Common Cup Archive
Full Student Body Meeting
Please join us on Saturday, February 1st at 10 am for a Full Student Body Meeting. The more, the merrier!
The meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to attend. If you have a proposal, please contact me or another member of the Exec Counsel. There will be food and drink provided on both campuses! Room numbers and the Zoom Link are TBD.
Ice Cream with New Students
New and returning students are welcome to come enjoy some free ice cream following New Student Orientation on the Philadelphia campus, January 27th @ 6:30pm in Lull lounge. Regular and non-dairy ice cream options available.
Coffee & Conversation with Pastor Angela
Students are invited to come enjoy coffee and informal conversation with Pastor Angela either in person in Gettysburg or Philadelphia or via Zoom.
Feb. 12, 1:30 – 2:30 PM Valentine Coffee Shop (Gettysburg)
Feb. 12, 7:00 – 8:00 PM Via Zoom dial in (https://zoom.us/j/278019936 )
Feb. 13, 1:30 – 2:30 PM Lull Lounge, Brossman Center (Philadelphia)
Pizza, Wings and Bishops
Dear Students: Please join us on Feb. 5 at 6 PM as we kick off the Regional Bishop’s Visit taking place in Philadelphia Feb. 5-7.
What: Pizza, Wings & Bishops. A chance to enjoy great food and sage advice from our ELCA Regional Bishops on Rostered Leadership Best Practices led by Bishop Tracie Bartholomew of the New Jersey Synod.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 6:00 PM. Bishop Bartholomew’s talk begins at 6:45PM.
Where: Philadelphia: Benbow A, Brossman Center
Gettysburg: Valentine Coffee Shop with Zoom link (to be provided morning of event)
RSVP: To firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb.3. Please indicate location: P, G, DL.
J-Term and the Gettysburg Chapel
In order to allowmore flexibility for the Intensive Courses' agendas, the only scheduled worshipat the Gettysburg Chapel will be WEDNESDAY EUCHARISTS at 11:45 AM (Jan. 8, 15and 22). Each class is invited to hold its own internal daily devotions, led bystudents, at convenient times.
The chapel will be accessible throughout J-Term for classes and others who maywish to gather there.
The first Wednesday service will be a Festival Epiphany Eucharist on Jan. 8th!
Library 101 / Information Literacy Sessions
Have a major paper this term? Looking for insights on how to utilize the library? Curious about what's expected for research & writing at ULS? Come join Library Director Evan Boyd for upcoming learning sessions at 1 pm and 5 pm on January 30 in Gettysburg and February 5 in Philadelphia. All sessions will be available via Zoom. For more information, please email email@example.com
EIIA Photo contest
EIIA is holding our annual photo contest for students attending our membership institutions. The purpose of this photo contest is to receive pictures from students for use in our 2019 Annual Report. Our theme is "Leading in a Changing World". We encourage students to submit photos that relate to this theme from their perspective.
Each student can submit a maximum of 5 pictures.
Below are the specifications for the photos that are submitted. All photos must be:
Taken by student
Shot digital (no analog
At least 300dpi
Submitted in RAW or JPEG format
A minimum size of 4” by 6” horizontal or vertical
Shot in daytime (no nighttime shots)
Shot without the use of filter effects (e.g. no black & white shots)
Prizes are: 1st Place--$500, 2nd Place--$400, 3rd Place--$250
All submissions need to be sent to Beth Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 9, 2020 and must include:
Year in School
Please contact Beth Murray at email@example.com or 312-568-5518 with any questions.
Ministry Employment Opportunities Page
Check for a new job opportunity on the Ministry Employment Opportunities page.
Ready and Real: ELCA Young Leaders in Advocacy
An ELCA pre event to Ecumenical Advocacy Days.
A small group of young adults ages 18-30 with passion and commitment for advocacy will receive scholarships from the ELCA for focused advocacy leadership training followed by participation in the Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) gathering and lobby day on Capitol Hill. Grow in faith advocacy leadership and experience by participating in this exciting opportunity and making a commitment to a one-year follow-through in self-selected advocacy projects based in ELCA institutions or networks.
Applications are being received by ELCA Advocacy through January 15.
To apply and for further information please click here.
Jewish-Christian course announcement June 2020
"The future of our religious communities depends upon clergy who will be able to provide leadership in a religiously plural world." -- Join the WTC for a week-long study program that brings together Christian seminarians and Jewish rabbinical and cantorial students.
DATE: June 7-11, 2020
COST: Fully Funded (Travel, Food, Housing)
APPLICATION Due: Mar 1, 2020
(ONLY TWO STUDENTS FROM ULS ACCEPTED. APPLY ASAP IF INTERESTED)
Communication about Portfolium
Many of you will have seen indications that a new system called Portfolium is coming into use soon here at ULS. This announcement is intended to give you information on why that decision was made and update you on the process for implementing this new program.
Research in higher education has increasingly demonstrated that student portfolios have three major benefits: 1) they support instruction, 2) they support assessment, and 3) they provide a showcase for students and institutions.
Here at ULS, a team looking at student learning and program assessment has decided that student e-portfolios are the best way to both: a) demonstrate that our students are accomplishing the learning goals that have been set for them and b) reveal to the faculty any gaps that exist in our curriculum.
Portfolium was chosen because it can be integrated into the Canvas platform allowing for students to easily add submitted assignments and other artifacts demonstrating knowledge and skills to their e-portfolios. While not meant to replace a traditional resume, Portfolium provides students the opportunity to create a powerful and positive online presence, take center-stage and showcase themselves to supervisors, candidacy committees, and potential employers.
Our Director of Institutional Assessment (Dr. deForest) and our Co-Ordinator of Student Learning Assessment (Dr. Reid) are assembling a team of faculty and staff to carry out decision making in regards to specifics about what we will be asking students and faculty to do with regard to e-portfolios and when they will need to do it. In the meantime, as the system becomes available, those students who would like to begin to build a portfolio for their judicatories or for future graduate studies are welcome to experiment with the system when it comes on line. Dr. Reid and Dr. deForest would welcome any comments you may have as we bring this system into use.
Guatemala Immersion Semester
ULS will pilot an immersion semester in Guatemala in spring 2020. The semester will include 4 courses with pre-work in the US, an 8-week in-country stay in Antigua, Guatemala, and post-work in the US. All tuition-related expenses will be covered by United Lutheran Seminary. Participating students are expected to raise $2,150 to cover accommodations in country. Applications are due by Monday, December 2 and will be accepted on a rolling basis. Please direct questions and submit applications to Dr. Crystal L. Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch and Learn
On Tuesday Travis Shick, LTC US Army PA Air National Guard and First Lieutenant Lamuel James will present a Lunch and Learn in the Refectory following chapel. Come hear about the massive shortage in military chaplains and how we might think about ways to reverse that. Come use your lunch punch card, pack your lunch, or just come and hang out to learn!
Christmas Morning Eucharist
The Gettysburg chapel will offer a simple Christmas Morning Eucharist at 10 AM. The seminary community and townspeople are invited. Bring your family and friends. Feel free to show up in your pajamas!
UPDATE: Tapestry of Light Exhibit
We will attend the Tapestry of Light exhibit at the Museum of the Bible on Saturday, December 28.
The group rate is $12.99/person. Entrance for groups to the museum begins at 9am versus the 10 am regular opening time; the museum is open until 5 pm.
People may still be added to the list as long as the rate for each person is paid prior to December 28. If you would like to attend, please email Sharon at email@example.com or call her at 410-259-8947 soonest.
For more information about the exhibit, visit this link:
Anti-Racism Workshop's registration deadline
Please be reminded that the Registration Deadline for January's Anti-Racism/Racial Justice Workshop is December 15th. (This workshop is a non-credit degree requirement.)
On the Philadelphia campus, the workshop is to be held Monday, January 27. At Gettysburg, the date is Tuesday, January 28. The times are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on both campuses. Zoom accessibility is available to interested DL students.
Register on HENRY. Again, Dec. 15th is the deadline. Sorry, no exceptions.
Tapestry of Light
Sharon Glass is coordinating a group of seminarians and their family and friends to visit the Tapestry of Light exhibit at the Museum of the Bible before its departure on January 1, 2020. For more information about the exhibit, visit this link: https://www.museumofthebible.org/exhibits/the-tapestry-of-light A group of 10 or more will cost around $12/person versus the regular rate of $20/person; entrance to the exhibit also includes touring the museum. Entrance for groups to the museum begins at 9 am versus the 10 am regular opening time; the museum is open until 5 pm. The group deposit is required two weeks prior to the visit, so please let her know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org which of these dates you are able to attend, prioritize dates in order of preference, and list how many will attend.
Thursday, December 26
Friday, December 27
Saturday, December 28
Sunday, December 29
Monday, December 30
Blue Christmas Service 14 Dec 2019
The Holiday season is hard for those whose hearts are hurting. You are not alone.
Blue Christmas is a gentle, contemplative service for those who are carrying pain or loss during this season of celebration.
All Saints Episcopal Church and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hanover with special musical guest, Holly Gainor (from ULS), will join together with members of the community in worship with songs from Taize.
December 14th, 2019 at 3:00 PM
890 McCosh St., Hanover, PA 17331
Call 717-637- 0511 or 717-637-5722 or email email@example.com more information.
Join Us for Triduum Saturday!
All members of the community are invited to join this semester's Worshiping Community students in planning, experiencing and leading the liturgies of the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Vigil of Easter). All the liturgies will take place on Saturday, December 7, from 10 am to 5 pm at Christ Ascension Lutheran Church near the Philadelphia campus. The event will include a potluck lunch.
Because a full Triduum requires lots of volunteers, please e-mail Dr. KSG your RSVP by 11/22 so that he can coordinate who will be responsible for what.
Intern Card Writing and Christmas Party
Come on out to Weidemann Basement on December 6th at 7 pm for a Christmas (Advent for liturgical calendar sticklers) Party and writing cards to send good cheer and support to our fellow students on internship this year. Bring your favorite holiday snack or dessert, dress in festive clothes (be it an ugly sweater, Christmas pajamas, or your holiday best) and enjoy Hot Chocolate and favorite Christmas movies.
Please reach out to Sarah Humphrey or Breanna Myers with any questions.
The United Lutheran Seminary Community warmly invites you to worship and fellowship with us on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5pm for Advent Vespers.
Schaeffer Ashmead Chapel, 7301 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Lite Fare Reception immediately following in the Brossman Center
Please contact Andrea Oslikova with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or RSVP to email@example.com
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace (Episcopal), 20 W. High St., Gettysburg PA. 17325, will hold a service of Nine Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:00 PM. A service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus, the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the Holy Birth is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols hymns and choir music. The service features the members and soloists of the Prince of Peace Choral and Handbell choirs, brass quintet and timpani, under the direction of Cathy Elkiss - Choir Master and Organist.
For further and/or additional information, please contact the parish office at (717) 334-6463.
Holden Evening Service and Holiday Party
This Friday, 12/6, will be the Christmas Party at Gettysburg! It will begin with Holden Evening Prayer at 6 in the chapel and then move to the Singmaster following the service. There will be an opportunity to make cards for students on internship! We will sing carols, have cookies and be jolly. There will be some snacks but please feel free to bring food and drinks to share, especially cookies! Please wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater if you have one as well!
Worship Leadership Opportunity
Trinity Lutheran, Arendtsville is looking for a seminarian to lead worship on December 29th for the 8am and 10:15am services. This will be a Lessons and Carols service, with no preaching nor Communion. If there is any interest or questions, they can contact me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Student Body Meeting
Thank You to everyone who was able to attend the meeting on Saturday! The minutes and Zoom recording are available on Canvas as well as the link to vote on this year's budget. Please take a moment to vote!
Faculty/Staff Appreciation in Gettysburg
We the student body continue our plans to honor and thank the ULS faculty and staff with a casual party to be held on the Gettysburg Campus!
On Tuesday, December 3 from 1pm to 4pm in Valentine 206 there will be food and drink available, and we are asking students to provide fellowship in thanksgiving for all the ways in which our faculty and staff have mentored and supported us during our time at ULS.
Please use the following link to sign up for a time to help set up, clean up, or simply offer your presence during this event: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15-vwlmFKm6AYKvVegqNeKdM-tmybDMWDmsCglqqPuPA/edit?usp=sharing
If you have any questions, please reach out to your Gettysburg Council, email@example.com!
As Thanksgiving breaks approaches, we will be having a seminary Thanksgiving together! This Friday we will have a Potluck Thanksgiving in Singmaster at 7 pm. We are encouraging you to use as much you can from the food pantry in your dish! There is a lot to use there and we want to see how many great things you can make with that food! The students in the Certification in Congregational Faith Formation class will also be joining us. We would love to have you there! Attached is a link to a Google Doc to sign up for different dishes!
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols to be held on Saturday, December 5, 2019 at 5:00 PM at The Memorial Church of the Prince of Peace, 20 W. High Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Phone: (717) 334-6463.
The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books, and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music.
The service will include the choral and handbell choirs of Prince of Peace, brass quintet, timpani and organ, under the direction of Organist and Choir Master, Cathy Elkiss.
Studio apartment in progressive church in exchange for custodial work
Chestnut Hill United Church is seeking a live-in caretaker. In exchange for approximately ten hours of cleaning each week, we are offering a bedroom, private bathroom, shared kitchen, utilities, and on-site parking. Please contact 215.242.9321 or firstname.lastname@example.org to apply or for more information.
Gettysburg Campus - November Financial Aid Office Hours
Friday, Nov. 8th 10:30 am – 6:30 pm
Thursday, Nov. 21st 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday, Nov. 22nd 10:30 pm – 6:30 pm
If you need assistance or would like to schedule an appointment I can be reached at email@example.com
Meet at the chapel at 11:45, back by 2. This is just a short drive to the suburbs. This will be our last out and about trip until next semester. Won Buddhism of Philadelphia
“Won Buddhism, as a reformed Buddhism and as a new religion, transforms the traditional Buddhist teaching. It makes the Buddhadharma more practical, more relevant, and more suitable to contemporary society so that the many people in the secular world can utilize it to enrich their actual lives.” From http://wonbuddhismpa.org/
Library Blog Features Lutheran Women
The library blog published a new post featuring 38 Lutheran women who've made their mark on history. The post includes women who have accomplished many "firsts" in the Lutheran Church such as the first woman and first women of color to be ordained. Click here [https://branchesunited.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/
lutheran-women-history] to check out the post!
New Lutheran Women Exhibits at Wentz Library
Two new archives exhibits are now up in the Wentz library lobby featuring Lutheran women and their impact on history. Stop by to learn something new and check out some interesting original records from the Seminary Archives collections!
Volunteer for the Empty Bowl Dinner (Nov. 20)
The Empty Bowl dinner, to be held on Nov. 20, is a longstanding tradition on the Philadelphia campus. Co-sponsored with the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network, the event raises awareness about family hunger & homelessness. PIHN is looking for volunteers to staff the event and help direct parking. Please consider helping out (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050949
aeab23a3fb6-empty). For more information or to buy tickets, go to http://philashelter.org/index.php/news-and-events/empty-bowl-dinner/about-the-empty-bowl-dinner/
Worship Workshops with Dr. KSG
Dr. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero will hold practical and "hands-on" workshops on aspects of the public leadership of worship services. These workshops will look at a variety of worship styles and leadership expectations. The first one on inhabiting liturgical practice and preparing liturgies (and other basics) will be on Thursday, November 7, from 9:30 to 11 am in the Philadelphia chapel. The second one on working with an assisting minister and chanting (and other ritual logistics) will be on Thursday, November 21, from 9:30 to 11 am in the Philadelphia chapel. Alternative days and times may be available by contacting Dr. KSG directly. Students can join both workshops via Zoom by visiting https://zoom.us/j/340674435. Dr. KSG will hold similar workshops on the Gettysburg campus in the Spring semester.
Interfaith Dinner & Dialogue
Join Interfaith Philadelphia for a dinner and conversation on religious approaches to environmental justice issues.
November 20th at 6pm, Interfaith Philadelphia.
For more details and to RSVP please email Alex Carney at firstname.lastname@example.org
Military Chaplaincy Q&A
The Gettysburg campus is fortunate to host two special representatives of the US Army's chaplaincy corp this Tuesday, Nov. 19. Colonel Karen Meeker is the Chief of the Recruiting Division of the Office of the Chief of Chaplains at the Pentagon. Chaplain Glenn Palmer, a LTSG alum, is Chief of the Training Development Division of the US Army Chaplain Center & School at Ft. Jackson, SC.
Chaplain Palmer will preach in chapel at 11:45; and then both he and Col. Meeker will meet with vets and interested students over lunch in the refectory.
Chaplains for all branches of the military are currently in very short supply. Please consider joining us for this information opportunity.
Welcome Prospective Student Luke!
On Tuesday, 11/19, Luke Beaver will be visiting campus. He says, "My name is Luke Beaver. I grew up in Selinsgrove, PA; with my mother, father, and younger sister, Miranda. I am currently a student at Temple University, majoring in Environmental Studies. I am an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet. I received an US Army Ed Delay so I may attend seminary under the condition of becoming an Army Chaplain upon graduation of seminary. In my free time I enjoy playing guitar and long-distance running."
Friday Field Trip
Engaging our spirit of gratitude for Creation, we will be visiting the Wissahickon again. Should be a beautiful but chilly day. Come join us for fellowship and fresh air! Meet at the chapel at 11:45.
Free Books for Seminarians
Looking to clear out a good collection of pastors books (retired) asap. Free to seminarians, small free will donation for religious professionals. 8-2p M-Th Christ Church (Episcopal), Ridley Park.
Extravagant Generosity: A Stewardship Conference (FREE for seminarians)
Interested to learn more about stewardship and fundraising? Join Southeastern PA and Northeastern PA Synods for a two-day conference with fellow pastors and experts in the field. Keynote presenters include: The Rev. CeCee Mills, J. Clif Christopher, and Aimee Laramore.
January 10-11, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, PA.
Register today to secure your free spot: https://community.ministrylink.
ELCA Assignment Coaching
On Tuesday, November 12th at 6:00pm, Rev. Paul Baglyos will be on the Gettysburg campus to offer a coaching session on the ELCA Assignment process and filling out your Rostered Minister Profile. The session is open to all and will take place in Valentine 314. You can join by Zoom using this link:https://zoom.us/j/283839947
Any questions please contact Chelle Huth.
Food & Faith Gathering
Interested in the meeting of worship, food ministry and environmental theology? Come to the Food & Faith Gathering; November 9 in Westminster, MD from 9am-4pm. Student registration is $10, includes lunch. Events include dialogue panel with leaders from cutting-edge farm projects and fresh practices of faith, fellowship lunch at the Willet Farm, cooking activities with locally grown food. For details, email Abby Johnson at email@example.com or see website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-and-faith-gathering-2019-tickets-64324628696?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3It-NVM-wILddTDx3vWlccoTrGbo7X7zNd6BAruNL36EH5OIC-sF-eL-A
Vitality Awareness Day
Learn How to Enhance Your Congregation's Vitality
Join members of the SEPA Vitality Team on Saturday November 9th at the Philadelphia Campus of United Lutheran Seminary for a day of Vitality Awareness. During the day we will help raise awareness for ministry efforts that matter in helping to transform your congregation into a vital ministry in your community. This day is for both lay leadership and rostered leaders alike, and anyone who is interested in recovering the joy of ministry that makes a difference.
Cost is $15 per person and $30 for groups of two or more. Registration includes lunch and light breakfast. Please save the date! Registration is open! Click this link to register: https://community.ministrylink.org/vae2019
Our Keynote presentation will feature members of the Vitality Team as we present on the ways congregations can be attentive to their “vital signs.” During our time together you will be given tools to discover and assess your own congregational health as we explore in-depth characteristics of thriving and vital congregations.
Each participant will also be able to attend three of our many breakout sessions as we dive deeper into discovering ways to create vital communities of faith. Topics include: Evangelism 101, Thriving in Complexity, Being Church Together, Doing a New Thing, Conflict Resolution, Power of Healing Ministries.
Welcome Prospective Student Mychel!
On Friday (11/8), welcome a prospective student to campus for a visit! They share, "Mychel Vandover (born Matthew) is the second born of 5 siblings (3 boys, 1 girl, and them) and was born and raised Roman Catholic. Growing up, they had an interest in the priesthood, but declined to pursue the opportunity due to their sexual orientation. They went to Grove City College and graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in history. After college, they taught grades 6-8 in 2 parochial schools in the Archdiocese of Washington for 5 years. After that they worked as a tutor, and since then, they have worked in the non-profit sector. Since 2015, they have gone to Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Gaithersburg, MD where they've had opportunities for leadership and creativity. For relaxation, they love reading, listening to music (especially Celine Dion and Shawn Mendes), and watching tv or movies (they have seen Love, Simon many, many times!)."
We will be visiting the Islamic Cultural Center of Willow Grove. Some aspects of their vision include:
“Cultivating an open, inclusive, and welcoming Muslim community, rooted in the Qur’an, the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and the Islamic tradition
Promoting a contextualized and dynamic vision and practice of Islam in America Leading civic engagement efforts rooted in social justice, particularly to serve the Greater Philadelphia area” from https://www.msdvpa.org/
Meet at the chapel at 11:45. We will be visiting/touring until about 1 pm. Then, we have been invited to *observe* a prayer service from 1:15-1:45. We have been asked to “dress the way [we] would for church. So nicer than workout/gym clothes, but nothing too fancy. In terms of dress code, generally legs should be covered, and at least half sleeve shirts.” We may also be asked to remove our shoes.
Giving Spree and Seminary Ridge Museum
Adams County Community Foundation’s annual day of giving is this week, Thursday, November 7 from 4-7 pm at the Gettysburg Area Middle School, and Seminary Ridge Museum is participating! Seminary Ridge Museum representatives will be on hand to answer questions and explain how your gift will make an impact on the Museum. The first thousand guests will receive a Giving Spree “coin” to deposit in one nonprofit’s piggy bank, resulting in an additional $10 gift to that nonprofit from the Adams County Community Foundation.
In addition, a stretch pool, supported in advance and added to throughout the day, will provide an anticipated $100,000 which will be distributed to the participating nonprofits in proportion to the donations they receive the day of the Giving Spree. The Museum is listed as the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation, code number 68.
If you are unable to attend the event you can still support the museum by giving online at the Adams County Community Foundation's website https://www.adamscountycf.org/for-donors/accf-giving-spree/.
Harriet, a movie on Harriet Tubman is playing at the Majestic Theater this Thursday, November 7 at 7 pm. All are invited to join on an adventure to see Harriet! We will meet in the Valentine Coffee Shop at 6:20 pm to walk downtown to buy tickets and enjoy the show. After the movie all are invited to the Garryowen for conversation about the movie.
Support Seminary Ridge Museum
Adams County’s day of giving is Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 4-7 pm at the Gettysburg Area Middle School. The first 1,000 visitors will get a free coin worth $10 to donate to the charity of their choice at the event. In addition, a stretch pool will provide an anticipated $100,000 which will be distributed to the participating nonprofits in proportion to the donations they receive the day of the Giving Spree. If you are unable to attend the event, online giving begins October 23. Visit the Giving Spree page, www.adamscountycf.org/for-donors/accf-giving-spree/, for more information.
Luther Rose Lecture - Moving Forward in Faith
This year's speaker is Rev. Dr. Philip Krey.
Dr. Krey will deliver two lectures. 1. Luther's Spiritual Disciplines as Resources for Today, and 2. The Protesting Catholic Luther as a Model for Twenty-First Century American Lutherans.
The lectures will be held at Palm Lutheran Church, 11 West Cherry Street, Palmyra, PA 17078, on November 3, 2019 from 2:00pm-4:00pm, with the doors opening at 1:30pm.
To preregister go to: PalmLutheran.org/Events/Luther-Rose-Lecture or call 717 838 3311
This event is free and open to the public. Free drinks and refreshments will be served between the two lectures.
Reformation and All Saints' Worship
Three Festival Eucharists in a row are scheduled for the Gettysburg chapel.
Wed., Oct. 30th--Luther Colloquy's worship begins at 4:15 PM (NOT 11:45 AM).
Thurs., Oct. 31st--Reformation Day Eucharist begins at 11:45 AM.
Fri., Nov. 1st--All Saints' Day Eucharist begins at 11:45 AM outdoors in the chapel's Memorial Garden.
Wentz Library Book Sale
The Wentz Library will be hosting a book sale from Oct. 30th to Nov. 2nd. Books are $2 for seminary students with ID and $3 for the general public. The sale will run from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. Wednesday and Thursday 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Friday and 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. on Saturday.
ULS Spirit Week
This week 10/28-11/02 is Spirit Week at ULS
On Tuesday wear your favorite sports jersey!
On Wednesday wear red for Reformation/Luther colloquy!
On Thursday dress up in crazy mix/match!
AND ON FRIDAY wear ULS apparel!!!
So. Much. Fun. Leading up to LutherBowl!
Come visit your neighbors at Germantown Jewish Centre! (Yes, it’s that large one right on Lincoln Drive.) GJC is “a vibrant, pluralistic and egalitarian synagogue located in Mount Airy and committed to sustaining and strengthening Jewish life in greater Philadelphia. Affiliated with the Conservative movement and receptive to the wisdom of many sources in Judaism, we engage in life-long Jewish learning and strive to make Judaism relevant and important to our members’ lives. As a welcoming community, we embrace a wide diversity of Jewish lifestyles and households.” From https://germantownjewishcentre.org Meet at the chapel at 11:45. We will be back by 1:30.
Help needed with prepping Advent Star Devotion
Luther Bowl Volunteer Sign-Up
If you want to be involved with Luther Bowl on November 2 but do not play football, here is your chance. We need help with many different things before and during Luther Bowl. We need all the help we can get to host all of the wonderful Seminaries who come to participate in Luther Bowl with us. Luther Bowl is coming up soon on November 2 on the Gettysburg Campus. Please sign up on this google document:
St. James invites Seminarians and their families to dinner
The Social Ministry Committee of St. James Lutheran Church, Gettysburg invites Seminarians, their families and friends to dinner on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. in the Refectory. We hope you will join us. Please RSVP by Monday October 28th to help with planning for the food. you may reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 717 334-0257. Priscilla Shuba, Social Ministry Committee, St. James Lutheran Church, Gettysburg.
Hosted on the Gettysburg Campus on October 30th, please join us for Luther Colloquy 2019, as we explore theological education in the Lutheran tradition, from the Reformation through the age of global communion.
Please click here for the schedule and description of the the days events.
St. James Dinner Gatherings in Small Groups
St. James would like to have dinner with you! They would like to work around our busy schedules, so this is a sign up sheet of available dates to go to dinner. They would like to have groups to provide dinner for, so please sign up in a small group of 2-3. If you would like to go but cannot find a friend that can, let me (Hillary Christensenemail@example.com) know and I will find you someone! Fill out the form by next Monday, October 28th, then we will let you know the dates that work for St. James! Thanks!
The Forgotten Luther
“Forgotten Luther” Symposium: Re-Claiming a Vision of Global Community
We are facing a global crisis - ecological, political, and economic. A Spirit-led response from churches in the Global South reminds us of Martin Luther’s oft-neglected conviction that God’s gift of grace in Jesus has far-reaching implications, not just for individual lives but for the ways we live together on this earth. A new heaven and earth break in for us as we reclaim a vision of global community.
October 25 - 26, 2019 - Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, Maryland. For more information visit: WWW.FLIII.US
ISHMAEL NOKO - CARTER LINDBERG - GUILLERMO HANSEN - MITRI RAHEB - KAREN BLOOMQUIST
Sponsored by: Global Mission, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; ELCA World Hunger; ELCA Metro D.C. Synod; and Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, MD.
It’s that time of year again to give thanks for the many fruits of creation and put the campus gardens to rest for the winter. Mark your calendars for October 18th in Gettysburg and October 25th in Philadelphia to spend time in communion with God, creation, and each other. More details forthcoming, but contact Taylor Dieringer or Abby Johnson for more information.
To complement our trips to Mother Bethel and St. Thomas, we will be visiting St. George’s UMC, the original church where Richard Allen and Absalom Jones were attending before starting their own congregations. Meet at the chapel at 11:45; we will be back by 2:30. The church is asking for a free will donation.
Civil Conversations Workshop
An opportunity for community leaders to learn how to plant relationship & conversation around the subjects we disagree about intensely — and those we’ve barely begun to discuss.
Sponsored by the Hanover Conference of the Lower Susquehanna Synod ELCA
Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8:30 am – Noon
St. Matthew Lutheran Church
30 W. Chestnut St., Hanover, PA
Event is free, but pre-registration is requested
Call 717-632-1922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Philly LutherBowl Transportation & Housing
Philly students - please fill out this excel sheet if you plan on going to LutherBowl! We are figuring out transportation and housing to/from Gettysburg. Please fill out this form BY WEDNESDAY 10/23 or you won't get a spot for housing. Go Philly!
Update about Philadelphia Zoning
Mount Airy Community meeting (Philadelphia Campus): 10/22/19 at 7:00pm in Benbow B. There is not a Zoom option for this meeting. Please see Evan Brock's email as well.
ADDITIONALLY, this same night, following the presentation given to the Mount Airy community, a meeting will be separately held between Board Member Paul Wangerin and the ULS community. We are currently seeking ways for this to be made available via zoom.
We will be visiting Church of the Advocate. Meet at the ULS Chapel at 11:45. The church charges $5 per person. If this is prohibitive, please contact Meagan or Kayla. Because this is in North Philly rather than Center City, we hope to be back before 3 pm.
An anchor in largely African-American North Philadelphia, the first Episcopal Church in the world to ordain women, the George W. South Memorial Church of the Advocate is a landmark in the religious, social and architectural history of the United States. The Advocate became a center of activism for the Civil Rights Movement embracing the cause of African-American and women’s rights. It was the site of several nationally significant events of these movements including the National Conference of Black Power (1968), the Black Panther Conference (1970) and the first ordination of women in the Episcopal Church (1974). An inspiring collection of large and vivid wall murals commissioned in the 1970's records the “stations” of the Civil Rights movement. From http://www.churchoftheadvocate.org/
Join us for Movie Night
Dr. Largen's "Creation, Sin, New Creation" course will be meeting in the Valentine Auditorium [Gettysburg Campus] at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 16th to watch the powerful film "Son of Man"--a retelling of the story of Jesus set in modern-day South Africa. Everyone is welcome to join us!
Luther Bowl Spectator Shirts
Hello all! The winner of the Luther Bowl Shirt Design was the first choice (a picture of it is on the google document). If you would like a shirt please fill out the form on the google document by this Sunday, October 13th by midnight.
Players, please order your shirts from your coach directly as we will have different colors for playing in the game! Thank you everyone!
Philadelphia City Commissioners Election Training
The Philadelphia campus will be hosting the City Commissioners' election training in Benbow Hall this coming week, on Monday-Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 7-9, 12 & 13). There will be a larger than usual number of visitors on campus on these days.
Gettysburg Chapel during Reading/Intensives Week
The Gettysburg chapel keeps its normal worship schedule during Reading/Intensives Week--11:45 AM, Tuesday-Friday.
Choir practice on Tuesday starts at 12:45 PM for ALL interested students on campus. The choir helps lead the Wednesday Eucharist.
Welcome Chaplain Karen Meeker to Campus
Chaplain (COL) Karen Meeker, Chief, Recruiting Division, Office of Chief of Chaplains from the US Army will be on campus Wednesday to worship and eat lunch with us. Please introduce yourselves and discern whether or not military chaplaincy might be a path for you!
Philly LutherBowl Practices
Attention all ULS Philly LutherBowl-ers! We will be having flag-football practice every Monday from 3-4:30pm in front of Brossman and every Thursday from 7-8:30pm in the Hagan gym. Come on out and play if you can; everyone is welcome!
Hunger Awareness #6
MOVIE NIGHT: "A Place at the Table" on YouTube is a great movie to learn more about the power we have to end hunger.
Advancement is hosting a FREE Pizza dinner on Tuesday, 10/8 in Gettysburg & Philadelphia
Advancement is hosting a free Pizza night on both our Gettysburg and Philadelphia campuses. All students are welcome:
-5:30pm, Coffee Shop in Valentine (Gettysburg Campus)
-5:30pm, Lull Lounge (Philadelphia Campus)
We look forward to seeing you there!
Luther Bowl T-Shirt Design Survey
Please vote in the t-shirt design survey to help us decide on shirts for Luther Bowl. This design will be for both campus' jerseys along with anyone who would like a Luther Bowl shirt. Voting ends on Saturday. Thank you to all who participate! Click on the link to vote: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JKVFF56
If you are planning to participate with CPE interviews taking place on the Philadelphia campus you must submit your completed application, essay, and resume to Lyn Jackson by Friday, October 4th. There will be anoth
Friday Field Trip
We will be celebrating the Feast of St. Francis with a hike in the Wissahickon. Please bring a brief reflection on animals and/or creation to share. We will meet at the chapel at 11:45 and carpool to a nearby and particularly lovely entrance about 5 minutes away.
Scholarships for Communion with Creation Retreat
Lutherans Restoring Creation (LRC) is the grassroots expression of the caring for creation ministry efforts of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Our mission is to cultivate a community of dedicated stewards of earth and neighbor who proclaim God’s promise of hope and healing for all. Since our vision depends on authentic relationship building, we host events that allow people from across a region to connect, challenge each other, and learn organizing techniques to see progress in their congregations. We gather in at South Carolina’s Isle of Palms Coastal Retreat Center for a weekend (Nov 15-17th) of restorative connection with each other and creation. We encourage people passionate about ecological justice for all our neighbors and the capability to equip a broad audience of ELCA members to join us. Thanks to funding through the Stewardship of Life Institute, we can offer a limited amount of scholarships, especially to those who are either a seminary student, first call pastor, or who can offer training support to those fresh in the ELCA rostered leaders circle.
Share this opportunity widely as all are welcome. Details regarding the proposed agenda and registration links can be found at: LutheransRestoringCreation.org/2019LRC_in_SC or feel free to call Phoebe Morad, Director at Lutherans Restoring Creation: 617-599-2722.
Food Pantry Announcements
1) All food pantry household statistic forms should be given to Andrew Berdahl
2) Many of the re-usable bags from the pantry have gone missing, so please return those to the pantry ASAP
3) Please print your name clearly on the sign in sheet and if you are a household that visits the pantry more than once per month, please place a star (or asterisk) next to your name (the Central PA food bank asks for this statistic)
4) An order will be placed for September 17th, so the pantry will be re-stocked this time next week
Let us do Lunch & sermon Prep together
Since lunch is not served at the refectory on Fridays, Pastor Terry will be having lunch in the coffee shop after worship and he invites anyone to join him. This is an opportunity for casual conversation and if you are preaching the coming Sunday, it is an opportunity to study the text together and bounce sermon ideas off one another and get valuable feedback as well. In many congregational settings you may have the opportunity to be a part of a similar pericope study group that may consist of your ELCA colleagues or be more ecumenical in nature. So this lunch time on Fridays is a good warm-up for working together with others in the congregation.
Spiritual Direction possibility
For the past 2 years, Pastor Sharron Blezard of the Lower Susquehanna Synod has graciously offered her time as a spiritual director to students on the Gettysburg campus. She will be available again on a limited basis this academic year.
If you are interested in learning more about the possibility of spiritual direction with Pastor Sharron, then please join her for lunch in the Refectory this Tuesday, Sept. 24th. She will preach that morning in chapel.
A REMINDER: Professional Ethics/Healthy Boundaries Workshop
Registration for this non-credit degree requirement is still open, until Sept. 30th, on HENRY.
At Gettysburg, the workshop date is Monday, Oct. 7th. At Philadelphia, the date is Saturday, Oct. 12th. The times are 8:30 AM to 3:15 PM. Lunch will be provided.
DL students who cannot be on campus will be able to Zoom in.
Go to www.my.uls.edu to register on HENRY.
Luther Bowl Jersey Design
Luther Bowl will be coming up sooner than we think! As we get ready for it, we are asking for jersey designs for this year. Both teams will have the same design but different jersey colors. The design should try to find a way to incorporate both campuses. It may be similar to last year by involving a pug (Philadelphia United Gettysburg) or something else. Please send your design to either Hillary Christensen (email@example.com) or Charlie Frekot (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please have your submission in by September 25! We will be voting from the designs submitted so please have it in by the 25th.
Book Give away from Pr. Kathy Swords
They say you can never have too many books, however, as I plan my retirement, I realize I do indeed have too many books. Which I am giving away for free! The book categories are: worship, pastoralcare, stewardship, evangelism, Bible Studies, Catechism, commentaries, andLutheran Studies. I graduated from LTSGin 2000, and some of these are from my classes there, but most are from my current call so they are relevant to our ministry today.
The books are located at my church office: Shiloh Lutheran, 2201 Church Rd, York, PA17408. The days to come are Saturdays September 21st and 28th from 9a.m. to 1 p.m. My text number is 717-503-0527 for any questions. Hope to see you then. Blessings, Pr. Kathy Swords
Friday Field Trip
Who are these Friends who worship in silence? And why are there so many of them in Philadelphia? Come learn about Quakerism in one of William Penn’s original planned properties.
Meetinghouses carry the Quaker ideals of simplicity, plainness, and equality; Arch Street Meeting House is no exception. Since worship involves silent contemplation without clergy or ritual, there is no need for an altar, pulpit, or other religious symbols. – from historicasmh.org
Meet at the ULS Chapel at 11:45. No donation needed. Because this is in Center City, we hope to be back by 3 pm at the latest.
Welcome Prospective Student Bill!
On Thursday and Friday (9/26-27), welcome prospective student Bill and his wife Kathleen to campus! He says, "I’ve just received my acceptance to ULS for the TEEM Program and will begin classes in January (I’ll also celebrate my 65th birthday that month!). I’m a retired Police Sergeant from Santa Ana PD (California) and also have experience managing a Customer Service team for a nationwide company for about 7 years. I am the 7th of 12 children and am blessed with 4 children and 8 grandchildren (4 of which are twins!). I’ve been active in my church all my life and am both excited and terrified at the prospect of serving as an ordained Pastor of Word and Sacrament."
St. James Church invites Seminarians to Dinner
The Social Ministry Committee of St. James, Gettysburg is again inviting Seminarians, their families and friends to dinner at the Refectory on Wednesday, September 25th at 6:00 P.M. We hope you will join us. Please RSVP to Priscilla Shuba, at (717) 334-0257 or at pfsgburg @aol.com by Monday, September 23rd. It will help us in our planning. We look forward to to seeing you. Priscilla Shuba, St. James Lutheran Church, Gettysburg.
Welcome Prospective Student Rob!
Today, Wednesday 9/25, welcome prospective student Robert Horton to campus! He says, "I am a church musician of 20 years and currently serve as the director of music at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster, PA. I am visiting campus to explore a call to the diaconate."
Civil Conversations Presentation
An opportunity for community leaders to learn how to plant relationship & conversation around the subjects we disagree about intensely — and those we’ve barely begun to discuss. Sponsored by the Hanover Conference of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Questions about the event? Contact email@example.com
Training Event: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 8:30 am – Noon at St. Matthew Lutheran Church 30 W. Chestnut St., Hanover, PA
Event is free, but pre-registration is requested. Call 717-632-1922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunger Awareness #5
You can support the Central PA Food Bank while you shop on Amazon (smile.amazon.com). Amazon will donate .05% of your purchase to this important cause.
Writing Center Hours
The ULS Writing Center opens Monday, September 9. Writing tutors Steve Anderson and Evan Christensen are available for face-to-face meetings on the Gettysburg campus (library) as well as Zoom. Visit us during office hours or contact Evan Boyd (email@example.com) to set up an appointment.
Office hours for the fall semester:
- Mondays, 9:15am-11:45am and 1pm-3:30pm
- Wednesdays, 1pm-3:30pm
- Fridays, 9:15am-11:45am
Meal Plans in Philadelphia
Beginning September 4, community lunches will be served in Brossman A each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 12:30 p.m. Students must purchase their 5-ticket meal plan, $35 for the 5-meal ticket, through their student accounts. Faculty and staff may also purchase meal plans using a credit card. See Joel Davis at the Brossman reception desk to purchase meal plans for the next few weeks, after which you will be able to purchase your meal tickets during the community meal. We will notify you when this transition occurs. Walk-ins may purchase meals throughout the semester for $9, payable in cash at the time of the meal.
Philly Luther Bowl Practice
Calling all ULS Philly friends! LutherBowl is an inter-seminary flag-football competition on Nov. 2nd on the ULS Gettysburg campus. We are seeking students, partners, faculty, staff, and friends to play for the ULS Philly team for this fun day of fellowship, worship, and sport. We will be having our first LutherBowl practice Thursday 9/19 from 7-8:30pm and our second on Monday 9/23 from 3-4:30pm. Meet in front of Brossman. See you soon!
Hunger Awareness #4
Add a Facebook frame for Hunger Action Month (www.facebook.com/profilepicframes) - share your faith commitment to the feed the hungry.
Friday Field Trip
To complement our Mother Bethel visit, we will be going to The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas.
Originally established as the African Church, The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas was founded in 1792 by and for persons of African descent to foster personal and religious freedoms and self-determination. The original African Church was an outgrowth of the Free African Society, a mutual aid organization established in 1787 by Absalom Jones, Richard Allen and others, to assist the Black population in Philadelphia. - from http://www.aecst.org/index.html
We will meet by the chapel at 11:45 and carpool to the church (about 20 minutes away). We should be back to campus by 2:30. Special thanks to Darrell Tiller for connecting us to the church historian! That said, we will be taking a free will good neighbor donation, as the historian is rearranging his work schedule to meet us.
Calling All Gettysburg Musicians!
Singers (of any experience or none at all!), guitarists, percussion players, brass, flute, piano, accordion, you name it! If you can sing (and, trust us, you can!) or can make a joyful noise with an instrument, then your seminary community needs you!
The chancel choir helps to lead Communion services and other special events. Director of Music, Cathy Elkiss, is our accompanist and choirmaster.
The choir rehearses on Tuesdays from 12:45-1:45 PM and Thursdays from 12:45-1:15 PM.
There is also need for instrumental ensembles for Communion services, and to occasionally help with other services.
If you can volunteer, then please simply show up for the next rehearsal.
September Financial Aid Office Hours – Gettysburg Campus
Tuesday 17th, - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday 18th, - 9:30am - 12:30pm
All our invited to participate in the seminary choir on the Philadelphia campus. Rehearsals will start on Wed, September 18th at 10:30 am in the chapel.
Hunger Awareness #3
The demand for food continues to rise. According to Feeding America, in Pennsylvania one in nine residents, including one in six children, face food insecurity. Live abundantly - especially this month.
Library Research Tutorials on Zoom
Need some help with the research process? Never used the ULS Library before? Coming back to higher education after a few years away? Come join Library Director Evan Boyd for a Library Research Session on Monday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 18 at 6 pm. September 16 link: https://zoom.us/j/833784251 September 18 link: https://zoom.us/j/791194495 Reminders will be posted beforehand on the ULS Facebook groups!