Common Cup

Friday, April 3, 2020
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Philadelphia Campus
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Common Cup

As of April 1, Common Cup will only be sent out when there are new articles.

Zoom Easter Vigil

If anyone is interested in participating in a Zoom Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday evening, please email Kristin Largen at  We will work together to plan and participate in this powerful, meaningful service!

Campus Housing Application 2020-21 Available

The 2020-21 campus housing application is now available! If you would like to request housing on either the Gettysburg or Philadelphia campuses for the coming academic year,please complete the form by April 10. You can find it at this link:

Community Garden

One way to get outside during this season is to try out some gardening! We share this garden as a community, and while we cannot gather together to garden right now, we can asynchronously take care of the earth in a communal effort. As we work "together" in shifts, there is a new notebook for the garden in the brick pile around the St. Francis statue to log what you've done so the next person to come by knows where to start. Please reach out to Taylor (Dieringer) Berdahl for any questions.

IT Office Hours for Students

IT is holding office hours to field student questions on Monday (3/30/20) from 2-3pm. All IT related questions are welcome but our focus is on taking classes totally online. Use this Zoom Link to ask your questions.

ULS Library Eresources and Reference Help

The ULS Library is actively updating its COVID-19 Response Page ( On Monday, the Library will host two open research instruction sessions at 3pm and 7 pm, Eastern and will be offering daily Zoom reference hours. In addition, many publishers are offering expanded eresource access free of charge for the length of the crisis and we are adding info as it becomes available. Check the Library's COVID-19 Response Page for Zoom ID's and more info on expanded eresources.

Worship Workshops with Dr. KSG will be rescheduled

Prof. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero will hold practical and "hands-on" workshops on aspects of the public leadership of worship services. These workshops will look at a variety of worship styles and leadership expectations. The first one on inhabiting liturgical practice and preparing liturgies (and other basics).
New dates and times are TBD  and new Zoom links will be provided.

Mandated closure of both campuses effective 5:00PM Friday, March 20, 2020

New resources for pastoral care

New resources for pastoral care are now being offered to the entire ULS community on line. Please check out our new Facebook group--ULS Pastoral Care and my new blog
The group will include daily words for reflection, daily prayers and notices of blog posts. The blog will include weekly reflections on the scriptures for the upcoming Sunday.

COVID-19 IT Resources for Students

The IT Department has created a page of resources that may be of benefit to students during this crisis. The first item is a list of ways to obtain internet access for classes should you have limited or no internet access at home.

REMINDER: Spiritual Formation requirement

One's intimacy with God in a prayerful life is the beginning, source, and core of one's ministry in the world.
The seminary's non-credit Spiritual Formation degree requirement is intended to encourage and facilitate our growth in intimacy with God by habituating spiritual practices. The requirement's summary and recommendations can be found on the Registrar's page at
If you have not already fulfilled the requirement, then please consider beginning (or continuing) today.

Two Spring Workshops CANCELED

Both the Professional Ethics/Healthy Boundaries Workshop and the Anti-Racism/Racial Justice Workshop have been canceled due to COVID-19 precautions. (The next Ethics/Boundaries Workshop is scheduled for early October 2020 and the next Anti-Racism Workshop is scheduled for late January 2021. Dates and registration announcements will go out well in advance.)

ULS Lenten Journey 2020

Uplifting stories of ULS alumni during Lent.