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Common Cup Distribution

July 1, 2020

So our staff can take a well deserved vacation, Common Cup will not be distributed from July 3 – 10. It will resume on July 13. During summer months, Common Cup is only distributed when there are new entries. Thank you.

Bishops and Theologians Discuss Communion in the Midst of COVID-19

July 1, 2020

For the past few months, a small group of ELCA bishops from Region 8 and professors from United Lutheran Seminary have been engaged in thoughtful conversation around some of the theological, liturgical, and practical issues raised by worship challenges—and opportunities—in the midst of COVID-19. Together, we crafted a document that includes key Lutheran theological convictions and important questions that can assist congregations and leaders as they wrestle with the critical issues they are facing regarding worship during this time.  We share this with you not just as information but as an invitation to join in a wider conversation happening at many levels around the church.
While we did not agree on all practices and believes, we quickly realized that the great value of our time together was the mutual learning and growth that occurred through the power of the Spirit, and our deepened understanding and appreciation of each other. Above all, we commend to others this spirit of love and respect in your own conversations,especially during this season of Pentecost, when we celebrate the transformative power of the Spirit to work wonders in the church and in the world.
Please find the full text of the statement HERE.

Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin Named ULS President

July 1, 2020

On June 9, 2020, The ULS Board of Trustees named Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin as the next ULS President, effective August 1, 2020. Read more.

COVID-19 Response and Future Plans

July 1, 2020

ULS to recognize Juneteenth National Freedom Day

July 1, 2020

Pastor Angela has announced that starting today, Jun 19, 2020, ULS will recognize Juneteenth National Freedom Day as an official holiday. Campuses will be closed. Online classes scheduled for this week will be held. However, starting in 2021, campuses will be closed and classes will not be held on June 19 each year. Should that date fall on a weekend, it will be recognized the previous Friday.

St. James and Christ Lutheran Churches Community Prayer

June 19, 2020

Both St. James and Christ Lutheran Churches will be taking part in a special community prayer of repentance and lamentation on Wednesday, June 17th at noon. ULS students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend at either location (outside in front of the church buildings). MDiv folx are invited to wear a clerical collar. All other non-rostered folx are asked to wear black as a sign of solidarity. The Gettysburg ministerium encourages freedom of expression, but asks that our bodily presence take the place of signs and placards for this particular prayer service. During this time, we will remember the nine martyrs of Mother Emanuel in Charleston and also pray for those suffering the effects of the pandemic.

Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine and Day of Repentance from Racism

June 19, 2020

The seminary community will gather this Wednesday, June 17, at 7:00 PM for a Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine and Day of Repentance from Racism.
Get the Zoom link for this event: https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms/xwaj9gz11ne74y/

Zoom links in Common Cup

June 12, 2020

As an extra security step, going forward any zoom links published in the Common Cup will be replaced with a simple Wufoo form.
People wishing to attend the Zoom event will fill in the form using their ULS email to receive the link to the event/meeting.

Library Account Expiration

June 10, 2020

Most students will have received a library notice via email of their account about to expire. Do not fret! This is something that happens annually. The library's new software alerts you to this, while the old software did not.
No action is needed from you until the next time you want to physically check out a book. If you have currently checked out materials, please email us and we can renew it or provide you with directions on returning at this time.

Campus Mailbox Keys

June 10, 2020

Graduating Students and Students leaving Campus for the summer, before you leave campus please to return your mailbox key.
On the Gettysburg Campus please use the envelopes outside the mail room to place your key in the outgoing mail box or mail your key to Grainne Davies, 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg PA 17325.
Mail box keys on the Philadelphia Campus need to be returned to Jim Ziebell at 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia 19119.
Please also submit your new address by e-mail to gdavies@uls.edu (Gettysburg) or jziebell@uls.edu (Philadelphia) so that your first class mail may be forwarded on to your new location.

Graduating and non-returning students should also return their ID cards so that they may be cleaned and reused. Interns and returning students should keep their ID’s.

"We Cried Power" Watch Party

June 10, 2020

We Cried Power tells the story of a bold new social movement to end poverty in the United States. 140 million people in the United States are poor or low-wealth. In the wealthiest society in human history, nearly half of the population lives in poverty or is struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford a $400 emergency. The documentary is an intimate account of a "season of resistance," told through the mothers, veterans, preachers, and students who are the voices and founding members of this new “fusion” movement. The film bears witness to the profound process by which those without power claim - through protest, dance, song, and poems, through testimony and tears - their birthright: to live decent lives in the United States of America.
To get the link for this event: https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms/p1fnfhy1sdz12o/

ULS Prayers for Justice and Healing

June 10, 2020

The seminary community is invited to a Zoom gathering this Thursday, June 4, at 7:00 PM for a brief service of Prayers for Justice and Healing. The Deans of Chapel will lead us. To get the zoom link: https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms/x46zd3j0io4d4r/

Information about COVID Emergency Rental Assistance program in Philadelphia

June 3, 2020

Here is some useful information from the City of Philadelphia regarding COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Please note: this program is not affiliated with ULS. Anyone who is interested should apply directly:
https://phlrentassist.org/

Philadelphia Chapel Positions

June 3, 2020

Welcoming all gifts and traditions, the chapel is now seeking applicants who can organize and support the ULS chapel program at Philadelphia. Have you wanted to experiment with worship styles and approaches? Do you have fresh ideas for chapel at ULS? Are you passionate about cultivating community? Then consider applying for this position! Necessary skills are constant communication, organization, planning, and resourcefulness. Preferred skills are creativity, technological fluency, flexibility, and openness to utilize resources across the diverse traditions at ULS.
The position does receive a stipend, and UTI students are especially encouraged to apply and fill one of the two positions. If you have any other questions about this position, feel free to email Meagan Esterby mesterby@uls.edu or Kayla Sadowy ksadowy@uls.edu. To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to cleonard@uls.edu by June 10th.

August Greek Tutor / Activities Coordinator Application

May 27, 2020

Applications are now being accepted for the August Greek Tutor / Activities Coordinator position. This year the course will be held on the Philadelphia campus. It is only two weeks long starting Sunday, August 9. More information available at: bit.ly/ULSGreek2020

Summer Internship Opportunities with the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia

May 27, 2020

This summer, Interfaith Philadelphia is offering a diverse array of internship opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students from across the country.  Whether the work is happening virtually or (eventually) in-person Interfaith Philadelphia offers a diverse array of exciting projects.
Please visit here for more information.

Mailroom Assistant needed

May 20, 2020

The mailroom on the Gettysburg Campus is seeking a student assistant to help with mail sorting & posting, mail forwarding and copying duties over the summer.
If you are interested please contact Grainne at gdavies@uls.edu

Farewell and Godspeed Service Bulletin

May 15, 2020

The bulletin for the Farewell and Godspeed Service for graduates is available by visiting https://www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu/
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Individuals will need a print-out of the worship bulletin in hand to fully participate in the liturgy.

Final Zoom Worship

May 14, 2020

We hope you can join us for the final Zoom Worship of the semester, Wednesday, May 13th at 11:45am, led by Dr. Carlson.
To get the link for worship: https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms/p1ldjhqj0yc7xij/

Guatemala Program Community Report Back

May 14, 2020


ULS piloted the Guatemala Immersion Semester Program (GISP) this spring. Four students studied traveled to Antigua, Guatemala, studying Spanish, the Bible and theology. Like many things these past weeks, it did not turn out as expected! Join this event to hear about the students' experiences and learn about this ground-breaking program on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 PM EST.
To get the link for this meeting click here; https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms/p1uxmui416tceg9/

Social distancing/face mask reminder

May 13, 2020

REMINDER: Employees and student workers who are continuing to work in a ULS building must wear a face mask at all times. Students using the food pantries must wear a face mask. Employees who need to quickly retrieve items from their office must continue to get permission at least 1 business day in advance from Kyle Barger in Philadelphia and Don Redman in Gettysburg. Please be considerate of those around you by wearing a mask when outside and keep a 6' distance from other people. Together, we can keep the number of new infections down and move closer to reopening the state. ULS is updating the COVID-19 information page as new information comes forth from Governor Wolf's office. https://my.uls.edu/welcome/uls-coronavirus-faq

Cancelled Summer Lifelong Learning

May 13, 2020

Cancelled due to COVID-19: Summer 2020 Lifelong Learning, incl. Summer Institute for Ministry, scheduled for June 22-25; Theological Education with Adults and Theological Education with Youth, scheduled for July 26-August 1. Watch for updates on an alternative learning program for TEA week. Past Summer Institute, TEA & TEY participants will be notified by Chelle Huth of these changes, encouraging them to participate in the alternative plan.

Wednesday Zoom Worship

May 8, 2020

There are just two Zoom worships left this semester! Join us at 11:45am on Wednesday, this week led by Dr. Hall.
And Pr. Terry invites all who are interested to stay logged in to the zoom meeting afterwards for informal conversation as we would have around a lunch table or in the narthex or in the aisle following worship.
To get the link for worship: https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms/p58e2fl1yy3lkn/

Out Pastor Panel

May 8, 2020

Proclaimers and Queer Students, come ask questions to pastors about life in out ministry. Allies are welcome to observe in silent gallery.
Wednesday, May 6th from 6-8 pm
To get meeting link please click here: https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms/p1ig3zvm0p2elm1/

Zoom Worship

April 30, 2020

Let's come together across campuses and communities for Zoom Worship each Wednesday at 11:45am! This week Deacon Dr. Gable will lead! To join, use Zoom Meeting ID: 695 872 407.
And Pr. Terry invites all who are interested to stay logged in to the zoom meeting afterwards for informal conversation as we would have around a lunch table or in the narthex or in the aisle following worship.

Coffee and Conversation with Pastor Angela

April 30, 2020

Monday April 27 AND Wednesday April 29 from 7PM to 8PM EST
To join use this form https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms
/p15c09qv1h6v8mn/

Bring your prayer requests to Pastor Angela.

Ordination/Installation/ Commissioning Workshop with Dr. KSG

April 28, 2020

As we come to the close of the academic year, when many of you will be graduating or going on a final-year internship, it’s time to start thinking about what comes next – including the beginning of new or renewing existing ministries. Christians have historically marked these transitions with liturgical rites of ordination, installation or commissioning. Join Prof. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero over Zoom on Monday, April 27 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm to investigate these rites and how you will construct them for your own ministry. Contact Dr. KSG (kschiefelbein@uls.edu) for the Zoom link. The workshop will be recorded.

Common Cup

April 28, 2020

Worship Workshop with Dr. KSG Rescheduled

April 28, 2020


Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero will hold a practical and "hands-on" workshop on aspects of the public leadership of worship services. This workshop will look at a variety of worship styles and leadership expectations, including inhabiting liturgical practice and preparing liturgies (and other basics), and working with an assisting minister and chanting (and other ritual logistics). The workshop will occur via Zoom on Friday, April 24 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Contact Dr. KSG (kschiefelbein@uls.edu) for the Zoom link. The workshop will be recorded

Zoom Worship Wednesdays at 11:45am

April 24, 2020

Let's come together across campuses and communities for Zoom Worship each Wednesday at 11:45am, this week led by Dr. Wiseman! To join, use Zoom Meeting ID: 695 872 407.
And Pr. Terry invites all who are interested to stay logged in to the zoom meeting afterwards for informal conversation as we would have around a lunch table or in the narthex or in the aisle following worship.

Pastoral care reminders

April 20, 2020

ID815035345. Worship via zoom is Wednesday's at 1145.
Please check in and join our pastoral care face book group : uls pastoral care.
Please check out pastor Terry's blog at wwwresurrectionjourneys.org
Pastor Terry and Pastor Gwen are here for you for any reason they can be reached at tmccarthy@uls.edu and at gking@uls.edu respectively.

Spiritual direction

April 20, 2020

2 new resources for spiritual direction have come on to my radar and I wanted to share them with you. The first is run by the sisters of mercy in Trevose PA and is the cranaleith retreat center and can be found at www.cranaleith.org it was highly recommended by a colleague who receives her spiritual direction there. The second was recommended to a student and is Mount. St. Mary's in watching NJ.
Submitted by pastor Terry.

Zoom Worship Wednesdays at 11:45am

April 20, 2020

Let's come together as a worshiping community across campuses and communities for Zoom Worship each Wednesday at 11:45am, this week led by Dr. Erling, Taylor Berdahl, Elizabeth Peters, and Pr. Gwen King! To join, use Zoom Meeting ID: 695 872 407.
And if you would be willing to share your gift of music at one (or more!) of the Zoom worship services, or if you have an idea you want to try in this new worship format, please let us know! Email Kayla (ksadowy@uls.edu) or Meagan (mesterby@uls.edu) to sign up!

Campus Housing Application 2020-21 Available

April 15, 2020

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: https://ulsforms.wufoo.com/forms/sbuddpl01zn5gi/

ULS Lenten Journey 2020

April 13, 2020

Uplifting stories of ULS alumni during Lent. uls.edu/giving

Worship Workshops with Dr. KSG will be rescheduled

April 13, 2020

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.

Zoom Worship Wednesdays at 11:45am

April 13, 2020

Let's come together as a worshiping community across campuses and communities for Zoom Worship each Wednesday at 11:45am, this week led by Pastor Terry! To join use Zoom Meeting ID: 695 872 407.
And if you would be willing to share your gift of music at one (or more!) of the Zoom worship services, or if you have an idea you want to try in this new worship format, please let us know! Email Kayla (ksadowy@uls.edu) or Meagan (mesterby@uls.edu) to sign up!

Join Us for Easter Vigil

April 13, 2020

Please Join Us for Easter Vigil
We hope you will join us for an interactive Zoom celebration of the Easter Vigil.  This service will take place on Saturday night, beginning at 8 pm EST.  Several notes about the service.
We will be celebrating communion together, so we ask that you please have bread and wine from your home ready before the service begins.  [If you have questions about this practice, we encourage you to read this helpful, informative piece by ULS Liturgy Professor Dr. Schiefelbein-Guerrero: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=3086742961376536&id
=148422778541917&__tn__=K-R
]
In addition, we also ask that you have a small candle for each person attending the service, and a noisemaker of some kind to celebrate the return of the Alleluia.
Please email Kristin Largen at klargen@uls.edu for the Zoom link to this service and a copy of the bulletin—although everything you need for the service also will be presented with PowerPoint.
Holy Week blessings to you all!

ULS Library Eresources and Reference Help

April 13, 2020

The ULS Library is actively updating its COVID-19 Response Page (https://library.uls.edu/subjects/guide.php?subject=COVID19). 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.

IT Office Hours for Students

April 13, 2020

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. https://zoom.us/j/571498925

Community Garden

April 13, 2020

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.

New resources for pastoral care

April 8, 2020

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 site---resurrectionjourneys.org
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.

Zoom Easter Vigil

April 8, 2020

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

Two Spring Workshops CANCELED

April 6, 2020

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.)

REMINDER: Spiritual Formation requirement

April 6, 2020

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 www.my.uls.edu/registrar.
If you have not already fulfilled the requirement, then please consider beginning (or continuing) today.

Zoom Worship Wednesday at 11:45am

April 3, 2020

We invite you to join our seminary community across campuses and communities for Zoom Worship this Wednesday, April 1st at 11:45 am, this week led by Dr. Schiefelbein-Guerrero! Use Zoom Meeting ID 695 872 407 to join. (A reminder that this is not a live-stream from either campus chapel. All leaders and participants will be joining from the safety and isolation of their own homes.)

DL Campus Council is here for you

March 30, 2020

Beloveds,
This is a time of uncertainty and change for all of us in the midst of COVID-19. Since we are all DL students for the rest of the semester, your DL Campus Council wants you to know that we are here for you! If you need to vent or ask specific questions about something online that you may not be sure about, please feel free to reach out to any of us on DL Campus Council:
Ginny Banister: vbanister@uls.edu
Jessie Davis, Chair: jdavis@uls.edu
MJ Irvin-Stellabotte: mirvin-stellabotte@uls.edu
Ayden Petrone: apetrone@uls.edu
Eric Randolph: erandolph@uls.edu
Jeff Topinka: jtopinka@uls.edu
Christa Wentworth: cwentworth@uls.edu
We also invite you to complete a brief survey to let us know what kind of information and support you need in the midst of these changes. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6D27PDC
+Peace.

Zoom Worship Wednesdays at 11:45am

March 27, 2020

Join us for Worship (a brief Service of the Word) Wednesdays on Zoom at 11:45am, this week led by Dr. Crystal Hall. Meeting ID Number: 695 872 407

COVID-19 Updates

March 27, 2020

The safety andwell-being of our students, staff and faculty are a priority in regard to COVID-19. We will continue to post updates here:
https://my.uls.edu/welcome/uls-coronavirus-faq

Panera Dough Nation

March 27, 2020

Our membership in Panera's "Dough Nation" program has been incredibly rewarding to our community. Since our first pick-up in September, we have received 2741 items valued at $6,724.12! Wow! This is quite the abundance and quite generous of Panera! Given the recent developments with COVID-19, the program WILL CONTINUE and Panera will be taking additional precautions with the baked goods. For our purposes, it is be expected that everyone taking bread uses the disposable gloves available by the donation boxes. We are fortunate to have this abundance, so let's continue to be good stewards of these generous donations. Thanks y'all!

Summer CPE at Phoebe

March 27, 2020

If you are still looking for a Summer CPE site please contact Scott Brooks-Cope, D.Min.,Director of Pastoral Care, Phoebe Ministries, 904-568-2052, scope@phoebe.org.

Ministry Employment Opportunities Page

March 20, 2020

Check for a new job opportunity on the Ministry Employment Opportunities page.

POSTPONED-- Reading Week Potluck

March 18, 2020

Due to COVID-19 concerns and the decision to move intensive classes online next week, we will be postponing the potluck with a new date TBD based on the situation's progression.

Student Jobs Open

March 18, 2020

Beginning in June 2020, the Food Pantry Coordinator position and Admissions Administrative Assistant position will both be open. Both jobs are designed to fit into a student schedule and involve flexible hours. The Food Pantry coordinator position pays a $400 stipend per semester and the Admissions job pays $10/hr. If you are interested in a job description and wish to apply for either position, please send a brief statement describing your interest in and abilities for the job (300-500 words max), to Deacon Nancy Gable (ngable@uls.edu).

Library Books Looking for New Homes

March 18, 2020

The Wentz Library on he Gettysburg Campus has duplicate copies of Minge’s "Patrologiae Latina" and "Patrologiae Graecae", and multiple sets of "A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church"edited by Schaff and Wace. If you are interested in giving any of these series’a new home please contact Cody Swisher at cswisher@uls.eduor Evan Boyd at eboyd@uls.edu.
If you’re interested in these resources but don’t think you have space for the physical copies, you can find links to the full text of them on the library’s website in the ULS Library Free Web Resources Directory, listed under “Patristics.” If you need help finding them in our digital collections, please contact Cody Swisher.

Campus Conduct/Ethics and Compliance

March 18, 2020

Open and honest communication is critical to the mission of ULS. It is important for everyone in the ULS community to understand the laws, rules and policies that apply to their conduct. It is equally important to know that your concerns and questions will be answered openly and resolved fairly.
The Seminary’s Campus Conduct Hotline is available to report questionable or unethical behavior, sexual misconduct, harassment or unsafe conditions.
You can submit an anonymous and confidential report by telephone or online.
By telephone: 866-943-5787
Online: Campus Conduct Hotline for faculty, staff and students: https://www.intouchwebsite.com/index.asp?Lid=1&Cid=240698

COVID-19 IT Resources for Students

March 18, 2020

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.
https://my.uls.edu/information-technology/covid-19-resources

Apply for ELCA Summer Worship Intern Position

March 16, 2020

The ELCA Worship team(led by LTSP alum Deacon John Weit) is seeking a paid summer intern to assist on various projects including staffing the ELCA Rostered Ministers Gathering in July. Seminary/graduate students with an interest in worship are encouraged to apply. Undergraduate students will also be considered. Candidates are responsible for travel to and housing in Chicago for the summer. More details can be found on the ELCA Job board.

Seminary Choir at Philadelphia

March 13, 2020

The Seminary Choir has resumed AND new members are welcome! (Open to Students& Alumni)
Rehearsals are on WEDNESDAYS 10:30am - 11:30am
Just show up! -OR- call me at 215.837.8301, Sheila D. Booker, Director

The Abiding Presence Choir

March 13, 2020

All members of the seminary community are invited to join The Abiding Presence Choir under the direction of Cathy Elkiss. Instrumentalists are particularly invited to bring their talents into our worship life. The choir sings for Wednesday Eucharists and at other important seminary events, and rehearses on Tuesdays from 12:45-1:45 PM and on Thursdays from 12:45-1:15 PM in the Chapel under-croft’s choir room.
All are welcome - come and bring a friend!

Preaching with Power

March 13, 2020

March 8-12, Preaching with Power features distinguished African American preachers and theologians -lectures and sermon in Philadelphia churches in addition to ULS Philadelphia. All events are free. uls.edu/pwp for the schedule.

Anti-Racism/Racial Justice Workshop, Saturday, May 9th, at Philadelphia campus only

March 11, 2020

NEW: An Anti-Racism/Racial Justice Workshop for all interested ULS students will beheld on Saturday, May 9th, on the Philadelphia campus only. The event begins promptly at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:15 PM. Lunch will be provided. (This workshop fulfills a non-credit degree requirement.) DL Students who cannot be physically present will have Zoom accessibility.
The pre-reading assignment is: America's Original Sin by Jim Wallis; and The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.
Students may register on HENRY no later than April 26th.

Reading Week Potluck

March 11, 2020

To kick off Reading week, Campus Council is hosting a potluck in Weidemann basement. All are welcome and we hope that as many as are able will bring a dish and those who are traveling and cannot bring a dish will come and fellowship over a meal with us regardless.
Please use the link below to sign up and RSVP for either the dish you are bringing or simply your attendance.
We plan to eat at 7pm! See you then!
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/
904084FA5AB22A2F94-reading


NEW: Professional Ethics/Healthy Boundaries Workshop

March 9, 2020

Back by popular demand, the "Professional Ethics & Healthy Ministerial Boundaries Workshop" will be offered again on Saturday, April 25th, on the Gettysburg campus only. (This workshop is a non-credit degree requirement for all first-degree students.) DL Students who cannot be present will have Zoom accessibility. The workshop will run from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM in the Library Lecture Room. Lunch will be provided.
To register, go to HENRY and sign up for WKS PE G2. The deadline is April 17th.
(The next boundaries workshop is planned for October.)

Small Church Resource

March 9, 2020

Does your small church lack an organist or pianist, and has no praise band or sound system?Pastor Allan Ferguson prepared an excellent new annotated bibliography that indicates viable options. Available at the Town and Country Church Institute(TCCI) web site: www.tcci.live/resources

International Women's Day Concert St. Pauls Lutheran Church, 120 Easton Rd, Glenside PA 19038

March 9, 2020

ARTOLERANCE Concert w/Tammy Scheffer, American/Israeli vocalist; Shinjoo Cho, Bandoneon; HyunjinCha, Korean drums; Udi Bar-David, cello.

4th Annual Abolitionists Day

March 9, 2020

Celebrate the 4th Annual Abolitionists Day, on March 7th, 2020, at 2 pm at the Sterner Building, Gettysburg Rec Park, 545 Long Lane,Gettysburg, PA!  Meet Anna Dickinson,William Lloyd Garrison, Harriet Forten Purvis, Lucretia Mott, and more; enjoy Abolitionist songs sung by “Dearest Home”and ”A Portrait of Sojourner Truth in Words and Song,” with free admission and refreshments; sponsored by the Thaddeus Stevens Society, the Adams County Human Relations Council, Gettysburg Friends Meeting (Quakers), the YWCA, and the ICPJ (Interfaith Center for Peace and Justice).

Pastoral care for the Gettysburg community and Distance Learning students

March 9, 2020

Just a reminder that Pastor Terry McCarthy (tmccarthy@uls.edu) is available to provide pastoral care for all students in the Gettysburg and DL communities. Our Journeys group, a time for spiritual nourishment and reflection is offered every Tuesday and Thursday of the semester @ 1:15 in Valentine 312. All are welcome to join us.

Stewardship with St. Paul AME Zion Church

March 9, 2020

Rev. Michael Stanley has asked if students/staff would be able to help clean out a few things from the church (chairs, small organ, etc.). If you are able to help, please join on Saturday, March 7th at 10 AM at St. Paul AME Zion Church in Gettysburg. If you would like to carpool there, please contact me at hchristensen@uls.edu. All are welcome! Marty Zimmann has graciously offered pizza at Brother's afterwords for all who can join. We are excited to continue our relationship with St. Paul AME Zion Church with more information about their 180th Celebration forthcoming.

The Abiding Presence Choir

March 9, 2020

All members of the seminary community are invited to join The Abiding Presence Choir under the direction of Cathy Elkiss. Instrumentalists are particularly invited to bring their talents into our worship life. The choir sings for Wednesday Eucharists and at other important seminary events, and rehearses on Tuesdays from 12:45-1:45 PM and on Thursdays from 12:45-1:15 PM in the Chapel under-croft’s choir room.
All are welcome - come and bring a friend!

Preaching Perspectives

March 6, 2020

Held on the Gettysburg Campus on April 23rd, 2020.
Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide.
Red state/blue state politics threaten the foundations of our democracy and rend the fabric of our churches. Congregations and church leaders require new perspectives and insights for navigating this difficult time. Rev. Dr. Leah Schade will offer an overview of “the purple zone” based on her survey of 1200 mainline Protestant pastors.
This event is free to ULS students. Students to register please email Sherry Rippman at srippman@uls.edu
Non Students, please register here.
Full event description and schedule.

Spring Convocation Events

March 6, 2020

Held on the Gettysburg Campus on April 22nd, 2020.
This year's Spring Convocation offers Entertaining Angels: Engaging and Equipping Congregations for Ministries of Welcome.
This event provides an opportunity for people of faith to hear again the biblical mandate to care for one’s neighbor and welcome the stranger. The day’s activities provide stories that help individuals and congregations find their place in the unfolding saga of Lutheran welcome and hospitality.
This is event is free to ULS Students. Students to register please email Sherry Rippman at srippman@uls.edu.
Non students, please register here.
Full Event Description.
Event Schedule.

ULS Title IX Information

March 6, 2020

In compliance withTitle IX:
The Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et. Seq., and federal regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, sexual discrimination of any kind is prohibited by the seminary. This includes sexual harassment, sexual violence,domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
The United Lutheran Seminary Statement of Nondiscrimination, can be found here: https://www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu/about/title-ix
Office of Human Resources
Philadelphia/Gettysburg

Preaching with Power

March 6, 2020

March 8-12 Preaching with Power features distinguished African American preachers and theologians -lectures and sermon in Philadelphia churches in addition to ULS Philadelphia. All events are free. uls.edu/pwp for the schedule.

Poor People's Campaign March on Washington

March 2, 2020

The Poor People’s Campaign (PPC) is a potential opportunity for ULS students to fulfill their commitment to take one specific action following the recently-held Anti-Racism workshops at the seminary. Others, too, are welcome to participate in the events organized by the Campaign. The roots of the PPC stretch back to Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr. If you would like to learn more about the campaign, please watch this video https://youtu.be/CawlyZD-QcA. The activities of the PPC culminate on June 20, 2020 with a March onWashington. Please contact Scott Rush srush@uls.edu if you are interested in attending. Depending on the level of interest, Scott Rush will either help organize carpools to Washington or work with Student Government to arrange bus transportation. In the interim, you can contact state organizers at pennsylvania@poorpeoplescampaign.org to find out what events are happening in our area. One such event is an Art Build where you can create banners, signs, and t-shirts for the March on Washington. The event is being held at Christ Lutheran Church in Harrisburg on Saturday, February 22. You can register for the event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/797359904082684/.

Reception and Artist Talk - Stations of the Cross: Refugee Journeys

March 2, 2020

This Lenten season the Philadelphia chapel is honored to host "Stations of the Cross: Refugee Journeys", from artist-in-residence Mary Button. All are invited to an opening reception and artist talk Friday, Feb. 28 from 6-8pm. Artwork from previous Stations of the Cross projects will be on display, and there will be opportunities to send messages of support to migrants in detention here in the United States.
The series is an exploration of human movement all over the world. Each of the fourteen stations in this year’s series explores the movement of people from one place to another.
The series begins in North America — exploring the history of forced migration in the United States, the re-location of indigenous people in Louisiana today,the movement of migrant farm workers and the incarceration of migrants and their children in detention centers. Other stations document the movement of North African and Syrian refugees across the Mediterranean Sea as they journey toward Europe; Rohingya refugees escaping genocide in Myanmar; Venezuelans fleeing governmental chaos; Ukranians escaping the war in the Donbass region.
Embedded in the images of each station are maps documenting the movement of people. As you pray the stations, you travel across the world twice over inimages. Surrounding each station is a border which depicts the movement of Jesus toward the cross.
Visit www.marybutton.com to learn more and order prints.

Celebrate Black History Month with the Library

March 2, 2020

February is Black History month and the ULS Library is celebrating by promoting its vast collection of materials related to Black Theology, African American History& Culture. Come browse books on display in both Gettysburg and Philadelphia or peruse the list of all books pulled for display in the library catalog. If you know of an excellent resource to add to this list or the library's collection, please email Evan Boyd.
In addition, EBSCO is offering free access to a collection of historic African American periodicals, which you can access here.

Philadelphia Chapel Schedule

March 2, 2020

Tues. Evening Prayer at 6pm led by Ms. Bertha Cobia
Ash Wed. Worship at 11:45am led by Bishop Davenport
Thurs. Dinner Chapel at 6pm
Friday Field trip to the “Lest We Forget Museum of Slavery” on Germantown Ave.Departing from the chapel at 11:45am. Cost: $10/person.

Travel Seminar to Turkey and Greece!

February 28, 2020

Profs. Vitalis Hoffman, Hall, and Carlson will be leading a travel seminar to Turkey and Greece visiting sites of Paul and Revelation and more on January 4-21, 2021.Course credit is possible. More info at: http://scrollandscreen.com/2021TurkeyGreece/

Local Spiritual Directors

February 28, 2020

Three trustworthy spiritual directors in the Gettysburg area are graciously offering their ministry to seminarians and spouses at no cost. Each director's availability is limited; however, if she or he feels there's a good match and circumstances permit, then individuals will be invited to begin a relationship of prayerful discernment of God's leading.
You may contact one of these spiritual directors to explore the possibility:
Pastor Sharron Blezard, Assistant to the Bishop, Lower Susquehanna Synod--sblezard@lss-elca.org;
Father Herb Sprouse, Rector, Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, Gettysburg--rector@Gettysburgepiscopal.org;or,
Pastor Lee Gable, parish pastor on Allegheny Synod's candidacy committee--rev.leegable@gmail.com

Seminary Choir

February 28, 2020

Seminary Choir at Philadelphia
The Seminary Choir has resumed AND new members are welcome! (Open to Students& Alumni)
Rehearsals are on WEDNESDAYS 10:30am - 11:30am
Just show up! -OR- call me at 215.837.8301, Sheila D. Booker, Director.

Seminary Choir at Philadelphia

February 26, 2020

The Seminary Choir has resumed AND new members are welcome!(Open to Students & Alumni)
Rehearsals are on WEDNESDAYS 10:30am - 11:30am
Just show up! -OR- call me at 215.837.8301, Sheila D. Booker, Director

The Abiding Presence Choir

February 24, 2020

All members of the seminary community are invited to join The Abiding Presence Choir under the direction of Cathy Elkiss. Instrumentalists are particularly invited to bring their talents into our worship life. The choir sings for Wednesday Eucharists and at other important seminary events, and rehearses on Tuesdays from 12:45-1:45 PM and on Thursdays from 12:45-1:15 PM in the chapel under croft’s choir room.
All are welcome - come and bring a friend!

The Abiding Presence Choir

February 24, 2020

All members of the seminary community are invited to join The Abiding Presence Choir under the direction of Cathy Elkiss. Instrumentalists are particularly invited to bring their talents into our worship life. The choir sings for Wednesday Eucharists and at other important seminary events, and rehearses on Tuesdays from 12:45-1:45 PM and on Thursdays from 12:45-1:15 PM in the chapel under croft’s choir room.
All are welcome - come and bring a friend!

Philadelphia Chapel Schedule

February 24, 2020

Tuesday Evening Prayer at 6pm led by Lyn Jackson
Wednesday Holy Communion Service at 11:45am led by alumni Rev. Anna Grant-Borden (presiding) and Rev. Cean James (preaching)
Thursday Dinner Chapel at 6pm featuring Carol Jean Hicks’s faith and call story
Friday Field Trip departing at 11:45am to the Underground Railroad Museum

Purpose of Common Cup

February 21, 2020

The purpose of Common Cup is to submit ULS-related events, job opportunities, news (excluding regularly scheduled classes) that may be of interest to students, faculty, staff and the community. Submissions are reviewed for appropriate content. Submissions must be made by 1:00PM on the day before the upcoming issue. Please use the Submit to the Common Cup button on the right side of the page to submit your article. The Common Cup is issued on Monday, Wednesday & Friday during the semester.

Statement from the ULS Presidential Search Committee

February 21, 2020

Seminary Ridge Museum Annual Symposium

February 21, 2020

This year, Seminary Ridge Museum’s annual Symposium will take a deep look at Civil War memory and monument. Join a panel of historians, at the heart of the world’s largestoutdoor sculpture garden, as we look at the role Civil War monuments have played in shaping our country’s remembrance of the conflict.
Special student rates are available. Visit www.seminaryridge.org/events for more information and to register.

Library looking for student workers

February 21, 2020

The ULS Library is still looking for 1-2 student workers for the Philadelphia campus to work day time hours during the regular week. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Evan Boyd, eboyd@uls.edu

Green Gettysburg-Creation Care Reading Club

February 17, 2020

Will Lane (professor of English, Gettysburg College) the rest of the Creation Care Team of St. James Gettysburg wish to invite your participation in a book club focused on environmental issues
Will writes: We will begin this effort by reading What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming by Norwegian psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes. The book explores the psychological and social roots of climate change denial and lays out a series of new strategies for communicating about the issue, especially with those who don’t yet understand its urgency. It’s available both as a paperback and digitally.
There are several different ways you can get involved. First, you can join a discussion of the book on a series of five Friday morning discussions at Gettysburg College, 8:30-10:00, in the College Union Building starting on Friday, February 14. To register, simply send a reply to wlane@gettysburg.edu, and I will add you to our list and send you details on location.
As an alternative, you can read the book and, having recruited a few friends, you can host a book discussion of your own in another convenient location of your choice.

Hispanic Ministry Intensive

February 14, 2020

Registration is nowopen for the Hispanic Ministry Intensive!!!
May 24-June 11, 2020 in Austin, Texas
Y'all...I canNOT recommend this program enough! I participated two summers ago,and it was a life-changing experience. It is offered through the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest, which is a part of Wartburg Theological Seminary, and it is open to all ULS students.
A few key points to consider:
- You do NOT need to speak any Spanish to participate! Some time is spent in class learning basic language skills.
- There is a scholarship available for all ELCA students that would cover the full cost of tuition for the entire intensive.
- Registration is due by April 30, 2020.
More details, including how to register, can be found on the information sheet posted to the Canvas Student Body page, Facebook, or by emailing Julie Ritter (jritter@uls.edu). If you are not taking CPE or beginning internship this summer and are trying to figure out what to do with yourself, please consider this WONDERFUL program run by the amazing Dr.Jay Alanis. If you have any other questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to me at eorner@uls.edu!

This weeks Schedule for our Journeys spiritual care group

February 14, 2020

Out of respect for Pastor Susan Becks valuable ministry and the lunch and learn presentation she is giving on Thursday. Journeys group will not be meeting on Thursday February 13. We will meet on Tuesday. Feb. 11 at 1:15 in Valentine 312. All are welcome to join us as we continue our journey of faith through the Psalms.

Coffee & Conversation with Pastor Angela

February 14, 2020

Students are invited to come enjoy coffee and informal conversation with Pastor Angela either in person in Gettysburg or Philadelphia or via Zoom.
Feb. 12, 1:30 – 2:30 PM Valentine Coffee Shop (Gettysburg)
Feb. 12, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Via Zoom dial in (https://zoom.us/j/278019936  )
Feb. 13, 1:30 – 2:30 PM  Lull Lounge, Brossman Center (Philadelphia)

Liturgy Planning Teams at Gettysburg

February 13, 2020

All MDiv, MAML, and Affiliated students taking a semester-long course on the Gettysburg campus are automatically assigned to Liturgy Planning Teams. This week a Rota (that is, a rotation calendar of weekly services and assigned leaders this spring), along with a word about Gettysburg chapel's rhythms, will be emailed to each student.Please pay close attention to the dates of "Coordinating Sessions"for your teams.

Young Adult Retreat: Peace & Conflict

February 12, 2020

The 2020 Practice Discipleship retreat is an opportunity for Young Adults in the Delaware -Maryland Synod to gather together and practice our call to discipleship in a supportive, inclusive, and sustainable community. Our theme for this years retreat is Peace and Conflict. The retreat is located at Mar-Lu-Ridge Conference and Retreat Center (4341 Mountville Rd. Jefferson, MD 21755)
More information and registration.

Faith, Hope, Love (NJ Synod)

February 12, 2020

Student Body Government is offering to cover the cost for 15 interested seminarians to attend NJ Synod's "Faith, Hope, Love" event in March, a work shop geared toward those working with LGBTQIA+ youth; if you are interested in attending and cost would be a barrier, please register by selecting"Other" as your congregation and enter "United Lutheran Seminary." This funding will cover registration cost and the included lunch. Register here.

Journeys group will resume on the Gettysburg campus

February 10, 2020

Our Journeys group an intentional time apart and gathering for spiritual nourishment and refreshment will resume. Groups will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:15 in Valentine 312 unless otherwise posted. All are welcome to join us.

Change in PH Chapel Schedule

February 10, 2020

The chapel schedule for this week is February 4th at 6 pm featuring Carlton Hatcher, weekly Eucharist THURSDAY February 6th at 11:45 featuring alum Kelsey Brown, Dinner Chapel Thursday at 6 pm, and Friday Field trip at 11:45 to Johnson House (more info forthcoming). Please note there will be no chapel on Wednesday, February 5th to accommodate the bishops' visit.

"Lunch & Learn" about Spiritual Direction

February 10, 2020

All seminarians on the Gettysburg campus are invited to a "Lunch & Learn" this Friday the 7th in the Coffee Shop, immediately after chapel. The topic will be the ancient Christian practice of spiritual direction. Two or three local directors will be available to talk about their understanding of and approach to this practice. Interested students may be able to "sign up" to begin or continue a "soul friendship" with one of our guests.
If you are interested, then please email either John Largen or Chelle Huth asap.

Library 101 / Information Literacy Sessions

February 7, 2020

Have a major paper this term? Looking for insights on how to utilize the library? Curious about what's expected for research & writing at ULS? Come join Library Director Evan Boyd for upcoming learning sessions at 1 pm and 5 pm on January 30 in Gettysburg and February 5 in Philadelphia. All sessions will be available via Zoom. For more information, please email eboyd@uls.edu