Wednesday, October 9, 2013

LTSP Alumni among speakers at City of God conference Oct. 24-26

LTSP alumni the Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear and Bishop Dwayne Royster are among the keynote speakers at The City of God: Philadelphia conference, October 24-26 at The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown. The conference provides an intimate learning laboratory where Christian leaders from the greater Philadelphia area will be inspired, encouraged, and networked together in understanding and working out God’s vision for the city.



The City of God: Philadelphia conference provides an intimate learning laboratory where Christian leaders from the greater Philadelphia area will be inspired, encouraged, and networked together in understanding and working out God’s vision for the city.
On October 24-26, we will be energized as we explore a theology of urban transformation and engage with practitioners who are leading thought provoking and creative ministries throughout Philadelphia. 
Join us as we share, network, learn practical tools, and visit local examples of community transformation initiatives!
Urban Pilgrimages
Keynote Speakers:
  • Will O’Brien Jesus in Philadelphia: A Theology of Urban Transformation”
  • The Rev. Dr Ernest McNear " Transforming Philadelphia: God's Spirit, Our Hands”
  • Bishop Dwayne Roystor "Community Organizing in Philadelphia: Working Toward a Renewed City"
  • The Rev. Dr. Douglaas Bailey "Word in the City" Reflections
Schedule: 
Here is a quick glance at our Conference schedule
Thursday (10/24)
10:00am Registration at The First Presyterian Church in Germantown 
Thursday's Program includes lunch and dinner, as well as:  
  • “Word in the City” with Doug Bailey
  • Pilgrimage to Germantown Avenue Crisis Ministry
  • Afternoon Keynote with Will O’Brien 
  • Dinner & Evening Keynote with The Rev. Dr. Ernest McNear  
9:00pm Departure
Friday (10/25)
8:30am “Word in the City” with Doug Bailey at The First Presyterian Church in Germantown 
Friday's Program includes lunch as well as:
  • Pilgrimage to Broad Street Ministry
  • Afternoon Keynote with Bishop Dwayne Royster
5:30pm Departure
Saturday (10/26)
8:30am “Word in the City” with Doug Bailey at The First Presyterian Church in Germantown 
Morning Workshops
12:00pm Closing worship

Registration for the event is $125, with a group discount (3 person max) of $100 each. Go to the registration page to register with a credit card or though PayPal, and for other details.


Friday, October 4, 2013

Dr. Timothy Wengert's final public lecture at LTSP: Tuesday, November 19

Save the date for 
Professor Wengert's final public lecture at LTSP!

We know many of you - our alumni, friends, and colleagues - will want to be present for The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert Professor Timothy Wengert's final public lecture at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), offered as a gift to his students of the past quarter century. The lecture, titled "The Final Word: Martin Luther's Freedom of a Christian for Today's Church," will be presented in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the LTSP campus on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 11:30 am. More information coming soon, including registration details. While you'll want to be there in person, the lecture will also be live streamed and recorded for those who are not able to come to Philadelphia.

In his lecture, Dr. Wengert will address Martin Luther's famous tract, The Freedom of a Christian from 1520, which provides one of the most succinct summaries of Luther's theology. In the course of editing this work for publication in Augsburg Fortress's The Essential Luther project, Prof. Wengert has discovered new insights into Luther's approach to public ministry - insights that can also assist ministry in today's church.

Dr. Wengert is the Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of Church History at LTSP, teaching primarily in the fields of Reformation history and the Lutheran Confessions. A parish pastor for over seven years in Minnesota and Wisconsin, he received his doctorate from Duke University in 1984 and joined Philadelphia's faculty in 1989.  Read more on Dr. Wengert's biography page.

Memorial Service for Lois La Croix Wednesday, October 16

A Memorial Service for Lois La Croix, executive assistant to the president at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), is set for Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm in the Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the seminary campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue, in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. All are welcome to join the seminary community in celebrating La Croix, who died September 25 after a lengthy illness. A resident of Philadelphia’s Roxborough section, she was 59. The memorial service will be followed by a light luncheon in Benbow Hall. Please RSVP by October 10 for the light luncheon to Carrie Schwab at cschwab@Ltsp.edu.

Participants in the service will include Lois's pastor, the Rev. Annemarie Hartner Cook; the Rev. Dr. Robert Hughes, past president at LTSP; the Rev. George Keck, who worked with La Croix both at the Lutheran Church in America and at the seminary; the Rev. Curtis Haynes, past seminary chief financial officer; and LTSP president the Rev. Dr. Philip D.W. Krey.

Ms. La Croix requested that all donations be made in her memory for use for staff assistance. They can be sent to the Lois La Croix Staff Assistance Fund, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119, or call 215.248.6324.

You can read the announcement of La Croix's death here.