Common Cup Archive

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Updated masking recommendation during worship for spring 2023 semester

January 24, 2023

Masks are no longer required during in person worship but we continue to recommend them.

Pastoral care groups for spring 2023

January 24, 2023

From Pastor Terry McCarthy:

Pastoral care groups are resuming  for this spring semester. If you are on the Gettysburg campus join us for an  in-person time of spiritual community which includes contemplative  visualization, scriptural reflection and prayer for one another on Tuesdays at  12:45 in the prayer space on the third floor of Valentine Hall. All members  of the community are welcome to join us.
There is also a time of pericope study of texts for the upcoming Sunday on  Wednesday at 5:15 via zoom. All are welcome from any of our campuses and  programs also do not be concerned if what you are preaching on may be  different from the revised common lectionary or what others may be doing.  Time and space will be made for you. Zoom ID numbers and passcodes will be  sent via email and will be posted on ULS Gettysburg and Philadelphia Facebook groups
Please let me know if you have interest in a zoom based time of spiritual  community. If there is interest in this it can be set up

Library hours for spring semester 2023

January 24, 2023

Library Hours for spring semester

Krauth in Philadelphia
M – Th, 10 – 7; Fri. 10-5
Closed Sat and Sun

Wentz in Gettysburg
M – Th, 9 – 6; Fri. 9-4
Closed Sat and Sun

Student Prayer schedule Spring 2023

January 19, 2023

SPRING DAILY PRAYERS FOR STUDENTS (in person in both chapels/during weeks classes are in session)
Mondays and Wednesdays: Morning Prayer @ 7:30AM, Compline @ 9:45PMFridays: Morning Prayer @ 7:30AM, Evening Prayer @ 7:30PM
If you would like to sign-up to officiate, read, or offer music, please get schedule from Larry Herrold.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: Morning prayer @ 7:40AM, Compline @ 9:40PM

Worship Schedule Spring 2023

January 19, 2023

As of January 24, 2023:

- 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.

Worship schedule January term

January 19, 2023

During January term, only polymodal Service of the Word will be offered Wednesdays at 12noon, in person on both campuses and on YouTube.

Tues-Thurs. worship will resume as usual on January 24, 2023.

MLK Day of Service in PHL

January 18, 2023


The Philadelphia Campus Council has organized an MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16, 2023.

The Philadelphia Campus Council welcomes any and all students and faculty to join us for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16, 2023.The schedule of events is as follows: 

9:00am-10:30am: Pack 20-25 bag lunches in Benbow Hall (Brossman Center)

10:30am-11:15am: Deliver bag lunches to the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion to support the Monday Bible Study for The Welcome Church (

12:00pm-12:45pm: Buffet-style lunch in Benbow Hall provided by Little Jimmie's

01:00pm-02:00pm: Student Panel discussion "What Does MLK Day Mean to You?" moderated by Dr. Teresa Smallwood (Zoom Link TBD)

02:00pm-???: Feel free to remain for prayer, reflection, and fellowship.

Thank you, and please feel free to reply with any questions or clarifications.

Mike (Donald) Todd

Philadelphia Campus Council

Icons in Transformation Exhibit at ELC Waynesboro, PA

January 18, 2023

Come visit  Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waynesboro, PA to view contemporary works by  an international artist with Ukrainian-roots, Ludmila Pawlowska. This traveling exhibit has been seen by over 3  million people since it began in 1998.
Upcoming events:
Jan 8 & 22, 2023– 4PM Concerts
Jan 28 – 5PM Closing Reception
 Tues Wed Thurs – 10AM-1PM Self Guided Tours
 Thurs – 4PM-8PM Docent Led Tours
 Sun – 2PM-4PM Docent Led Tours
  For more information visit:  or email Andrea Oslikova:

Internship Opportunity

January 13, 2023

A congregation in the Southeast PA Synod is interested in the possibility of hosting an intern next academic year with skills in reaching out to the Latinx community. If this is something you are interested in please contact Deacon Chelle Huth at

Transitioning Common Cup over the next several months

January 12, 2023

Dear ULS Community:

You should have received a few emails from me entitled, "What's Happening at ULS." This email will eventually be called "Common Cup" and will replace past emails that included a link to the CC webpage. Static content that needs to be available throughout the academic year, such as library hours, student government, worship schedules, will remain on the CC webpage for the time being. More current news will be distributed through "What's Happening at ULS" until that title changes.

Continue to submit through Common Cup for the time being.

Thank you,
Linda Fiore

Common Cup Guidelines

January 12, 2023

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.

2022-23 ULS Student Government & Campus Councils

January 3, 2023

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 – Elizabeth Baker-Mikesell
 Distributed Learning Council - Christian M. Hicks
 Proclaim rep for Diversity & Equity Task Force - Mo Goff
 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]

Pray together on the GBG campus

December 19, 2022

Join your fellow  ULS students for daily prayer throughout the week, beginning Oct. 17th and  continuing while classes are in session.
 We will gather together in the prayer chapel in the Church of the Abiding  Presence on the Gettysburg campus. The schedule is listed below. All are  welcome!
 Mondays: Morning Prayer at 7:30am, Compline at 9:45pm
 Wednesdays: Morning Prayer at 7:30am, Compline at 9:45pm
 Fridays: Morning Prayer at 7:30am, Evening Prayer at 7:30pm
 If you would like to sign up to officiate, read, or share music at a  particular service, please do so here:

Process to reserve event space on both campuses

December 19, 2022

Dear ULS staff, students and faculty:

If you are planning a ULS event (other than scheduled classes) inside or outside of any ULS building on either campus, kindly send your request to:

PHL to
GBG to

This includes a request to reserve the coffee shop in Valentine, Lull/Benbow in Brossman and either chapel, in addition to other spaces. This will avoid duplication of space use. Again, this does not apply to classrooms that have already been scheduled for classes. This process will help us avoid duplication of space use, as both campuses often accommodate external groups and community partners in addition to internal users.

Please include the following information in your email:

Date of event
Start and end time of event
Title of event

You'll then receive a reply from the assigned staff member who will ask for additional information. ULS will be reviewing its space reservation process after the holidays. Until then, kindly follow the above. Thank you for your cooperation.

Common Cup schedule over Christmas break

December 19, 2022

The last Common Cup to be distributed before the Christmas break will be December 19.

Fall 2022 Library Hours

December 14, 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!

Pastoral Care Groups Fall 2022

December 14, 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.

ULS Library hours over upcoming holidays

December 14, 2022

ULS libraries will close for the Thanksgiving holiday at noon on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, and reopen on Monday, November 28, 2022, at 9am.The libraries will close for the Christmas holiday at noon on Thursday, December 22, 2022, and reopen on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at 9am. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Part time pastoral position in Devon, PA

December 14, 2022

Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Devon, PA is seeking part-time pastoral support during January-May 2023. This contract position is good for senior seminarians and candidates awaiting a call as well as rostered leaders currently retired or on leave from call. 10-15 hours/wk with primary tasks including:

·         Shared leadership of worship services with lead pastor, including preaching. Services are weekly onSundays at 9:30a.

·         Prepare and lead weeklyBible study (Thursdays 10:45am-12pm at Saint Luke). Group is led in-person withsome joining via Zoom.

·         Attend staff meetings(Tuesdays 10am, in person or virtual) and collaborate with Lead Pastor onproviding other pastoral ministry and reasonable services.

 Inquiries about this position may be directed to Pastor Matt Staniz at or 610-688-0122.

MA Open House via Zoom

December 14, 2022

From Dr. Jon Pahl

Advent Greetings!
You are invited to an MA Open House on Monday, 12/12, at 5:30 PM.  Bring  your questions, concerns, uncertainty--and any matters on which you think the  members of the MA Committee can be helpful to you!
 We look forward to chatting with you. 
Given COVID numbers, RSA, and flu--we think it prudent to hold the meeting by  ZOOM.  The link is below:
Jon Pahl is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting
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National Leaders to Join Spring Faith-Based Community Organizing Course

December 12, 2022

From Rev. Linda Noonan:
In this spring’s course on Faith-Based Community Organizing, Rev. Linda Noonan will be joined by Bishop Dwayne Royster, Executive Director of POWER Interfaith, UCC pastor, leading public figure, and seminary alum. The course will include conversations with some of the country’s leading faith-based change-makers, panels of national leaders which will be open to the public, and the opportunity to develop skills that will translate into any ministry or community context.

Israel, Palestine, and Jordan Trip in January 2024

December 12, 2022

Profs. Mark Vitalis Hoffman and Reed Carlson are planning to lead a trip to Israel, Palestine, and Jordan in January 2024. Details and costs are still being worked out, but it will be similar to the trip we took in 2019. It is an amazing trip that is both educational and inspirational! If you are possibly interested, sign up to receive more info as it becomesavailable.

Pastoral care reminder

December 9, 2022

Please remember that pastoral care and support is always available to each and any one of you from Pastor Gwen King and Pastor Terry McCarthy. Please see a recent email from Linda fiore's office that details this care and how to reach both pastors

Food Pantry Hours in Gettysburg

December 9, 2022

Cross Registration Procedures with the Washington Theological Consortium

December 9, 2022

Interested in  enriching your theological education with ecumenical and interfaith learning  opportunities? The Washington Theological Consortium is a partnership between  ten theological schools, two associate member institutions, two affiliate  member organizations and one public educational institution in the Greater Washington, D.C. and Mid-Atlantic Region. As a member of the WTC, United  Lutheran Seminary students have the opportunity to take classes and  certificate courses with other WTC schools. Many are offering both online and  in-person class options!
Please visit  for more information about course offerings, the registration process, and mportant dieadlines.

Gettysburg Food Pantry Reminder

December 9, 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

Chaplain position opening at State Correctional Institution, Mercer County

December 9, 2022

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for a (full-time)Correctional Chaplain position at State Correctional Institution (SCI) at MERCER, located in Mercer County.  Click on the link below or seethe attachment.
Position closes 12/06/2022. This and other full-time employment opportunities for PA Department of Corrections and all other agencies under theGovernor’s jurisdiction are listed at .  On this website, click VIEW JOBS & APPLY

Student-led prayer

December 9, 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).

2023–2024 Mission Developer Scholarships

December 5, 2022

The ELCA Fund for  Leaders is offering scholarships for seminary students interested in Mission  Developer work as a rostered ELCA minister. These scholarships are offered  over and above existing financial aid. More information.
 If you are interested in pursuing one of these scholarships, please send an  email to Reed Carlson explaining your interest and qualifications in no more than 300 words by Nov  10. Please also note the following eligibility criteria.
 The applicant MUST be:
 1. nominated by their seminary in coordination with their synod bishop,
 2. a current student at an ELCA seminary,
 3. pursuing a place on the ELCA roster as either a pastor or deacon.
Additionally, the applicant CAN be:
 1. MDiv, MA, MAML, or MAPL,
 2. a TEEM candidate,
 3. a full- or part-time student, including those on internship withcoursework remaining

Seminary International Internships

December 5, 2022

Horizon International Internship program

Interested in possibly doing your required internship abroad? The ELCA Horizon International Internship program provides ELCA Master of Divinity students withan opportunity to have their ministry shaped by the witness of the world. It isan intensive and transformational opportunity, which aims to enrich the talents and skills of future rostered leaders for the ministry and mission of the ELCA.T he Horizon International Internship program is an exciting collaborative venture of the ELCA service and Justice home area, in cooperation with the synods and seminaries of the ELCA.

More information:

Tree decorating party Gettysburg campus library

December 5, 2022

The A.R. Wentz Library on the Gettysburg Campus will be hosting a tree decorating party at 4:30 on December 8th. Come make an ornament for the library Christmas tree and enjoy snacks and sweets as we get into the holiday spirit.

Summer Ethics Fellowship with FASPE

December 5, 2022

FASPE  (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) has opened  its application for its 2-week summer fellowship. Fellows will visit  Auschwitz and other locations in Germany and Poland to learn about the  conduct of clergy and other religious leaders in Nazi Germany, as well as how  to apply these lessons from history to their professional careers. The application  deadline is January 3, 2023. For more information, please contact Rebecca  Scott at  More information.

PT Comms/Admin position at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Glenside, PA

November 22, 2022

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is seeking a part-time Associate for Communications and Administration, a 25-hour, in-person, position. St. Peter’s is located at 654 North Easton Road in Glenside, PA.Responsibilities include organizing and managing the parish office, creating parish publications and publicity, coordinating communications, and collaborating with staff and volunteers on parish finances, property use and tenant relations.The successful candidate will be skilled in organization and planning, havebasic financial skills, have familiarity with databases and scheduling programs, and be skilled in communications and the use of social media platforms.Offering welcome, care and concern to parish and community is essential. Familiarity with church settings, terminology and structure, especially in an Episcopal context, is a plus. Please send a resume and cover letter to the Rev. Barbara Ballenger at

Choir director/organist position at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Glenside, PA

November 22, 2022

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Glenside PA, seeks a versatile and enthusiastic part-time Choir Director/Organist to support and enhance the church’s long tradition of musical excellence in worship. Duties include directing and accompanying the choir, collaborating with other musical groups, and working with the rector to plan and conduct the worship of the church. Liturgical responsibilities include the weekly 10 a.m. worship, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter services. Coordinating music for funerals and weddings is also expected and pays an additional stipend. The role includes attending staff meetings and worship committee meetings as needed. This position is part-time, 15-20 hours per week. Salary is $20,000 to $25,000per year. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to The Rev. Barbara Ballenger,

Part-time Position at St. Luke, Devon

November 22, 2022

Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Devon, PA is seeking part-time pastoral support during January-May 2023. This contract position is good for seminarians and candidates a waiting a call. Specifics TBD, but generally seeking 10-15 hours/wk with primary tasks including:+ Shared leadership of worship services with lead pastor, including preaching on an alternating basis. Services are weekly on Sundays at 9:30a.+ Prepare and lead weekly Bible study (Thursdays 10:45am-12pm at Saint Luke).+ Attend staff meetings (Tuesdays 10am, in person or virtual) and collaborate with Lead Pastor on providing other pastoral ministry and other reasonable services. Inquiries about this position may be directed to Pastor Matt Staniz at or610-688-0122.

Job opening St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Baltimore, MD

November 18, 2022

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and Elementary School, 7910 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD, 21236, is seeking a part-time Minister of Faith Formation. Interested candidates should be motivated individuals with a grateful heart, excited to share Christ’s love with the children at our school, their families, and our congregation, bringing us all together in love and community. For more information go to

Singers needed for annual Advent Vespers on the PHL campus

November 15, 2022

The annual Advent Vespers on the Philadelphia campus takes place on Sunday, December 4. Worship Life is in the process of putting together a choir for the service. If you are interested, please contact Dr. KSG at

ULS "Friendsgiving" in Gettysburg on Nov. 11-12

November 15, 2022

On Nov. 11th -  12th, there will be a Thanksgiving celebration, "ULS  Friendsgiving", on the Gettysburg Campus! We will start our  Thanksgiving-style dinner around 7:00pm, the night of Nov. 11th. Plan to  gather at Singmaster House (20 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325).
 Please RSVP using the link provided below if you plan to attend. You are welcome to bring your favorite dish to share! Bringing food is  strongly encouraged, but not required, especially for people traveling.  Please bring an ingredients list to help those with dietary restrictions and  food allergies.
Housing will be provided for all who need it in Singmaster House. Contact Andy Taminger (  or Brent Betz ( if you have  any questions, comments, or concerns! RSVP Here:

Bookworms and Lutheran History

November 15, 2022

What are bookworms? What do they do to books? How are infestations stopped? Check out the library's latest blog post to find out! Continue reading the next post for a report on the Lutheran Historical Conference that was held last month in St. Louis. Prof. Maria Erling and Archivist Victoria Jesswein were in attendance.

2021 Campus Safety Reports available

November 15, 2022

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

Extended mailroom hours in Brossman

November 15, 2022

The mailroom in Brossman is now open 10AM - 2:30PM Monday - Friday, except holidays.

WTC Trivia Night Nov. 12

November 15, 2022

The Washington Theological Consortium Student Board is inviting all Consortium students to a Trivia Night. The event will be at Virginia Theological Seminary on November 12th at 7 PM. If you are interested in attending, RSVP here:

Singers and instrumentalists needed - GBG campus

November 9, 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

Important message re: Brossman access on Nov. 4

November 9, 2022

On Friday, November 4,contractors will be repairing the main entrance doors to Brossman Center. Each set of doors will be blocked in turn while it’s being worked on. In addition to the door at the far end of the building closest to the Chapel, we will be opening the exterior door at the stairwell behind the Mail Room (to provide access from the parking lot) and the one in Lull Lounge (to provide access from the quad). We’ll have signs up directing you to the doors that are open during the repairs.


ULS Writing Center

November 9, 2022

Need help with a writing assignment? The ULS Writing Center is here to offer support: research assistance, writing skills development, editorial assistance, and more. Find information here:
Contact us at

Dr. Crystal Hall departing ULS at the end of December

November 7, 2022

Dr. Crystal Hall, Kraft Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, will depart ULS at the end of December. Read more.

Church in Rouzerville Looking for Consistent Supply Pastors

November 4, 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

Mt. Airy Learning Tree classes in Brossman

October 31, 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.

Stewardship of Life hiring writers

October 31, 2022

The Stewardship of Life Institute is hiring people to write commentary for the Revised Common Lectionary throughout the church year. We will look for work that has a stewardship emphasis. Samples of previous entries by a former writer can be found here. Guidelines for submission can be found here. SOLI will pay $150 per article written. Please send a writing sample and brief resume with references to will begin as soon as December 2022.


Book sale in Wentz Library on 10/25

October 27, 2022

The Wentz Library on the Gettysburg campus will be hosting its yearly book sale in the Pioneer Room. The sale will begin on October 24th for ULS students, faculty, and staff and open to the public on October 25th.The sale will run during the library's open hours and books will be $2.

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

October 27, 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

News regarding 2023 Commencement

October 27, 2022

We are pleased to announce a restructuring of Commencement for 2023. Commencement will take place on Friday, May 19, 2023 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA. We are grateful for the continued partnership with St. Peter’s and excited about the new plan to celebrate with our graduates, along with   families and friends.

“Commencement Day 2023” will include morning refreshments, worship at 11:00AM, lunch for everyone in attendance, and the conferral of degrees ceremony at 2:00PM. As plans move along, we will be sharing more detailed information in Common Cup and on the ULS Commencement webpage, in addition to communications to graduates from the Registrar.

We look forward to a day of celebration next May!

Open jobs - Youth and their Families at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

October 24, 2022

Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church is seeking a few students  who could fill a 10-15 hour a week position, working  as a youth ministry assistant. The ideal candidate for the position would be a protestant Christian with a progressive worldview, willing and excited to work for a pastor who is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.


Here are the links to the job applications:

Free Implicit Bias Training online Oct.17 at 2PM

October 18, 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:

Pastoral Care Groups during Reading Week

October 18, 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

Tree planting in Gettysburg

October 18, 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

Supply preaching opportunity

October 18, 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

LHSMA Annual Meeting in Gettysburg

October 18, 2022

The Lutheran Historical Society of the Mid-Atlantic will be holding its annual meeting in Valentine Hall on the Gettysburg Campus on Saturday, October 15. The keynote is by Rev. Matthew Borrasso, titled "The Art of Exegesis: An Analysis of the Life and Work of Martin Hans Franzmann." There will also be a panel discussion of church archives with a focus on preserving materials related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The program is free and lunch is free for students. More info and registration can be found here:

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

October 11, 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

Updates to MyULS over the next several weeks

October 11, 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.

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

October 11, 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.

Mailroom hours in Brossman

October 11, 2022

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

Volunteer and fundraising opportunity for students in Adams County

October 9, 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!

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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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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