28, 2009. The theme for 2009 was "Path of Forgiveness." More details on Spring Convocation: http://www.ltsp.edu/convocation09

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Public Vocation of Scientists and Theologians

"Public Vocation of Scientists and Theologians" was the topic of the April 21 Convocation lecture at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). The lecture was be presented by the Rev. Dr. Nelson Rivera, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Hispanic Ministry, and Director of the Latino Concentration at LTSP. You can learn more at http://ltspmedia.ltsp.edu/2009/04/public-vocation-of-scientists-and.html

Repairing the Public Sphere: A Christian Response to the Global Crisis

Dr. William Storrar, Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, NJ, presented on the topic Repairing the Public Sphere: A Christian Response to the Global Crisis at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at the morning convocation. The Center of Theological Inquiry is an independent educational institution for advanced study. Dr. Storrar was formerly Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland. More information on the convocation: http://ltspmedia.ltsp.edu/2009/03/convocation-331-repairing-public-sphere.html

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

President's Message: April 2009


The President's Message for April 2009, from the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey, president of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). President Krey talks about Good Shepherd Sunday, May 3, which is Region 7 Seminary Sunday, an opportunity for congregations the seminary serves to support LTSP with prayer, financial support, and identifying and sending students, the future leaders of the church in the world.

Learn more about May 3 Seminary Sunday: Ltsp.edu/SeminarySunday

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ghana Ministry - The Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) alum the Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear (MDiv, UTI, 1999) talks about his ubran ministry work with Ghana.

Safe Surrender - The Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) alum the Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear (MDiv, UTI, 1999) talks about the Philadelphia Safe Surrender Programm and his church's involvement.

Urban Ministry - The Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) alum the Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear (MDiv, UTI, 1999) talks about urban ministry.

Call amd Education - The Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) alum the Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear (MDiv, UTI, 1999) tells his call story and about his experience at LTSP.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Marissa Harris' LTSP Experience for Advocacy

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) graduate Marissa Harris talks about how here experiences at LTSP prepared her for her work as an advocate workikn gfor the church in the world. See the spring 2009 issue of the LTSP magazine PS for more on advocacy and LTSP.

Advocacy - Marissa Harris

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) graduate Marissa Harris talks about her work in advocacy through Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa) and how LTSP prepared her for her work. See the spring 2009 issue of the LTSP magazine PS for more on advocacy and LTSP.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Vulgate Bible

From the Treasures of the Krauth Memorial Library at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) series: The Vulgate Bible is discussed by library director Dr. Karl Krueger and LTSP president and Ministerium of New York Professor Early Church History the Rev. Dr. Philip Krey.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Interpret Boldly: God's Good News is for You

Hearing the Word: Lutheran Perspectives on Biblical Interpretation is the topic for the 2009 Hein-Fry Lecture, presented by Esther Menn, Professor of Old Testament and director of Advanced Studies, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. The lecture was presented at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 11:30 am in Benbow Hall, The Brossman Center, on the LTSP campus at 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. Hearing the Word: Lutheran Perspectives on Biblical Interpretation was chosen as the 2009 theme in order to engage the crucial conversation facing the ELCA concerning various Lutheran approaches to scripture and what resources and challenges those approaches bring to diverse North American contexts. The hope for these lectures is that they will raise awareness about the various ways the Lutheran church has traditionally interpreted the Bible as well as explore a mixture of contemporary approaches to scriptural interpretation that Lutherans might offer today. More on the lecture: ltspmedia.ltsp.edu/2009/01/hearing-word-lutheran-perspectives-on.html