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President Anderson Visits Alaska
Dr. Yee in the Lutheran
Hein-Fry 2009
Alum Updates
In Memoriam
Info Needed from Alums
Lenten Devotions
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March 2009
We hope you enjoy this latest edition of PLTS news!
President Anderson Visits Alaska
DuringIditerod 2 the first
weekend in March, PLTS President Phyllis Anderson and Director of Development Joel Wudel ventured way up north to Alaska to visit alums, friends and members of the board. Little did they know when they were planning the trip that they'd wander into spring break, record snowfalls, and the Alaskan equivalent of the Superbowl -- the Iditarod! 
With special support from Ron and Dorothy Rasmussen in Fairbanks and Dr. Osamu and Grace Matsutani in Anchorage, friends and alums of PLTS came out to meet President Anderson and one another and reinvigorate their interest in the seminary. On Sunday, President Anderson preached at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Anchorage, and Joel brought greetings to the members at Central Lutheran.  That evening, they attended worship at the Alaskan Native Lutheran Church in Anchorage.
Throughout the weekend, Phyllis and Joel enjoyed warm Alaskan hospitality and food, and were present for the ceremonial start of the Last Great Race on Earth, the Iditarod.  Thanks to all our students, friends and alums in Alaska for a delightful weekend.  We look forward to future visits -- during the summer!
Dr. Ed Yee to Appear in The Lutheran
Ed YeeEditors at The Lutheran have informed us that Dr. Edmond Yee, retired PLTS professor and former director of the Theological Education for Emerging Ministry (TEEM) program, will be featured in the May 2009 issue. The article will focus on his contribution to a generation of ELCA leadership and honor his legacy.
Congratulations, Dr. Yee!
The Hein-Fry Lecture Series 2009
Hearing the Word:
Lutheran Perspectives on Biblical Interpretation
Wednesday, April 22
10 am - 2:30 pm
PLTS campus
"Interpreting the Bible Lutheranly: Between the Undertow and a Tsunami"
...The interpretation of the Bible has always been and continues to be a contest among rival interpretations. The church is called to confess Jesus Christ as the living Word of God in every generation. This lecture contributes to a constructive approach to interpreting the Bible as the book of faith in our time.
Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Craig Nessan,
Academic Dean and Professor of Contextual Theology,
Wartburg Theological Seminary
Respondent: The Rev. Dr. Moses Penumaka
Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology, PLTS;
Director of Theological Education for Emerging Ministries (TEEM), Western Mission Cluster
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments and lunch will be catered on the PLTS campus for $12 per person.
Please RSVP by April 15, 2009. Include your name, the names of your guests, your telephone number and email address, and whether or not you intend to stay for lunch.
Alum Updates
Janet Brua-Colby (TEEM 2008) was ordained on February 22 at American Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN.
Diane May Terrazas (TEEM 2008) and Harvey Allen Eggemeyer would like to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Diane is pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Miles, Texas, and Harvey is a farmer and rancher in Miles. The couple will exchange vows on May 16, 2009.
Your Name Here -- please send your updates to
In Memoriam
Patricia Codron, former adjunct faculty member at PLTS, died on March 11. A graduate of UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, Patricia taught both at the undergraduate level at Dominican University in San Rafael and at the doctorate level at UC Berkeley for the past 19 years. Her memorial service will be held on March 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, One Lawson Road, Kensington.
Ned LandisNed Landis, PLTS class of 1972, died in Oregon on February 27. Ned had professional experience as a park ranger, a community organizer and a social worker, as well as serving three Lutheran congregations in Oregon and Washington. Please click here for a complete obituary.
SankawuloWilton Sankawulo, PLTS class of 1967, died in Liberia on February 21. A well-known novelist and folklorist, Wilton held various positions in the Liberian government, most prominently as Chair of the Council of State of the Liberian National Transitional Government in 1995 during the civil war. Please click here for a complete obituary.

Blessed be the memory of these servants of God!
Alums -- We Need Your 411!
If you haven't yet sent us your ordination date or commissioning date and the names of your teaching parish and internship sites, please click here to let us know that information. Thanks!
Bless Now, O God, the Journey 
lent2009Lenten Devotional 2009 
PLTS and Luther Seminary, the seminaries of the Western Mission Cluster, offer this book of devotions as your companion on the journey through this Lenten season. This year's theme is taken from hymn number 326 in the ELW, "Bless Now, O God, the Journey."
The students, faculty and staff members at Luther and PLTS will be praying with you during the season of Lent. These short reflections are contributed by members of our communities. They share with you the Lenten journey while expressing all of our gratitude for the many ways you support us through all the seasons of the year.
May the Triune God indeed bless your journey.