Monday, September 21, 2020

Please note: Common Cup will be distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays starting the week of August 17, 2020

"Reflections from President Erwin" will be distributed/posted each Friday unless noted otherwise
Gettysburg Campus
Philadelphia Campus
Both Campuses

Virtual Student Hosts

The Admissions Office is looking for students interested in being a Student Host for our virtual campus visits. Please contact Peg Marose, for the Gettysburg Campus and contact Roger Randolph, or Kevin Tracey, for the Philadelphia Campus.

ULS Virtual Chapel This Week

This week, the ULS Virtual Chapel services will align with the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Urban Theological Institute and the ULS Fall Convocation.
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00pm: Lectio Divina, led by Pastor Terry McCarthy.
Wednesday, September 23, 11:45am: Service of the Word, led by ULS Alumni with Bishop Patricia Ann Curtis Davenport preaching.
Thursday, September 24, 6:00pm: UTI Student Testimony, shared by Farrah Gaskins.

"for I was hungry and and you gave me food... Matt. 25:35a.

There is a need at the Gettysburg Food Pantry to help feed those less fortunate. If you feel the call please contact Lisa Beaver at 717-334-7634 ext.131.

Urban Theological Institute - Celebrating 40 years

Celebrating Our Past....Embracing Our Future
The Urban Theological Institute will hold a Virtual Celebration of events - September 22-25, 2020
For full schedule, view the Calendar.
All events will be available on

Supply Preaching

If you are interested in supply preaching in the Lower Susquehanna, Northeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Southeastern Pennsylvania Synods, please contact those offices and speak to the respective supply coordinators. Remember, you must complete Introduction to Preaching as a prerequisite to be eligible.

Fall Convocation Events

View and register for early Fall Convocation and Preaching Perspectives Events on the calendar.
All events will be held virtually, either via Zoom or later viewing on our YouTube channel.
Please note registration is required for these events. Registration is FREE and only takes a minute. By registering, you will have access to the secure Zoom link, a platform to submit questions and comments to the presenters and be able to receive their responses within two weeks after the last event.

Register for Luther Colloquy 2020

"Lutheranism and Race" is the topic for the 2020 Virtual Luther Colloquy.
Registration required.
Register and for more information

Dr. Anthony Bateza, Assistant Professor of Religion and RACE Program Advisor, St. Olaf College on "Bearing Witness Against Unbearable Whiteness - Lessons from Luther to Confronting Racism Today"

Dr. Linda E. Thomas, Professor of Theology and Anthropology, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago on "A Womanist Perspective on Racial Justice"

Dr. Maria E. Erling, Professor of Modern Church History and Global Mission, United Lutheran Seminary on "Lutherans debate Slavery"

Pastoral Care Reminders

For all in our ULS community who are also on facebook. please join us in the ULS pastoral Care facebook group. There you will receive weekly lectionary reflections, words for centering prayer and reflection and share and receive requests for prayer and other pastoral communications.
Please remember that Pastoral Care and support is only an email or call or text away for all in our seminary community. Feel free to contact Pastor Terrence McCarthy (Gettysburg based) or Pastor Gwendolyn King (Philadelphia based) at any time for a listening ear or if you have a pastoral or spiritual concern or dilemma or for any reason at all.

Outdoor Movie Night

On Saturday nights at 8pm come enjoy movie night by the campfire ring on the Philadelphia Campus. Social distancing will be observed! Movie ideas are encouraged and welcomed and can be emailed to Sarah Humphrey

Sign-Up Opportunity To Preach Or Lead ULS Virtual Worship

The Worship Life Team is looking for student volunteers to preach during or lead virtual worship services. The available services are all on Tuesdays at 6 PM. If you are interested in signing up, please go to this Google Doc.
If you have any questions please contact a member of the Worship Life Team.

Fall Worship 2020 schedule

Chapel workshop will take place via Zoom for fall 2020.
The schedule is:
Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Wednesday at 11:45 AM
Thursday at 6:00 PM
To get the zoom link please use this form
. You will only receive the link if you have a email address.
This link is for the entire Fall Semester.

Food Pantry Hours

Gettysburg Campus: Monday – Friday, 8:15am – 4:30pm

Philadelphia Campus: Accessible 24/7 with key card

Guatemala Immersion Program Meeting

Is God calling you to learn more about ministry in Latinx contexts? To brush up your Spanish for congregational settings? The Guatemala Immersion Semester Program will host an informational meeting Tuesday, October 6 from 5-6 PM via Zoom. Please use this form to get the Zoom link.
Learn more about this semester-long program, which will be online in Spring 2021.
This program connects students with the cultures, histories, and languages of Latinx communities in Guatemala and the US. While developing relationships with a global network of ministries, students will be enriched for work in cross-cultural contexts in the United States and beyond. This semester includes enrollment in four courses: Fundamentals of Spanish Language, Latinx Ministry in Context, The Bible and Immigration in the United States and Latin America,and Latin American Liberation Theology: From Medellin to Today. Students commit fundraising a program fee for participation set each year. Please direct questions to Dr. Crystal L. Hall at

Worship Life Team

Please find attached the Worship life Team 2020-21.

COVID-19 Response and Future Plans