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On the Road Again
Meet Your Match
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PLTS Newsletter

June 2009
Happy summer! Please enjoy this news from your seminary.
Save the Date: Founders' Day 2009
martin martyDr. Martin Marty will be the keynote speaker at Founders' Day, September 23, 2009. We also gather to celebrate and remember the important history of Seminex. Please join us!
Founders' Day
9:30 - Registration and coffee
10:00 - Keynote presentation
11:15 - Eucharist
12:30 - Lunch, award presentations
1:45 - Q&A
Christ Seminary-Seminex Celebration
2:30 - Hymn Fest and organ music
3:15 - Refreshments at the President's residence
5:30 - Seminex celebration banquet
Registration details to follow.
Praise and Thanks to All
Eleven down; zero to go! Another season of synod assemblies for Regions I and II has come and gone, and we were glad to be with you in every one.
Rev. Dr. Moses Penumaka, TEEM Director, visited graduates and friends in the Alaska Synod; President Phyllis Anderson trekked to El Paso for the Rocky Mountain Synod Assembly and then to Fresno for the Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly; Director of Admissions Rev. Dr. Steve Churchill saw many of you in Oregon, Southwest Washington and Southwest California, and Vice President for Seminary Relations, Joel Wudel, connected with graduates and friends in the Eastern Washington/Idaho, Northwest Washington, Pacifica, Sierra Pacific, Montana and Grand Canyon Synods.
In every synod, we were met warmly by so many of you. Thanks so much for your prayers, your support and your students. It was a joy to be with you, and we'll see you next year at your synod assemblies, wherever they might be. At each one, we'll hold a special event for our PLTS family. If you have a suggestion for a good place to meet, don't hesitate to send it along.
Thanks for all you do to make your synod, your church and your seminary strong!
Meet Your Match
Thanks to Dr. Osamu and Grace Matsutani, we can do something for your economic situation: we can double your money!
Dr. Matsutani is a member of our board of directors, and he and Grace have offered to match the first $20,000 that comes to the Seminary Fund in response to our fiscal year-end appeal.
How's that for a stimulus package?
If you haven't already, please make your secure online donation today by clicking here.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness and generosity!
Prospective students are warmly invited to vist PLTS on one of the next two PreviewPLTS weekends: October 18-20, 2009 and April 8-10, 2010. Visit our website for more information.
Graduate Updates
Carol and Scott Custead (MDiv 1981) have had a change of call. They are now serving as co-pastors, at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. They left Zion Lutheran Church in Hollidaysburg, PA, after 22 years. They began their new positions in September, 2008.
Jim Locke (MDiv 2009) was ordained on June 7 at the Montana Synod Assembly. He has accepted a call to First Lutheran in Circle, Montana, and to American Lutheran in Richey, Montana. Jim congratulates his classmates and thanks all of the professors who made this possible.
Jeremy McLeod (MDiv 1978, fka Lorn Brown) has two of his compositions published in the UCC's new collection of praise chorus music for progressive worship contexts. The book, Sing Prayer and Praise, is the result of a song-writing contest. Jeremy's pieces, "Perpetual Praise" and "The Universe is Bending" are included in the collection. Other examples of Jeremy's hymnwriting are posted on the web. Jeremy is now a pastor in the UCC, employed full time as chaplain for the Hospice of Michigan, and serves as the Choir Director for Paint Creek Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Rochester, MI. He and his husband of 14 years, Mike McCarthy, live in Ferndale, MI.
Catherine Miller (MDiv 1982)
died on April 14, 2009.
Dan Peterson (MDiv 2000, GTU PhD 2005) is moving from teaching at Pacific Lutheran University, where he served for four years as visiting assistant professor of religion, to teach at Seattle University starting next fall. He will be teaching undergraduate courses in the Theology and Religious Studies Department as well as a course for their graduate School of Theology and Ministry. Dan writes, "I am grateful for this new opportunity!"
Richard Weber (MACM 1997) has been named Executive Director of Dorothy Day House in Berkeley. In 1997, Richard was the first PLTS student to earn the degree Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, designed to prepare students for the church's work outside the church building and among the poor and marginalized. Since graduation Richard has worked with the homeless population in Boston and is currently back in Berkeley. Dorothy Day House is dedicated to fostering community by providing a caring presence and sustenance to the poor among us. Dorothy Day House serves breakfast free to 150-200 poor and homeless people 6 days a week and is Berkeley's only morning food program.
John Wetzel (BD 1960) recently facilitated the preliminary preparation for the start-up of an ELCA mission congregation in Ashburn, Virginia, prior to the arrival of the mission developer. He continues to follow the activities of the Church of Scientology and has also been leading congregations in a study of the emerging partnership of religion and science in an region dominated by high-tech companies. In his spare time has travelled`with his wife Margaret (who he met at PLTS) as a chaplain on a variety of cruise lines.
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