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The Magazine of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Special Tercentenary Issue!

ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2011, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) will join local, regional, national, and international celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, the organizer of Lutheranism in colonial America. In this issue you will be introduced to his importance and learn how LTSP will celebrate the anniversary year. This issue of PS - Philadelphia Seminary - highlights the Legacy of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. (revised 5/31/11 to change page 7 - article author's name appended to article)
The Magazine of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Special Tercentenary Issue!

ON SEPTEMBER 6, 2011, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) will join local, regional, national, and international celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, the organizer of Lutheranism in colonial America. In this issue you will be introduced to his importance and learn how LTSP will celebrate the anniversary year. This issue of PS - Philadelphia Seminary - highlights the Legacy of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. (revised 5/31/11 to change page 7 - article author's name appended to article)

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 Special Tercentenary Issue! 
The Magazine of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia 
 
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EPTEMBER 
6, 2011, The LutheranTheological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) will join local, regional, national, and interna-tional celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, theorganizer of Lutheranism in colonial America.In this issue you will be introduced to hisimportance and learn how LTSP will celebratethe anniversary year. There is an impressive stat-ue at the entrance of the seminary of Muhlenberg preaching, but we are not celebrat-ing him because of a magnificent statue or toobserve an anniversary. We will celebrate who we are as a seminaryof the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Americadue to Muhlenberg’s vision and understanding of the church. Becauseof his mission and ministry, we have a constitution for congregationsand an understanding that the church is larger than the ministry andmission of local congregations and their authority. In many ways, theMuhlenberg tradition characterizes who we are as a seminary — loyalto the church and its mission to prepare leaders who will proclaim theGospel of our crucified and risen Lord in a diverse and pluralisticnation. In addition, we have set the following goals:LTSP plans to use this celebratory year as a lens not only toreflect the seminary’s heritage and legacy, but, more importantly,as a vehicle to engage our constituency, reaching out to newaudiences. We have made a commitment to view ourselves —our collections, our educational offerings, our campus — as a public asset and, as it relates to Muhlenberg specifically, toshare his heritage that was integral as well to the formation of the nation. A commemorative project of this type serves theobvious goals of raising up and exploring a significant historicalfigure and examining his relevance to today’s world, and willhave long lasting ramifications for our institution beyond theanniversary year.As a school of the ELCA, we will help to educate the 5.2 millionLutherans in the United States as to the legacy of Muhlenberg,to an understanding of the church’s patriarch that contributesto an understanding of who Lutherans are, and to paint a pictureof the real man — his strengths and his weaknesses.• As the largest repository of Muhlenberg’s papers and artifactsin the United States, we will make available to scholars and the public, at no charge, our extensive collection for research.• As an institution located in historicPhiladelphia, we will raise the profileof this significant American historicalfigure who contributed significantly tothe colonial landscape, and explore the ways in which he “fathered” the firstgeneration of citizens of the UnitedStates of America. His children also havemade significant, far-reaching contribu-tions to American history.• As a religious institution located on acampus within a highly diverse religiousand ethnic community, we will create adialogue around issues of immigrationand the role of the church in new immi-grant experiences, explore topics of religious tolerance and pluralism,and support public discussion about the ways in which we are “alike”and of our shared history as “newcomers” to America.We intend to raise sufficient endowed funds ($500,000) toestablish a Muhlenberg scholarship that will provide free tuitionforoneormorestudentswhowillexemplifyMuhlenberg’spassionfor mission and ministry in a diverse and pluralistic context.Now that LTSP has succeeded in renovating its wonderfulcampus, we are dedicating all our energies to support our wonderful student body and the faculty by raising funds forfinancial aid and faculty development. We have a wonderful legacy and treasure to sustain in theMuhlenberg tradition, and we welcome and encourage you to joinus as LTSP continues to carry out that tradition.Christ is risen, Alleluia.Philip D. Krey
Message from the president 
 
EDITOR/DESIGNER
Merri L. Brown
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
 John Kahler
WRITERS
 John KahlerMark A. Staples
PHOTOGRAPHY
 John KahlerMaria Fumai Dietrich
EDITORIAL BOARD
Merri L. BrownLois La CroixDavid D. GraftonLouise Johnson John KahlerPhilip D. Krey John V. Puotinen 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 2011The Lutheran Theological Seminaryat PhiladelphiaVolume 93 Number 2
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.
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FEATURES
SPRING 2011
Sharing the Public and Private Witness of 
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Henry Melchior Muhlenberg 
 Muhlenberg Congregations in North America Map
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The Henry Melchior Muhlenberg House Dig 
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 Images from a Newly Planted Church
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 Resettling Immigrants
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Alumni News
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Around Admissions
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From the Foundation
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With thanks for their support to our partners in the USA, especially the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia,and to the Lotto Sachsen-Anhalt, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Evangelical Church in Central Germany
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