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Ministry Employment Opportunities Page

January 25, 2021

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

The PhD: What is it Good For? A Q&A Zoom Panel

January 25, 2021

Have you considered applying to PhD programs in a theological discipline? Are you wondering about balancing a "dual vocation" in ministry and scholarship? Are you wondering how changes in theological education have altered the career prospects for PhD students? If so, mark your calendars for Wednesday February 10 from 1pm–2pm for a Q&A discussion over Zoom. A panel of diverse PhDs working in, out, and alongside the academic world will answer your questions about the PhD application process, the personal and professional challenges that face PhD students today, and the prospects of what might await you after graduation. Names and short bios of the panelists are forthcoming. Please contact Reed Carlson ( with any questions.

Prayer Exchange

January 25, 2021

To all in the ULS community: students, faculty, administration, staff and loved ones.
We, the Student Council, are opening up the Prayer Exchange and inviting everyone to sign up and be involved.
How does it work? Once a week you send a prayer to an assigned person via email. Let them know you are thinking and praying for them. That's it. Easy.
We will stay open for sign-ups until Feb 15. After this, I'll assign people.
Please send your name and email to Psomi, and I'll set you up with someone. (

Mailroom Schedule Update - Gettysburg Campus

January 25, 2021

The mailroom on the Gettysburg Campus will be open for parcel pick up:
Mon., Tues., Wed., - 10am-noon.
Thur. - Noon-2pm
Fri. - 10am-noon.
Valentine is accessible with ID swipe for mail pick up.
Philadelphia mailroom is open regular business hours Mon-Friday.

ULS Worship Life Event Schedule

January 25, 2021

The ULS Worship Life team is pleased to announce that our online worship services are resuming in 2021!
Beginning on Wednesday, January 27, we will resume our regular schedule of worship services: 11:45am each Wednesday on Zoom or YouTube, and 6:00pm each Tuesday and Thursday on Zoom.
We will be celebrating the start of a new semester in a service led by the Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin.

Worship Life Team

January 20, 2021

Please find attached the Worship life Team 2020-21.

Pets of ULS social media campaign

January 13, 2021

While Zoom meetings and classes can be exhausting, they've provided an opportunity for us to meet members of each other's families. And, that includes our beloved pets! If you have a pet and would like to participate in the "Pets of ULS" social media campaign, please send a high resolution photo of yourself with your pet to your pet's name and any other info you'd like us to have. Students: Please include your degree/certificate program and anticipated year of graduation. Please be sure to send a photo of you AND your pet. Each week I'll post on social media. Thanks and look forward to meeting your pets! Linda Fiore

Mailroom Assistant needed

January 4, 2021

The mailroom on the Gettysburg Campus is seeking a student assistant to help with general mailroom duties.
CDC Covid 19 guidelines will be closely followed while working in the mailroom to ensure safety.
This position will begin in January and will be 10 - 12 hours per week.
If you are interested please contact Grainne at

Mailroom hours over Christmas break for both campuses.

January 4, 2021

Please join us in thanking all essential staff working over the holiday break.

Brossman schedule for mail pick up:

12/23 & 12/24 – building open during business hours
12/25 – 12/27 – building closed
12/28-12/31 – building open during business hours
Regular hours resume 1/4/2021

Valentine will be accessible with ID swipe for mail pick up.

Package pick up window hours are as follows:
12/23 – 10AM – 11AM
12/24 – 12noon – 1PM
12/25 – 12/27:  No window pick up
12/28 – 10AM – 11AM
12/29 – No window pick up hours
12/30  10AM – 11AM
12/31 – 12noon – 1PM
1/4  resume regular hours as posted

Last Common Cup edition

January 4, 2021

Today will be the last Common Cup before the Christmas break.
The Common Cup will resume on January 4th.

Faith, Sexism and Justice Social Statement

December 21, 2020

Ever felt a disconnect between the ELCA’s social statements and congregational life? The Office of the Presiding Bishop has invited ULS to provide feedback on the study guide of the social statement, Faith, Sexism and Justice: A Call to Action. Through this social statement, the ELCA names and resists the ways sexism and patriarchy devalue women and girls. Social statement study guides are typically used for a decade or more, and this process is a unique opportunity to shape it.
Dr. Crystal L. Hall will facilitate three one-hour synchronous sessions in February at time determined by participants. There will also be opportunities to provide feedback asynchronously. Everyone is welcome, whether you can come for one session or all three.  It may be helpful to read a portion of the social statement in advance, but it is not necessary.  Contact Dr. Hall at to participate and for more information.

Congratulations to the ULS Representatives in the 2020 WTC Sermon Slam

December 21, 2020

On Saturday, November 14, the Washington Theological Consortium (WTC) held its annual Sermon Slam. The text for the Slam was Matthew 25:37-40. ULS was allowed to have two representatives in the event. We were well-represented by Eric Goode from the Philadelphia campus, and Ivan Kavoleff from the DL campus. Both our reps won for "Best in Category:"  Eric won for "Most Prophetic," and Ivan won for "Best Exegesis."
Find all the details here.

Thanks again to Eric and Ivan for representing ULS, and congratulations!

Philadelphia Campus Food Pantry Survey

December 21, 2020

Please fill out this survey to help the Philadelphia Food Pantry Coordinator get a better idea of the use and needs of our campus food pantry.

Campus closings due to inclement weather

December 21, 2020

The 2020 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge videos are now available:

December 14, 2020

You will find each student (including Taylor Berdahl at ULS) has a presentation only video and a recording of the full one-hour HFBFC event. There is also a leader’s guide for each presentation for those that would like to use or adapt the methodology in their setting.

Fall Worship 2020 schedule

December 14, 2020

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.

Last Week of Worship Services for Fall 2020

December 14, 2020

As the end of the Fall Semester approaches, the ULS Worship community will have one more week of chapel service before we finish the Semester. Wednesday service will be led by Rev. Dr. Gil Waldkoenig, and our last service, Thursday, will be led by students from Dr. Hall and Dr. KSG's liturgy class. Please join us on the Chapel Zoom for our last week of services.

Commemorating 50 Years of Ordination of Women

December 7, 2020

This Wednesday's Chapel Service will be commemorating 50 years of women's ordination in the ELCA. There will be many graduates from both campuses helping lead our worship. Bishop Wilma Kucharek, of the Slovak Zion Synod (G'burg grad), who will preside, and Rev. Elizabeth Platz who will be the preacher for the occasion (G'burg grad). We will also feature a song written by Rev. Gladys Moore (LTSP grad) called "Women of God" in our worship. Please join us for worship at 11:45 AM on the Chapel Zoom link or the ULS YouTube page for this special anniversary in the ELCA.

Annual Advent Vespers

December 7, 2020

Join United Luther Seminary for our annual Advent Vespers. The theme for 2020 is “Journey to the Light: A Service of Song, Scripture, and Prayer.” Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, President, will offer a reflection on the theme.
December 6, 2020, 5:00 PM
Live on YouTube: United Lutheran Seminary

MA/MAML/MAPL Advent Chat

December 7, 2020

On Thursday, December 3 at 5:15 PM join the MA Committee faculty(Dr. Pahl, Dr. Hall and Dr. Carlson) for an Advent Chat. MA, MAML and MAPL students are welcome to bring their questions and concerns about their degree programs. Are you an MA student with questions about your thesis? An MAML student navigating the senior project? An MAPL student not sure how to sign up for classes at Temple? As many questions will be addressed as time allows. This space is also an informal gathering in which to interact with the MA Committee faculty and get to know fellow students in the MA, MAML and MAPL programs. See you there!
Please use this form to receive the Zoom link.

Celebrating 50 Years of Women's Ordination

December 2, 2020

Our virtual chapel will be celebrating 50 years of women's ordination in the ELCA. We will be recognizing this anniversary on Tuesday December 1st and Wednesday December 2nd. Rev. Elizabeth Platz will be sharing the Word of God with us at the Wednesday service. Please join us on the ULS Worship Life Zoom for these services.

Prayer Exchange

November 30, 2020

ULS Simple Prayer Exchange
An opportunity for us to pray for one another. Open to all (students, faculty, administration, staff, etc.) on both campuses. "uls" emails only -this should ensure safety.
People send their name and email to Psomi ( Names are distributed randomly. The ask is that a prayer note is sent via email or hard mail once each week.
Sign up deadline is Sat, Nov 28. We'll stop and mix it up, giving folks the option of jumping out or in, and start anew on Mar 1. We'll stop on May 31.
Sponsored by the PHCC.

Thanksgiving Celebration

November 30, 2020

Thanksgiving Celebration
Nov 26, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Thanksgiving Day there will be an open zoom room for students, faculty and staff who are spending the holidays alone (but also open to anyone in the ULS community who would like to drop in) for chat and fellowship. This will be just a drop in room open from 10am to midnight Thanksgiving day for chat and fellowship!
Please use this form to receive the Zoom link.

Celebrating 50 Years of Ordaining Women

November 23, 2020

In  2020, we celebrate 50 years of Lutheran women being ordained in the U.S., 40  years of women of color being ordained, and 10 years of LGBTQIA+ individuals  being able to serve freely. Almost 50 years ago, LTSG graduate, Elizabeth  Platz, was ordained and became the first female pastor in the Lutheran Church  in North America. Metro DC & DE-MD Synods are celebrating 50/40/10 and  this important milestone by having several digital events in November.
Three ELCA panels will share how the Spirit has been active in their call  stories, the joys & challenges they have experienced along the way, and  the action of the Holy Spirit today. All panels will be 8:00PM EST:
November 5 - Pastors (Word & Service)
November 12 - Deacons (Word & Sacrament)
November 19 - Bishops (Regional & National)
There will be a conversation with Pr. Platz & Bishop Ortiz, along with  worship service, on November 21, 2:00PM EST.
Questions: Dr. Nicole Roop, ULS MAML '21 (

Library Assistant Openings in Gettysburg

November 23, 2020

The Gettysburg campus library is looking for an assistant to begin immediately for 10 hours per week. In addition, beginning in January 2021, the Library will need an archives assistant for 10 hours per week. Please email Evan Boyd for more information if you are interested and for the job description. These positions will involve a lot of independence, both in person and doing data entry, and will be socially distanced.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 23, 2020

The Chapel Service on Wednesday November 18th (11:45 AM) will be honoring the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The service will be led by ULS Librarian Evan Boyd. You can join us either on the Chapel Zoom Link or on the ULS YouTube page.

Guatemala Program Applications Due November 15

November 16, 2020

This immersive  spring semester (online in spring 2021) connects participants with the world,  cultures, histories, and languages of Latinx neighbors in Guatemala and the  US. While developing an awareness of this global network of church  ministries, students will be enriched for their own current and future work  in cross-cultural contexts in the US and beyond.
This semester includes enrollment in 4 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.
Applications are due November 15. Submit a 500-word essay and resume. In the  essay describe how this experience contributes to your vocational and  ministerial development, and how you envision engaging Latinx communities in  your ministry. An application represents a commitment to raise a $500 program fee. Direct questions and submit applications to Dr. Crystal Hall at

Proclaim Student Gathering

November 16, 2020

Mycah McNett, Proclaim student representative to ULS for this academic year, is organizing a gathering of Proclaim and LGBTQAIA+ students online this Fall. Please send her an email at to receive a Google Form to fill out to engage interest, and for planning purposes.

Preachers Ivan P. Kavoleff & Eric Goode Representing ULS in Virtual Sermon Slam Nov. 14th @ 7 pm

November 16, 2020

Preachers Ivan P. Kavoleff and Eric Goode will be representing ULS in Washington Theological Consortium's Annual Sermon Slam Sat. Nov. 14, 2020, 7:00pm - 8:45pm
The text this year calls us to return to the basic work and witness of the Gospel, especially in this election season: Matthew 25:37-40
JOIN US for this virtual evening of inspiration, challenge, & fun! RSVP below:
Like a poetry slam, where artists share their work to an admiring public, the Annual Sermon Slam brings preachers from each of the Consortium schools to share their homiletical gifts and personal styles. Each preacher prepares of mini-homily of five minutes… then there is a “lightning round” where each one “pulls a passage out of a hat” and quickly prepares a two minute exposition! One of the most popular events planned by the Consortium Student Board, the Slam celebrates different traditions of preaching and the unique voice and style of each preacher there.

Chapel Service Honoring Veterans

November 13, 2020

The November 11th Chapel service, at 11:45 AM, will be honoring Veterans Day. The service will be led by many veterans among the ULS Community. Including the honorable Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, Major General, US Marine Corp (retired) who will be preaching the Word of God for our community. The service will be accessible through the Chapel Zoom Link, and it will also be streamed through the ULS YouTube page.

Election Eve Vigil

November 4, 2020

The ULS Worship Life Team will be leading a special Election Eve Vigil service on Zoom at 6:00pm on Monday, November 2, to draw our seminary community together in prayer as we anticipate the national elections in the United States the next day. Join us as we gather in the name of our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, and pray for the nation in which we reside.

Luther Colloquy 2020 - Today

November 2, 2020

Lutheranism and Race - is the topic for the 2020 Virtual Luther Colloquy.
October 28th
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"

Updated Mailroom Hours Gettysburg Campus

October 28, 2020

Beginning the week of October 12th the mailroom on the Gettysburg Campus will have updated Friday hours.
All other days will remain the same.
Monday - 10:00AM - Noon - 2PM - 3PM
Tuesday - 10:00AM - Noon - 2PM - 3PM
Wednesday - 10:00AM - Noon - 2PM - 3PM
Thursday - 10:00AM - Noon - 2PM - 3PM
Friday - 10:00AM - Noon - Closed

Taylor Berdahl's Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge

October 28, 2020

On Monday, October 26 at 5:30 PM Taylor Berdahl (MDiv) will present her Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge project “Biblical Responses to COVID-19: Lament, Bodies, Breath” to a distinguished panel of judges. Panelists include Rev. CeCee Mills (North Carolina Synod, ELCA), Rev. Felix Malpica (Faith Lutheran Church, Janesville, WI) and Rev. Dr. Brain Peterson (Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary). The Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge (HFBFC) seeks to enliven the biblical engagement of the whole church by encouraging the development of faithful, innovative and effective ways of teaching and learning Scripture. Register to attend the webinar at

Worship Life Celebrates Women of Color

October 26, 2020

Join the ULS community on Zoom for three special chapel services this week, as we celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Lutheran ordination of women of color.
Wednesday at 11:45am—Service of the Word
The Rev. Leila M. Ortiz, Bishop of the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod
The Rev. Patricia Ann Curtis Davenport, Bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
The Rev. Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld, former Bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin
The Rev. Esther Rajashekar
Thursday at 6:00pm—Special Presentation
Min. Ralen Robinson

Bishops’ Fall “Visit” to ULS

October 21, 2020

In place of the normal ELCA bishops’ fall visit to campus this year, a handful of bishops will be joining three ULS Zoom calls today: one with the president and senior staff to learn about the seminary’s financial and strategic position; one with a select group of faculty to learn about our degree programs and how we are teaching and learning in the current pandemic; and one with elected student leaders to learn about the student body and the challenges in the forefront of candidacy and student life. This is a much reduced schedule from the normal two- or three-day in-person visit we all enjoy, but we hope to be able to return to those next year. The main purpose of these meetings(funded by the ELCA) is to acquaint bishops with seminaries outside their ELCA Region and which they may never have visited—so the lack of an on-campus visit limits their focus a great deal. We look forward to greeting bishops—we trust, in person and in greater numbers—again next fall!

Calling all musicians and singers

October 19, 2020

The Worship Life Team is asking all those with musical abilities in our seminary community to contact the Worship Life Team if you are interested in assisting in our Worship services. This call goes out to all vocalists & instrumentalists & percussionists of all types and to all the members of our community including staff, faculty & students. Because of the limits of technology, you would most likely need to be able to get to either the Philadelphia or Gettysburg Chapel. Please indicate which location would work for you and the primary need would be for the Wednesday 11:45 service. Please respond as soon as you're able as we anticipate a possible need for the Oct.14th service. We are eagerly looking forward to your contributions!

Invitation to Represent ULS in the 2021 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge

October 19, 2020

Each ELCA seminary is invited to select one student to participate in the 2021Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge. This is an opportunity for you to dive deeper into your field education or internship site by gaining a faculty advisor, additional support from the ELCA, and an opportunity to share your work more broadly with the church. This invitation is available to all master's level degree-seeking students, regardless of your denominational affiliation. See this link for more details. If you are interested in representing ULS for 2021, please send a 500–750-word proposal to Reed Carlson ( beforeOctober 14. Your proposal should include: 1) Your name, degree program, and year; 2) a brief description of your ministry context; 3) a general idea you have for your proposed project (internship projects qualify).

2020 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge

October 14, 2020

The 2020 Hein-Fry Book of Faith Challenge is this month!  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s challenge will be online.
We are glad that Taylor Berdahl is representing United Lutheran Seminary this year!
See the attached flyer for more information.

Virtual Student Hosts

October 12, 2020

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.

Have a plate with you for Worship on Thursday

October 12, 2020

You are invited as always to Thursday's worship at 6pm. this Thursday we will have a thanksgiving for our meals. so please join us and have a plate that had your evening meal on it with you or the plate which will have your food on it. See you then!

Guatemala Immersion Program Meeting

October 7, 2020

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

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

October 5, 2020

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.

MA Program Open House

October 5, 2020

Are you an MA, MAML or MAPL student? Do you have questions about the requirements of your degree program? Your MA thesis? Your  MAML internship? Your MAPL classes at Temple? The ULS faculty on the MA  Program Committee are hosting an open house on Thursday, October 1 to answer questions and listen to concerns specific to these degrees. Join Dr. Reed  Carlson, Dr. Crystal Hall and Dr. Jon Pahl for the conversation.
Please use this form to receive the Zoom link.

Outdoor Movie Night

September 30, 2020

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

Pastoral Care Reminders

September 30, 2020

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.

Supply Preaching

September 30, 2020

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.

Streaming links Board of Trustees open gallery sessions Sep. 29, 2020

September 30, 2020

Please see below the form link for the two gallery sessions of the Board of Trustees meeting on September 29, 2020.
Please note these links only work for those with a email account. You may be prompted to log in with your email account and password.
The first open gallery session is from 9:00-10:30AM EST and the second from 2:30-4:00PM EST.

To receive the links for the Board of Trustees Gallery Sessions please use this form.

Fall Convocation Events

September 28, 2020

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.

Urban Theological Institute - Celebrating 40 years

September 28, 2020

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

ULS Virtual Chapel This Week

September 28, 2020

This week, the ULS Virtual Chapel services will align with the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Urban Theological Institute and the ULS Fall Convocation.
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.

Sign-Up Opportunity To Preach Or Lead ULS Virtual Worship

September 23, 2020

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.

Food Pantry Hours

September 23, 2020

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

Philadelphia Campus: Accessible 24/7 with key card

Virtual Campus Visit

September 21, 2020

Wednesday, Sept. 16th, Dylan Brown from Indiana, PA will be visiting the Gettysburg campus virtually. Dylan is a senior at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is interested in the MDiv program. Jonah Davis will be the host for this visit. If you are interested in being a student host for a virtual visit, contact Peg Marose at

YWCA Gettysburg passes for ULS students, faculty and staff

September 16, 2020

ULS students, faculty and staff can purchase a pass to the Gettysburg YWCA; $75 for a full year, $37.50 for a half year. Passes can only be purchased  by making an appointment to buy them in the Valentine Hall mail room. Contact to make an  appointment. Cash or check. Checks payable to "United Lutheran Seminary."

A correction to the Call the Beloved Community Line.

September 14, 2020

The initial number for the Call the Beloved Community line was submitted incorrectly. The correct number for the line is  855-916-4600.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused.
When you call the Beloved Community Line what you will hear is a greeting with cues for a weekly reflection based on Sundays Lectionary's readings or an almost daily reflection for your centering prayer or a list of prayer concerns relevant to our community. You can listen to one or two of these or all of these messages or by pressing 0 you can speak with Pastor Terry directly.
Your feedback is welcomed and appreciated as this service will be updated frequently.

Church Key - For ULS students the their partners only

September 14, 2020

Thursday night at 9:00pm-11:00pm come participate in community fellowship by the campfire ring on the Philadelphia Campus. Social distancing will be observed with seats arranged at least six feet apart.
Get to know your seminary community.

Chapel This Week

September 14, 2020

Wednesday: Join us for Morning Prayer: Rite II from the Book of Common Prayer.The Rev. Dr. Reed Carlson will offer a sermon on a reading from Ezekiel.

Fall Library Instruction Sessions

September 2, 2020

The Library will be hosting Fall instruction sessions the first two weeks of classes. They will be:
Monday, August 31, at 7 pm Eastern
Tuesday, September 1, at 10 am Eastern
Please go to this Form and let us know of your interest in attending.
We'll send you a Zoom link.

Introducing the Call the Beloved Community Line.

August 26, 2020

On behalf of the Pastoral Care Team and the Worship life Team, I am pleased to introduce the Call the Beloved Community line. You can call this line by dialing 885-916-4600. What you will hear is a greeting with cues for a weekly reflection based on Sundays lectionary's readings or an almost daily reflection for your centering prayer or a list of prayer concerns relevant to our community. You can listen to one or two of these or all of these messages or by pressing 0 you can speak with Pastor Terry directly. Your feedback is welcomed and appreciated as this service will be updated frequently.

Screening of Documentary film Screenagers.

August 24, 2020

On Wednesday, August 19, at 7 pm EST, ULS will host a screening of the documentary "Screenagers." This film will be open to outside viewers from the wider ULS community as well as Adult Education Courses being offered at ULS Partner Congregations. There will be an active Q & A after the screening which you are welcome to attend.This will be a different format than zoom, so here is the link for registration(which should be completed ahead of time):

Upgrade of signage on Philadelphia Campus

August 24, 2020

Sometime during the week of August 17th the signs on the Philadelphia Campus will be upgraded to reflect the current name of the Seminary. The work will be done during the day and will not disrupt normal operations.
Kyle Barger and Linda Fiore will oversee this project.

Celebration of Women's Right To Vote 2020

August 24, 2020

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 is the 100 Year Celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote.
As a celebration and remembrance of that day, please wear white. White is the color of the suffrage moment that fought for the rights of all women.
Feel free to take group pictures and selfies wearing white and send to Linda Fiore at by August 20th, for her to post on the official ULS facebook page.

Schedule of worship for August intensive courses

August 22, 2020

During the online intensive courses this August there will be a 12 noon worship service on Wednesday August 19th via Zoom.  Pastor Linda Bell, a D.Min. student will be preaching. All students regardless of their program or campus affiliation are welcome and encouraged to join us.
Please use this form the get the Zoom Worship link.

Supply Preacher Needed

August 19, 2020

Grace Lutheran Church in Red Lion, PA, is looking for a supply preacher for their 9 am and 10:45 am services on Sunday, September 6th.They will pay mileage and the commensurate synodical supply fee. Please remember that in order to supply, the prerequisite course is “Preaching the Gospel” in the ULS curriculum. Deadline to respond is Tuesday, August 18th by calling the church at (717)244-5987

August Greek Tutor Needed!

August 14, 2020

Due to a late surge of enrollments, the two week intensive Greek class starting this Sunday, August 9, has 30 students. There is need for a second Greek tutor to help with the class.You should have some confidence in your Greek, be familiar with Accordance, and be able to attend at least some of the Zoom sessions that occur Monday-Friday,9-noon and 1-4. There will also be evening tutoring sessions and grading involved. It is a paid position. If interested, contact Prof. Vitalis Hoffman right away. (

Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin Named ULS President

August 12, 2020

Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin, has been appointed President of United Lutheran Seminary and Ministerium of Pennsylvania Chair and Professor of Reformation Studies effective August 1, 2020. Read More.

COVID-19 IT Resources for Students

July 31, 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.

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

July 31, 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.

Common Cup Distribution

July 24, 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.

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:

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 (Gettysburg) or (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:

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:

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:

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 or Kayla Sadowy To apply, please send a resume and a cover letter to 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:

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.

Farewell and Godspeed Service Bulletin

May 15, 2020

The bulletin for the Farewell and Godspeed Service for graduates is available by visiting

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:

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;

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.

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:

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:

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

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 ( 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 ( 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
Pastor Terry and Pastor Gwen are here for you for any reason they can be reached at and at 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 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 ( or Meagan ( 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: