Common Cup

Friday, December 6, 2019
Gettysburg Campus
Philadelphia Campus
Both Campuses

Anti-Racism Workshop's registration deadline

Please be reminded that the Registration Deadline for January's Anti-Racism/Racial Justice Workshop is December 15th. (This workshop is a non-credit degree requirement.)
On the Philadelphia campus, the workshop is to be held Monday, January 27. At Gettysburg, the date is Tuesday, January 28. The times are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on both campuses. Zoom accessibility is available to interested DL students.
Register on HENRY. Again, Dec. 15th is the deadline. Sorry, no exceptions.

Holden Evening Service and Holiday Party

This Friday, 12/6, will be the Christmas Party at Gettysburg! It will begin with Holden Evening Prayer at 6 in the chapel and then move to the Singmaster following the service. There will be an opportunity to make cards for students on internship! We will sing carols, have cookies and be jolly. There will be some snacks but please feel free to bring food and drinks to share, especially cookies! Please wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater if you have one as well!

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace (Episcopal), 20 W. High St., Gettysburg PA. 17325, will hold a service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM. A service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus, the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the Holy Birth is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols hymns and choir music. The service features the members and soloists of the Prince of Peace Choral and Handbell choirs, brass quintet and timpani, under the direction of Cathy Elkiss - Choir Master and Organist.
For further and/or additional information, please contact the parish office at (717) 334-6463.

Advent Vespers

The United Lutheran Seminary Community warmly invites you to worship and fellowship with us on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5pm for Advent Vespers.
Schaeffer Ashmead Chapel, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Lite Fare Reception immediately following in the Brossman Center
‍Please contact Andrea Oslikova with questions at or RSVP to

Jewish-Christian course announcement June 2020

"The future of our religious communities depends upon clergy who will be able to provide leadership in a religiously plural world." -- Join the WTC for a week-long study program that brings together Christian seminarians and Jewish rabbinical and cantorial students.
DATE: June 7-11, 2020
COST: Fully Funded (Travel, Food, Housing)
APPLICATION Due: Mar 1, 2020

Intern Card Writing and Christmas Party

Come on out to Weidemann Basement on December 6th at 7 pm for a Christmas (Advent for liturgical calendar sticklers) Party and writing cards to send good cheer and support to our fellow students on internship this year. Bring your favorite holiday snack or dessert, dress in festive clothes (be it an ugly sweater, Christmas pajamas, or your holiday best) and enjoy Hot Chocolate and favorite Christmas movies.
Please reach out to Sarah Humphrey or Breanna Myers with any questions.

Blue Christmas Service 14 Dec 2019

The Holiday season is hard for those whose hearts are hurting. You are not alone.
Blue Christmas is a gentle, contemplative service for those who are carrying pain or loss during this season of celebration.
All Saints Episcopal Church and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover with special musical guest, Holly Gainor (from ULS), will join together with members of the community in worship with songs from Taize.
December 14th, 2019 at 3:00 PM
890 McCosh St., Hanover, PA 17331
Call 717-637- 0511 or 717-637-5722 or email gbennett@uls.edufor more information.

Tapestry of Light

Sharon Glass is coordinating a group of seminarians and their family and friends to visit the Tapestry of Light exhibit at the Museum of the Bible before its departure on January 1, 2020. For more information about the exhibit, visit this link: A group of 10 or more will cost around $12/person versus the regular rate of $20/person; entrance to the exhibit also includes touring the museum. Entrance for groups to the museum begins at 9 am versus the 10 am regular opening time; the museum is open until 5 pm. The group deposit is required two weeks prior to the visit, so please let her know via email at which of these dates you are able to attend, prioritize dates in order of preference, and list how many will attend.
Thursday, December 26
Friday, December 27
Saturday, December 28
Sunday, December 29
Monday, December 30

Join Us for Triduum Saturday!

All members of the community are invited to join this semester's Worshiping Community students in planning, experiencing and leading the liturgies of the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Vigil of Easter). All the liturgies will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 10 am to 5 pm at Christ Ascension Lutheran Church near the Philadelphia campus. The event will include a potluck lunch.
Because a full Triduum requires lots of volunteers, please e-mail Dr. KSG your RSVP by 11/22 so that he can coordinate who will be responsible for what.

Guatemala Immersion Semester

ULS will pilot an immersion semester in Guatemala in spring 2020. The semester will include 4 courses with pre-work in the US, an 8-week in-country stay in Antigua, Guatemala, and post-work in the US. All tuition-related expenses will be covered by United Lutheran Seminary. Participating students are expected to raise $2,150 to cover accommodations in country. Applications are due by Monday, December 2 and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please direct questions and submit applications to Dr. Crystal L. Hall at