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Pastoral Care Groups during Reading Week

October 6, 2022

From Pastor Terry McCarthy:
During reading week October 10 -14. There will not be an in-person group for spiritual community on the Gettysburg campus on Tuesday October 11, but the zoom spiritual community group on Monday at 5:30 will be available and the pericope study at 5:30 on Wednesday will still be offered because it may be reading week, but one may still need to preach on Sunday. Look for reminders on Facebook groups. Thanks

Volunteer and fundraising opportunity for students in Adams County

October 6, 2022

The upper Adams Lions Club has their annual fundraiser for their charitable organization by operating a takeout restaurant over the course of the national Apple harvest festival in Arendtsville, a short drive from the Gettysburg campus. They are in need of workers for this endeavor and wish to offer the opportunity for students to raise funds by working at the restaurant on Saturday and Sunday October 1st and 2nd, 2022, for student body activities. For more information and if you are interested in doing this please contact Bob McQuaid at 717 677 7494.

From Martin Zimmann re: presence on GBG campus

October 6, 2022

From Martin Zimmann:

The Lead Pastor Development program under the auspices of Kindling Faith will be meeting here on the Gettysburg campus tomorrow through Thursday. If you see some folks on campus, be sure to greet them and give them a warm ULS welcome. Thanks!

Free Implicit Bias Training online Oct.17 at 2PM

October 6, 2022

From Martin Zimmann:

Stacey Waters  began her career with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC)  investigating unlawful discrimination in 2008. She attended The Lincoln  University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English/Liberal Arts. She  attended Shippensburg University and earned her Master of Science in  Counseling/College Student Personnel. In 2014, she left the Commission to  work as an Equal Opportunity Specialist at the PA Department of Labor and  Industry. In 2018, she joined the PA Department of Corrections as Chief of  Investigations and Training where she continued to investigate unlawful  discrimination and provide a variety of trainings including, but not limited  to, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training and Unconscious Bias Training.
 Training is free and open to the public. For more information and  registration, go to this link:

YWCA passes (Gettysburg) are available for ULS students, faculty and staff

October 4, 2022

YWCA passes (Gettysburg) are available for students, faculty and staff at a rate of $85 per adult membership. Family membership upgrade fees can be paid at the YWCA front desk. Please see Tammy McKim in Valentine Hall room 123 to purchase a pass by check or cash.

Deadline to purchase a pass to the GBG YWCA is Friday, Sept. 30

October 4, 2022

See previous CC post about purchasing a pass

Update on Luce Foundation Grant - "Toward Our Common Public Life"

October 4, 2022

2021 Campus Safety Reports available

October 4, 2022

In compliance with The Jeanne Clery Act, the  most recent campus safety reports are available. These reports are also viewable to the public.

Updates to MyULS over the next several weeks

September 29, 2022

Please note: Several sections of MyULS are undergoing updates over the next several weeks so some links may be broken.

If you have any questions, please contact and thanks for your patience.

Tree planting in Gettysburg

September 29, 2022

You are welcome to join St James Lutheran Church in Gettysburg for a tree planting event on Saturday, October 15 from 9 to noon. This is part of our celebration of creation. To sign up and/or receive more information, contact Kay MacDowell at

Proclaim on the ULS campuses invites you to celebrate National Coming Out Day (October 11th) by attending OutJoy!

September 29, 2022

Join Anne Arundel Affirming Alliance (A4) on October 11 at 7:00PM at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (Arnold, MD) for a night of storytelling about brave and beautiful flourishing from LGBTQ+ community members. Connect with other queer religious folx and religious communities that are affirming. Go to this link []for more information. To view livestream or recorded, go to the Gloria Dei Facebook page [] or YouTube Channel. For more information, contact Mo Goff, ULS Proclaim representative, at

Accessing library website on Sept. 27

September 29, 2022

If you need to access any of the library's resources during the time of the website transition on Sept. 27, please use our A to Z listing located here:https://unitedlutheranseminary.libguides.

Contact with other issues.

Church in Shippensburg looking for supply pastors

September 29, 2022

Memorial Lutheran Church in Shippensburg, PA is looking for supply pastors. (No specific dates; they are in a period of interim ministry and are hoping to develop a list of regulars.) Email:; Phone: (717)532-4614.

Supply preaching opportunity

September 29, 2022

Looking for supply pastor. The contact did not leave the location on her voicemail so you can call her for more info. Lead worship on Thanksgiving Eve, November 23rd service at the Village at Rockville in Rockville, MD

Pastor Charlene Curtis 301-354-8461

Senior Pastor Job Description - Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Germantown

September 29, 2022

CPE opportunity @ Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia

September 27, 2022

From Deacon Chelle Huth:

Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia has an opening in their extended CPE unit running October 13-May 25th. If you are interested, you must reach out to the director ASAP, Minister Robin Ross at or by phone at 215-456-6309.

Student-led prayer

September 27, 2022

From Nathan Pratt - PHL campus
Join us in the chapel! We will gather for Morning Prayer at 7:40am and for Compline at 9:40pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (during the weeks when regular classes are in session).

Gettysburg Food Pantry Reminder

September 22, 2022

All ULS students, staff, and faculty are welcome utilize the food pantry when they are on campus. The pantry is located on the 4th floor of Valentine and stocks non-perishable items, frozen meats, veggies, and dairy. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergy friendly items are available. Questions or suggestions can be sent to

2022-23 ULS Student Government & Campus Councils

September 22, 2022

From Andy Taminger:

We have  officially concluded our Fall 2022 Elections! ULS Student Government  representatives for the 2022-23 academic year:
 President – Clifford (Cliff) Stanley
 Vice President – Andrew (Andy) Taminger
 Treasurer – Amy Moorhus Baumgardner
 *Secretary - Brynn Anderson
 Philadelphia Council – Morris (Mo) Goff
 Gettysburg Council – Brent Betz
 Distributed Learning Council - Christian M. Hicks
 Campus Councils:
 *Philadelphia - Ian Clements, Sarah Fryman, Sarah Parson, Donald (Mike) Todd
 *Gettysburg - Elizabeth (Libby) Baker-Mikesell, Erik Brigger, Larry Herrold  Jr., Terrance Lively, Sarah Moore
 *Distributed Learning - Jaymie Kosa, Christine Pelfrey, Tyler (Ty) Rankin
 [* = Fall Election positions]

2022-23 ULS Student Government

September 22, 2022

We are pleased to announce ULS Student Government representatives for the 2022-23 academic year:

President – Clifford Stanley
Vice President – Andrew Taminger
Treasurer – Amy Moorhaus Baumgardner
Philadelphia Council – Morris Goff
Gettysburg Council – Brent Betz
Distributed Learning Council - Christian M. Hicks

Pastoral Care Groups Fall 2022

September 22, 2022

From Pastor Terry McCarthy:
I am excited to  announce that pastoral care groups for this fall semester are beginning  shortly. There will be an in-person spiritual community group in the prayer space on the third floor of Valentine Hall on the Gettysburg campus on  Tuesday afternoons at 12:45. A spiritual community group will also be zoom  based and students from all our campuses are welcomed and encouraged to join  us on Mondays at 5:30 on zoom. These groups are an opportunity, apart from  formal worship to take time apart to reflect on scripture and to listen,  support and pray for one another. There will also be a zoom based pericope  study on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. open to all who are preparing to preach that  coming Sunday. Please join us with whatever text you might be preaching on.  The zoom meeting information for the 2 zoom groups will be distributed  shortly via email and reminders will be in the community Facebook groups.

TULSAA & ULS Community Happy Hour & Reception

September 22, 2022

All alums, students, faculty and staff are invited to the TULSAA (The United Lutheran Seminary Alumni Association) and ULS Community Happy Hour & Reception on Wednesday, September 21 from 5 - 7 p.m. in Benbow Hall in  Brossman Center. The reception is a welcome opportunity to gather in person, fellowship with alums, faculty, staff and meet current students. The reception will include a variety of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. Please let Lynn Fry,, know by September 14 if you plan to attend.

Invitation from Pastor Terry to join him for lunch on the GBG campus

September 22, 2022

From Pastor Terry McCarthy:
We all have to eat somewhere right?, and that's true for me too. Bring lunch or something and join me in the coffee shop or right now at the picnic table in front of Valentine Hall while the nice weather remains with us to share time and conversation. We will meet on Tuesdays at noon and on Wednesdays and Thursdays after chapel is over. Beginning on Wednesday August 31.

New Student Prayer Service Sept. 15

September 22, 2022

From Clifford Stanley:

The New Student Prayer Service, Orientation and Meet Up Groups will meeton Thursday, September 15, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. RSVP here to receive the Zoom link:

Annual UTI Lecture Sept. 20 @ 11:45AM

September 22, 2022

From Dr. Quintin Robertson:
Join us in person on Philadelphia's campus and on YouTube for  the Annual UTI Lecture on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 11:45 am. Dr. Teresa  Smallwood will be presenting.

Mt. Airy Learning Tree classes in Brossman

September 28, 2022

The Mount Airy Learning Tree, a longtime community partner of ULS in Philadelphia, offers a wide variety of adult classes at various locations in the Philadelphia area, including the Brossman Center. If you're in the building, pick up a brochure in the lobby or check out course listings online.

Church in Rouzerville Looking for Consistent Supply Pastors

September 15, 2022

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rouzerville, PA is looking for one or two people to consistently supply for worship. They will need help starting on January 1st, 2023. If you are interested, please reach out to Jon Fleagle at 717-860-9201 or through email at

Annual UTI lecture on Sept. 20

September 14, 2022

From Rev. Dr. Quintin Robertson:

Join us in person on Philadelphia's campus and on YouTube for the Annual UTI Lecture on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 11:45 am in Benbow Hall, Brossman Center. Rev. Dr. Teresa Smallwood will be presenting.

Singers and instrumentalists needed - GBG campus

September 14, 2022

From Cathy Elkiss:
Seminary musicians on the ULS Gettysburg Campus: your voices and instruments are needed to sing and/or play for Chapel services. The idea of bringing back the Seminary Choir is also being explored. Any and all musicians with any interest in singing or playing, or being a part of the choir, are strongly encouraged to speak with Music Director/Organist, Cathy Elkiss before or after Wednesday or Thursday Chapel services, or contact her at

Student Fellow position filled

September 12, 2022

From Dr. Teresa Smallwood:

The selection process is completed for the Student Fellow position to work with the grant Toward a Common Public Life. Dr. Smallwood expresses a hearty thank you to all who participated in the selection process. The grant support team will be announced shortly.

New Student Prayer Service virtual event registration for 9/15

September 9, 2022

From Clifford Stanley:

New Student Prayer Service, Orientation, and Meet Up Groups Thursday, September 15, 7:00-8:30 pm. This Virtual event includes an Ecumenical Worship Service, Orientation, and Small Groups to meet students from other theological schools. Register today at: call: 202-832-2675.

Fall 2022 Library Hours

September 9, 2022

The Krauth Memorial Branch (Philadelphia) and the Wentz Memorial Branch (Gettysburg) have new hours for the Fall 2022 semester. Krauth will be open 9:00am to 6:30pm on Monday through Thursday and open 9:00am to 5:00pm on Friday. Wentz will be open 9:00am to 6:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday and open 9:00am to 4:00pm on Wednesday and Friday. Both libraries are closed on the weekends. If you have questions about the schedule or anything else regarding the library, you can contact the library staff at We look forward to working with you this semester!

Memorial service for James Ziebell on the PHL campus/YouTube Sept. 8 at 12noon

September 7, 2022

Please join us in person from the Philadelphia chapel or on YouTube on Thursday, Sept. 8 at 12:00noon for Community Eucharist and to honor and celebrate the life of the late James "Jim" Ziebell, who worked on the Philadelphia campus. Pastor David Genzler will preach and Rev. Dr. R. Guy Erwin will preside.

Picnic and Prayer September 1, 2022, at Camp Nawakwa 5:30 PM picnic; 6:30 PM Evening Prayer

September 1, 2022

Food, beverages, and supplies provided.  Sign up here

Dear Seminary Students, Staff and Faculty:

You’re invited to a picnic and brief, outdoor Evening Prayer Service to mark the opening of the ecumenical Season of Creation, which calls for attention and prayer for God’s good creation from September 1 through the Feast of Saint Francis on October 4. The Town and Country Church Institute(TCCI) of ULS, St. James congregation in Gettysburg, PA, Trinity congregation in Arendtsville, PA, and Camp Nawakwa are your hosts.

Realizing many ULS people are at a distance, the Season of Creation will be observed in ULS polymodal worship on Wednesday August 31 in addition to the picnic and prayer at Nawakwa. If you are in the vicinity of Gettysburg, however, please save the date and come. If you need transportation from the Gettysburg campus, or if you have any questions, please email Gil Waldkoenig at


Opportunity for students to work in the ULS PHL library

September 1, 2022

Work at the ULS Library in Philadelphia!

The ULS Library in Philadelphia has employment opportunities for reliable student workers. Students will, as needed, assist patrons, oversee the circulation desk, shelve books, file archival materials, open and close the library, and support the library staff. Students would ideally work 10-15 hours per week, but a schedule with fewer hours is possible. Students will be paid $15.00 per hour. Email Rob Flynn for an application.

Mailroom hours in Brossman

September 1, 2022

The mailroom in Brossman (PHL) is now open from 12:30-2:30PM, Monday through Friday, except holidays.

New Student Prayer Service and Orientation

August 30, 2022

From Clifford Stanley:
The Washington Theological Consortium will be hosting a virtual New Student Prayer Service and Orientation on September 15th, from 7:00-8:30 PM. All new students are encouraged to attend. Registration material will be disseminated and updated on Common Cup.

Chaplain position at Department of Corrections, State Correctional Institution at SCI Huntingdon

August 29, 2022

Food pantry coordinator Philadelphia campus

August 29, 2022

The Philly Food Pantry Coordinator oversees the food pantry located inWiedemann. They ensure there are both refrigerator and non-perishable itemsstocked. The Food Pantry Coordinator collaborates with local churches and othercommunity food places for food and/or money donations. The food pantry has alsobeen supported in the past by Trinity Lutheran in Lansdale and the NightKitchen Bakery in Chestnut Hill. Establishing other connections isn't requiredbut strongly encouraged in order to stock food in the food pantry. The coordinator restocks and purchases food as needed (usually two big groceryruns twice a semester) and uses the funds to purchase grocery gift cards foremergencies. They also reach out to their peers to survey the type of food thatwould be most useful. A stipend is also provided for the student each semesterfor running the food pantry. Any questions can be directed to Nancy Gable at

ULS IT Student Worker Job Posting

August 24, 2022

The ULS IT Department is looking for a student worker toassist with the evening Zoom classes on the Philadelphia campus. The studentwould be responsible for checking in on the classrooms and assuring the classesget started in a timely manner. The expected hours are 6-7pm Monday – Thursday withoccasional availability to assist Saturday morning UTI courses. Please contact for more details and a jobdescription. This position is for the Fall semester with the option for Springsemester also being available. This position is well suited for a studentliving on the Philadelphia campus with the requisite experience.

Position opening: Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Bethesda, MD

August 24, 2022

Director of Children and Youth Ministries (part-time) – Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Bethesda, MD
Position listing (pdf)

ULS staff, students and faculty can register for Luther Colloquy (10/26) at no cost

August 24, 2022

Luther Colloquy will take place on the Gettysburg campus and via Zoom on Oct. 26 from 9AM - 4PM.

ULS staff, students and faculty can attend at no cost.

Please note: You must register even though there is no fee.

Read more and register

Student fellow needed

August 23, 2022

Dr. Teresa L. Smallwood would like to hire Student Fellow(s) to assist with logistics on the Luce grant “Toward a Common Public Life.” Any interested student should email Dr. Smallwood attaching a resume and a statement of interest. The work will not exceed 10 hours per month. A generous stipend is available. Interested students should have  an array of skills including, but not limited to, word processing, organization, excel, Google Doc, and all social media platforms. This is a two-year grant ,and fellows are hired for annual commitments.

Masking requirement for in person worship fall 2022

September 1, 2022

As of August 23, 2022, masks are still required for in person worship in chapel on both campuses. Masks are not required in other ULS buildings, but we respect anyone's choice to wear one. Thank you for your cooperation.

CPE opportunity at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

August 22, 2022

Supply preacher needed for Sept. 4

August 22, 2022

Deacon Charles Barnhart, OSSD at Keysville Lutheran Church in MD is looking for a supply for 1 service (non-communion) on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 10:30AM.

He can be contacted at 410-984-6165 - The Service will be from the LBW Service of the Word.  He will e-mail the person a copy of servicebefore the weekend of the 4th.

Common Cup Guidelines

August 11, 2022

Common Cup will only be distributed to students, faculty and staff when there are new entries. If you are submitting an event, please allow at least 3 business days from the date your entry is submitted to the date of the event. Entries will be reviewed to ensure they reflect the mission of ULS and purpose of Common Cup.

Worship Schedule Fall 2022

August 11, 2022

The Fall 2022 Worship schedule is as follows:

- 5:30 pm – Evening Worship led by students on Zoom – Register for link
Wednesdays - 12:00 pm – Polymodal Service of the Word (simultaneously in-person* on both campuses, via Zoom and livestream on YouTube)
- 12:00 pm – Community Eucharist (in-person* on both campuses)

* When in-person campuses are suspended, Wednesday worship will be online only and Thursday worship will be suspended.

Library in need of student workers

August 15, 2022

ULS Library is in need of student workers this summer. Total number of hours worked per week can be up to 15, though as few as 4 are possible if that works best for a student. Tasks include opening or closing the library, watching the front desk, and filing books, archival materials, and assisting the director and archivists as needed. Email Evan Boyd to apply.

Spruce Run Lutheran Church looking for someone to lead worship on 9/25/22

August 10, 2022

Spruce Run Lutheran Church is interested in having a seminarian come and lead worship on Sunday, September 25th. They are located at 442 W Hill Rd., Glen Gardner, NJ. They will pay $150 plus mileage. Remember, you must have had intro to preaching before being available for supply. If you are interested, please email Pastor Chris Halvorson at

Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts

July 18, 2022

This bi-annual conference takes  place July 25–28, 2022, at St. Olaf College, and offers professional  development, spiritual nourishment and networking opportunities for persons  engaged in congregational ministry.
The 2022 conference theme is “Scatter the Imagination of Our Hearts,” based  on Mary's proclamation in the Magnificat (Luke 1.51). Conference participants  will reflect on how the people of God can challenge, change, and inspire,  especially as faith communities imagine new responses to the twin pandemics  of COVID-19 and structural racism. Both in-person and virtual tracks are  offered.
Presenters at the conference include Willie James Jennings, Eunjoo Mary Kim,  Kelly Sherman-Conroy, Katherine Parent, Anton Armstrong, Tesfa  Wondemagegnehu, Joe Davis, and many more!
 Seminary students will receive a $300 discount on registration fees for the  in-person conference and a $150 discount on registration fees for our virtual  track!

June Worship schedule

July 7, 2022

Worship schedule for June:
Wednesdays as Polymodal Service of the Word at 12 noon. Same Zoom link as during the semester.

UniLu Hiring Office Manager

June 15, 2022

University  Lutheran Church (3637 Chestnut St. Philadelphia) seeks a part time office  manager for its growing community. 15 hours per week. Hourly pay, commiserate  with experience. Some flexibility regarding scheduled hours and remote work.
 •Monitor the well-being of and act as the first point of contact for the  church, its tenants, students, members, and guests.
 •Manage lease agreements, rental payments, and receipts for all tenants.
 •Record congregational giving using Access Database and prepare quarterly  statements for all donors.
 •Prepare the Digital Newsletter Weekly using MailChimp.
 •Prepare worship, print, digital, and social media communications.
 •Coordinate the production of the Annual Report.
 •Other duties as assigned.
 Send us an email (  with your resume and cover letter describing what drew you to apply to this  position. We encourage you to explore our website:

Guatemala Program Report Back Event June 2 @ 7PM

June 3, 2022

Learn about this semester's Guatemala Immersion Semester  Program through the experiences of ULS MA Student Kris Baptiste and partner  organizations in Guatemala on Thursday, June 2 at 7 PM EST via Zoom. The  evening will be hosted by co-directors Dr. Crystal Hall and Rev. Jennifer  Hope-Tringali. Come learn more about the program and reflect on being in  relationship with the global church.

Crystal Hall is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Guatemala Program Community Report Back

Time: Jun 2, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 890 0718 5637

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Summer opportunity at St. Mary Clinical Pastoral Education Program

May 26, 2022

The St. Mary  Clinical Pastoral Education Program is now accepting applications for the  Summer 2022 Unit.
The St. Mary CPE Program is the only CPE program in the NJ, DE, PA area that  resides in a faith-based hospital. It offers ministry opportunities in acute  care (Level II Trauma Center) and outpatient settings. The clinical and group  day hours are during daytime hours, no overnight duties.
The St. Mary CPE Program is accredited by the Association for Clinical  Pastoral Education (ACPE, Ind.) and is based within St. Mary Medical Center  in Langhorne, PA, a Catholic institution which is a member of Trinity Health.
 The program dates are: May 23, 2022 – August 4, 2022.
 Interested students are encouraged to complete an ACPE Application found at:
 Students can also contact the CPE Director at 215-710-5044 for more  information to facilitate their discernment.

Summer staff opportunity at Lutherlyn

May 26, 2022

Lutherlyn is seeking young adults to join the Summer Staff team for 2022. Lutherlyn is located in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod. (40 minutes North of Pittsburgh) A variety of positions are available including Adventure Counselor, Day Camp Director, Kitchen Staff, and more! Lutherlyn is a great place to build leadership skills, work with kids, and play in creation. There is a Virtual Job Fair on March 24th. Go to for more details on the job fair, employment, and the application. Any questions can be directed to Ryan at ryan@lutherlyn.comor 724-865-2161

Digital Ministries Coordinator position at Hope Lutheran Church

May 26, 2022

The Digital Ministries Coordinator will assist New Hope Lutheran Church's staff and volunteers in the planning, organizing, developing, initiating, and maintenance of all information on digital and social media platforms. The candidate must have a minimum of one year's experience in the preparation and management of web-based content with experience in managing social media platforms for organizations. The candidate must be proficient in the use of HTML, Photoshop, and other web-based software and applications. This position requires the candidate to work Sunday mornings from 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The ability to communicate orally and in writing including editing text is a must, as well as the ability to work with a variety of individuals ranging from employed staff to volunteers. This position is part-time hourly with an hourly rate of $18 with no benefits. Resumes may submitted to NHLC atinfo@newhopelutheran.orgwith the subject line "Digital Ministry Coordinator."

Cross Roads Summer Camp is hiring

May 26, 2022

Cross Roads Summer Staff  applications for Summer 2022 are OPEN!
Help make a difference in the lives of children and youth this summer. They  are currently hiring all positions, including counselors, kitchen staff  members, grounds and maintenance staff, and more.
On-Line Application Link:

Cross Roads is a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of the  Episcopal Diocese of Newark and the New Jersey Synod of the ELCA. The staff  is a vibrant, close-knit community that works year-round to create a welcoming  and inclusive community providing life changing and sacred adventures for  renewal, growth, and joy.

Contact: Jaymie Kosa

Updated worship schedule week of May 16

May 26, 2022

Tuesday, May 17, 5:30 pm - Evening Worship with Prof. Pahl (Zoom)
Wednesday, May 18, 12:00 noon - Polymodal Service of the Word with Dean Sebastian leading and preaching (both chapels and Zoom)
Thursday, May 19, 12:00 noon - Eucharist in Philadelphia with President Erwin preaching and presiding
Thursday, May 19, 12:00 noon - Eucharist in Gettysburg with Prof. Schiefelbein-Guerrero preaching and Pastor Terry presiding
Thursday, May 19, 7:00 pm - Polymodal Farewell and Godspeed (both chapels and Zoom)

Register for Zoom link

Philadelphia Campus Community Garden Clean Up

May 18, 2022

Come help clean up and plant this year's Philadelphia campus Community Garden! All are welcome. Bring a pair of work gloves. Monday, 2-4:30PM (weather permitting); Wednesday, 3-5:30PM. Pitch in (good study break!) and reap the benefits of good, fresh food later this summer! Contact Dr. Jon Pahl for more information:

Pastoral Care Groups Spring 2022

May 18, 2022

Pastoral Care schedule for Spring 2022 from Pastor Terrance McCarthy. Zoom info was distributed to students on 1/25/22.

The last group will meet on May 17, 2022.

Spiritual nourishment Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Cocktail hour Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.

Pericope study Fridays at 10:00 a.m.”

DE-MD Synod "Connect to God's Creation" Video Series

June 1, 2022

Submitted by Rev. Dr. Allison deForest:
ULS DMin Student, Laura Heller, is happy to share with the ULS Community a series of eight video workshops entitled "Connected in God's Creation," which are intended as a tool for personal or group study. These videos were produced as a collaboration between the Delaware-Maryland Synod and The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland . They can be found at the following link:

August Greek Tutor/Activities Coordinator Position

May 16, 2022

Applications are now being accepted for the August Greek Tutor / Activities Coordinator position. For now, we are planning on meeting residentially on the Gettysburg campus. (A synchronous Zoom option may be offered.). It is only two weeks long starting Tuesday, August 9. Apply by May 9. More information available HERE. (PDF)

Part-time Coordinator of Youth Ministry position at St. John's Lutheran Church

May 12, 2022

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Green Lane (Upper MontgomeryCounty) is seeking a part-time Coordinator of Youth Ministry to work with ourstudents in grades 6-12 and their families.  Responsibilities will includeworking with middle and high school youth groups and faith formation, assistingwith confirmation, training and guiding both youth and adult leaders andadministrative duties for the ministry.  This is a salaried position(20-25 hours/month) starting at $17 an hour.


Applicants are invited to send a cover letter and resume toVikki Shelor at Job Description available at

RSVP for Spring Fling, hosted by Proclaim and the Student Council - May 6

May 9, 2022

Join us on May 6 for a ULS Spring Fling, hosted by Proclaim and the Student Council. Spend a joyful evening of dance, food and community with your fellow students, faculty and staff! RSVP required.

May 6, 2022
Benbow Hall, Brossman Center, Philadelphia campus

Details and RSVP here:

Guatemala Program Informational Session via Zoom: April 25

April 26, 2022

Found yourself wanting to brush up on or learn Spanish? Need multicultural skills to connect with Latine communities in your ministry? ULS offers an immersive travel experience to Guatemala. This semester includes8 weeks in country, and intensives in the US in spring 2023. This four-course program provides a solid foundation for developing awareness of a global network of church ministries. Students will be enriched for their own current and future work in cross-cultural contexts in the United States and beyond. To learn more, join an informational session on Monday, April 25 at 6 PM via Zoom.

Topic: Guatemala Program Informational Session

Time: Apr 25, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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CPE/Chaplaincy Residency Opportunity

April 26, 2022

Albert  Einstein Medical Center is an urban, multi-cultural, Level 1 Trauma/Medical  Center. CPE Chaplains collaborate with professional chaplains and various  interdisciplinary team members to provide spiritual care in diverse clinical  situations in emergency, acute, sub-acute, and rehabilitation care settings.
 Extended Unit:
 October 13, 2022- May 31, 2023
 $150 non-refundable registration fee at the time of acceptance into the  program
 Contact Min. Robin Ross, 215-456-6309,
 Unit 2 of CPE (Chaplaincy Residency Level II)
 August 29, 2022- September 1, 2023
 Prior CPE unit Required
 Stipend $36,000
 Tuition is $500 for First Unit and $250 for each additional unit
 Healthcare Benefits
 Generous Paid Time Off
 Level 1 Trauma, Critical Care, Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Neo-Natal  Care, & Transplant
 Info at under Residencies/Education
 Contact Rabbi Leah Wald 215-456-8979,

Spring Fling/Dance hosted by Proclaim and Student Government May 5-6, PHL campus

April 26, 2022

Proclaim and the ULS Student Government are planning/hosting a Spring Fling and Dance, May 5-6 in Benbow Hall on the Philadelphia campus.

All ULS students, faculty and staff invited.

More information forthcoming. Questions to Kathrin Vaterlein.

Request from Dr. Maria Erling for feedback to support Dr. Wayne Croft's Promotion to Full Professor

April 19, 2022

Dear ULS community members - please participate in the survey of responses for the promotion of Dr. Wayne Croft to full professor. The survey isvoluntary, but you can help the panel be well informed about the gifts and work of Dr. Croft.
Thank you, Dr. Maria Erling

Access survey here

Request or Feedback to support Dr. Charles Leonard Promotion to Full Professor

April 19, 2022

An ad hoc Promotion Committee, led by Dr. Jon Pahl, is seeking feedback to support the application by Dr. Charles Leonard to be promoted from Associate to Full Professor. We seek your honest feedback. Please complete the form at the link below. All replies are anonymous. If you prefer, you can contact Dr. Pahl directly by email, at Thank you!

Here's the link to the form "Dr. Charles Leonard Promotion to FullProfessor Review":

Campus Libraries Reopen - Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Distributed Learning

April 19, 2022

ULS Library is glad to announce that we've  reopened the libraries to all users. The Krauth Memorial Branch (Philadelphia) is now open  9am-7pm, Monday thru Thursday and 9am-4pm on Fridays. The Wentz Branch  (Gettysburg) is now open 9 am-7pm, Mondays and Thursdays and 9am-4pm on  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Please see the library website for more  information.

Gently used clerical wear available in Philadelphia

April 19, 2022

A Philadelphia-based clergyperson has offered some gently-used clerical wear to any seminarian who may need them. He is offering: Four XL C. M. Almy clergy shirts (3 long-sleeve black and one short-sleeve gray), matching tab-style collars, and one XL white surplice. If you are interested, please contact the Rev. Scott Robinson:

Music Director position at United Church of Christ in Arendtsville, PA

March 30, 2022

Worship schedule during Reading Week

March 18, 2022

Regular chapel services will not occur on  Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, so that everyone may participate in the  Preaching with Power events on the ULS YouTube channel. Thursday Eucharist is  scheduled at 12 noon on each campus, with Pastor Terry preaching in  Gettysburg and Dr. Erwin preaching in Philadelphia.

Worship Schedule for Intensive and Reading Weeks

March 16, 2022

During Intensive Week (March 7-11), only the  Polymodal Service of the Word will occur on Wednesday at 12 noon, in both  chapels and on Zoom.
During Reading Week (March 14-18), we will join with the Preaching with Power  events on YouTube; worship will not occur in the chapels or on Zoom.

Full time pastor position at St. Stephen's Lutheran in Feasterville, PA

March 16, 2022

St. Stephen’s  Lutheran Church in Feasterville-Trevose, PA, is seeking a full-time pastor to  inspire and grow our suburban church outside of Philadelphia. We value  traditional worship, and are an active and friendly congregation with:
 vocal & bell choirs • bible study • food pantry • community involvement •  in-person & online
 ~ Our Mission Statement: Worship God. Proclaim Christ's Love. Feed God’s  People ~
 Please submit a Rostered Ministers Profile (RMP) to Pastor Marcia Bell,  Director of Mobility at SEPA Synod,

COVID-19 Response and Future Plans

March 10, 2022

LGBTQ+ Group Meeting March 7

March 16, 2022

The next meeting of the ULS LGBTQ+ Group is  Monday, March 7, at 6 pm. Allies are welcome to join this meeting. If you are  not on Mycah McNett's email list, please reach out to her over social media or at for the meeting link.

ULS Weather Policy

March 10, 2022

Updated ULS Inclement Weather Policy as of December 2021
Please read:

Music Director/Organist position in Willow Grove, PA

March 3, 2022


MUSIC DIRECTOR POSITION: Willow Grove United Methodist Church is seeking aMusic Director/Organist for a part-time position (12-18 hours/week). Main responsibilities are to select and play music at Sunday morning service(s)[currently in hybrid –in-person/zoom format], including preludes, postludes, offertory and additional music compatible with weekly sermon themes. The director/organist also will select and play music for special worship services on Christmas Eve, Holy Thursday and Easter. The director/organist is responsible for leading and accompanying the adult chancel choir and soloists during weekly rehearsals and Sunday worship. Additional compensation provided for weddings and funerals.


Excellent resources include a 2-manual Tellers pipe organ (34 ranks and full pedalboard), a Baldwin Model M grand piano, a 5-octave set of Malmark handbells, and extensive choral library. The director/organist reports to the Senior Pastor and Staff/Parish Relations Committee. Qualifications include an undergraduate or graduate degree in music, demonstrated proficiency in organ and choir direction, and knowledge of sacred and contemporary Christian music. To schedule an interview/audition, please apply by February 28, with resume, letter of introduction, and salary requirement to: Expected start date: following Easter/early May 2022.

Full-time Chaplaincy Position State Correctional Institution at Rockview

March 8, 2022

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the following full-time Chaplain position at: State Correctional Institution at Rockview which is located near State College PA.  You may access the job posting a the link below.
Chaplain (SCI Rockview)

Position closes 03/11/2022.

This and other full-time employment opportunities for PA Department of Corrections and all other agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction are listed at .  On this website, click VIEW JOBS & APPLY

Or view PDF

MA Open House March 1 @ 5PM via Zoom

March 3, 2022

MA Open House

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? On Tuesday March 1 at 5:00 PM  EST join the MA Committee faculty (Dr. Pahl, Dr. Hall, Dr. Yoon and Deacon  Huth) for an MA Open House. All MA, MAML and MAPL students are welcome to  bring their questions and concerns about their degree programs.


Topic: MA Open House
Time: Mar 1, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Call for Singers for Haydn/Beethoven Event

March 1, 2022

The First Presbyterian Church in Germantown (35 W. Chelten Ave.) Oratorio Choir is presenting Franz Joseph Haydn's "Lord Nelson Mass" and Ludwig van Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" on Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 pm with full orchestra.

The choir is looking for additional singers, with rehearsals on Tuesdays, Feb. 8, Feb. 22 - March 22; and dress rehearsal on Saturday, March 26. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.

Contact John Walthausen ( for more information.

Online presentation: "Text, Translation, and Performance" by Prof. Mark V. Hoffman Feb. 17 @2PM

February 23, 2022

For those of you who use Accordance Bible software, Prof. Mark V. Hoffman is offering an online presentation on “Text, Translation, and Performance: Using Accordance to “Hear” the Gospels in Translation” on Thursday, February 17 at 2pm ET as part of Accordance’s eAcademy. Registration is required, but it is free. More info and registration

Envelope give away from Advancement Office in Gettysburg

February 15, 2022

Card Envelopes Available

The ULS Advancement Office would like to  find a home for about 200 blank white card envelopes - 7 1/4" x 5  1/4". If you are able to pick them up on one of the campuses and would  like some please contact Lynn Fry at  

Associate English Pastor

February 2, 2022

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York is searching for an Associate English Pastor who has an interest in serving the Chinese community for the long term.
Contact Christina Zhan at

Extended Food Pantry Hours in Gettysburg

February 2, 2022

The food pantry hours in Gettysburg have been extended on weekdays. The new hours are:

Mon. - Fri. 8AM- 8PM
Sat. - Sun. 8AM - 5PM

Worship Update for February 2022

January 27, 2022

Our Tuesday and Wednesday worship services will be virtual, and Thursday Eucharists on both campuses will be suspended until the end of February.
The ULS community will be updated later in February regarding the worship schedule for March.

Bible Study leader sought

January 24, 2022

Christ Lutheran Community Church (7420 Walnut Street, Upper Darby), is looking for someone to lead a Bible Study, either in person or online, with the saints who are connected with this congregation. A Zoom Bible Study would be Wednesday evenings 7-8:00 pm. An in-person Bible Study would be Thursday mornings 10-11:00 am. A stipend will be provided. If interested, please contact Council President Susan Pursch,, 215-356-8627.

Youth Leader for Week-long Summer Lutheran Gathering

January 24, 2022

The annual Lutheran Summer Gathering at Silver Bay, New York is looking for a youth leader for grades 7-12 (but mostly 7-10) We meet July 16-22, 2022 at the YMCA resort on beautiful Lake George in the Adirondacks. Prior to COVID youth attendance was between 4- 15 youth. You would plan and lead activities with youth for approximately 3 hours each morning (M-F) and share in evening activities. For more information on the Lutheran Summer Gathering see, for more information on the YMCA facilities see interested in the position, please contact Lutheran Summer Gathering Dean Marie Jerge at or 716-864-8798.

Event organized by the ELCA Womanist Theology Initiative Coordinating Committee

January 19, 2022

To all ELCA women seminarians:
You are invited to participate in this program:
“Hush No More” womanist theology lecture series, hosted by The ELCA Womanist Theology Initiative.

We are writing now to invite you to participate in a discussion group on the Rev. Dr. Angela N. Parker's new book, If God Still Breathes, Why Can’t I?: Black Lives Matter and Biblical Authority.

All rostered women who sign up to participate in a book discussion group will receive a free copy of Dr. Parker's text. Discussion groups will take place on Zoom over three sessions in late January and February 2022. Discussion groups will be led by womanist theologians.

Please sign up at this link if you would like to join us!

New Worship Life schedule starting January 2022

January 10, 2022

Upcoming Worship Schedule:

January Term
Wednesdays 1/5, 1/12,1/19: Polymodal Service of the Word, 12 noon, in both chapels and on Zoom

Spring Semester
Tuesdays: Evening Worship, 5:30 pm, on Zoom
Wednesdays: Polymodal Service of the Word, 12 noon, in both chapels and on Zoom
Thursdays: Eucharist, 12 noon, in each chapel (PH and GB)

The Zoom link continues to be the same.

After-chapel lunch

January 10, 2022

President Erwin will host an after-chapel lunch from Panera, for students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 12:30 PM in Lull Lounge on the Philadelphia campus and on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 12:30 PM in Valentine 206.
No rsvp needed. We hope you can join us!

Pastor of Teaching and Communication

January 10, 2022

Life Church is seeking an individual to serve as our Pastor of Teaching and Communication.  If you are interested in learning more about our church and the kind of leader we are looking for, please visit our website below:

Director of Children and Family Ministries

January 10, 2022

ULS schedule for January 3, 2022

January 10, 2022

The first day of class is Monday, January 3, which is also a staff holiday. Classes will take place as scheduled on January 3.  IT staff will be available on both campuses and our Registrar, Julie Ritter, will be on the Gettysburg campus. Valentine will be accessible as usual using your swipe card. Brossman will be open. 

Trinity U.C.C. in Thurmont, Maryland (20 minutes south of Gettysburg) is searching for a part-time pastor.

January 10, 2022

MARYLAND –Trinity United Church of Christ in Thurmont is a small-town church in central Maryland, located 20 minutes north of Frederick and south of Gettysburg. We were founded in 1880, tracing our roots to the German Reformed tradition in the area. We are seeking a pastor to fill the part-time position(approximately 20 hours per week) vacated by our minister after ten years of service. We are a caring, service minded congregation. We do outreach and support of our community by hosting fundraising breakfasts for local families in crisis, fellowship and fundraising through programs such as Bible study, Food Bank, the Thurmont Ministerium, and our kitchen ministry. We are seeking a pastor who will work with us to revitalize our membership, serve us with care and compassion and help to offer a community for Christian friendship, a place for people to grow and worship together, and to grow God’s kingdom through our talents and testimonies. If you believe God may be calling you for this position, please e-mail for our church profile and to send your resume. Trinity UCC,101 East Main Street, Thurmont, MD 21788,

Mailroom Hours

January 10, 2022

The Philadelphia mailroom will be open during regular business hours over Christmas break.
The Gettysburg mailroom will be open between 10am-noon on Dec. 20, 21, 22, 28, and 31.
And 11am - noon on Dec 30
Packages can be picked up outside of the mailroom on the 23rd and 24th.
Due to a staffing shortage, there is no mail sorting or mailroom coverage on those two days.

Worship Life

December 20, 2021

Tuesday 12/14, 6:00 pm (Zoom):
Prof. Maria Erling

Wednesday 12/15, 11:45 am Polymodal Service of the Word (in-person in both chapels and Zoom):
Prof. Junehee Yoon preaching
Dr. Martin Otto Zimmann leading

Thursday 12/16, 11:45 am Gettysburg Eucharist (in-person):
Dr. Allison deForest

Thursday 12/16, 11:45 am Philadelphia Eucharist (in-person):
Prof. Reed Carlson

Recording of "Planning Worship with ELW" Workshop

December 20, 2021

If you are interested in seeing last Friday's "Planning Worship with ELW" workshop with Dr. KSG, the recording is available here: