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