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Virtual Student Hosts

September 21, 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.

ULS Virtual Chapel This Week

September 21, 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.
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00pm: Lectio Divina, led by Pastor Terry McCarthy.
Wednesday, September 23, 11:45am: Service of the Word, led by ULS Alumni with Bishop Patricia Ann Curtis Davenport preaching.
Thursday, September 24, 6:00pm: UTI Student Testimony, shared by Farrah Gaskins.

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

September 21, 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.

Urban Theological Institute - Celebrating 40 years

September 21, 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

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."

Supply Preaching

September 16, 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.

Fall Convocation Events

September 16, 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.

Register for Luther Colloquy 2020

September 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

Pastoral Care Reminders

September 16, 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.

Outdoor Movie Night

September 14, 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

Sign-Up Opportunity To Preach Or Lead ULS Virtual Worship

September 14, 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.

Fall Worship 2020 schedule

September 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.

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.

Food Pantry Hours

September 9, 2020

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

Philadelphia Campus: Accessible 24/7 with key card

Guatemala Immersion Program Meeting

September 9, 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

Worship Life Team

September 4, 2020

Please find attached the Worship life Team 2020-21.

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.

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

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:

ULS Lenten Journey 2020

April 13, 2020

Uplifting stories of ULS alumni during Lent.

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 ( or Meagan ( 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:
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 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 ( 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.

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
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  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
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

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:
Jessie Davis, Chair:
MJ Irvin-Stellabotte:
Ayden Petrone:
Eric Randolph:
Jeff Topinka:
Christa Wentworth:
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.

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:

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,

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 (

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
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:

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. 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!

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:

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 ( 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 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
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
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:
Office of Human Resources