Internship Opportunity

A congregation in the Southeast PA Synod is interested in the possibility of hosting an intern next academic year with skills in reaching out to the Latinx community. If this is something you are interested in please contact Deacon Chelle Huth at

ELCA First Call Process Information Session (Online only)

From Deacon Chelle Huth:
You are invited to learn about the ELCA First Call process with Bishop James Hazelwood (New England Synod) and Pastor Becky Resch (ELCA, Candidacy and Leadership Manager 7 & 8) on Monday, December 5th at 12:00 Noon via zoom.
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 830 8022 0126
Bring your questions and wonderings about First Call. This will be most helpfulfor students on internship or who are looking ahead to approval. But, all arewelcome!

Chaplain position opening at State Correctional Institution, Mercer County

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for a (full-time)Correctional Chaplain position at State Correctional Institution (SCI) at MERCER, located in Mercer County.  Click on the link below or seethe attachment.
Position closes 12/06/2022. This and other full-time employment opportunities for PA Department of Corrections and all other agencies under theGovernor’s jurisdiction are listed at .  On this website, click VIEW JOBS & APPLY

National Leaders to Join Spring Faith-Based Community Organizing Course

From Rev. Linda Noonan:
In this spring’s course on Faith-Based Community Organizing, Rev. Linda Noonan will be joined by Bishop Dwayne Royster, Executive Director of POWER Interfaith, UCC pastor, leading public figure, and seminary alum. The course will include conversations with some of the country’s leading faith-based change-makers, panels of national leaders which will be open to the public, and the opportunity to develop skills that will translate into any ministry or community context.

Tree decorating party Gettysburg campus library

The A.R. Wentz Library on the Gettysburg Campus will be hosting a tree decorating party at 4:30 on December 8th. Come make an ornament for the library Christmas tree and enjoy snacks and sweets as we get into the holiday spirit.

Process to reserve event space on both campuses

Dear ULS staff, students and faculty:

If you are planning a ULS event (other than scheduled classes) inside or outside of any ULS building on either campus, kindly send your request to:

PHL to
GBG to

This includes a request to reserve the coffee shop in Valentine, Lull/Benbow in Brossman and either chapel, in addition to other spaces. This will avoid duplication of space use. Again, this does not apply to classrooms that have already been scheduled for classes. This process will help us avoid duplication of space use, as both campuses often accommodate external groups and community partners in addition to internal users.

Please include the following information in your email:

Date of event
Start and end time of event
Title of event

You'll then receive a reply from the assigned staff member who will ask for additional information. ULS will be reviewing its space reservation process after the holidays. Until then, kindly follow the above. Thank you for your cooperation.

ULS Library hours over upcoming holidays

ULS libraries will close for the Thanksgiving holiday at noon on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and reopen on Monday, November 28, 2022, at 9am.The libraries will close for the Christmas holiday at noon on Thursday, December 22, 2022, and reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 9am. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Cross Registration Procedures with the Washington Theological Consortium

Interested in  enriching your theological education with ecumenical and interfaith learning  opportunities? The Washington Theological Consortium is a partnership between  ten theological schools, two associate member institutions, two affiliate  member organizations and one public educational institution in the Greater Washington, D.C. and Mid-Atlantic Region. As a member of the WTC, United  Lutheran Seminary students have the opportunity to take classes and  certificate courses with other WTC schools. Many are offering both online and  in-person class options!
Please visit  for more information about course offerings, the registration process, and mportant dieadlines.

2022-23 ULS Student Government & Campus Councils

ULS Student Government  representatives for the 2022-23 academic year:
 President – Clifford (Cliff) Stanley
 Vice President – Andrew (Andy) Taminger
 Treasurer – Amy Moorhus Baumgardner
 *Secretary - Brynn Anderson
 Philadelphia Council – Morris (Mo) Goff
 Gettysburg Council – Brent Betz
 Distributed Learning Council - Christian M. Hicks
 Campus Councils:
 *Philadelphia - Ian Clements, Sarah Fryman, Sarah Parson, Donald (Mike) Todd
 *Gettysburg - Elizabeth (Libby) Baker-Mikesell, Erik Brigger, Larry Herrold  Jr., Terrance Lively, Sarah Moore
 *Distributed Learning - Jaymie Kosa, Christine Pelfrey, Tyler (Ty) Rankin
 [* = Fall Election positions]

ULS Writing Center

Need help with a writing assignment? The ULS Writing Center is here to offer support: research assistance, writing skills development, editorial assistance, and more. Find information here:
Contact us at

Pastoral care reminder

Please remember that pastoral care and support is always available to each and any one of you from Pastor Gwen King and Pastor Terry McCarthy. Please see a recent email from Linda fiore's office that details this care and how to reach both pastors

2023–2024 Mission Developer Scholarships

The ELCA Fund for  Leaders is offering scholarships for seminary students interested in Mission  Developer work as a rostered ELCA minister. These scholarships are offered  over and above existing financial aid. More information.
 If you are interested in pursuing one of these scholarships, please send an  email to Reed Carlson explaining your interest and qualifications in no more than 300 words by Nov  10. Please also note the following eligibility criteria.
 The applicant MUST be:
 1. nominated by their seminary in coordination with their synod bishop,
 2. a current student at an ELCA seminary,
 3. pursuing a place on the ELCA roster as either a pastor or deacon.
Additionally, the applicant CAN be:
 1. MDiv, MA, MAML, or MAPL,
 2. a TEEM candidate,
 3. a full- or part-time student, including those on internship withcoursework remaining

News regarding 2023 Commencement

We are pleased to announce a restructuring of Commencement for 2023. Commencement will take place on Friday, May 19, 2023 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA. We are grateful for the continued partnership with St. Peter’s and excited about the new plan to celebrate with our graduates, along with   families and friends.

“Commencement Day 2023” will include morning refreshments, worship at 11:00AM, lunch for everyone in attendance, and the conferral of degrees ceremony at 2:00PM. As plans move along, we will be sharing more detailed information in Common Cup and on the ULS Commencement webpage, in addition to communications to graduates from the Registrar.

We look forward to a day of celebration next May!

Icons in Transformation Exhibit at ELC Waynesboro, PA

Come visit  Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waynesboro, PA to view contemporary works by  an international artist with Ukrainian-roots, Ludmila Pawlowska. She and her  husband, Jan Lech, of Sweden, will be on hand for an opening reception at the  church November 19th at 5 PM. This traveling exhibit has been seen by over 3  million people since it began in 1998.
 Sat Nov 19 – 5PM Opening Reception
 Thurs Dec 1, 8 & 15 – 7PM Lectures (Dr. Erwin 12/8 and Dr. Smallwood  12/15)
 Sun Dec 4, 18, & Jan 8 & 22 – 4PM Concerts
 Sat Jan 28 – 5PM Closing Reception
 Tues Wed Thurs – 10AM-1PM Self Guided Tours
 Thurs – 4PM-8PM Docent Led Tours
 Sun – 2PM-4PM Docent Led Tours
 For more information visit:  or email Andrea Oslikova:

Summer Ethics Fellowship with FASPE

FASPE  (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) has opened  its application for its 2-week summer fellowship. Fellows will visit  Auschwitz and other locations in Germany and Poland to learn about the  conduct of clergy and other religious leaders in Nazi Germany, as well as how  to apply these lessons from history to their professional careers. The application  deadline is January 3, 2023. For more information, please contact Rebecca  Scott at  More information.

Pray together on the GBG campus

Join your fellow  ULS students for daily prayer throughout the week, beginning Oct. 17th and  continuing while classes are in session.
 We will gather together in the prayer chapel in the Church of the Abiding  Presence on the Gettysburg campus. The schedule is listed below. All are  welcome!
 Mondays: Morning Prayer at 7:30am, Compline at 9:45pm
 Wednesdays: Morning Prayer at 7:30am, Compline at 9:45pm
 Fridays: Morning Prayer at 7:30am, Evening Prayer at 7:30pm
 If you would like to sign up to officiate, read, or share music at a  particular service, please do so here:

Seminary International Internships

Horizon International Internship program

Interested in possibly doing your required internship abroad? The ELCA Horizon International Internship program provides ELCA Master of Divinity students withan opportunity to have their ministry shaped by the witness of the world. It isan intensive and transformational opportunity, which aims to enrich the talents and skills of future rostered leaders for the ministry and mission of the ELCA.T he Horizon International Internship program is an exciting collaborative venture of the ELCA service and Justice home area, in cooperation with the synods and seminaries of the ELCA.

More information:

Student-led prayer

From Nathan Pratt - PHL campus
Join us in the chapel! We will gather for Morning Prayer at 7:40am and for Compline at 9:40pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (during the weeks when regular classes are in session).

Gettysburg Food Pantry Reminder

All ULS students, staff, and faculty are welcome utilize the food pantry when they are on campus. The pantry is located on the 4th floor of Valentine and stocks non-perishable items, frozen meats, veggies, and dairy. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergy friendly items are available. Questions or suggestions can be sent to

Pastoral Care Groups Fall 2022

From Pastor Terry McCarthy:
I am excited to  announce that pastoral care groups for this fall semester are beginning  shortly. There will be an in-person spiritual community group in the prayer space on the third floor of Valentine Hall on the Gettysburg campus on  Tuesday afternoons at 12:45. A spiritual community group will also be zoom  based and students from all our campuses are welcomed and encouraged to join  us on Mondays at 5:30 on zoom. These groups are an opportunity, apart from  formal worship to take time apart to reflect on scripture and to listen,  support and pray for one another. There will also be a zoom based pericope  study on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. open to all who are preparing to preach that  coming Sunday. Please join us with whatever text you might be preaching on.  The zoom meeting information for the 2 zoom groups will be distributed  shortly via email and reminders will be in the community Facebook groups.

Fall 2022 Library Hours

The Krauth Memorial Branch (Philadelphia) and the Wentz Memorial Branch (Gettysburg) have new hours for the Fall 2022 semester. Krauth will be open 9:00am to 6:30pm on Monday through Thursday and open 9:00am to 5:00pm on Friday. Wentz will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and open 9:00am to 4:00pm on Wednesday and Friday. Both libraries are closed on the weekends. If you have questions about the schedule or anything else regarding the library, you can contact the library staff at We look forward to working with you this semester!

Masking requirement for in person worship fall 2022

As of August 23, 2022, masks are still required for in person worship in chapel on both campuses. Masks are not required in other ULS buildings, but we respect anyone's choice to wear one. Thank you for your cooperation.

Common Cup Guidelines

Common Cup will only be distributed to students, faculty and staff when there are new entries. If you are submitting an event, please allow at least 3 business days from the date your entry is submitted to the date of the event. Entries will be reviewed to ensure they reflect the mission of ULS and purpose of Common Cup.

Worship Schedule Fall 2022

The Fall 2022 Worship schedule is as follows:

- 5:30 pm – Evening Worship led by students on Zoom – Register for link
Wednesdays - 12:00 pm – Polymodal Service of the Word (simultaneously in-person* on both campuses, via Zoom and livestream on YouTube)
- 12:00 pm – Community Eucharist (in-person* on both campuses)

* When in-person campuses are suspended, Wednesday worship will be online only and Thursday worship will be suspended.

Extended Food Pantry Hours in Gettysburg

The food pantry hours in Gettysburg have been extended on weekdays. The new hours are:

Mon. - Fri. 8AM- 8PM
Sat. - Sun. 8AM - 5PM