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Wonderful Support
Honoring our Foremothers
Hein-Fry Lecture 2010
Holy Week at PLTS
Faculty News
Christopher Evans, PhD
In Memoriam
Graduate Updates
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January 2010
Happy New Year from PLTS! We hope that your holidays were happy and healthy and wish you all the best for 2010.
PLTS Receives Generous Gift
Yesterday PLTS received a gift of almost $200,000 from the Lorna Aulenbacher Family Trust. Lorna and her husband, Douglas, lived in Berkeley in the 1940s and '50s, where Lorna was active in the PLTS Auxiliarary. They later settled in Riverside, California, where Douglas worked as a farm advisor in San Bernadino County. After his retirement, he and Lorna traveled to Europe many times and throughout the United States in their RV. We are extremely grateful for this undesignated gift! It will help us tremendously as we continue our work in training pastors and other leaders for ministry to the whole church.
Honoring our Foremothers
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
9:00 am to 2:30 pm

You are invited to come and honor women who have started us on our journeys toward full participation of women in church and society: Marge Wold* and Fran Burnford (former ALC), and Christine Grumm (former AELC). It will be a day of worship, stories, memories, stimulation and fellowship. The cost is $20 per person and includes lunch.
*Marge is unable to travel, so she will be honored in absentia.
9:00 - 9:30 Registration and Fellowship
9:30 - 10:00 Honoring Our Past: Foremothers Speak
10:00 - 10:45 Response & Conversation
11:00 - 12:00 Worship
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:30 Facing Our Future: Group Discussion
To register, click here.
Hein-Fry Lecture 2010
On Wednesday, April 21, 2010, PLTS will host the twentieth annual Hein-Fry Lecture. The lecture series continues to engage with the Book of Faith initiative. This year, the topic is "Hearing the Word: Teaching the Bible in the Parish and Beyond." 
carlsonThe lecture at PLTS will be given by the Rev. Dr. Richard P. Carlson, Philip H. and Amanda E. Glatfelter Professor of New Testament Language, Literature, and Theology at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg.
A response will be given by Dr. Carol R. Jacobson, PLTS Associate Professor of Practical Theology: Youth and Family Ministry and Christian Education. The day will start at 9:30am. The schedule will be determined shortly. 

The fee for early registration is $20 ($10 for students). On-site registration is $25. You can register early and pay online here.

Holy Week at PLTS
In a rare coincidence of calendars, this year all Christians East and West will celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ on the same day. 
Come join in the preparations and festivities of Holy Week at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary:

Holy Monday
March 29, 2010, 10:00 am
A service of Morning Prayer

Holy Tuesday
March 30, 2010, 5:15 pm
A service of Evening Prayer

Holy Wednesday
March 31, 2010, 11:00 am
This service concludes the Season of Lent with Confession of Sin, Declaration of Forgivness with Affirmation by the Laying on of Hands, Word, and Lord's Supper.

Maundy Thursday
April 1, 2010, 12:45pm
This begins the Three Days with Word, Footwashing, Lord's Supper, and Stripping of the Table to Psalm 22

Good Friday
April 2, 2010, 12:00 noon

This continues the Three Days with lessons and canticles in adoration of the Crucified God

Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 3, 2010, 8:15pm
In preparation for the celebrations of Easter Day, this vigil continues the Three Days with Service of Light, Service of Readings, Renewal of Baptismal Promises, and the First Eucharist of Easter. A festive reception with refreshments will follow the vigil service.

All are welcome! 
Faculty News
andersonDr. Phyllis Anderson, President, Systematic Theology, has published an article entitled "Rethinking Theological Education Again" in the January/February issue of Lutheran Partners magazine. In the article, Dr. Anderson assesses the relevance of the Study of Theological Education within the current context of ELCA seminaries. You can find the entire article here.
balchDr. David Balch, Professor of New Testament, wrote an article entitled "Accepting Others: God's Boundary Crossing According to Isaiah and Luke-Acts," which was published in the December 2009 Currents in Theology and Mission. The article is available here.
Ted PetersDr. Ted Peters, Professor of Systematic Theology, will be attending the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Diego from February 18-22, 2010. He will also make a presentation entitled, "Ethics of Life and Ecology: On Earth and Beyond," on February 21st.
Congratulations to Dr. Evans!
Chris EvansChristopher Evans is assistant to both the dean of students and the dean of the faculty here at PLTS. This fall, he sucessfully defended his dissertation, "To Reveal the Riches of Your Grace": Examining the Authorized Eucharistic Christologies of The Episcopal Church with Implications, and was awarded his PhD by the Graduate Theological Union. Congratulations!
In Memoriam
Harry D. Durkee (BD 1954) died on December 2, 2009 at the age of 86. He was born April 13, 1923 in Fairmount, North Dakota. He served in the US Army from 1942 to 1947 and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for bravery in action.
After World War II, he attended the University of North Dakota and the University of California at Berkeley, and then earned a Master's degree from the Pacific School of Religion and a Bachelor of Divinity from PLTS.
Following his graduation from seminary, Harry served as consultant for Lutheran Refugee Service and was then ordained and called to Saint James Lutheran in Richmond, CA, in 1954. In 1960 he was called to Hollywood Lutheran, where he served for 32 years. He retired in 1991 for two months, and then began serving as chaplain at four of the senior homes in Burbank and made hospital calls for the Burbank United Methodist Church.
Harry is remembered as an avid reader, an amateur photographer, an outdoorsman, and a formidable board game and card player. God, family, and people were the most important things in his life. He posted a quote on his bathroom mirror that read, "Good morning Lord! What do you have going today? I want to be a part of it."
Harry is survived by his wife, Norma, their daughters, Kathy, Kinde and Karen, and four grandchildren, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. His funeral was held on December 12, 2009, at All Saints Lutheran Church in Sun Valley.
Blessed be the memory of this servant of God.
Graduate Updates
Amy Austin (MDiv 2005) is serving United Emmanuel Lutheran church in Russell, Kansas, and enjoying her ministry and her congregation. 
Ernst F. (Fred) Tonsing (PhD '66), published two books in October. The first is the history of California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California, "College of Our Dreams," celebrating its 50th anniversary. The second is a companion volume of recollections by early alumni and staff, "I Remember CLC/CLU..." He has also completed the history of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Thousand Oaks for its 50th anniversary to be issued in the spring of 2010. 

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