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Volume 93 Number 1

Fall 2010

The magazine of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Highlighted in this issue: LTSP Graduates talk about ministry in context; the 30th anniversary of The Urban Theological Institute.
Volume 93 Number 1

Fall 2010

The magazine of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP). Highlighted in this issue: LTSP Graduates talk about ministry in context; the 30th anniversary of The Urban Theological Institute.

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LY ARGUMENT WITH A DEAR FRIEND ANDCOLLEAGUE
at another seminary who wouldargue that a good theological education fromanywhere will prepare a leader of the church toserve anywhere. We did agree on one thing: thecurriculum needs to be comprehensive and bib-lically and theologically sound and include allthe disciplines that integrate theological learn-ing with the practice of ministry. Our friendlydisagreements were over my belief in theimportance of context, both for the seminaryand for learning in context, for leaders of thechurch.At the Philadelphia Seminary, we are blessedto be situated in the sixth largest metropolitan center of the UnitedStates and the second largest metropolitan area on the East Coast, with six million people, a convenient transportation system, and arich diversity of communities, institutions, and parishes. More than25 percent of the U.S. population lives within a 300-mile radius of theregion. Our contexts are always changing. They are becoming morereligiously pluralistic, multicultural, urbanized, and diverse. There arealmost one hundred communities of faith on Germantown Avenuealone. This means that our theological curriculum needs to adapt tofit the changing context, especially as many of our congregations needto be developed or redeveloped to do ministry in their changing envi-ronments. It also means that we need to look for the best contextualeducation sites available to provide the best possible practical learning environments.As you explore this issue, you will learn from Dr. Charles Leonardand others how we take advantage of our context while preparing missional leaders. In Field Education, our first year students are senton a rotation to the best possible congregation sites in the metropoli-tan area. We discovered that an exposure to a variety of superlativesites had great outcomes. The students experience a depth and varietyof experiences that they bring to their first calls. The second year of Field Education provides the single parish focus that has been our pri-mary practice for decades. Excellence in worship, a missional empha-sis, good stewardship, and Christian education is necessary for any parish to be considered as a Field Education site.Not all LTSP students are preparing for Word and SacramentMinistry, with students preparing for roles in Christian Education,Youth Ministry, and other areas. These require different contextualeducation locations. Our exciting new Master of Arts in PublicLeadership prepares leaders for the intersection of theology and social work, business or other disciplines, and stu-dents do internships in places like Lutheran World Relief or social ministry organizations.The ELCA also requires the time-honoredtradition of internship — an extended periodof learning in a parish context, usually in thethird year of study. As faculty members, we arealways impressed with how students havegrown and matured in their understanding of ministry through their internships. As intern-ships have become more expensive, new col-laborative models have developed with institu-tions and congregations — models that pro- vide a broad based learning environment and a parish experience. Friends and institutionshave also helped to raise funds for internships like the newly createdLee and Dolly Butz internship for the Lehigh Valley to intersect pas-toral ministry and community economic development. Some of thebest contexts for learning do not have the funds to make an intern-ship possible, making more funding models essential. Alliances andcollaborations can make it work. When I would argue with my friend, I would point out that Jesusdid not just teach in one place, but traveled all around the towns andcities of Israel, and, ultimately, to Jerusalem, challenging the apostlesto do the same as they were being equipped for ministry. He would point out that the Bible is all about diverse contexts and peoples andhow the Gospel of God addresses them all. My friend would empha-size the classroom with innovative teaching from texts in a world of many peoples and religions, and I would argue for integrated learning in rich and diverse contexts. Indeed, both sides of this wonderful con- versation need to be cultivated. We need excellent teachers in theclassroom, and we have those at LTSP. We also need veteran supervi-sors in the field who integrate the learning for our future leaders, and we need places where our future leaders can try out their skills andmake the mistakes that insure good leadership.As you read this issue of 
PS,
please know how grateful we are for your constant support as preparing leaders well for the church is acostly yet worthwhile endeavor.Yours in Christ,Philip D. KreyPresident
Message from the president 
ON THE COVER:
The Rev. Maritza Torres-Dolich, MDiv ’02, with neighborhoodchildren tending the vegetable garden outside of St. Stephen LutheranChurch in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Story on page 6.
 
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20101980-Celebrating our Past...Building our Future
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EDITOR/DESIGN
Merri L. Brown
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
 John Kahler
WRITERS
 John KahlerMark A. Staples
PHOTOGRAPHY
 John Kahler Jim Roese
EDITORIAL BOARD
Merri L. BrownLois La CroixDavid D. GraftonLouise Johnson John KahlerPhilip D. KreyAdam Marles J. Paul Rajashekar
CORRESPONDENCE
 PS,
The Lutheran Theological Seminaryat Philadelphia,7301 Germantown Avenue,Philadelphia, PA 19119Telephone: 215.248.6311 or1.800.286.4616Email:communications@Ltsp.eduVisit us online: www.Ltsp.edu
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is a publication of The LutheranTheological Seminary at Philadelphia, andis distributed without charge to alumni/ae,faculty, staff,andfriendsoftheseminary.
© Copyright 2010The Lutheran Theological Seminaryat PhiladelphiaVolume 93 Number 1
Centered in the Gospel of JesusChrist, The Lutheran TheologicalSeminary at Philadelphia seeks toeducate and form public leaders whoare committed to developing andnurturing individual believers andcommunities of faith for engage-ment in the world.
FEATURES
FALL 2010
Ministry in Today’s Context
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Alumni offer hopeful messages in trying times.
The Muhlenberg Tercentenary 
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AcademicYear2011-2012
UTI Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary 
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Celebrating an historic educational breakthrough.
DEPARTMENTS
Message from the President
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Inside front coverOfferings
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2Alumni News
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 Alumni Spring Convocation 2011
Faculty/Staff News and Notes
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 Faculty/Staff Activities
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 28 Passages
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32 In Memoriam
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From the Foundation
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See extended videos of many of those interviewedfor this issue at
www.Ltsp.edu/PSinterviews
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www.Ltsp.edu/give

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