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August 2011

Summer at PLTS is coming to a close. The slower change of pace we have enjoyed is starting to quicken. We look forward to welcoming 25 new students.

Yet our campus has been visited with sadness since the last time we wrote. We extend our deepest sympathy to Rev. Dr. Moses Penumaka and family on the death of his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Penumaka. Condolences can be sent to Dr. Penumaka care of the seminary. 

Founders' Day 2011

Dr. Bedford
Dr. Nancy Elizabeth Bedford
will be the speaker at Founders' Day on September 21, 2011.

"My eyes cause me grief at the fate of all the young women in my city" (Lamentations 3:51, NRSV). Violence against women in Latin America and against Latinas in the United States is on the rise. How do our ideas about God and human beings change when we try to confront such violence? How might a theology informed by the experience of migrants and migration help the church respond creatively to resist violence? Such questions put theology "on edge."


The lecture will explore some answers from the perspective of a theology on edge that is also a theology in migration: able to take the reality of migration seriously, and also able to change and grow in the face of new realities.


Click here for more information and to register.

Welcome to Kerrick and Ed!

We are happy to welcome Kerrick Lucker and Ed Johnson to the PLTS staff.

Kerrick LuckerKerrick Lucker is the new administrative assistant in the Office of Contextual Education. He recently served as Office Manager at Chochmat HaLev, a Jewish meditation center and synagogue, for three years. He studied Museum Education at John F. Kennedy University and is passionate about experiential education, especially in the field of ecology. You may also find him at the Aquarium of the Bay, telling humans about fish (and sometimes vice versa).

Ed JohnsonEd Johnson is the new assistant director of admissions. He received his MDiv from Pacific School of Religion and did his chaplain residency at Mt. Diablo Hospital in Concord, California. He worked as the Director of the Graduate Theological Union Cooperative Summer Session and later as the Director of the PSR Summer Session program. Aside from theological education, Ed has a keen interest in art and design and has recently begun painting religious icons. He is married and has two grown children and one grandchild. Prior to attending seminary, Ed had a career as a criminal investigator and taught as an adjunct faculty member for several community colleges.

They Did It Again!

paintersFor the fourth consecutive summer, St. Luke Lutheran Church of Portland, Oregon, sent a team of angels to help beautify the PLTS campus. This year they painted Giesy Hall, making it fresh and clean for the return of the students in a few weeks. Each year they pay their own expenses - except for their luxurious accommodations in Beasom Hall - and leave a handsome gift before they head back to Oregon. 


This year, Pastor David Knapp (holding the paint roller) brought Dan Gott and Anna Sandau with him, and the three of them applied nearly ten gallons of paint to Giesy walls. Last year they painted the President's offices and several rooms in Beasom. Previously they painted Sawyer Hall.


Every year they come, and every year they leave the campus better than they found it. Thank you to St. Luke Lutheran Church of Portland, and to all our friends in congregations everywhere who support us so generously.

Reformation Day Hymn Festival

NunesSave the Date!


Sunday evening, October 30, 2011

7 pm

PLTS Chapel of the Cross


Come and celebrate the Reformation with us, and meet the Rev. John Nunes, President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief (LWR)


Rev. Nunes joined LWR in 2007. With a passion for service and deep commitment to LWR's core values, John leads staff in seventeen countries in working to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering.


Prior to joining LWR, Rev. Nunes served on the faculty of Concordia University, Chicago, as a professor of theology, and as pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Chicago. He has also served as an urban parish pastor and community organizer in Dallas and Detroit. A gifted public speaker, he is also a frequent keynote presenter.

Luther Lecture 2011: November 4, 2011

Recovering the Biblical Narrative: The Hymnic Dialog of Proclamation and Response


Registration is now open for our annual Luther Lecture.


hawkinsDr. Robert D. Hawkins, Leonora G. McClurg Professor of Worship and Music at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, will give a keynote lecture on the content of hymnody as it presents the full biblical narrative and music that make this possible. If music is indeed, following Luther, the primary "handmaid" of the biblical text and theology, then questions regarding style remain secondary to the faithful setting forth of the narrative. That the narrative is presented is of primary importance; how that happens needs to emerge from the type of texts crafted.


For more information and to register, click here.


The First Parish Project

The Hinton Rural Life Center in western North Carolina is a mission agency of the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. They offer a Lilly Endowment program for young seminary graduates called the First Parish Project, which provides ongoing peer support to seminary graduates in a learning community. It serves young clergy who are 35 and younger and are pastors in smaller membership churches (approx. 100 in worship attendance). See their website for more information.


Jacquie Berlien, MDiv 2011, was ordained on July 25 and called to Saint John's Lutheran Parish in Lancaster and Bendena, Kansas.


Raquel Fotheringham, MDiv 1999, will be teaching 7th and 8th Grade English literature, history and health education next school year. She has two beautiful children, Heather, ten years old, and Orion, who will be three years old in November. They all just had a chance to spend a few days at Mt Cross as a family. She writes, "What a great time to praise God, eat S'mores and enjoy the Pipeline trail with both kids!"


Peter Garrison, MDiv 1986, had an article published in Forum Letter, "Worshiping in Happy Chaos." The article presents a "...formula for a happy, flexible and cohesive church... through free-range toddlers."


Peter Hanson, MDiv 1994, has recently returned to the US after ten years with ELCA-Global Misison (one in France, nine in Senegal). He and his family are living in St. Paul, and he will be seeking a call in that area in the coming months.


T. Duane Jensen, BD 1961, and his wife Marilyn, along with several couples from his church and Dale Burke, MDiv 1972, rode motorcycles 1500 miles into British Columbia, Canada during the last ten days of July. 


Jana Schofield, MDiv 2000began a new call July 1 at Christ Lutheran in Ferndale, Washington, just north of Bellingham. Christ Lutheran is an active congregation with a great preschool and social outreach ministry. Several PLTS grads were present at her installation. 


D. Erich Schwarz, MDiv 1986, celebrated his 25th anniversary of ordination on July 17 with worship and a potluck dinner with his two parishes in Riley, Kansas.


Jeff Thiemann, MDiv 2005, was elected by the Board of Trustees of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Board of Pensions as its president and chief executive officer. "Leading the Board of Pensions is a unique opportunity to focus on improving the financial, physical and emotional well-being of those who serve in ministry. As a reliable partner to our members and employers, I am excited about the opportunity to make a significant impact on many lives," Thiemann said. See the press release on the Board of Pensions website.


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